I did my first, albeit brief, hike in the Grand Canyon in 1977.  I was hooked and managed to not only get in some backpacking trips while I was in graduate school, but also was able to do a lot over the five times I worked on either of the canyon's two rims.  Since 1990 I have lived in nearby Flagstaff and continue to pursue my passion of hiking in the canyon.  As of April 2016 I have recorded over 340 separate trips covering over 750 days, from day hikes to backpacking journeys lasting more than a week.  I started to wonder how many separate days of the year I had hiked.  It turns out that I have done a hike in the canyon on at least 272 calendar days (including leap day).  That leaves 94 days.  I say "at least" because I have 42 hikes recorded for specific months but without specific dates - half from my first two years of hiking the canyon, 1979 and 1980.  Well, nothing is perfect, although I will continue to look over my materials to see if I can't pinpoint dates for those hikes.  Still, I thought it would be interesting to post up one photo from each hike I have done for each day of the year, as best I can.  So, I will start this page by adding in photos more or less on their appropriate date.  Yes, that means this will take a year!  I'll note the non-hiking days here in case I am able to add to this over time.  At the bottom of this page are links to monthly archives as they get done.


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March 25


2007 - On the "old miners" trail.

   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our sixth, and final, day.  We left the BA campground and headed out over the silver bridge to catch the so-called "old miners" trail.  It follows a steep route up to the Tonto and you get some really unique views along the way.  Here is Bill on that trail looking down at the silver bridge and Phantom Ranch behind the ridge.  I wrote up a full account here.

March 24


2006 - At Plateau Point with NAU colleagues.

2007 - On the Clear Creek Trail.

   In 2006 I led a hike with some of my colleagues from NAU down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point.  Here are some of us at Plateau Point - David Albritton, Susan Williams, Joe Anderson, me and John Eastwood.
   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our fifth day and time to start our journey back as we hiked from our camp in Clear Creek back to the Bright Angel campground.  Here is Bill on the trail with an expansive view of the canyon.  I wrote up a full account here.

March 23


2007 - At the Billopolis ruins site.

   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our fourth day and we woke up to rain at our camp in Clear Creek.  Consequently we stayed close to camp most of the morning and only did a bit of exploring in the afternoon.  But, Bill found a very interesting ruin site above the creek with loads of pottery shards laying about.  Here we are at what I dubbed as "Billopolis."  I wrote up a full account here.
   In 1981 I did a day hike down the Bright Angel Trail to 2 Mile Corner and then out and around the Battleship.  [No photos.]

March 22


2007 - Thor Temple.

2013 - Atop the Grandview Trail.

   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our third day and we day hiked around Clear Creek from our camp.  We went up the canyon to some ruins and a cave and I was able to get this rare (at least to me) picture of Thor Temple, with Wotans Throne in the background.  I wrote up a full account here.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our seventh, and final, day and we hiked from our camp at Hance Creek up the Grandview Trail to the rim.  Here we are at the trailhead happy to have done such a great hike together and knowing that we were going to stop at the Cameron Trading Post for Navajo tacos on the way home!
   In 2003 I did a day hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point.  [No photos.]

March 21

 
1993 - Neil does some packing at the BA Campground.

2007 - Agave just getting started.

2009 -  Sunrise at 94 Mile Canyon.

2013 - On the way to Hance Canyon.

2015 - Zoroaster ridge in Clear Creek.

   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our tenth, and final, day.  Since we got to the campground late, we took the very last spot, by the bridge (but, closest to the ranch).  Here is a photo of our spot that morning as we packed up and hiked up the South Kaibab to the rim.
   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our second day and we hiked from the BA campground to Clear Creek.  We saw quite a few young agaves, like the one shown here, that were just starting to send up their stalks.  I wrote up a full account here.

   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our eighth, and my last, day.  We left from 94 Mile Canyon, shown here at sunrise, with my pack all ready to go.  But, shortly after starting up the ravine that leads to the Tonto I fell and badly bent my foot (which seemed quite odd given that I was wearing boots!).  It took hours to reach the plateau with everyone's help.  I wasn't getting any better and really could not even walk.  So, Chris activated the 9-1-1 button on his Spot and an hour later I was on a helicopter headed for the South Rim Village while Bill, Chris and John continued for another two grueling days (partly due to being many hours behind schedule due to my accident).
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our sixth day and we hiked from our camp on the Tonto Trail up into Hance Canyon where we camped at the creek.  Here Bill and Matthew chat up their dinner plans as we worked our way into Hance.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our eighth, and final, day.  We left our camp on the ridge at Zoroaster Canyon, shown in the photo.  It was a long day and we hiked along the Clear Creek Trail to Phantom and up the South Kaibab Trail to the rim.

March 20

 
1984 -  Star Trails from Clear Creek.

1993 - Indian Paintbrush

2007 - Glowing Zoroaster.

2008 - Snow-packed Grandview Trail.

2009 -  Chris & 94 Mile Tapeats break.

2013 - Hiking down 75 Mile Canyon.

2015 - Horizontal waterfall in CC.

2016 -  View north to Clear Creek Trail.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was my twelfth, and final, day.  Ralph had gone ahead three days earlier and Duane had gone on the day before.  So, it was just me hiking to Phantom and then up the South Kaibab to the rim.  But, I got one last chance for a night-time shot of the star trails.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our ninth day and we hiked from our camp in the so-called "double disappointment" canyon all the way to Phantom Ranch.  We were especially motivated by having dinner reservations.  We arrived just in time (and before we could actually secure a spot in the campground).  Lots of blooming wildflowers at this time of year including this Indian Paintbrush.
   In 2007 I did a six day with Bill Ferris to Clear Creek.  This was our first day and we hiked down the Bright Angel Trail and stayed at the BA campground.  While we had some cloudiness that would later lead to rain, late in the day Zoroaster was positively glowing as we arrived at the creek.  I wrote up a full account here.
   In 2008 I did a day hike down Grandview and into Hance Canyon, with the idea of trying to get to the river.  It was just too far for me, and I had to turn back from the creek.  But, I did get to discover an old route off the Tapeats to the creek that I had spied on earlier trips.  Lots of snow on the upper part of the trail as shown in the photo.  Traction devices are more than recommended!

   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our seventh day and we hiked from our camp at Crystal Rapids up to the Tonto and over to 94 Mile Canyon where we camped again at the river.  There is a way to get through the Tapeats into 94 Mile and Chris and I checked it out - he is circled in the photo below the cliffs.  I decided it seemed to iffy and neither Bill nor John were interested in doing this so Chris climbed back up and we all contoured back into the canyon before finding a route to the bed.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our fifth day and we hiked from our camp at the river beach at Escalante up to 75 Mile, where Bill and Matthew discussed that evening's dinner plans.  Once back at the river we had to go up the Papago Wall and come down the Papago Slide to get to Hance Rapids.  We continued on from there, now on the beginning of the Tonto Trail and camped well above the river.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our seventh day and we hiked from our camp on the Tonto down to the river at Clear Creek.  The route was very very steep and required quite a bit of "route finding."  Then we hiked up the creek, climbing past this well-known horizontal waterfall and up an even steeper route to a ridge terrace below the Tapeats alongside Zoroaster Canyon.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my tenth, and final, day and I hiked from the BA campground up the South Kaibab to the rim.  Along the way the light was just right so that I could easily see the Clear Creek trail across the river, where it climbs up onto the Tonto Plateau.

March 19


1993 - Remains of Hance's mining camp in Asbestos Canyon.

1984 -  Ruins in Clear Creek Canyon.

2009 - The descent to Crystal.

2010 - Trail Crew camp on SK.

2011 -  Sunrise by Whites Butte.

2013 - At the Escalante hilltop ruin.

2015 - Shadows at the end of the day.

2016 -  Dinner at Phantom Ranch.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our eleventh day and Duane and I hiked into Clear Creek.  I camped there and did an afternoon hike up the main arm to these ruins while Duane continued hiking to Phantom Ranch.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our eighth day and we hiked from our camp in Asbestos to the so-called "double disappointment" canyon west of Vishnu (which actually had water flowing!).  Before leaving I took this picture of some of the mining camp remains in Asbestos.
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our sixth day and we hiked from our camp in a little drainage at Tuna to Crystal Rapids.  Here is the spot where our descent into Crystal began, with a nice view of the rapids and Slate Canyon across the river.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was my seventh, and final, day.  Following a rockslide on the third day that ended that quest we had camped at a spring in Vishnu.  I felt strong enough to hike back to Phantom for help which took three days.  Bill was helicoptered out on the sixth day and on this day I hiked up and out on the South Kaibab Trail, passing by a little tent city on the Tonto where the trail crew was (apparently) staying for some extensive work on the trail.  While I had a torn ACL (which I would find out later), as long as I was heading uphill and could keep my foot level, I was able to hike without incident.  A fuller account is here.

