Thursday, June 6, 2013

Rim to Rim: The Climb

 

Here is the final re-cap of rim to rim!

If you missed the first two here they are:

Rim to Rim: The Beginning

Rim to Rim: The Box

So after crossing the Colarado River, swimming and having fun for a little while we started our ascend!

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Here is the elevation map…

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No big deal.. right?

Here we go!!!

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I am squinty..

We decided to hike until we reach the first of three springs on the way up and out.

This was probably the hardest part of the entire thing. It was HOT! There was little to no shade and my blisters on my feet were ON FIRE!

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I took my long sleeve shirt and dipped it into a spring then wrapped it around my neck to help keep me cool! At this point we had asked someone who was on the way down how much farther.. he said about 4 and a half miles..

REALLY?!!!

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yea….

The view was amazing though!! I just tried to enjoy that and not focus on my feet!

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I really hated these trail shoes at this point. I had popped the blisters 3 different times.. and they kept coming back and just hurt with every single step.

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We made it to the first spring and I quickly had to re dress and pop my blisters again.. It was a quick stop and we were back on the trail.

If you do this do not underestimate the climb!!! The ladies I was with are the reason I made it through! They were amazing!! Everyone kept cracking jokes, and just talking and laughing.

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It was views like this that motivated me to get to the top!

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We stopped at two other water springs, rested, ate, saved a life of a man who was dehydrated, talked to other hikers and just enjoyed each other’s time.

My friends, although crazy… I love them so much, and being out in the middle of the Grand Canyon together through the cold, the heat, and even the pain.. I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I am so thankful for my health and my body that I was able to go and complete this.

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To run across the Grand Canyon was an experience of a lifetime!

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Standing on top of the south rim was just a relief! A sense of accomplishment and joy came over me. I actually came to a point that I really wanted to just stop.. I wanted to sit and hang out for a few hours then hike out. I’m so glad these girls pushed me through it. I could not of asked for better friends. Bleeding blisters and all, I can’t even begin to thank them for helping me clean my feet, making me laugh and smile the whole way!

Some of our friends came to meet us at the towards the end!

We were so happy to see them!

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The best support group out there! You will not find a stronger group of women anywhere. Hand down, these ladies amaze me. Not just on this trip, but in day to day life..

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After all, We CAN do HARD things.

Here are some pics of my sweet blisters… I had them on both of my big toes and in between most of them and underneath all the little one.. Sad smile

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Here are all the chicas that were crazy enough to conquer this beast.

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We had an amazing time and although are calves and hips can’t agree, I think it is safe to say that we ALL will be back next year.

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Rim to Rim is in the books!!!

I will admit that this was the HARDEST thing I have ever done. It’s actually impossible for me to put into words. In short it was the most horrible, awful but yet AMAZING experience I have ever had.

Would I do it again?

YES!

WHY did I do it?

I love to challenge myself. I love the feeling of doing something that people think is impossible. I did it just to see if I could. I did it to be with people that lift me up and make me a better person. I did it to experience the pain. I knew it would be hard. I also knew it would be unforgettable!!!

I will be doing a post on a what to expect, what to pack, and how to prepare if you are interested in doing it and experiencing it for yourself.

What is the most challenging thing you have ever done?

Do you have a physical challenge coming up soon?

Ps. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Hungry mother runner tank!