Climbing down into the void
Grand Canyon Travel Blog› entry 11 of 11 › view all entries
May 31st, 2004 – by: alygally
When we reached a point that was about one-half mile from where we were supposed to turn around, a park ranger informed us that the temperature was going to get too high that day to go any further, as those who did may face serious health risks trying to climb back up. We took his advice and turned around.
For some reason, I was unable to keep up with the others. I thought this was strange, because I'm in fairly decent shape and haven't had any real problems with my physical condition before.
Long story short - I made it out alive, but just barely. A doctor diagnosed me as having asthma the next week, and admonished me for having pushed myself like I did. Not that I had much of a choice - when one is at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, one really doesn't have many other options than climbing back out.
Aside from almost dying, however, it was an amazing experience. Next time I think I'll take a pack-mule so as to not strain my lungs on the climb out. If you're asthma-free, though, I would definitely recommend taking this hike. It's absolutely beautiful...I don't know quite how else to describe it.
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