he last few years have been slow climbing big peaks. For 4 years I averaged 5 Alpine 88 peaks per year, then in 2015 that dropped to 2. In 2016 I got my first with a guided climb of Mount Baker and thanks to a busy work schedule it looked unlikely a second was in the works. Then we had a chance to head to Arizona a day early for our Grand Canyon Thanksgiving trip. I seized it, expecting an easy and fun hike. But the weather had other ideas.
I like to explore new places. I rarely return to the same place twice. There is one exception: Grand Canyon National Park. Why? Saying you're going back to Grand Canyon is like saying you're going back to California. It's huge and most of it's secrets require you sacrifice time, sweat and nerves before they reveal themselves. Our latest trip took us far from the crowds on the South Rim into a new part of the canyon as fresh as any new destination.