   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  This was our sixth, and final, day and we hiked from our camp atop the Redwall out via the Hermit Trail.  I got this nice picture of the sunrise that we were treated to when we got up in the morning.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our fourth day and we hiked from our camp at the river beach at Cardenas to the beach at Escalante.  Here Bill and Matthew are discussing this evening's dinner plans, with the Cardenas hilltop ruins as a fitting backdrop.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our sixth day and we began our hike back from Vishnu.  We camped in this drainage where three times I have found water in potholes.  As we neared this spot below Angels Gate, we got to see our shadows from the ridge.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my ninth day and I hiked from my camp in Clear Creek to the BA campground.  I had meal reservations that night at the ranch and took this picture of my table.

March 18


1980 -  At 3 Mile House on the BA.

1993 - Hiking river's edge past Unkar.

2004 - Phantom Canyon.

2009 - Bad to the bone!

2010 - Heli at Phantom Ranch.

2011 -  Heading down Boucher.

2013 - On the Escalante Route.

2015 - Redbud in Vishnu.

2016 -  Main descent into Clear Creek.

   In 1980 I did a five day hike to Clear Creek - my first!  This was the final day and I hiked up the Bright Angel Trail from the BA campground.  I stopped at the overlook behind the 3 Mile House and got this nice canyon shot.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our seventh day and we hiked from our camp at Unkar up to the Tonto level and then down into Asbestos.  Initially we hiked along the river - in places not very hiker-friendly!
   In 2004 I did a three day hike to Phantom Canyon.  This was my last day and I hiked all the way out of the canyon from my camp at Phantom Creek.  Looking east into the sun early on I got this cool view with the trees at the spring below Sturdevant Point.  [Brahma and Zoroaster in the background.]
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our fifth day and we hiked from our camp in Monadnock Amphitheater to a little drainage at Tuna. We came up out of Monadnock on a route that was not in our notes, but worked well and I got this picture - one of my favorites - of us after we got up on the Tonto level.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our sixth day.  Following a rockslide on the third day that ended that quest we had camped at a spring in Vishnu.  I felt strong enough to hike back to Phantom for help and this was my third day headed back as I hiked from my camp on the Clear Creek Trail to the ranch.  Within a half hour of my checking in with Ranger Bil Vandergraff this helicopter had been dispatched to pick up Bill.  It was here at Phantom to pick up someone else and I got a chance to talk with the pilot about Bill's situation (he was quite elated to see the copter).  A fuller account is here.

   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  This was our fifth day and we hiked from Slate to Boucher.  Once in Boucher we stashed our packs and headed down the canyon (as shown in the photo) to the river - our first and only time on this trip!  Later we decided Boucher was too crowded and after an early dinner we hiked up to the top of the Redwall to camp for the night.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our third day and we hiked from our camp at the river over to the beach at Cardenas.  Here Bill and Matthew are hiking along the trail after just having talked about dinner plans, with the Colorado River as a fitting backdrop.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our fifth day.  We decided to haul some water up to the Tonto level to save some weight for the climb out tomorrow.  We were back in camp for lunch and I got this picture of the blooming redbud tree there.  Later in the afternoon John and I hiked up the canyon through the narrows and out into the open valley.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my eighth day and I hiked from my camp along the Tonto Plateau to Clear Creek, where I had left a cache of food for my return.  This is a view of the main descent canyon into Clear Creek looking across the canyon to Deva Temple.
   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our tenth day and Duane and I hiked from Asbestos back towards Clear Creek, camping somewhere along the Tonto Plateau.  [No photos for this day.]
   In 1994 I did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyo
n. This was the last day and I hiked from my camp at Kwagunt over to Nankoweap and all the way out in one very long day.  [No photos.]

March 17


1980 - Phantom Ranch Overlook on the Clear Creek Trail.

1984 - Hance asbestos mine.

1993 - Lunch break with Angels Window circled.

2004 -  Haunted Canyon cave/ruin.

2009 - Climbing up from Hotauta.

2010 - Deva Temple from Clear Creek.

2011 -  Cactus on the Tonto.

2012 - Sunrise from Redwall Overlook on the Tanner Trail.

2013 - Camp at the river.

2015 - John descends into Vishnu.

2016 -  Bighorn on the Tonto.

   In 1980 I did a five day hike to Clear Creek - my first!  This was the fourth day and I hiked back to the BA campground from Clear Creek.  This is a well-constructed portion close to the end with views down into Bright Angel Canyon.
   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our ninth day and Duane and I spent the day in Asbestos doing some day hiking.  Here is one of Hance's asbestos mines, that is really a tunnel that comes out on the face of this cliff.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our sixth day and we hiked from our camp at Basalt over to Unkar.  Along the way we stopped for lunch and we could barely make out Angels Window at Cape Royal on the North Rim.
   In 2004 I did a three day hike to Phantom Canyon.  This was my second day and I day hiked up the canyon.  I especially wanted to see this cave/ruin up in Haunted Canyon.  I got close but it was too tricky for me to get inside.
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our fourth day and we hiked from our camp on Shinumo Creek along the river to Hotauta Canyon and made the steep climb up onto the Tonto Plateau which we followed to Monadnock Amphitheater. Here is John topping out on the Tonto, followed by Bill.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our sixth day.  Following a rockslide on the third day that ended that quest we had camped at a spring in Vishnu.  I felt strong enough to hike back to Phantom for help and this was my second day headed back as I hiked from my camp on the Tonto to Clear Creek (where I thought of this giant X in the sky over Deva Temple as a good omen).  I got through this canyon and about halfway along the Clear Creek trail before stopping for the night.  A fuller account is here.

   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  This was our fourth day and we hiked from Turquoise to Slate.  Along the way I couldn't resist taking a picture of these small cactus that look soft and fuzzy (but aren't!) and have red fruits.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  This was our ninth, and final, day.  We were treated to this beautiful sunrise at our camp at the Redwall Overlook before packing up and heading for the rim.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our second day and we hiked down the Tanner from our camp at the Redwall Overlook to the river close to the start of the Escalante route/trail.  Here Bill and Matthew are talking about dinner plans at our camp, with Comanche Point as a fitting backdrop on the rim.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our fourth day and we hiked the rest of the way into Vishnu from our emergency camp at a spring following John's fall.  His shoulder was sore but was able to hike to a nice spot in the bed where we would spend the next two nights.  Here he is in the final descent into Vishnu by a small waterfall.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my seventh day and I hiked from my camp in Vishnu back along the Tonto Plateau to my camp below Angels Gate, where I had left a cache of food and water for my return.  On my way I saw two bighorn sheep in one shallow drainage, one of whom is pictured here.
   In 1994 I did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyo
n. This was the seventh day and I hiked from my camp at Awatubi back along the Butte Fault route to Kwagunt.  [No photos.]

March 16


1980 - Chockstones in Clear Creek.

1984 - At Unkar Rapids.

1993 - Neil descends into Basalt.

1996 - End of hike.

2004 -  Bright Angel Creek.

2008 - On the North Rim.

2010 - Camped below Angels Gate.

2011 -  Rocks at Jasper Canyon.

2009 - On the North Bass Trail.

2012 - Packs on the Tanner Trail.

2013 - Camp atop Redwall on Tanner.

2015 - Angels Gate from Hall Butte.

2016 -  Up in Vishnu Canyon.

   In 1980 I did a five day hike to Clear Creek - my first!  This was the third day and I day hiked up the canyon, past these big white chockstones (which now seem to be gone for reasons I can't explain!).  I was intending to go up to Cheyava Falls but got misdirected into the arm that dead ends below Ariel Point.
   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our eighth day and Duane and I hiked from Unkar (that's me at Unkar Rapids) to Asbestos.  At Asbestos we met up once again with Ralph, who was a day ahead of us.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our fifth day and we hiked from our camp at Lava Creek to Basalt.  Although we intended to follow the route I had used in 1984 it looked like a shorter way would be to stay mostly in front of the Tapeats towards the river.  It was great for a while and then quite awful.  Getting into Basalt proper required contouring along a very steep slope, shown in the photo with Neil descending from it.  We literally were hiking from little bush to bush to keep our footing over this very treacherous stretch.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my ninth, and final, day as I hiked to Phantom and out the South Kaibab Trail, and got someone to snap this photo of me at the trailhead.
   In 2004 I did a three day hike to Phantom Canyon.  This was my first day and I hiked down the South Kaibab to the Bright Angel Campground and up the route to Utah Flats and over into Phantom Creek in a long day.  Here is a view of the creek from the campground.
   In 2008 I was hoping to hike into Crazy Jug Canyon and hike all the way to Phantom Ranch and out (over 8 days).  But, there was quite a bit of snow on the rim and John Eastwood, who volunteered to drive me up and drop me off, convinced me to bring some skis and a sled to haul my stuff in if we couldn't drive to the trailhead area.  That's what we did, but it still turned out to be too much of a challenge and we camped in the forest overnight before returning on this day.  Here am I all fitted out with skis and sled as we retraced our route back to John's truck with the snow falling.
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our third day and we hiked from the cabin on Muav Saddle to a camp site down the North Bass Trail just past Bass' Shinumo Camp.  Here's a nice section where we were walking down the bed with a bit of water flowing down below the Redwall.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our fifth day.  Following a rockslide on the third day that ended that quest we were recouping at a spring in Vishnu.  Although I had torn my ACL I felt strong enough to try to hike back to Phantom to get help for Bill.  My leg would buckle often and I would fall to the ground but if I could keep my foot level I could manage.  This day I hiked out along the Tonto and camped here, in view of Angels Gate.  A fuller account is here.

