Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim 2016
My 2016 Rim to Rim to Rim Statistics
At this point my focus is not only on successfully and safely completing a RRR, but also being very efficient with everything that I do. That includes not carrying too much water, too much food or too much clothing. My dream would be to finish a RRR with one gel and 8 oz of water. Also not to carry unnecessary items. This year I finished with 6 gels, 2 energy bars, 2 bags of single servings energy powder and 8 oz of water. Not too much in terms of weight, for sure, but unnecessary items. Some of them I stashed away at the bottom and I only picked them up on my way back, but some I carried across the canyon just to have them. I also, against my better judgement, took with me a very light and small-to-pack wind breaker. The weight of it was nothing, but the little space that it took occupied one pocket of the running belt I had (I am yet to use a water bladder when running.) I also only used the wind breaker when running down, for the first 1.5 hours. It wasn't cold at 4:15 AM, about 41-43 F, and wearing it caused me to sweat too much unnecessarily (I hid the wind breaker at the river with other items and picked everything up on my way back.) Other items that I had with me was my cellphone that I used as a GPS tracker, to record the distance, speed and time (not as good as a GPS watch, but it did an acceptable job), a flashlight (that I hid at the river when I got there since there was already enough light to continue without it), two small (7 oz) cans of coffee (one I hid at the river and drank it when I got back, before my final ascent, and the other one I took it with me and drank it at the North Rim before going down.) I also stashed away at the river some gels, energy bars and an energy powder pack.
All in all I would say that this was a successful RRR for me. Although the distance is the shortest a RRR could be (42 miles), I can tell that I improved on my speed and overall time. My breaks were shorter and except of a cramp on the back of my right knee that lasted for a few minutes when I started again from the North Rim, nothing really troubled me. However, I have to admit that when I got back to Phantom Ranch and stopped for water and restroom (35 miles into my run), I felt tired and the last 7 miles going up on South Kaibab I hiked at a speed of 2.5 mph, not even fantasizing about running.
I finished at 6:35 PM, while three was still light out. Ten minutes later it was dark. Since there was not much cell coverage at South Kaibab TH, I had to walk for another 2 miles and wait for a little over an hour for my ride to come and pick me up.
I hope for a 2017 RRR. If that happens (I really hope my wife won't throw a fit over it), my plan is to start at Bright Angel TH, go to the North Rim and come back up South Kaibab - 45 miles. For that trek I definitely need a water bladder since doing the RRR in that manner I cannot stash away water on South Kaibab.
Keep it moving!