January 16, 2014 – Episode 16 – On today’s show, Dave and his guest Larry talk about their extreme rim to rim to rim backpack trip in Grand Canyon and what went terribly wrong. Even if you have no desire to ever backpack Grand Canyon, this show is a must listen!
MORE INFORMATION FROM THE SHOW #16:
Take a listen to the show. Download it and throw it on your iphone or ipod and listen to on the go in your car or while you are going for a run or walk inside or outside. Live Stronger, Healthier, and Happier!
BACKPACKING IN THE GRAND CANYON
Dr. Dave goes hiking once or more a year in the Grand Canyon. There is no real easy backpacking in the Grand Canyon. Here is more info about the Grand Canyon and the National Parks Service’s Hike Smart Tips: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hike-tips.htm
RIM TO RIM GRAND CANYON
The edge of the rim is where you are standing looking at this big opening of the earth. You start at the south rim and hike down to the river 7-8 miles to get to the north rim to get to the top which is a couple thousand feet higher than the south rim. Learn more about the rim trails of the Grand Canyon: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/day-hiking.htm
Dr. Dave’s friend Larry trained and prepared for this hike by hiking heavy miles with a heavy 30-40 pound backpack. He took this very seriously and was well prepared for the big Grand Canyon hike. The Grand Canyon can kick your butt and you should be in great shape and prepare too! Here is some more information on preparing for a major hike: http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/travel/fit-travel-hiking-the-grand-canyon-rim-to-rim
Larry and Dr. Dave and others hiked and camped for 7 days in the Grand Canyon. You really need to eat and drink and replace your electrolytes and keep fuelled. These are long hikes carrying backpacks up and down elevations in the heat. You need to not only be prepared physically, but keep your body fuelled with food and beverages.
LIGHTENING THE LOAD
Larry needed to lighten his load, so he dropped off part of his load at a ranger station because it was just too much. This isn’t something you normally cannot do, but the rangers made an exception. If you don’t come back and get it, the items will be donated.
After the first day Larry felt light headed and nauseous. He didn’t feel great after that point and kept trying to suck it up. After lightening his load on day 3, he felt and looked so horrible the team had him lay down on some rocks. Even some EMT trained people on the trail stopped and helped lighten Larry’s load even more and carry some of his items. Larry continued after a rest and then needed to lay down again. Dr. Dave and Larry separated groups and the next Dr. Dave saw Larry he was on a mule riding towards Dr. Dave! Listen to the show and hear how this harrowing saga continues. Definitely exciting times!
HIKERS ON THE TRAIL
The other hikers on the trail were amazing. They helped carry items. Many stopped and checked on him and asked if they could help. Hikers are amazing and nice people! Their grace and kindness really blew our minds! All these great people came together to help Larry from encouraging words, to physical help carrying some of his items, to giving him a mule!
TASTE OF INSPIRATIONS TEA
All the guests on Dr. Dave’s show are treated to his latest favorite tea. Today’s Show Tea was called Taste of Inspirations Tea. It is 100% Organic, Golden Chamomile, Smooth and Buttery Herbal Blend Tea. This is Dr. David’s newest most favourite chamomile tea!
CONNECT WITH ME AND SHARE
Did you enjoy today’s show? Do you have any questions for me? Connect with me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/davidmadow. Do you have a friend that needs to hear this show and live a better life and slice their age in half? Share this show with them and send them to http://www.sliceyourage.com.