   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  This was our third day and we hiked from Ruby to Turquoise.  At Jasper Canyon there were these interesting rocks that reminded me of Lord of the Rings - watch out for wargs!  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  This was our eighth day and we packed up the kayak and began shuttling it up the Tanner Trail.  One of us would do the shuttle for a while and then the other would take over.  It was a grind!  We camped this night at the Redwall Overlook.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2013, Bill Ferris invited me to join him and his son Matthew on a seven day hike of the Escalante Route from Tanner to Grandview.  Surprisingly, this was my first time over the whole route.  This was our first day and we hiked down the Tanner to camp at the Redwall Overlook.  Here Bill and Matthew are talking about dinner plans at our camp, with the Desert View Watchtower as a fitting backdrop on the rim.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our third day and we hiked from our camp in the east arm of Clear Creek to Vishnu.  We climbed to the high route behind Angels Gate and contoured over to Hall Butte and descended.  Here is the view looking back to Angels Gate and the saddle we had come out on.  But, on the descent, John fell on the trail and injured his shoulder.  We continued to the same spring where Bill and I had recouped at in 2010 - deja vu all over again - and spent the night there before assessing our situation.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my sixth day and I day hiked up the canyon, through some neat little narrows and out into the wide open valley above.  A trickle of water was pretty much constant in the upper bed and it was a very relaxing day before I would begin my trek back out.
   In 1994 I did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyo
n. This was the sixth day and I hiked from my camp at Lava Creek back along the Butte Fault route to Awatubi.  [No photos.]

March 15


1980 - Camp at Clear Creek.

1993 - Headed downstream from the Little Colorado River on our way to Chuar Valley.

1994 -  Camp along Lava Creek in Chuar Valley.

1984 - Artifacts at Unkar.

1996 - On the Tonto heading to Clear Creek.

1997 - With Vicki Wallis at the Nankoweap trailhead.

2003 - Redwall Overlook on Tanner.

2008 - Stymied by snow on North Rim.

2009 -  On the Esplanade.

2010 - Bill was banged up but relieved.

2011 - Old cairn at Ruby Canyon.

2012 -  The inflatable Emma Dean.

2015 - On the Clear Creek Trail.

2016 - Yucca in front of Newberry Butte.

   In 1980 I did a five day hike to Clear Creek - my first!  This was the second day and I hiked from the BA campground to Clear Creek and camped right at the junction with the creek.  These rocks provided a bit of shelter for the wind, but also served as excellent hiking places for the mice.
   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our seventh day and Duane and I hiked from Basalt to Unkar (via the high terrace - is that properly the Tonto?).  We got to Unkar with plenty of time to check out all the great ruins in this area.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our fourth day and we hiked from our camp above the Little Colorado to Chuar Valley.  Here's a photo Neil took of me along the beach below the LC before we started our climb up to a higher level that we had to use.  That is Temple Butte behind me.
   In 1994 I did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyo
n. This was the fifth day and I day hiked from from my camp alongside the creek (shown here) up to the Juno Ruins.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my eighth day and I hiked along the Tonto Plateau to Clear Creek and camped on that trail about halfway to Phantom.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis.  This was our ninth, and last, day.  We were camped on the saddle and still had snow to deal with coming down to the trailhead where her friend Ron picked us up (and took the photo).
   In 2003 Cara Lynn and I did a day hike down the Tanner Trail to the Redwall Overlook with its wonderful views of the river and the canyon.
   In 2008 I was hoping to hike into Crazy Jug Canyon and hike all the way to Phantom Ranch and out (over 8 days).  But, there was quite a bit of snow and John Eastwood, who volunteered to drive me up and drop me off, convinced me to bring some skis and a sled to haul my stuff in if we couldn't drive to the trailhead area.  That's what we did, but it still turned out to be too much of a challenge and we camped in the forest overnight before returning the next day.
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, John Eastwood and I started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  This was our second day and we hiked from our camp near Timp Spring to the old cabin at Muav Saddle.  We followed the Esplanade as much as possible until we were forced to hike up the bed of Saddle Canyon.  I like this photo of everyone scampering down a little ledge because in the far background (circled in yellow) is Thunder River.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our fourth day.  We had spent the previous night just a few yards from where Bill stopped rolling down the slope after the rockslide I started.   We were banged up but not seriously injured.  But, we needed to get to water and assess our situation further.  We could see a small spring below us and spent a couple of hours working our way to it.  That was a huge relief as you can tell from the look on Bill's face!  A fuller account is here.

   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  This was our second day and we hiked from Bass Canyon to Ruby.  Before getting to the main bed I took a detour out to the point where the old map showed a cairn and it wasn't hard to miss.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  This was our seventh day and we loaded up the kayak for a couple of trips back and forth across the river.  All went perfectly well.  We camped near the beach this night.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our second day and we hiked from our camp along the Clear Creek Trail (that's Bill and John on the trail) into the canyon and then up the east arm of Clear Creek.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my fifth day and I day hiked down into lower Vishnu Canyon to revisit the old cabin that remains there.  I was quite sure that there was a trail leading down to it from a ravine right behind it.  So, I went up this route - I can't say that I saw any signs of definitive constructed work - and then around the front of Newberry Butte.  From here it would be just an hour or so to get to some of Hance's nearby mines, but I didn't have the time and instead hopped over the Newberry saddle back into upper Vishnu and to my camp.
   In 1981 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge and then contoured over to below Shoshone Point with the intent of climbing up to the rim.  This was my first attempt at finding that route and I came up empty.  To return I decided to descend down through the Redwall and then cut across the Tonto back to the South Kaibab, following it back to the rim.  [No photos.]

March 14


1980 - Night shot from BA Camp.

1984 - Chuar Lava Hill.

1993 -  River party below Kwagunt.

1994 - Entering Chuar Valley.

1996 - Freya Castle on route to Unkar.

1997 - Marion Point ... with snow.

2002 - With Vicki Wallis on Horseshoe Mesa.

2009 - At the start Crazy Jug hike.

2010 - Hall Butte route into Vishnu.

2011 -  At the So. Bass trailhead.

2012 - Moon over Butchart Butte.

2015 - Zoroaster Temple at sunset.

2016 -  Hummingbird nest in Vishnu.

