The Valley of the Shadow

The Valley of the Shadow

January 16, 2013 | Doug Mielke

The sign read:

DO NOT attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day, especially May to September.

But that was for normal people. The Hermit Trail spanned only nine miles from the canyon’s rim down to the Colorado River. I could jog it in an hour and a half and be back up in another three. I snorted at the sign in contempt as I checked my daypack. Even though it was mid -June and Tonto Plateau would top out at a hundred and fifteen degrees by afternoon, my quart canteen would be enough. I could always bushwhack up a slot canyon and find a spring. The main thing I didn’t want to forget was my new Yashika Electro-AX. It was the hottest new 35mm on the market and I was determined to get some stellar shots of this remote section of the canyon. I threw in a light weight sleeping bag, just in case, ignored the mandatory remote area registration station at …
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