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runbyu1 - Mar 18, 2012 8:10 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 1993Run it a half dozen + times
Ran Rim to Rim the first time when I was eleven---took just under 5 hours from North Rim to South via Bright Angel. I've run it many times since with the Sojourners Running Club and also with friends. Running up Kaibab was interesting a few years ago---ouch. A lot of times, we go do Havasupai the next day. Incredible marathon training.
Hyadventure - Oct 10, 2011 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2011Triple Rim
South to North and back in 19 hours. A very nice, cool day made the hike easily tolerable. My advice to others who plan to do this; the details count! research, plan, execute.
pingzingr - Jun 27, 2011 2:14 am Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011North to South (2 day)
Great hike into the Canyon. Went north to south with a camp at Phantom Ranch. The temperature swings were pretty insane too. 35 degrees at 0545 at North Kaibab TH and 113 degrees at 1530 along the Colorado at Phantom Ranch (78 degrees!). Overall a great trip and enjoyable. In the future I would probably look to do it earlier in the spring or later in the fall.
Tonka - Jun 14, 2011 1:20 am Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2011Great day - S to N
It's the Grand Canyon what can you say. Had great weather, met good people and we're successful. Good steady pace with plenty of rest and in in 11 1/2 hours.
JenniferJ - Jun 16, 2011 4:40 pmRe: Great day - S to N
It was great to meet you and your girlfriend on the trail. You two are great hikers! Thank you for lending us your pocket knife too! The OC Hiking Club and Unique Hikers on http://www.meetup.com/ are doing Whitney this summer. I'm on the Whitney waitlist for the unique hikers trip with Barb. Krai is doing Whitney with the OC Hiking Club.
LadyWawa - Jan 27, 2011 8:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2010Via Arizona Trail
Headed down North Kaibab early in the morning and went up Bright Angel. It wasn't the easiest thing with my thru-hiking gear to do in one day but what a beautiful day it was. Highly recommended!
strawd - Oct 12, 2010 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2010R2R via Bright Angel Trail
It's hard to claim that something is life-changing, but this is a hike you will never forget. Our group had a rather late start (7:15) and we lollygagged along all morning, stopping at Ribbon Falls. We reached the Colorado at 3 PM, refilled our bladders, and headed for the South Rim. One of our hikers was moving at a slower than expected pace, so we adjusted. It turned into a great sunset hike up Garden Canyon and at dusk I refilled another bladder by the Indian Garden campgrounds. I pulled out my flashlight and visor clip light: we hiked to the base of Jacob's Ladder before we turned them on. As we climbed, we noticed the moon shining on the canyon walls to the west. It rose above the east walls about 8:00 and the scene was stunning. We actually walked the last long switchback with the lights off and reached the parking lot at 10:45. All the fears that you might have had about fatigue,dehydration, injury, blisters...they force you to be prepared. You sure feel a sense of accomplishment because you did it!
wvpelite - Jul 20, 2010 6:04 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2009R2R
First time 11Hrs planning on trying a R2R2R
strudolyubov - Jun 23, 2010 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 200013xR2R2R and 2xSR2NR
Solo Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim hike, my first real Grand Canyon hike, quite an experience! Total time: 19 hours. Started late, spent 3 hours on the North Rim trying to get some sleep.
R2R, South Rim-to-North Rim (05/19/2001): nice hike! Great views.
R2R2R (05/01/2011): Day-hiked South Rim to North Rim and back to South Rim with a friend via South and North Kaibab trails. 49 miles total (started from the Village, adding ~6 miles to the hike). 20 hours car-to-car. Nice weather, gorgeous views, good workout.
R2R (06/18/2011): Traversed from South to North Rim. Nice hike.
R2R2R (04/13/2013): Day-hike/run from South Rim to North Rim and back via South and North Kaibab trails. Total time: 15h45m
R2R2R (10/26/2013): Solo trail run from South Rim to North Rim and back via South and North Kaibab Trails. Total time: 13h30m
Added 6 miles of hiking between the Village and the trailhead.
R2R2R: quite a few times since 2013 via South and North Kaibab trails. Total run times in the 10:30-12:00 hrs range.
vancouver islander - Jun 1, 2010 12:25 pm Date Climbed: May 17, 2010Roll Up the Rim To Win (with apologies to Tim Hortons)
Cold on the rims and not too hot at the river.
Major crowds and a kind of tense atmosphere going down on the first day. This was the first day the N Rim was open and hordes of testosterone saturated ultra marathoners were making the first R2R of the year. Strange and overly intense folk! One even asked me "did you get a late start?". The nerve of the fellow!
Once they were out of the way, however, the Canyon was as lovely and welcoming as ever.
14 Hours S->N and under 12 N->S
kevin trieu - Nov 25, 2009 8:00 pmhallucination on RRR
did it twice in 07/08 in 22/20 hours, respectively. best time to do RRR is October IMO. need to go back and cut another two hours off.
MarkDidier - Oct 6, 2009 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2009Breathtaking All Day Long
Went North Rim to South Rim coming out Bright Angel. This was my first visit to the Canyon and was awe struck with the scenery. I'll definitely be back - but for a hike of a few days so I can enjoy the place more.
seano - Sep 23, 2009 2:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2009r2r2r
12h15 South-to-North-to-South via South Bright Angel. Felt okay until Indian Gardens on the way back.
scottmitch - Jun 6, 2009 10:26 pm Date Climbed: May 8, 2009RRR
19 hours - 1st and last time :)
jmc - May 25, 2009 5:45 pm Date Climbed: May 15, 2008May is a good month
I hear it can be hot but it wasn't for us.
cheetah262 - May 14, 2009 9:28 pmEarly fall
My introduction to hiking...quite a start!
BigRob - Apr 23, 2009 10:28 pm Date Climbed: Apr 11, 2008RRR
One more thing of the bucket list. I'll be back though. The GC is a great place to go in between ice and rock.
Tracy - Jan 18, 2009 1:31 am Date Climbed: May 18, 2007South to North 2x; N2S 1x
Very warm day the first time in 2007. Repeated it a year and five days later (5/23/08) and it was much cooler - it was snowing atop the north rim.
5/20/11 - North to South with a side trip to Battleship Butte along the way - perfect weather.
jamesmh - Nov 30, 2008 11:48 am Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2007R2R2R
We did this route (across and back) in one day as a post-Thanksgiving trail run. I think that with the miles out to the North Rim overlook, it was somewhere in the ~48 miles round-trip. By the time we got back down to the Colorado, it was dark and the (just past) full moon had risen and was reflecting off of the river. Beautiful. It inspired us enough for the climb back up Bright Angel. We finished at about midnight and immediately collapsed into slumber!
eferesen - Oct 12, 2008 12:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2008Fun trail
R2R Twice in 2 days. I had great time