   In 1980 I did a five day hike to Clear Creek - my first!  This was the first day and I hiked down the BA trail to the BA Campground, where I got this early evening shot of the cliffs silhouetted against the dark sky.
   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our sixth day and Duane and I hiked up and over into Basalt.  We had thought to follow Harvey's route further upstream, but spied a break in the Tapeats and were able to use that to get over easily.  As we left we had a nice view of this area including Chuar Lava Hill, shown in the photo.
   In 1993 Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our third day and we hiked from our camp at Kwagunt Rapids to near the Little Colorado, where we camped.  Along the way we saw this river party coming down.  Later we saw a research party that camped at Awatubi and motored up and down the river to the LC.  [I think they were studying the fish.]
   In 1994 I did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyo
n. This was the fourth day and I hiked from Awatubi to Chuar Valley. Here is the descent into Chuar from Carbon.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my seventh day and I hiked over the high saddle between Unkar and Vishnu.  At the saddle I took a break and got this picture of my pack with Freya Castle in the background.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis.  This was our eighth day and we moved our camp from Tilted Mesa to the saddle.  Vicki's friend Ron was going to pick us up the next day so we didn't feel like we needed to get all the way to the trailhead this day.  I got this picture of Marion Point proper, still with some snow on it.
   In 2002 I did a three day hike to Grapevine Canyon. This was my last day and I hiked back to the rim via the Grandview Trail on a very sore and sprained ankle.  As long as I could keep my steps level and flat that was okay, but any rolling of my boot would shoot pain up my leg.  I met up with Vicki Wallis at Horseshoe Mesa and we hiked out together.
   In 2009 Bill Ferris, Chris Forsyth, me and John Eastwood (in the photo, l. to r.) started a nine day hike down Crazy Jug and over to Phantom Ranch.  Well, eight days for me due to an accident that resulted in a helicopter ride out.  This was our first day and Cara Lynn & Erik dropped us off on the road leading to Crazy Jug, as far as we could safely go due to the snow.  We camped this night just past the spring below Timp Point.
   In 2010 Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our third day and we hiked up the east arm Clear Creek to catch the high Redwall route to Vishnu.  All went well until late in the day, coming down from Hall Butte when I knocked a huge rock loose that resulted in a torn ACL for me and a frightening tumble down the slope for Bill.  Here is the next to last photo I took this day, showing the general route down. 
A fuller account is here.
   In 2011 Dan Eastwood, John Eastwood and I started down the So. Bass on a six day hike of the "gems" - my first time over the whole route.  Bill Ferris graciously drove us up to the trailhead (and took the photo).  This was our first day and we camped near to the Tonto Trail junction where we lucked out finding some water in the bed nearby.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  This was our sixth day and we loaded up our gear and hiked back up and over to Basalt.  In the morning I got this nice shot of the moon over newly named Butchart Butte.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2015, Bill Ferris, John Eastwood and I started an eight day hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our first day and we could not get a permit for the BA Campground and had to lug very heavy packs up the Clear Creek Trail to camp on the Tonto level.  We did have a wonderful sunset, as this photo of Zoroaster attests.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my fourth day and I finished hiking to Vishnu Canyon.  I camped under a popular overhang in the bed.  Here was a hummingbird nest in the redbud tree that I had seen the previous year!

March 13


1984 - In Chuar Canyon.

1991 - Star trails from Phantom Creek.

1996 - Siegfried Pyre from the exit ravine in Lava leading to Unkar.

1993 - Camp at Kwagunt Rapids.

1994 - Nankoweap Mesa & Butte Fault.

1997 - Panorama of Nankoweap Canyon from above Tilted Mesa.

1998 - Ghostly O'Neill Butte on the South Kaibab.

2002 - Exploring in Grapevine Canyon.

2010 - River runners from the CC Trail.

2012 - The head of Basalt Canyon.

2016 -  Water pockets camp on Tonto.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our fifth day and we spent a layover day in Lava.  Duane and I hiked up the creek a few miles with Ralph, who wanted to camp up higher in order to get an early start as he had to end up getting out a day ahead of us.
   In 1991 I did a four day hike with Neil Jacobs to Phantom Creek.  This was our last day and we hiked all the way out to the South Rim from our camp in Phantom Creek.  But, overnight I was able to shoot this long exposure of star trails (and, it appears, a passing plane).
   In 1993
Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our second day and we hiked to Kwagunt Rapids where we camped.  Just before reaching the rapids I had placed a small food cache the previous November to lighten our load a little bit.
   In 1994 I
did an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyon. This was the third day and I hiked over the Butte Fault route from Nankoweap to Awatubi.  Here is the view from the exit in Kwagunt looking back at the fault and at Nankoweap Butte.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my sixth day and the first one over new ground for me as I hiked up to the head of Lava and over the high saddle into Unkar.  As I started up, I had this great view looking back to the north where Siegfried Pyre is quite dominating.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis.  This was our seventh day and we started a two day hike back out.  This day we got up above Tilted Mesa before deciding to camp.  From here one gets a wonderful panoramic view of Nankoweap.
   In 1998 I did a five day hike that took me to Vishnu Canyon.  This was my last day and I hiked out to the rim from my camp along the Clear Creek Trail, via the South Kaibab.  The weather turned later in the day and I got this ghostly photo of O'Neill Butte on the way out.
   In 2002 I did a three day hike to Grapevine Canyon. This was my second day and I day hiked to some nearby inscriptions and then down into Grapevine as far as I could go.  On my way back to camp I had to get up a steep sloping rock to the Tonto and fell back into the bed, badly spraining my ankle and leading to an uncomfortable night.
   In 2010
Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon. This was our second day and we hiked the Clear Creek Trail from Phantom to the first set of camp sites at Clear Creek.  Along the climb up you get good views of the river and we saw this passing group of rafters.  A fuller account is here.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  This was our fifth day and we each went on separate day hikes. I went up to check out a break in the Tapeats that leads back to Basalt that Doug Nering had pegged as the probably Walcott route from 1882.  Before returning to camp I decided to cache my excess water at the tree circled here thinking that I would be able to easily find it on the way out.  I did!  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2016 I di
d a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my third day and I hiked along the Tonto Plateau past Clear Creek to a water pocket below Angels Gate that I have now used three times.  I filtered some water and cached it here for my return in a few days just in case the pocket dried up.  It didn't.  Here I am with my camp all set up on a nice ledge.

March 12


1984 - Chuar Butte.

1991 - Phantom Creek camp.

1996 - Hartman Natural Bridge in the upper end of Lava Canyon.

1993 - Precarious Nankoweap Trail.

1994 - Camp at Nankoweap Creek.

1997 - Nankoweap Rapids.

1998 - The South Rim.

2002 - River on the way to Grapevine.

2010 - O'Neill Butte.

2012 - Lava Rapids.

2016 - On the Clear Creek Trail.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our fourth day and we hiked from the Little Colorado confluence to Lava. We had to leave the river a short ways downstream and it was a long, grueling day to Lava. We passed through some of the old wreckage of the 1956 air collision that occurred here at Chuar Butte, shown in the photo.
   In 1991 I did a four day hike with Neil Jacobs to Phantom
Creek.  This was our third day and from our camp at the top of the narrows, shown here, I did a day hike up the canyon to explore, unsuccessfully, the Redwall route to Shiva.
   In 1993
Neil Jacobs and I did a ten day hike from Nankoweap to Phantom. This was our first day and we were surprised to find quite a lot of snow on the trail just past Marion Point. We were kicking out a path in the snow drift about three or four feet above the trail!
   In 1994 I di
d an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyon. This was the second day and I finished hiking down the Nankoweap Trail to camp here beside Nankoweap Creek.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course)
.  This was my fifth day and I did a day hike up Lava to find Hartman Natural Bridge, shown here on the left side. It is not visible until you are practically at the bridge and I was just about to give up when I finally spotted it.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Walli
s.  This was our sixth day and we took a day hike down to Little Nankoweap. Along the way I got this picture of the river at Nankoweap Rapids.
   In 1998 I did a five day hike that took me to Vishnu Canyo
n.  This was my fourth day and I was heading back along the Tonto when I snapped this photo of the South Rim. Shoshone Point is a bit left of center.

   In 2002 I
did a three day hike to Grapevine Canyon. This was my first day and I hiked down the Grandview and over in Grapevine. Between Cottonwood and Grapevine the trail affords nice views of the river.

   In 2010
Bill Ferris and I started a hike with the intent of getting to Asbestos Canyon.  This was our first day and we hiked down the South Kaibab to the Bright Angel Campground.  This hike would end with a rockfall in Vishnu.  A fuller account is here.

   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferr
is.  This was our fourth day and from our base camp in Lava/Chuar we hiked down to the river for a day and I got this nice view of the rapids looking across to Palisades.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2016 I d
id a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my second day and I hiked from Phantom to Clear Creek. Along the trail, after it makes a bend into Clear Creek Canyon proper I passed this cairn? Hmm ... what does it mean? I don't know.

March 11


1984 - Ralph & Duane at the LC.

1991 - Phantom Ranch.

1994 - The road to Saddle Mountain.

1996 - In Chuar Canyon.

1998 - Old cabin site in Vishnu Canyon, most likely related to Hance's mines in nearby Asbestos Canyon.

1997 - Star trails over Mt. Hayden.

1999 - Pictograph on Big Saddle Trail.

2012 - Bill Ferris heads up Basalt.

