Part 2: Grand Canyon- 150/Matkat/Panameta/Olo.

ram

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Day 3 & 4
Up not so early the next morning, Jenny and are first out of camp at 9:30. We hike the 1/4 mile to the break and down to the river and note that a river trip came around the corner and is coming over to check us out. Man, some of those people look familiar. Ahhh, is that Dave Nally? And A.J. Pastula. And Dean Brooks and Marty Smith and a bunch of relaxed smiling and interesting looking people we don't know? Yup! Small world. The rest of our crew comes along and an impromptu reunion occurs. I knew they were on the river but had thought them further along than they were. Jenny and I hitch a ride with DNally across the river, saving us the hassle of changing from hikers, to pack rafters and back to hikers, all for a 50 yard passage.. Matt and Mark jump in with another boat. Bucky and Aron blow up their rafts and paddle it. Our friends are soon on there way.

Once on river left, we pack up and do the up and down hike all the way into Matkat, stopping when we get to the stream. Water is gotten and treated and a hike to the river down the beautiful lower gorge and back ensues. We see one more person from another rafting trip. He is the last person we see on our trip.

Matkat is a tough canyon to get up with big packs. Huge boulders block the way. Sometimes its hard to know which way to go. We haul the packs in a few places and eventually exit the southern most fork of the canyon, near the top of the Redwall. Six miles or so, takes 6 physical hours We enter a new world, walking the top of the Redwall for over 5 miles, using burro trails, spying the occasional burro, dodging all the poop and enjoying the vistas, on the way to the the top of the Panameta Fork of Matkat (SE fork).

We even had an hour or so of daylight to enjoy, after setting up camp. We were back on schedule. The next day was a joy. Why you ask? We were in DAY PACKS!! The descent of Pamameta is one of the best in Grand Canyon. Glistening white and polished Redwall Limestone, with deep swims in between. Rappels down 2 and 3 drops at a time, to save building difficult anchors and just to quote Rich Rudow..."Drop Dead Gorgeous!" A top 5 Grand Canyon slot on my list.

Once the slot ends, we hike a bit to the bottom of the Dump Truck Fork (NE Fork), seeking and finding sun. Drying our gear and warming our bodies. We have the afternoon to wander down the fork, intersect the route from the day before and do those final 7 miles or so again, back into camp.

Mark suggests getting our water a little higher up at a spring. Jenny volunteers. When she gets back she notifies us that a burro is dead in the pool below the spring. We wander up for a look. Yup. Quite dead is the burro, in the water source above where we have been drinking out of, the last 24 hours. It is 15 days now and no reports of illness. Hopefully the aquamira and stri pens did the job. Another hearts game, then to bed. Much lay ahead.
To be continued........
Pictures then a slideshow below.

Jenny Marty and AJ.... l to r


Dean Brooks

DNally

Aron and Bucky crossing the river

Matkat rapid

In Matkat

Yellow reflections

Arriving Panameta Camp night 3

Getting started in Panameta







3 tier drop




Reflections







Burros at a distance

back in camp

Our water supply friend


Slideshow of the whole album
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powderglut

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Wow!! You guys are awesome!! No pussies allowed.
My wife and I add up to 123 years, and the biggest pack trip for us, was 3 nts last spring in Coyote Gulch. Not sure how many pack trips are left in us. Never know. Probably more like day hikes with a nice base camp (car style). Yep, pussies.
Anyway .... Great adventure!! Keep it coming!
 

Laura

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I am so loving this chapter by chapter trip report (though like Nick the last picture is sad, but shows how tough life in the desert is). The pics are amazing, and yes, I am too much of a lightweight to do something like that myself so I'm enjoying this vicariously. FWIW since everyone's doing it I added up Stan's and my years and we're 104. Who started that? Makes me feel old!
 

Conrad

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WOW! One heck of a trip! If only I was 30 years younger! Those are some beautiful pics. To continue the numbers trend; wife and I total 137 years. That's not so bad, though. Unfortunately, our other numbers are 2 bad ankles, 2 bad knees, 2 bad wrists, 4 bad shoulders. Backpacking days are long behind us. Pretty much relegated to day hikes and scrambling for geocaches. Love these trip reports though, and at least we can drive out to the TH and do a little hiking!
 
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