Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
~Regina Brett, from 45 Lesson Life Taught Me
April 17 – Phantom/Crystal Creek Loop
Colorado River 94 Mile Creek to above Phantom Creek
Today was much cooler with cloud cover, easier terrain, little rock exposure, no real fear factor, and had a fun class 3 climb from the Colorado River at the beginning of the day. Life is really good.
Arrow stayed up last night and came up with a new and safer plan to get us to our next water source without difficult obstacles. She is an amazing map reader and devotes a lot time and expertise in studying maps closely.
Our route took us back up to the Tonto Level traveling east, then dropped down into Trinity Canyon, and up again to meet our entry route a mile or so before Cheops/Isis Saddle. It worked beautifully. Because of the gift of cloud cover, our 6 liters of water was plenty with enough left over to dry camp (camp without water).
We are pitched on a flat, perfect overlook of Phantom Creek with light rain beginning to fall. Tomorrow we will be heading down to Phantom Ranch for snacks and water, then out the Bright Angel Trail.