2016 - On the South Kaibab Trail.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our third day and we hiked along the river to the Little Colorado junction where we camped for the night. Here are Duane and Ralph looking out across the Big C and Little C.
   In 1991 I did a four day hike with Neil Jacobs to Phantom Creek.
  This was our second day and we hiked up from the BA Campground to Utah Flats and over into the creek. Here's a view of Phantom Ranch as we were heading up this rough trail.
   In 1994 I d
id an eight day trip to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyon. This was the first day and I drove up to the Saddle Mountain trailhead and camped this night at Marion Point.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of cours
e).  This was my fourth day and I got to Lava Creek in Chuar Canyon, where I would spend a couple of nights before moving on.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Walli
s.  This was our fifth day and we did a day hike to the Little Nankoweap. But, overnight I was able to capture this nice photo of the star tracks behind Mt. Hayden.
   In 1998 I did a five day hike that took me to Vishnu Canyon
.  This was my third day and I hiked from my camp in Vishnu down into the lower bed to look for the remains of an old cabin I had seen a few years earlier from the Tonto level. Almost certainly this is associated with Hance's mining claims in nearby Asbestos Canyon.
   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area
.  This was my sixth, and final, day as I hiked back up the Big Saddle Trail to the rim, passing by this neat little pictograph that looks like a smiley face.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferri
s.  This was our third day and we hiked up Basalt Canyon, as shown here, over into Chuar/Lava.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2016 I did a solo hike for ten days to Vishnu Canyon. This was my first day and I hiked down the South Kaibab Trail, shown in the photo, to the Bright Angel Campground.

March 10


1984 - Duane and granaries at Nankoweap.

1991 - Looking down on the Bright Angel Campground from the South Kaibab Trail.  This also shows nearly the complete route up to Utah Flats from the end campsite.

1996 - Awatubi Crest.

1997 - The river from atop Nankoweap Mesa.

1998 - Zoroaster & Brahma from the Tonto Plateau.

1999 - Old horseshoe on the Esplanade near Crazy Jug.

2012 - Camp at Basalt with Bill Ferris.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our second day and we hiked from below the Redwall (on the trail) to Kwagunt Rapids.  Ralph took the Butte Fault route while Duane and I went down the creek to the river and then down to Kwagunt.  Along the way we stopped for lunch and Duane climbed up to the nearby granaries.
   In 1991 I did a four day hike with Neil Jacobs to Phantom Creek.  This was our first day and we hiked down the South Kaibab and stayed overnight in the BA Campground.  From along the trail you can get this good view of the campground as well as our route for tomorrow up to Utah Flats.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my third day and one of my most miserable.  I got sick at Awatubi - as I have now done three times.  No doubt it is from the water I can get there, although you do have to dig for it in the bed.  Consequently I left this camp late and had a tough time of it.  I got as fas as the saddle between 60 Mile and Carbon.  There I actually spent time boiling all my water - that did the trick.  I was much better the next day.  Here is a view of the route coming down from the Awatubi Crest from Malgosa.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis.  This was our fourth day and I did a hike up to the top of Nankoweap Mesa.  Here is a photo I took looking back down on the Nankoweap Rapids area from the top of the mesa.
   In 1998 I did a five day hike that took me to Vishnu Canyon.  This was my second day and I hiked from my camp out in front of The Howlands Butte to Vishnu Creek.  This photo was taken in the early morning with Zoroaster and Brahma Temples dominating the view to the west.
   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area.  This was my fifth day and I day hiked from my camp on the west side of the canyon along the Esplanade towards Bridger Knoll.  I found this old horseshoe at about the place where John Eastwood and I had come down from the rim four years earlier via what I call the Dutton Route.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  We capsized in the river while crossing on the first day and this, our second day, was spent drying out all our belongings and making the river crossing again, without packs, to convince ourselves that we would be okay on the journey back.  Here's our camp on a terrace up above the river.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.

March 9


1984 - Nankoweap Canyon.

1996 - Nankoweap Butte.

1997 - Camp along Nankoweap Creek.

1998 - Phantom Ranch.

1999 - Temporary waterfall in Crazy Jug Canyon.

2012 - With Bill Ferris on the Tanner Trail.

   In 1984 I did a hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (my first) with hiking buddy Duane Ott and Ralph Moore, a backcountry ranger.  This was our first day and we camped on a narrow ledge below the Redwall.  This is the only photo I took this day - of Nankoweap Canyon from the trail as it winds its way along the Supai layer.
   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my second day and I hiked from my camp at Nankoweap Creek to Awatubi, using the Butte Fault route, going up and over many high saddles.  Here is the view of Nankoweap Butte from near the saddle between Nankoweap and Kwagunt.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis and, for the first few days, with John Eastwood and his daughter Megan.  This was our third day and John and Megan hiked back out while Vicki and I secured our camp so we could take a day hike down to the Colorado River.
   In 1998 I did a five day hike that took me to Vishnu Canyon.  This was my first day and I hiked down the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch, shown in the photo.  John Eastwood joined until we reached the Tonto level on the Clear Creek Trail, where we took a break before he headed back to the rim.  I hiked over to Clear Creek and got back onto the Tonto level east of the canyon before stopping for the night.
   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area.  I spent three nights camped near Timp Canyon, on the Esplanade.  This was my fourth day and I moved my camp to the west side of Crazy Jug in preparation for another day hike the next day.  Along the way I was treated to this temporary waterfall, thanks to the snow we had gotten a couple of days earlier.
   In 2012 I did a nine day trek to Lava Canyon with Bill Ferris.  We hiked down the Tanner Trail - the photo shows Bill snapping a photo near the top of the trail.  We got to the river and recovered the kayak and supplies we had cached the week before.  All went well until we were mostly across the river when we tipped over in an eddy.  Somehow we managed to get to shore with all our gear.  I wrote up a full account of this trip here.
   In 2005 I did a day hike with Vicki Wallis down the South Kaibab and over to Cremation and then back up.  Everything was amazingly green, but apparently I did not bring along a camera, so no photos.

March 8


1996 - The battleships at Marion Pt.

1997 - Snow on Tilted Mesa.

1999 - Overnight snow at Timp Canyon.

   In 1996 I did a solo hike from Nankoweap to Phantom (and out of course).  This was my first day and I hiked down to Nankoweap Creek passing by the rock formations that always remind me of battleships as I rounded the bend at Marion Point.
   In 1997 I spent more than a week exploring Nankoweap Canyon with Vicki Wallis and, for the first few days, with John Eastwood and his daughter Megan.  This was our second day and Vicki and I got to the creek and set up camp.  On the way it was amazing to see snow at Tilted Mesa, as shown in the photo.
   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area.  I spent three nights camped near Timp Canyon, on the Esplanade.  This was my third day and I woke up to find the ground covered in snow.  But the sun was out and it was a pleasant day, with the snow melting away quickly.  I spent the day near camp just poking around and letting everything dry out.

March 7


1997 - John, Meg & Vicki on the way to Nankoweap.

1999 - Pictographs near Stina Canyon.

   In 1997 I had planned to do a long hike from Nankoweap to Phantom with Vicki Wallis.  We were joined by John Eastwood and his daughter Megan, who would give us a ride to the trailhead and spend a couple of days in Nankoweap with us.  Alas, despite how this photo looks, there was lots of snow on the north side of Saddle Mountain and we struggled with post holing our way up to the saddle.  We camped at Marion Point and changed our plans - Vicki and I would spend about a week in Nankoweap and John would get her friend Ron to drive out to pick us up.
   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area.  I spent three nights camped near Timp Canyon, on the Esplanade.  This was my second day and I managed a long day hike to the cabin on Muav Saddle and back, finishing in the dark with snow falling.  On the way up the canyon, somewhere past Stina Canyon I came across this cool overhang with these unusual pictographs.

March 6


1999 - Crazy Jug Canyon.

   In 1999 I did a six day hike in the Crazy Jug area.  There was snow on the road coming in and more fell before I got back out, and I saw nary a soul the whole time.  This was my first day and I entered via what I call the Big Saddle Trail.  Here is the view from the trail down Crazy Jug Canyon, to Steamboat Mountain in the background.

March 5


2006 - Matching photos at the foot of the Old Grandview Trail.

   In 2006 I did an overnight hike with John Eastwood down the "Old Grandview" to the river.  This was our second day and we hiked back up to the rim from our camp at the river.  I had brought along copies of old photos of this spot at the river and before we left I was able to do a good job of matching them up with our views, as shown in my picture (click on it for annotation).  The old photo comes from Burton Holmes "Travelogues," published in 1910.  I wrote up more on this trip here.

March 4


2004 - BA ruins at the river.

2006 - Isis & Shiva over the river.

2007 - Huxley Terrace at South Bass.

