FKT: Suzanne "Sunny" Stroeer, Christin Douglas, Lexi Miller - Grand Canyon R2R2R-alt (AZ) - 2020-10-23

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22h 27m 20s
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We -- Christin, Lexi and Sunny -- set out to attempt the R2R2R.alt in glorious late October conditions.  We started on the North Rim shortly after 2am, onsighted N Bass Trail in the dark (not easy), made it to the river shortly after first light and had a smooth crossing.  S Bass is buttery and fast compared to N Bass; the main issue for us was heat and managing our water.  After tagging the South Rim we returned to the river at ~3:30pm, crossed back to the north side, and started the slow and tedious ascent back up to the trailhead.  Even after having descended N Bass a few hours earlier, navigating the trail on the return trip in the dark was a challenge.  All in all -- a beautiful day with near-perfect conditions.  The river crossing was smooth on account of low, warm water and a draught summer without any monsoon.  In different conditions, it is easy to imagine that the crossing could be terrifying. We carried two wetsuits, swim buoys, and a packraft between the three of us which added an element of safety. 

This route is not for the faint of heart, nor is it fast (N Bass is a lot of very slow bushwhacking)... but it is a spectacular adventure for the well-prepared. Video & more stories may follow in due time. 

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? epic work ?