Category Archives: Grand Canyon

Preparedness, Common Sense Save Lost Grand Canyon Hiker

Amidst the tragic stories of fatal outdoor accidents and trips gone bad, it’s always great to read a story of folks doing the right thing in a bad situation. This report from Grand Canyon reminds me how good preparation, communication, and calm common sense can keep you out of deep trouble and give the outside world a chance to help you out when you’re down. Thanks to Billy for keeping cool and teaching us all a good lesson. Grand Canyon National Park (AZ) Overdue Hiker Found On North Rim Late on the evening of Wednesday, June 15th, rangers received notification that 64-year old Billy Driscoll of Fredonia, Arizona, had not returned from a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. The reporting party, a friend of Driscoll’s, said that he had been expected back no later than Tuesday. Driscoll had provided his friends with a detailed itinerary of his planned hiking route, which helped the agencies focus their search on the Sowats Point/Fishtail Mesa/Indian Hollow area, about 30 miles northwest of the North Rim developed area. Driscoll had planned to enter the park at Indian Hollow, then find a route down to Hualapai Spring, cross to Kwagunt, and come back up … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek Into “Last of The Great Unknown”

I’ve only met Dan Ransom in person a couple of times. But I visit his website often, and enjoy his work very much. Each project from Dan grows more and more sophisticated and beautiful, and this one is no different. Looking forward to seeing where he takes this one. His own intro is included, below… Last of the Great Unknown – Preview from carpeybiggs on Vimeo. The Grand Canyon is an immense place, almost unfathomable in scale, and one of the last places in the American West to be explored. John Wesley Powell called it the “Great Unknown,” having no idea what rapids, falls, or canyons awaited him on his first descent of the river in 1869. In the decades since, the Canyon has been a playground for dozens of explorers. River runners, backpackers, routefinders, lithic hunters, and peakbaggers have all laid claim to the Canyon’s iconic landmarks, often seeking out the prestigious “firsts.” While many significant points of interest were being explored, there was one feature that was left almost entirely ignored: the Canyon’s innumerable technical slots. Deep within this vast wilderness are secret and intimate tributaries rarely visited by man, hiding some of the Canyon’s most remarkable features. … Continue reading

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