   In 2004 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back the same way with John Haney.  At the river the light was just right to get a photo of some ruins between the black bridge and Bright Angel Creek that are mentioned in John Wesley Powell's book about his pathbreaking river trip of 1869 (mostly).  From his book, the August 16 entry includes this passage: "Late in the afternoon I return and go up a little gulch just above this creek ... and discover the ruins of two or three old houses, which were originally of stone laid in mortar."
   In 2006 I did an overnight hike with John Eastwood down the "Old Grandview" to the river.  The old trail below the Tapeats is often hardly more than a barely discernible route.  But, along the way we were treated to some cool and unique views, like this one of Isis and Shiva as a backdrop to the river at Grapevine Rapids.
   In 2007 Cara Lynn and I did a short day hike down the South Bass Trail to the Esplanade.  It was a cool day but with plenty of sun.  Here's the view from up near the top of the trail of Huxley Terrace (on the Esplanade) stretching out to the right from Mt. Huethawali.

March 3


1998 - Ravine route from SK to CC trail.

2012 - Kayak cache at the river.

   In 1998 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab and once across the river hiked up a ravine to the Clear Creek Trail up above the stone bench.  I cached some items for a later trip and returned via the trail through Phantom Ranch.
   In 2012 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail with Bill Ferris to cache my inflatable kayak in preparation for a river crossing we would make the next week.  Here is the spot where I cached it (along with some of our hiking gear) under the pile of rocks near where we planned to cross the river.  After finishing that we hiked back up to the rim.

March 2


2012 - Kayak cache camp at Tanner.

2013 - Bighorns in Soap Creek.

   In 2012 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail with Bill Ferris to cache my inflatable kayak in preparation for a river crossing we would make the next week.  Here is Bill at our camp by the river.
   In 2013 I did a day hike down Soap Creek.  I had hoped to get to the river but I was deterred by a spot in the canyon where a rope had been fixed to get by a giant boulder.  On my return, as I neared the plateau, I happened upon a couple of bighorn sheep.

March 1


2008 - Scout on the South Rim.

   In 2008 I did one of my favorite day hike loops - down the South Kaibab, across the Tonto and up the Bright Angel.  Waiting at the top for me were Cara Lynn and our dog Scout.

February 28

February 27


2000 - Hmm... the view from Plateau Pt.

2009 - The Vermilion Cliffs.

   In 2000 I did a day hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point just to enjoy the weather.  I was the only one at the point while there and I took some photos like this that I think made for a nice contrast.
   In 2009 I drove up to the North Rim to get to Crazy Jug.  The snow on those roads stymied me from getting any closer than about five miles from the rim.  But, I got this nice shot of the Vermilion Cliffs while I was on my way up.

February 26

February 25

February 24


1981 - On the Tanner Trail.

   In 1981 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail, camping for two nights at the river.  This was my last day and I hiked back up to the rim.  This photo is from a spot looking back at a section of trail below the Redwall with the river in the background.

February 23


1981 - Unkar Rapids ... from 400 feet above!

   In 1981 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail, camping for two nights at the river.  This was my second day and I hiked over to the tall cliff above Unkar Rapids.  At about 400 above the river, I had to literally crawl out to the edge to take this picture looking down on the rapids.  From here I hiked up the Cardenas drainage and somehow managed to get to the base of the Redwall and follow a route to the Escalante-Cardenas saddle and return to camp down the Tanner Trail.

February 22


1981 - Comanche Pt. ... beside itself.

2004 - John at Pipe Creek Rapids.

   In 1981 I did a hike down the Tanner Trail, camping for two nights at the river.  This was my first day down.  By accident my film jammed, yet I got this cool picture that is double exposure of Comanche Pt.
   In 2004 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the Bright Angel Trail - here is John at the river.  It was a cool day, lots of clouds and with some occasional light rain.  We were in search of the lower portion of a route that would lead up to the Tonto west of Pipe Creek.  On an earlier hike we had come down that route but got cliffed out a hundred feet above the BA Trail.  We came up empty on this trip, but on the way back we did hike the original Devil's Corkscrew as we ascended back to Indian Garden.  [A few months later I was able to do this interesting route - see here.]

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2013 - Chris Atwood climbing down from Tse-An-Kaetan.

   In 2013 Chris Atwood and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail.  We were headed into Cremation Canyon and decided to try for Tse-an-Kaetan, a cave where some ancient split-twig figurines had been found.  We located the cave and I was sure I'd never get into it.  But, after climbing up to it, Chris tied in a long piece of webbing to an anchor spot and came back down (as shown in the photo) to borrow my pen so he could sign into the register.  With the webbing as security I made the climb too and got the chance to poke around in this fantastic cave.
   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood.  This was my last day and I hiked back up the Grandview Trail. [No photos.]

February 16


1991 - At the foot of Sockdolager Rapids.

   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood.  This was my second day and I did a day hike down to the foot of Sockdolager Rapids, shown here with my fanny pack sitting on a rock.  There is an old trail that goes beneath the Tapeats and a steep rock-filled ravine that leads to this spot north of Horseshoe Mesa.

February 15


1991 - Camp at Cottonwood Spring.

   In 1991 I did a three day trek down the Grandview Trail.  I camped for two nights at the little spring in the side canyon to Cottonwood, as seen in the photo.  I used to camp at this spot quite often - it is all by itself, next to water (at least, back then) and away from the trail.  As you can see, this is my roomy 3-man tent; quite the luxury for a solo hike!

February 14


1998 - John Eastwood on route to Cardenas Creek.

   In 1998 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the Tanner Trail.  The rim was snowpacked and it took us quite a bit of time to locate the trailhead!  While above the Redwall we left the trail and hiked up to the Escalante-Cardenas saddle and then headed north to an easy route down through the Redwall.  From here we had to find a narrow break in the Tapeats - the photo shows John after we got through that spot.  We got to the river and ate a late lunch as the weather took a turn.  From here we bushwhacked our way over to the lower stretches of the Tanner Trail and hiked up in the rain which soon turned to snow, reaching the rim late at night.  We were in the midst of a big storm and the drive back to Flagstaff took many hours.
   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera and we camped for two nights on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our last day and we hiked back up to the rim.  I recall that it had snowed overnight, but I have no photos for this day.

February 13


1984 - Karen Herrera with coffee pot on the Old Grandview Trail.

   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera and we camped for two nights on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our second day and we did a day hike down to Cottonwood Creek and then out on the Tonto and down the Old Grandview Trail to the river.  In the old, but well-constructed, section through the Tapeats we came across this old coffee pot.  Below this, the "trail" became a barely discernible route and for years I wasn't sure we had actually followed the right route to the river.  I don't know how we did this trek to the river and back in a day, in the middle of winter, but, alas, I did not keep any journal notes to remind me!

February 12

   In 1984 I hiked down the Grandview Trail with Karen Herrera.  We spent two nights camped on Horseshoe Mesa.  This was our first day and we hiked down to a camp site.  [For some reason I have no photos for this day nor do I have any journal notes.]

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2008 - O'Neill Butte along the South Kaibab Trail.

   In 2008 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail to the river.  I literally only crossed the Black Bridge and after a short rest turned around and came back up to the rim.  I was on the trail at 7:30 am, reached the other side of the bridge at 10:15, took a fifteen minute break and was back on the rim at 2 p.m.  Six and a half hours for this round trip to the river - not bad!
   In 1981 I hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I spent a couple of nights.  This was my last day and I hiked back up to the rim. [No photos.]

February 8

   In 1981 I had hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I would spend a couple of nights. This was my second day and I hiked up to Utah Flats and over into Phantom Creek.  From there I continued north until I could follow a talus slope down to the creek and cross over to the North Kaibab Trail and return to my camp. [No photos.]

February 7

   In 1981 I hiked down to the Bright Angel Campground where I would spend a couple of nights. [No photos.]

February 6


2009 - Bill Ferris on the South Kaibab.

2013 - Sketchy slopes in 6 Mile Draw.

2013 - Downriver from Cathedral.

   In 2009 Bill Ferris and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to the Colorado River and back the same way.  We stopped at the picnic table near Bright Angel Creek for our turnaround point, not going all the way to the ranch.  It was really dark in the early morning as you can tell from this photo of Bill snapping some pictures from Ooh Aah Pt.
   In 2013 I was trying to do some loop segments in Marble Canyon.  This day I started down the so-called 6 Mile Draw which comes out to a sheer cliff over the river.  I started following a steep route on the upriver side, heading for a slope that would take me to the river.  But, I soon gave up over this precarious slope; the photo is looking back to the draw, to which I returned.  A fuller account is written up here.
   In 2013 I was trying to do some loop segments in Marble Canyon.  In the morning I was stymied in 6 Mile Draw,  so in the afternoon I drove up the road and hiked down Cathedral Wash.  I followed down alongside the river to find a spot referred to as a "wall."  This photo shows my furthest progress.  I did not get past the knob that sticks out into the river and I think the wall is just beyond this.  A fuller account is written up here.

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2006 - Toroweap towers on Pt. Huitzil route.

