This posting has nothing to do with Virginia, and is instead my attempt to document details of a Grand Canyon 5 day backpacking trip I took in May, 2021.
Link to Day 1
Link to Day 2
Link to Day 3
Day 4 of our 2021 Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim was my toughest day of hiking. It really was two separate hikes. The first was from Cottonwood Campground, halfway up the North Rim to Phantom Ranch on the Colorado River. It was slowly downhill over 7+ miles. Then, after stopping at Phantom Ranch for lemonade, we climbed up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden Campground for our final night in the Canyon.