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Grand Canyon hiking: Tips on how not to have a heart attack

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avatar Grand Canyon hiking: Tips on how not to have a heart attack
June 28, 2009 07:03PM
f hiking the Bright Angel Trail, or any other trail that leads down into the Grand Canyon is the stuff of your dreams, be warned--it isn't the easiest thing to do. Sure, going down is fine. That path of switchbacks, often with mule pee at every turn, beckons downward. "This is swell, " you might say to yourself. "Isn't the Grand Canyon grand?"

http://www.gadling.com/2009/06/28/grand-canyon-hiking-tips-on-how-not-to-have-a-heart-attack/
avatar Re: Grand Canyon hiking: Tips on how not to have a heart attack
June 29, 2009 10:25AM
Knowing I had a headlamp...I started the hike at noon, made the overlook into the inner gorge (Plateau Point) around 4, back at the car by 9 p.m. in mid-May. Say hi to all the sweaty hikers coming up in the middle of the day, didn't break a sweat myself...learn from experience
avatar Re: Grand Canyon hiking: Tips on how not to have a heart attack
June 30, 2009 07:12PM
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Vince
Knowing I had a headlamp...I started the hike at noon, made the overlook into the inner gorge (Plateau Point) around 4, back at the car by 9 p.m.

That sounds rather slow. How many miles is it and how much altitude gain?
Re: Grand Canyon hiking: Tips on how not to have a heart attack
July 05, 2009 09:05PM
From the Bright Angel trailhead to Plateau Point and back is about 12.2 miles. The altitude gain on the way back up is about 1/2 mile.

When I did the hike, I departed about 10am, got to the overlook about 4pm, was back at the rim around 9pm, and was eating tri-tip at the restaurant by 9:30pm.

My descent time was fairly long because I stopped frequently to take photos, look at rocks, and talk to people.
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