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Peñasco Blanco

When I was at Chaco Canyon last year, one of the hikes I did not do was the hike to Peñasco Blanco. So it was high on my list this time.

Peñasco Blanco was awesome.

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Getting High

After leaving the Grand Canyon, our next stop was Chaco Canyon. Of course, Chaco Canyon doesn’t have the depth of the Grand Canyon, but it is even more fascinating in its own way.

It really should be on everybody’s to-do list.

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After finishing up our ascent out of the Grand Canyon, my son and I headed back to Mather Campground (that’s the standard car-camping campground on the south rim) to spend two nights relaxing and seeing some of the rim scenes.

We also met some fellow barefooters.

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So far in the last week and a half I’d hiked barefoot in Zion (8.4 miles, 5.4 miles, and 5.4 miles) and in the Grand Canyon (1.1 miles on the rim, 6.3 on the way down, and 3.7 north of Bright Angel Campground). I wasn’t particularly footsore.

But now it was time to head up the Bright Angel Trail: 9.5 miles horizontally and 1 mile vertically.

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Oh! Two Feet

I went from Ode to a Campsite to Oh! To a Campsite.

I think I’ll move on to Oh! Two Feet.

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Results of the Barefoot Survey

Back in mid-April, I highlighted a survey that was being conducted by Anemone Cerridwen.

The results of that survey are now in and analyzed.

Let me say that Anemone did a terrific job of analyzing and
displaying the results, with nice pie charts like this one.

How Often Do You Go Barefoot?

How Often Do You Go Barefoot?

There are bar charts too, but what you really want to read is her analysis. Rather than my trying to excerpt pieces, I suggest that you just go read her write-up directly.

Barefoot Survey 2013 Results

 

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Oh! To a Campsite

Last year when I visited Chaco Canyon, I wrote my Ode to a Campsite.

Well, for the visit to Cottonwood Campground, halfway up the north side of the Grand Canyon along Bright Angel Creek, I think I’ll say “Oh!” to a campsite.

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After spending the night at Bright Angel Campground, the next spot on our itinerary was to head up to the Cottonwood Campground. It is about a 7½ hike up the north side of the Grand Canyon.

And we spent it taking precautions against my over-heating.

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Rolling My Eyes

When last we met our entrepid heroes, my son and I were just arriving at the tunnel to the Black Bridge that leads over the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

We’d hoofed it pretty fast, with very few stops, to get down while the trail was still not too hot.

And then . . .

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Back to the Canyon

So began my return backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon. This time Ian, my son, was able to make it with me. I had gotten backcountry permits for three consecutive days.

You have to get up early to go into the canyon.

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Shuttling On

Folks may recall that last year when I was at the Grand Canyon I had a bit of an incident with the Shuttle Bus system. I wrote about it in Abyss Bus Barefoot Ban.

Today was a bit of a rest day here at the Grand Canyon, so my son and I did a bit of shuttle riding, heading out to Hermit’s Rest.

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After leaving Zion (the day after the Angel’s Landing hike), we’ve headed over to the Grand Canyon. The Navajo Bridge over the Grand Canyon is always a good stop.

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Over the last couple of days you may have noticed how Ian’s footwear kept changing, and how he went barefoot on the Angel’s Landing trail.

There’s a tale to tell.

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Angel’s Landing

On our last day at Zion it took us a while to figure out what to do. I was a bit footsore from doing 8.5 miles two days previously, and 5.4 miles yesterday. Ian’s knee was acting up. Our choices were to just hang around soaking up scenery, trying the Narrows (upcanyon where the walls close in on you), or Angel’s Landing, a knife-edge mesa.

Eventually we decided we’d go for the challenging Angel’s Landing, with a nearly 1500 foot climb and a 5.4 mile round trip.

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Huber-Terrific

When I go hiking around Central Ohio, I often look for a more out-of-the-way place. Sure, I also hit the main attractions, but I also have a yen for the different.

So, here in Zion, after hitting Observation Point, we went to Huber Wash.

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