Saturday, October 11, 2014

Finished, But Not Home - Yet

Yes, Kari and her friend, Andrea, finished the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike in just over 12 hours!  I talked with her last evening and her first description of the endeavor was, ". . .The hardest thing I've ever done in my life! . ."  I'll drive to the Sacramento airport to pick her up (or scoop her up!) this evening at 8.  We'll see how she feels after 24 hours of "recovery;" I use the term recovery loosely as she predicts that day 2 will be worse than the first 24-hour period.

Hopefully, she'll have a few photos to share; although, she already indicated she didn't take anywhere near what she thought she would because the hike was just too darn hard.  Remember I said it was 26 miles; she said that about 13 of that distance was uphill!!!  The final 6 miles, climbing up to the south rim from the canyon floor took an hour per mile!  At one point she said her whole body 'seized' and she couldn't move for several minutes; the cause was dehydration and sodium depletion.  She took extra salt tablets and drank about a quart of water over around 15 minutes and felt better.  At the time we spoke (about 6pm) she said several hikers were still a long way from the finish.

And, finally she said, "This is my first AND MY LAST Grand Canyon Rim to Rim."

I just thank God she finished with what appears to be no serious or terminal injuries.  Ironman Cozumel will be much more "sane," that's the term I'll use to describe any / all of these extreme athletic events my kids seem to be addicted to conquering!

I'm off to get a little exercise myself; then I'll commence the chief cook and bottle washer duties for a fractured family dinner tonight, before I head to the airport to pick Kari up . . . More (with pix) later.

23 comments:

  1. Sure glad that your daughter made it ok....that sure was a huge accomplishment for the two of them.

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  2. Wow that would have been and amazing hike good thing she is in shape.

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  3. I've hiked rim to rim on Bright angle trail and also hiked down Havasupai several times but not in one day...good grief!! We back packed down with gear and at one point I had to hike my gear up and come back 1/4 way back down to help a fellow hiker carry up 'his' gear LOL. He carried his gear the last 10 or so steps to save face LOL....those were fun days. Now I'd have to take it real slow...no longer young and spry.

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  4. A day after my first hike down, my ex-husband and cousin had to left up sever steps...I could not lift my legs and push off to the next step. I learned my lesson and stretch before and after my hike and several more stretches in between.

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  5. Congratulations to your daughter but jumping jeeeez! what an ordeal. I don’t get the why … I guess because the climb is there? but to just ~ 26 MILES? whoa! and 13 uphill…. well, it’s beyond my comprehension but people do push themselves to their limit and I respect that but … I still don’t ‘get’ why.

    anxious to see her pictures!

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  6. Congratulations to Kari and her friend Andrea, that is quite an accomplishment! Kevin and I have hike the Grand Canyon back in January of 2006. We hiked down the South Kaibab Trail one day, stayed at Phantom Ranch for the night and then hiked back out on the South Kaibab Trail the next day. I remember being beat just hiking down that first day, I can't even imagine hiking across the valley floor then back up the other side all in one day! They should be totally proud of themselves!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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