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Hello, we share our experiences to help your next experience.  We're here to help the 300 million people hiking the national parks here in the United States.  We will catalog the campgrounds we stay at, the hikes, the bikes, the lakes, and other experiences.  Our hope is to help you decide whether to take that hike, visit that campground, or partake in that experience you are not sure about living.  I'm sure we can all agree that some choices we've made, have made our lives better and some haven't.  The more we read, the more we are amazed at the number of great people in the travel community and how nice and supportive everyone is.  We are looking forward to giving back through sharing our experiences.  Visit us here, and twitter @campbrood, youtube, and facebook  (links below).



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Grand Canyon Skywalk Isn’t Worth It! 🤔 How to Enjoy the Grand Canyon 🌲Without the Skywalk 🤩

Grand Canyon Skywalk Isn’t Worth It! 🤔 How to Enjoy the Grand Canyon 🌲Without the Skywalk 🤩

The Grand Canyon Skywalk Isn't worth it! Better than the Grand Canyon Skywalk is a hike to one of the most memorable views in the Grand Canyon. Get ready for the history of the trail, grand views, and our tips to make your hike unforgettable. Let’s Get Started. The Grand Canyon in the early 1900s was a mess of capitalism. European settlers sought out the canyon after reading about explorers' accounts. Army First Lieutenant Joseph Christmas Ives, is believed to be the first explorer to reach the canyon bottom in 1857 and 1858. Watch the whole video and we will show you Ooh Aah Point. The trail you see here is one of two popular trails providing access to the canyon bottom and the Colorado River. Many people hike a 1.8 mile round trip route and you can, too. Hiking the full 6.5 miles with almost a mile elevation descent will find you at the Colorado River. This trail is the shortest route to the Canyon floor. See this video for our review of the backpack we use and product link below: TETON Sports Oasis 18L Hydration Pack with Free 2-Liter Water Bladder: and the Camelbak Mini M.U.L.E. buy on Amazon: Our YouTube Review here: Here are the Merrell Men's shoes I wore on our hike: Here are dad joke books for great gifts: Dad Jokes Around the Campfire: 600 Funniest Dad Jokes: To view any product mentioned by us in our videos, click this link: As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. Evil was afoot in the early 1900s. Mining and tourism were destroying the beauty of the Canyon and further development was guaranteed. Men like Ralph Cameron had greedy intentions to capitalize on the Grand Canyon. He used what is now known as Bright Angel Trail, to collect one dollar from everyone who traveled on it. There is no water on this trail so make sure you pack 2 liters of water and more if you are hiking down more than a mile into the canyon. Any hike into the canyon should have plenty of water. Even though the 1.8 mile round trip to this great viewpoint is a shorter hike we packed as if it would be a normal day hike. We packed protein bars, peanut butter crackers, salty snacks and treats like gummy worms for motivation. Other items in our pack include trail maps, compass, first aid kit, camera, and binoculars. Ralph Cameron had competition for his mining claim. The railroad had an interest in Cameron’s trail as it would be a great way to get tourists to buy train tickets. Increasing his stature in politics Cameron became head of the Coconino Board of Supervisors. Not wanting to wield to big railroad and big government, Cameron used his political power and awarded himself control of the trail for another 5 years in 1906 and kept the trail and profits. The railroad and the United States Government were not done with Cameron and the Grand Canyon. More on that after we discuss gear for the trail. Trekking Poles are helpful on this trail if you like to use them. The hike is generally in full sun so Make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses and dress in layers for the temperature at the rim and what the temperature and heat index will be in the canyon. In 1919, the Grand Canyon became the 14th National Park. Seeing no way to get control of Bright Angel Trail, the National Park Service decided to build a trail to offer free access to the Canyon floor. This trail that we are discussing today would be the first trail to offer access from the South Rim to the North Rim or would be a rim-to-rim trail. The trail was designed by engineers for hikers and the trail has lesser grade than Bright Angel and is better designed with a four foot width along the complete route. The design of the trail followed mostly the ridge line ensuring full sun, limiting snow accumulation, so that the trail could be used year-round. Another benefit of the ridge line is that it offers amazing 360 degree views inside the canyon. Mule trains run supplies down to phantom ranch and other facilities to support activity inside the canyon. In full sun and without water the trail is more dangerous than Bright Angel in the Summer. So about 170 years later you and many others can hike this trail to the Colorado River. Today we have been hiking South Kaibab Trail. The 1.8 mile round trip hike will take you to a viewpoint so awesome they’ve named it Ooh Aah Viewpoint. Timecodes: 0:00 Better Adventure than the Grand Canyon Skywalk 0:11 Early Explorers 0:56 Trail Introduction 1:22 Capitalist Greed 1:57 Hike Packing List 2:37 Theodore Roosevelt 3:44 Ralph Cameron Greed 4:04 Hiking Gear Recommendation 4:21 Ralph Cameron Politics 4:43 Grand Canyon Free Trail 5:06 Trail Details 5:40 Ooh Aah Point 6:03 Trail Details 6:28 Ives Prophecy 7:00 South Kaibab Trail
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