dman wrote:Water is a valuable asset in the Grand Canyon. Twice several group members ran out of water, and consequently into dehydration problems including muscle cramps. In order to keep the group moving and prevent further problems, I was forced to share my water, which is never something that you want to do. Eventually we made it out, but the reason for this problem even starting was because several group members decided not to fill up with water all the way because we were expecting water on the way up from Phantom Ranch to the South Rim. DON'T ever assume anything about water in the middle of the Grand Canyon. You can get caught in a bad situation fast.
I am not saying bring ridiculous amounts of water, because that will do the exact same thing and slow you down, but speed and comfort should never be substituted for a life threatening situation of low water.
And for food, don't forget to bring the GORP!
Great advice; thanks. I have read several accounts where people breezed down the initial descent to the bottom and didn't drink much. Then, on the way out, by the time they realized they were at a deficit, they couldn't make it up. Result was not pleasant.
I'm curious what time of year it was, as I thought water was nearly always available on the Bright Angel trail to the S. Rim. It is the N. Rim that has me concerned.