Friday, October 10, 2008

Iffy

Hi all ... heading up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a few minutes. I plan to stay at the lodge at the North Rim tonight and hike across the canyon (North to South) on Saturday. Going down North Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and heading up south Rim along South Kaibab. However, the weather forecast for Saturday keeps getting worse.

For those of you who have never been across the canyon, the total traverse is roughly 21 miles. The Colorado river is 6,000 feet below the North Rim and 5,000 feet below the South Rim. The North Kaibab trail is fairly protect with the exception of a 4 or 5 mile section after Cottonwood camp. South Kaibab is totally exposed all the way up. The reason I mention this is the weather report. It will be a little breezy.

NORTH RIM:
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Windy, with a southwest wind 29 to 32 mph increasing to between 37 and 40 mph. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

PHANTOM RANCH (by the Colorado River)
Saturday Night: A 10 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West southwest wind 17 to 20 mph decreasing to between 7 and 10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

SOUTH RIM
Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Windy, with a southwest wind 22 to 25 mph increasing to between 37 and 40 mph. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Not exactly a stroll in the park.

More later. Cheers

3 comments:

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Good luck with the crossing. I hope the weather holds up for you.

J~Mom said...

Stay warm and safe Phil!

Josh said...

photos please!