Labor Day is starting to look like a last call for heat stroke and over exertion so Kyle and I plan on enjoying our youthful side and scheme the perfect ending to a wonderful summer.
So here it is…
While most people make a reservation to camp or lodge during one of the busiest holidays of summer we plan to just do it no matter what. This could end in a memorable trip in the outdoors or an unforgettable use of tax dollars behind bars. It should take something awesome to risk a record so we picked one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Havasupai.
Havasupai is famous for having some of the most amazing falls in the world and for turing people away because camping space is restricted! Located on an Native American Reservation, Havasupai is considered sacred land and treated as such.
Something to keep in mind regardless of what side of the law you live on you need to have pleanty of water because there isn’t a good source of drinking water on the trail or at camp. You can drink water from the river after it has been filtered or treated. You have to bring your own food and pack out any trash you make.
The water is warmer than most snow melt and you can play and bathe in the pools. Be sure to bring water shoes, a swim suit, extra batteries for your camera, and wicking clothes for the hike in and out of camp.Heaven might be a place on Earth but the journey is long and hot. You have to cross nearly 10 miles of desert and about a 3 1/2 miles of switchbacks before you can cool your feet in the pools below. And, if they won’t let you stay the night you have to hike back out the way you came, through Hell. That said, wish us luck!
10 miles might not seem like a lot to some but it does require some training. Here are some pictures from my favorite training spots in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT.
Just some tips for those of you who want to get into this hobby, Know your limits (famous last words). If you know someone who hikes/backpacks talk to them about where to go, what to eat, and borrow some gear before you invest in your own unless you are independently wealthy, and remember to pace yourself. If you have trouble going down hill try doing it on your toes, your calf muscles might hurt a little more but it’s worth reducing the impact on your hips and knees. Also you can take something with caffien while you hike to help open up your blood vessels and get more oxygen to your muscles, this will reduce soreness later. And if you get sore get a little sun on the area because it will help reduce the pain too. And drink as much water as you can and don’t hike alone, people get lost, fall, or have rocks fall on them and have to cut their arms off to stay alive. Be smart.