Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Has Anyone Hiked the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim…Does Anyone Want To?

I’m 3 months away from the 1 year anniversary of having had open heart surgery.  I’ve been fortunate to have been able to get back on the ice to play hockey, back on my mountain bike to ride and back on my skis to enjoy my passion of downhill skiing.

My healing from surgery is not yet complete.  Most days, it feels like it will never be complete but I keep pushing forward despite the discomfort in my chest. I've yet to find anything that I can't do following open heart surgery other than skiing double black diamond bump runs on the back side of Copper Mountain in Resolution Bowl two weekends ago.  I found my match and my limitation that day.

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is to hike Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon.

After walking 2-5 miles per day for 4-5 months following my open heart surgery, I learned the value of walking as it relates to overall fitness.  Being ready for the first powder day of the 2014 / 2015 ski season was the last written goal I had on my white board following heart surgery.

I got so used to setting and reaching goals that I’m itching to create another goal.  This time I want the goal to be a stretch goal and something that most people on the planet have never done.  Hiking the Grand Canyon is no small feat and I haven’t figured out an intelligent way to make this hike happen by myself.

Has anyone out there been on this hike?  

Would you be willing to share your experience and/or advice?

Does anyone out there want or need to set and accomplish a big goal for later this Spring? 

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