There’s nothing like physical pain to make you fully present and aware of your situation. Our plan was to go rim-to-rim-to-rim, from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, to the bottom, up the North Rim and back. 45ish miles in total. On the way down, I somehow injured my knee. I managed to make it to our first campsite, part way up the north rim, but not without some tears and a bit of swearing. I woke up the next morning hoping the pain would have subsided and the injury would just be a fluke thing, but instead it was stiff and even more painful than the day before. I️ decided to hang back and rest my knee while Nate and Wang went up to the North rim. I cried a lot in those several hours that I waited for them to return. I’ve been dreaming of this hike pretty much since the first time I saw the canyon several years ago. I’d been planning and hoping and shaving off every ounce possible from my pack weight to make it easier. It’s hard not to feel like a total failure in moments like that. You plan something for so long only to have a random injury keep you from doing it. My dream of hiking to the North rim is still not fulfilled.
Nate and Wang finally returned and we walked an excruciating 7 miles to our next campsite and the rest of the 9 miles up and out the next day. A kind older man saw me limping and gave me his knee brace. Regardless of the pain, the hike was absolutely beautiful and the company was even better. The Grand Canyon is by far one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and I love that the only way to truly see the National Park is to hike down into it. It attracts an interesting breed of tourists, only those willing to hike nearly 5,000 vertical feet down and back up. Anyway, I’m resting my knee and google searching what’s wrong with it, and also planning a trip back here in February. Anyone wanna join?
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