   In 2006 I went up the to South Bass area with John & Kathy Eastwood, Mark Pebler and one of Kathy's astronomy students, Keith.  John, Mark and I got dropped off at the abandoned Pasture Wash Ranger Station to do a looping hike to the South Bass trailhead via the Pt. Huitzil route, spending most of our time trekking along the Esplanade.  Great fun.  One of the landmarks for navigating this route are these two squat towers in the Toroweap layer.  It was an all day affair and the three of us had on our headlamps for the final push up the South Bass.  There we found that Mark's vehicle had gotten a flat and no amount of effort could free one of the lug nuts.  So, the five of us returned to Flagstaff in my Toyota Xtra Cab - talk about being packed in like sardines!  The next day - Super Bowl Sunday - I drove Mark back up to get his truck (he had to use a patch kit as a temporary fix).  I got back home just in time to see only the very last play of the big game :-(, between the Steelers and the Seahawks.  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

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2009 - In the narrows of Cathedral Wash.

   In 2009 I decided to scoot up to Marble Canyon and do a hike I had only read about down Cathedral Wash to the river.  Not a soul around and the fact that you start on the plateau and wend your way into this narrow canyon rather quickly is very cool.  On this day it was actually cold!  And, I made it back home in plenty of time to watch the Super Bowl.  [The one the Cardinals lost :-( unfortunately.]  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

January 31


2013 - Hiking along the Colorado River.

   In 2013 I did a loop hike from Lee's Ferry to Cathedral Wash, hiking down along the river, shown in the photo, and back across the plateau.  I had this notion that I could hike through Marble Canyon on a series of (mostly) day hikes.  That turned out much harder than I thought and this is the only segment I actually did.  I wrote up a fuller account of this hike here.

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   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my ninth, and final, day and I hiked from my camp at the Bright Angel Campground back to the South Rim. [No photos.]

January 26

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my eighth day and I hiked from my camp out in Clear Creek to Phantom Ranch.  While there I did a hike up to Utah Flats and down Phantom Creek back to camp.  [No photos.]

January 25


2003 - Looking back south from Plateau Pt.

2004 - At Hermit Rapids.

   In 2003 I did a quick day hike down the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Pt. and back.  All of my photos turned out fuzzy, and this the best of the lot with some stylization courtesy of Photoshop.  This is also the very last roll of film I have used!
   In 2004 Erik Drake and I went down the Hermit Trail to the river and back on a day hike.  Here is a photo Eric took of me at the rapids.  [If you look back to my photo for Jan. 14 you'll see the same rock but with the river running much lower.]
   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my seventh day and I hiked from my camp out in front of The Howlands Butte and into Clear Creek.  While there I actually had time to do a quick hike up the creek to some ruins, although I took no photos this day.

January 24


1981 - An unusual view of Vishnu Temple.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was my sixth day and time to start my return.  I packed up and hiked back to camp on the Tonto out in front of The Howlands Butte.  Along the way I took this photo looking up at Vishnu, seemingly from my route across Vishnu Canyon.  On this hike I only took 16 pictures and this was the last one!  Back then paying for film, carrying film, and paying to develop film, seemed prudent.  Today (2017) that seems rather appalling.

January 23


1981 - Mine/tunnel in Asbestos.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the fifth day and I got to do some more day hiking in the Asbestos area.  I followed the wide bench to the west and got this photo looking back east with a bit of Hance Rapids showing on the river and, barely visible, the Watchtower at Desert View on the rim.  Circled on the image is the outlet of a mine from the other side of this point that is really a tunnel that ends on this cliff face.

January 22


1981 - Remains of Hance's camp in Asbestos.

2000 - John Eastwood in Crazy Jug.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the fourth day and I got to do some day hiking in the Asbestos area.  Here is a photo of the camp remains here, which were mostly gone when I returned to this area in 1993.  Note the alarm clock (facing away) sitting on the cast iron stove, along with a big pot.  At the 2016 Grand Canyon Historical Society Symposium presenter Shane Murphy argued that most of the mining in the canyon that we associate with Hance was, in fact, being directed and done by William Ashurst, who was a partner with Hance.
   In 2000 John Eastwood and I (and our dogs - Annie, Peppyr and Rocket) went up to spend the day on the Big Saddle Trail in Crazy Jug Canyon.  Here is John down near the spring with Peppyr beside him and Annie out in front.

January 21


1981 - Newberry Butte.

2006 - In South Canyon.

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the third day when I hiked from the Tonto near Hall Butte to Asbestos via the saddle at Newberry Butte, shown here in the photo, as viewed from the saddle.  Note my pack laying on the ground about thirty feet away.  I had followed a route through Vishnu Canyon that another hiker (Doug Romer; another Fred Harvey employee) told me about that came across the bed below the fall.  That required a very sketchy few steps across a spot about fifteen feet above the bed that nearly made be turn back.  After about an hour of contemplation I made the crossing.  But, as I climbed up the other side, to the Newberry saddle, I saw that it would have been much easier to cross further up the bed, above the fall, and that is the way I returned a few days later.
   In 2006 Erik Drake and I went up to Marble Canyon to do a day hike down South Canyon.  We checked into the Cliff Dwellers Lodge on the way in so we wouldn't have to drive all the way back to Flagstaff after what we expected to be a long day.  Great weather, although cold.  Frozen water pockets and dripping icicles in the bed of South.  We got as far as the overlook of the river atop the Redwall before we had to turn back.  Here is Erik on the long bypass of a cliff near the Bedrock Canyon junction.  We had to ascend from the bed in the dark.  Thankfully the numerous cairns showed up well in our headlamps and kept us on the right route to the rim.  We were both anxious to get to the lodge and enjoy some hot chocolate!  I wrote up a fuller account here.

January 20


1981 - Angel's Gate (aka Snoopy Rock).

   In 1981 I did a nine day trek that took me to Asbestos Canyon.  This was the second day (and the first picture!!), of Angel's Gate as I was contouring without a trail along the Tonto Plateau.

January 19


2008 - The South Rim from Plateau Point.

   In 2008 I went up to the South Rim to do a quick day hike to Plateau Point.  Not many on the trail and absolutely deserted out at the point.  Here's the view looking back to the rim.  If you look closely, you'll see the old headframe from the Orphan Mine.
   In 1981 I started a nine day trek to Asbestos Canyon.  This first day I hiked down the South Kaibab and then on toward Clear Creek.  Did I make it all the way there?  I don't know as I didn't keep a record.  Also, no photos for this first day.

January 18


2003 - Vicki Wallis on Telephone Trail.

   In 2003 Vicki Wallis and I did a day hike down the South Kaibab, across the Tonto and up the BA.  I wanted to use this opportunity to check out the route that the telephone line takes from "The Tipoff" on the South Kaibab Trail at the Tonto level.  We followed the line to the edge of the Tapeats and there was a rough trail through the cliff that led down to a ridge that the regular trail passes by.  Here she is at one of the better spots on this route next to one of the telephone poles.

January 17


2004 - On Horseshoe Mesa.

   In 2004 with John Eastwood and one of my MBA students, Peter, I did a day hike down the Grandview to Horseshoe Mesa, then down to Cottonwood Creek and around to the trail that leads up the west prong of the horseshoe, with a side trip to the Cave of the Domes.  Here is a photo of me on the mesa - I think that the cairn marks the route to the cave.
   In 1999, John Eastwood and I "day-hiked" down the Boucher Trail (from the Silver Bell trailhead) to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and lent itself to this kind of hike.  We reached the river very late in the afternoon (on the 16th) and had to hike up mostly in the dark, not reaching the rim until after sunrise on this day.  [No photos.]

January 16


1999 - With John Eastwood at Boucher Rapids.

   In 1999, John Eastwood and I "day-hiked" down the Boucher Trail (from the Silver Bell trailhead) to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and lent itself to this kind of hike.  Still, we reached the creek in the mid afternoon and despite our better judgment (OK, despite John's better judgment!) we put in the time to get to the river, where this photo was taken.  It turned out to be a grueling hike back up as we didn't reach the trailhead until after sunrise the next morning.  Occasional napping along the way during a bitterly cold night was less than pleasant.  John has since become skeptical when I suggest a "day hike," wondering if that means 24 hours!

January 15

   In 1981 I did three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our last day and we hiked back up to the rim on the Hermit Trail.  [No photos.]

January 14


1981 - Sue Foster at Hermit Rapids.

   In 1981 I did a three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our second day and we did a day hike down to the river.  Here is Sue at Hermit Rapids on a cool, but nice and sunny day.

January 13


1981 - Sue Foster at Santa Maria Spring Rest House.

