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Old 02-26-2012   #1
 
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Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon question

I am exchanging with another boater one week into a 3 week Grand trip. I am trying to figure out when he should start hiking down. We will meet him at the Bright Angel suspension bridge. Does anyone know how long that would take him? He is in pretty good shape and this will be mid March. Thanks. Oh, and I know the South Kaibab would be a better descent, but for all logistical purposes, he will be hiking down the Bright Angel.

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Old 02-26-2012   #2
 
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Bright Angel to the river can be hiked in a day and it's a solid hike. He can also plan to camp at either Indian Gardens or Bright Angel campground. I think both require a permit.
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Trips I've been on with folks hiking in: They left the top at 5.30-6.00am and were at the river around noon. You can meet them at Pipe Springs which cuts off the last 1.5 miles or so of the hike. March mornings may come later, so adjust accordingly.
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When you say you are exchanging with another boater, does that simply mean that you are hiking out and he is hiking in, or do you physically need to meet on the Bright Angel bridge and exchange passwords and the secret handshake?
Last summer we had a large exchange, 8 out and 8 in. Those hiking in left the rim at 6:30 and the first group arrived about 1:00 PM, but they were going slow knowing there were others behind them. Since it will be cooler I would say the range is between 5 -8 hours depending on how in shape they are. I have seen it done in less than 4 hours. I second the Pipe Springs exchange. If you need to get water etc. at Pantom, you can send one or two boats down early to pipe springs so that the person going out gets an early start and then the other boats can resupply the water and meet you down there. We camped at cremation and got to Pipe Springs at first light to give those going out as early start as possible.
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