September 11, 2011
If I close my eyes, I can almost see Bright Angel Creek spilling into the Colorado River at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I've been here only twice and don't know if I'll ever make it again because it's a long, hard trip down from the rim - seven miles, losing 5,000 feet in elevation, along the South Kaibab Trail, the way I hiked into the Big Ditch in 2004, or a slightly more gradual 9.3 miles along Bright Angel Trail, the route I took before that...
April 4, 2010
China's labor market: An article in the March 28 Section A about labor issues in China referred to the China Labor Watch. The organization's name is the China Labor Bulletin. Stewart Udall obituary: The obituary of former Interior Secretary Stewart Udall in the March 21 California section said that a few years ago he trekked with a grandson 7,000 feet up Bright Angel Trail, from the floor of the Grand Canyon to the South Rim. According to the National Park Service, the elevation change between the canyon floor and the South Rim is about 4,400 feet.
May 12, 2002
Regarding "Conquering the Grand Canyon," April 14: My first experience with the Grand Canyon was as a teenager in 1957, when our YMCA group decided to conquer the canyon during Easter vacation. In those days there were no fancy backpacks to buy, so we made ours out of canvas and aluminum. There was no such thing as lightweight freeze-dried food. We carried water, canned fruit and raisins with our sleeping bags. The trip started down the steep Kaibab Trail--from top to bottom we took 21/2 hours.
September 18, 2011
Reading Susan Spano's story ["Ancient Rock, Eternal Truths," Sept. 11] brought back memories of 30 years ago. I had a Norwegian student visiting, and we were staying at El Tovar in Grand Canyon with my husband and kids. One morning after breakfast, the student and I decided to hike a little ways down the Bright Angel Trail. It was a beautiful day, and we were full of energy. We had an apple and an orange for nourishment, and off we went after leaving a note for my husband. Enjoying the lovely scenery, we did not realize that we had passed the ranch, garden and plateau until we found ourselves overlooking the Colorado River, where we met three Swedish students, to my guest's delight.
October 28, 2007 |
My brother, John, loves deserts, slot canyons, mesas, buttes and treacherous dirt roads. At home, he pores over U.S. Geological Survey maps, dog-ears pages in hiking books, studies dry treatises on the archaeology and geology of the Southwest. Sometimes, he spreads out his camping gear on the patio -- camp stove, check; sleeping bag, check; headlamp, compass, TP, check, check, check. He has a special way of setting up a tent and you'd better get it right if you want to go with him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1989
Skeletal remains found at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon a year ago have been identified as those of a missing young Brea man, according to authorities in Flagstaff, Ariz. Detective Trevan Woolbright of the Coconino County sheriff's office said the remains have been identified as those of 19-year-old Roger Keeling Jr., who disappeared in April, 1987. Identification was made through a check of dental records, with assistance from the California Department of Justice, Woolbright said.