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  •  Boucher. . . (3+ / 0-)
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    is considered the toughest hike coming out of canyon and Hance the toughest one going in. I'm not sure about it, though I do have harsh memories of coming out on the Boucher a few times. Did the South Bass Trail and headed east, through the so-called mineral canyons, then bailed out on the Boucher for that week-long killer trek (killer, because most of the side canyons between South Bass and Boucher were dry as cotton. One 5 or so gallon pot hole saved the two of us. North Rim trails are, in places, even more difficult, certainly longer, and less traveled compared to the South Rim. And here's a hike you might be interested in (though you probably would regret tackling the terrain: South Bass to Havasu via Fossil Bay,Matkatamiba Canyon, and if you find your way out of that maze, up and over through the Big Thumb Mesa country, thence to Supai. I didn't put that trail on the list, though, because it's essential not a trail. Yet Bill Bass, the famous prospector did it several times (and was the trailblazer). I planned 5 days and ended up doing it in 7 (and beat). He must have been a tough 'ole bird. Thanks for sharing your comments and experiences with the rest of us, dsb.  

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    by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:20:31 PM PDT

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    •  I hope to go to Havasu some time. (2+ / 0-)
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      It sounds fantastic.

      Going down Boucher almost did me in. It wasn't particularly difficult but downhills have always been trickier for me and there was a place at twilight where the exposure was so sheer and the downhill so steep, I froze. My companion had to coax me past it and we had to make camp right after that, I was so exhausted from sheer terror. Then in the morning starting at 8:00 on the dot the planes started flying over, a couple dozen of them in a couple of hours before we quit counting.

      But those are quibbles. The good part, the exhilaration of that five days -- there are no words for that. It's in the pictures.

      •  the debate of down and up canyon hiking... (4+ / 0-)

        has always gone both ways, but I think most will agree going down canyon is the hardest. Especially is this the case on what we call "canyon toe" where they get slammed against the front of the boot thereby rendering very painful hemetomas. I, of course, know how to puncture the toe nail and release the pressure for students or myself, which some people just won't go along with, thinking it is the most painful thing in the world. What the most painful thing is comes next: not releasing the building pressure. Of course, you lose the toe nail or nails, but they'll grow back in about 6 months time. Strictly EMT stuff. Anyway, I climb the goat (probably smell like one, too) straight up if need be, because I know it's easier for me to go out then in. The Boucher is a steep mother coming in, by the way, which means it is tricky to climb out that way. The Hance is also a rough trail, but well worth the hiking. Thanks for posting another comment, dsb.

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:55:02 PM PDT

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