Well to make a long story short, last Saturday Josh Stafford and I hiked 43 miles with around 8000 feet of elevation gain in Grand Teton National Park. We planned (Josh likes to say that I was the one who planned it…) to hike from Paintbrush Canyon all the way up and around the Tetons and out Death Canyon. It was supposed to be around 35 miles and 6000-7000 feet elevation gain. We added a bit more… by accident, you could say.
So we woke up at 4:00am, ready to go conquer a good hike. Kenton drove us to the trailhead and Josh and I started hiking at 5:30am or so. We had to hike around an hour in the dark, which was a bit unnerving I must say, being in bear country. So we headed up Paintbrush Canyon, which was absolutely gorgeous in the sunrise.
|Looking down Paintbrush… we started around those lakes down there.|
|Fall colors on the ground, looking down Paintbrush at sunrise.|
|Looking down on the left, where we came up Cascade Canyon. Middle Teton (far right) and Grand Teton (next to Middle) right in front of us.|
|Full panoramic view of the Pass. Pretty sweet view! Bottom right corner is Schoolroom Glacier (with the cool water). Mountains again from right to left: South Teton, Middle Teton, Grand Teton. 🙂|
|Josh Stafford, my good hiking buddy who was crazy enough to join me on this hike.|
So that’s the hike that I’m pretty sure totaled around 43 miles and 8000 feet elevation gain or so. It topped Josh’s day hike record of 40 or 41 miles that he did while on the Appalachian Trail, and it sure topped my previous record of around 20 miles! A great experience, for sure… but we both decided that we’re keeping day hikes under 30 miles from now on. 🙂
So thankful to the Lord for this awesome experience, and the strength He gave us to complete it! 🙂