Tom and Matt would get the group to Pipe Springs and Tom would make sure they all made it up to Indian Gardens. In the meantime the "new people" would be hiking down from the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail along with a guide from Outdoors Unlimited who would also ensure that those going up made it to the rim.
On our way to Phantom Ranch.
completed in 1928, was the first bridge to connect the north and south sides of the canyon. It is used by the mules since it has a solid floor - apparently, mules won't cross a bridge if they can see the water below them. It's also used by hikers coming from and going to the South Rim on the South Kaibab Trail.
Tom and Nancy coming out of the Canteen at Phantom Ranch.
Tom and Nancy, as well as Sue and Fred, decided to hike the two miles along the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch to Pipe Creek. I walked over and across the Silver Bridge then went back to the boat beach at the appointed time.
The Silver Bridge serves two functions: It is for hikers coming down the Bright Angel Trail and it also supports the trans-canyon waterline, which carries water from Roaring Springs below the North Rim to the pumping station at Indian Gardens. This water is the only source of fresh water for Grand Canyon National Park.
At Pipe Creek, waiting and preparing for the arrival of the new group.
In the seven miles between Pipe Creek and the Schist campsite, we would go through 5 rapids: Pipe Springs (rated 4), Horn Creek (8), Salt Creek (4), Granite (9), and Hermit (9). I was having some "issues" with my camera so didn't get any pictures in the afternoon. I was also almost in a panic because of those issues, but it turned out to be just one bad battery. Thank goodness!
The exchange felt a little awkward with having "lost" the people on the Upper Canyon portion of the trip with whom we had become "comfortable" and not knowing anything (except first impressions) about the new-comers. But overall, it was pretty good day on The River for us "full-trippers" and a great introduction to the river for the newbies!
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~Note: The page Grand Canyon Raft Trip lists all of my posts published about this Grand Adventure!
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Becky Wiseman, "Day 7 - Cremation Fault to Schist Camp :: Exchange Day," Kinexxions, posted November 3, 2014 (http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2014/11/day-7-cremation-fault-to-schist-camp.html : accessed [access date])