Pilgrimage to the Grand Canyon
Rim To Rim To Rim Day Hike in Silence

By Ramana Katragadda - October 17, 2011

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Sudha, Dattu and I started our Rim To Rim To Rim Day hike from South Kaibab Trail at 4:01 AM on 10/15/2011. Sudha returned from Cottonwood Campground to the South Rim via Bright Angel trail making her round trip distance of 31 miles and Dattu and I completed the 45 miles round trip under 24 hours. I hiked the entire distance in silence by communicating with Sudha and Dattu through signs and by writing on my Android phone.

Summary
Dattu completed the round trip in 22 Hours and 21 Minutes by taking 9 hours and 35 minutes to hike to the North Rim, resting for 63 minutes, and returning to the South Rim in 11 hours and 43 minutes.

I completed the round trip in 22 Hours and 29 Minutes by taking 10 hours and 15 minutes to hike to the North Rim, restng for 23 minutes, and returning to the South Rim in 11 hours and 51 minutes.

The following Elevation Diagram provides a general idea on the elevation profile of South Kaibab, North Kaibab, and Bright Angel Trails respectively. Note that the distance on the X-Axis is not correct. In addition to the mile markers posted on the trails I referred to this page for calculating the 44.5 miles round trip I mentioned in the 'Time Line' section below. A few blogs I read claim the round trip distance to be as much as 46 miles.

Our food included Tamarind Rice, Pickle Rice, a few bars, Gels, and Electrolytes.


Time Line
The following time line may be useful for average hikers to use it as a cheat sheet for double crossing the Grand Canyon.

Place Arrive
(clock)
Time this segment
(h:mm)
Distacne
(miles)
Elevation
(in feet)
South Rim (South Kaibab) 4:01 AM 0:00 0.00 7,260
Cedar Ridge 4:40 AM 0:39 1.50 6,060
Skeleton Point 5:25 AM 0:46 1.50 5,200
Colorado River Bridge 6:39 AM 1:14 3.70 2,600
Bright Angel Campground 6:48 AM 0:09 0.30 2,480
Phantom Ranch 6:52 AM 0:04 0.40 2,546
Break Until 7:15 AM (23 minutes - Restroom, Food and Water)
Cottonwood Campground 9:36 AM 2:21 6.80 4,080
Break until 10:00 AM (24 minutes - Food and Water)
Pumphouse Residence 10:34 AM 0:58 1.40 4,600
Break until 10:47 AM (13 minutes - placed a lot of food on a tree)
Supai Tunnel Dattu:  12:30 PM
Ramana: 12:47 PM
1:43
2:00
3.70 6,800
Break (Dattu 17 minutes and Ramana 30 minutes - Food and Water)
North Rim Dattu:  1:35 PM
Ramana: 2:15 PM
0:48
0:58
1.70 8,241
Break until 2:38 PM (Dattu 63 minutes; Ramana 23 minutes)
Supai Tunnel 3:18 PM 0:40 1.70 6,800
Break until 3:36 PM (18 minutes - Water and Restroom)
Pumphouse Residence 4:45 PM 1:09 3.70 4,600
Break until 5:18 PM (33 minutes - Restroom, Food, and Tylenol)
Phantom Ranch 8:00 PM 2:42 8.20 2,546
Break until 8:36 PM (36 minutes - Food and Water)
Indian Garden 11:07 PM 2:31 5.10 3,800
Break until 11:20 PM (13 minutes break - Water)
3 Miles Rest House 12:20 AM 1:00 1.70 4,748
Break until 12:25 AM (5 minutes)
1.5 Miles Rest House 1:15 AM 0:50 1.50 5,729
Break until 1:28 AM (13 minutes - Restroom and Tylenol)
South Rim (Bright Angel) Dattu:  2:21 AM
Ramana: 2:29 AM
0:53
1:01
1.60 6,860

Six weeks Training on Mt. Woodson
Dattu and I trained on Mt. Woodson only. The table below lists each trail we hiked and their mileage. During the six weeks training, we hiked 29 miles twice, 23 miles once, 15 miles once, and 10 miles the weekend before the death march (note, I ran 15 miles in Vaishalia, CA while Dattu hiked 10 miles on Mt. Woodson). Increasing the training by two additional weeks and incorporating a 31 miles at least once may not be a bad idea.

Start End Elevation Gain Miles
Blue Sky Reserve ParkT Junction00.90
T JunctionLake Ramona7001.40
Lake RamonaT Junction01.40
T JunctionLake Poway Park3251.20
Lake Poway ParkMt. Woodson Trail Head1500.90
Mt. Woodson Trail HeadMt. Woodson Summit17732.90
Mt. Woodson SummitRoute 6701.75
Route 67Mt. Woodson Summit11561.75
Mt. Woodson SummitMt. Woodson Trail Head02.90
Mt. Woodson Trail HeadLake Poway Park1500.90
Lake Poway ParkT Junction531.20
T JunctionBlue Sky Reserve Park00.90
Blue Sky Reserve Park to Rte 67 - Round Trip430718.10
T JunctionLake Poway Park3251.20
Lake Poway ParkMt. Woodson Trail Head1500.90
Mt. Woodson Trail HeadMt. Woodson Summit17732.90
Mt. Woodson SummitMt. Woodson Trail Head02.90
Mt. Woodson Trail HeadLake Poway Park1500.90
Lake Poway ParkT Junction531.20
T JunctionBlue Sky Reserve Park00.90
Additional Hike245110.90
Round Trip + Additional Hike675829.00

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