   In 1981 I did a three day trip with my sister, Sue Foster, who, like me (and my other sister, Gayle) was working on the South Rim at this time (all for Fred Harvey).  We hiked down the Hermit Trail and camped at the creek for two nights.  This was our first day and I took this picture of Sue at the rest house be Santa Maria Spring.  If memory serves, I don't think we saw anyone else during this trip.

January 12


2015 - Misty conditions on the South Kaibab.

   In 2015 I did an overnight hike to Phantom with a former student of mine, Ty Ewing.  He had graduated the previous month and was still in town before leaving for his new job.  This was our second, and final, day and we hiked up the South Kaibab after having the early breakfast at the Phantom Canteen.  The clouds were low lying in the morning and I got this shot of a misty O'Neil Butte from the so-called "Mormon Flats" section.  Not surprisingly, Ty got to the rim about an hour ahead of me.

January 11


2003 - Snowpacked Grandview Trail.

2015 - With Ty Ewing at Indian Garden.

   In 2003 I did one of my favorite looping day hikes - down the Grandview to Horseshoe Mesa, off to the east to the Tonto, and follow it around to an overview of the river above Sockdolager Rapids, then back up to the mesa from the trail on the west prong and back to the rim.  This hike was made even more interesting by the snowpacked conditions on the upper portion of the trail as seen in the photo.
   In 2015 I did an overnight hike to Phantom with a former student of mine, Ty Ewing.  He had graduated the previous month and was still in town before leaving for his new job.  Here we are at Indian Garden on our way down.

January 10


1981 - Ruins near the top of the South Bass Trail..

1984 - Desert View Watchtower from the Tanner Trail.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the fifth, and final, day and I hiked back up to the rim from my camp on the Tonto.  Up above the Coconino I spotted these ruins (which I think pretty much everyone sees, but I missed them on the way down).
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  This was our last day as we hiked back up to the rim from out camp higher up the trail from the river.  In the morning the Desert View Watchtower was barely visible on the rim.

January 9


1981 - View of Mt. Huethawali up Copper Canyon.

1984 - "Eat at Mom's" on Tanner beach.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the fourth day and I moved my camp from below Garnet to the Tonto above Bass Canyon.  On the way I got this view of Mt. Huethawali in the afternoon while looking up Copper Canyon.
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  This was our second day and we spent the morning enjoying the beach environment.  With some driftwood we made this sign that I though passing river runners would notice - Eat At Mom's.

January 8


1981 - Elves Chasm.

1984 - Karen on the Tanner Trail.

2006 - Middle cliff in Indian Hollow.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the third day and I was able to get to a beach a bit downstream from Garnet where I set up camp.  Then it was time for a day hike to Elves Chasm, shown in the photo.
   In 1984 I did a hike with Karen Herrera down the Tanner Trail for a few days.  Here she is at the Redwall Overlook on our way down on this first day.
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my last day and I packed up and returned to the rim directly up Indian Hollow.  There are three places that require some consideration and I recall taking off my pack at all three.  At this spot - the middle cliff - I hoisted up my pack and shoved it onto the high ledge and then climbed up over it.

January 7


1981 - Packed up from my camp at Bass Rapids.

1996 - Roundabout route at Pt. Huitzil.

2001 - With Liz Scott on the New Hance Trail.

2006 - Racetrack Knoll in Kanab Canyon.

2012 - With John Eastwood & Duncan Orr in Hance Canyon.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  This was the second day and I got this photo of the beach where I had been camped the night before, all packed up and ready to head for the Tonto level, where I camped short of Garnet Canyon this night.
   In 1996 with John Eastwood, we were able to finally crack the secret of the Pt. Huitzil route.  I was able to work my way along this crack, suspended above the ground a bit, to a corner where I could get to the "ladder" that leads up to the hole in the Coconino.
   In 2001 I did a couple of short hikes with Liz Scott - down the South Kaibab to Cedar Ridge and, as shown here, down the New Hance to the lower part of the Coconino (with Coronado Butte in the background).
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my fourth day and I day hiked over to a good flowing creek in the next canyon to the north (Kwagunt Hollow) and then I had hopes of hiking out to, and up to the top of Racetrack Knoll.  I ran out of time for that but did get this nice shot of the knoll.
   In 2012 I was joined by John Eastwood and Duncan Orr for a day hike down into Hance Creek.  We had thought to be able to get all the way to the river, but there just wasn't enough time - we made it to the first of three major bypasses.  But, we also got to use a definite trail down into Hance from the Tonto on the west side of the creek that was a cool score for us.  Here is John and Duncan at one of the many idyllic pools in Hance.

January 6


1981 - Wheeler Fold in Bass Canyon.

2006 - Looking along Fishtail from atop the mesa.

   In 1981 I did my first hike down the South Bass Trail.  I left the trailhead at 11 am and reached the river by 5 pm.  I missed seeing a lot of the historical stuff in the area but not something as awesome as the Wheeler Fold, shown in the photo.
   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa but instead spent three nights in Indian Hollow.  This was my third day and I day hiked up to the top of Fishtail Mesa and got a chance to look around a bit, but not enough time to go all the way to the end.  Still, I did find a register in a cairn along the west rim.

January 5


2006 - Camp above Fishtail Spring.

   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa.  This was the second day and I decided to change my itinerary due to the rather dry conditions, so I packed up my camp above Fishtail Spring (shown in the photo) and hiked up and over the saddle into Indian Hollow where I set up camp for the next few days.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our fifth, and final, day as we packed up our camp in along the Tonto and headed back to Phantom and out the South Kaibab. [No photos.]

January 4


1992 - Snow on the Tonto coming out of Clear Creek.

2003 - At the end of the Redwall below Lipan Pt.

2006 - Looking west from the Thunder River Trail.

   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our fourth day and we packed up our camp in Clear Creek and headed back towards Phantom Ranch.  This night we camped along the Tonto, which was still plenty snowy, as you can tell by this morning photo of Neil on the trail.
   In 2003 I did a quick day hike on the Tanner Trail.  I had been looking at a long formation in the Redwall that defines the east side of 75 Mile Canyon for some time and this day was the day to see if I could hike out to the end.  I could, and did the timed shot shown.  This feature is quite visible from Lipan Pt. although the photo below shows what it looks like from the trail before reaching the saddle with 75 Mile.  The arrow on the left shows the point I reached (and in the photo above) while the arrow in the center shows a bit of snow in the shadow of the little unnamed butte.  [Click to see a larger image.]

   In 2006 I headed down the Old Thunder River Trail (from Indian Hollow) with the intent of doing a hike around Fishtail Mesa.  This was the first day and I hiked down the trail, with its sweeping views of the canyon, as shown in the photo (including Fishtail Mesa in the center and Mt. Sinyala to the left).  That night I camped near to Fishtail Spring down low in the Supai layer.

January 3


1992 - Snow in Clear Creek!

1999 - John and I at the Ross Wheeler.

   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our third day and we did a day hike down the creek with the intent of reaching the river.  But, the weather turned on us and we probably only got about half way.  It snowed quite heavily in the afternoon and when we returned to our camp, the tent was covered in snow.  Not a very usual sight this deep in the canyon!
   In 1999 John Eastwood and I did a day hike down the South Bass to the river and back.  It had been a very mild winter and we were able to get to the trailhead on roads that would otherwise be impassible.  Here's a timed photo of me and John (I didn't quite make it to my spot!) at the abandoned Ross Wheeler just above Bass Rapids.
   In 1981 I did a day hike down the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and back up the Bright Angel Trail.  [No photos.]

January 2


1989 - Santa Maria Rest House.

1992 - Camp at Clear Creek.

   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my seventh, and final, day as I hiked back up to the rim on the Hermit Trail.  Along the way I took this photo of the rest house at Santa Maria Spring.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our second day and pretty much all we did was hike from our camp on the Tonto the rest of the way to Clear Creek where we set up our camp for the next two nights.  I brought along the vestibule add-on which served us well when the weather turned.  But I think my main reason was that the zippered door on that side of the tent was busted.

January 1


1989 - Empty Hermit Creek Campground.

1992 - Clouds wrap around Zoroaster and Brahma.

   In 1989 I did a hike down the Hermit/Boucher to visit at Slate Creek.  This was my sixth day and I hiked from my camp in Boucher to the Hermit Creek Campground, which, not surprisingly, was absolutely empty.  A solo hiker did arrive after me, just before I did an afternoon hike down to Hermit Rapids.
   In 1992 Neil Jacobs and I did a hike over to Clear Creek.  This was our first day.  We went down on the South Kaibab, passed through Phantom Ranch and then up the Clear Creek Trail to camp on the Tonto level for the night.  Very cold day but the early morning clouds were quite spectacular as they surrounded high peaks on the north side of the river.

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