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Day 1: Down the Tanner Trail

We hiked roughly 9-10 miles, with about a 4500 foot vertical descent from the rim to the river, and camped along Tanner Delta.

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The hikers ready to go at the trailhead
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Some snow left on the trail, in a shadowed region near the top
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Jani heading back down the trail after having to run up and retrieve her sleeping pad. Fortunately it was not too far into the hike when she realized that she forgot it.
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Looking out towards Tanner Canyon. The trail runs along the reddish rocks and into the canyon, which then takes us down to the Colorado River.
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The trail is quite steep near the top section through the Coconino sandstone
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Morby, Colin, and Jason at the beginning of the rockslide area. Tricky going downhill, but it will be much more painful coming up in a few days.
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Me and Jani heading down towards the rockslide
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The end of the rockslide
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Looking back towards the rockslide
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Heading towards a saddle overlooking Seventyfive-Mile Canyon
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Seventyfive-Mile Canyon
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Heading towards Tanner Canyon
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The watchtower at Desert View, the easternmost stop on the South Rim. We could see this tower from nearly every point along the hike.
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Morby
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Weird rocks that seem to be bleached from the inside out
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Lunch stop for me, Jani and Jason.
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Our first good view of the Colorado River
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Jani
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Me
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Deformed rocks, possibly due to a landslide
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Neat weathering of the Tapeats Sandstone
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Morby and Colin along the ridge
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Looking back from the beginning of Tanner Canyon
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Another group of hikers on the ridge
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Colin
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Jani and Jason heading into the shade
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Trail running along a pretty steep slope. There'll be more like this during the hike, often on the edge of a much steeper cliff
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Colin and Morby
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The tilted layers of the Grand Canyon Supergroup, which is well-exposed in this part of the Canyon
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One of the many flowering cacti along the hike
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Beginning the final descent towards Tanner Delta along the Colorado River, where we'll be camping for the evening
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Looking back up Tanner Canyon towards the watchtower
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Almost there!
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A beach along the west side of Tanner Delta, near where we'll end up camping on the last night
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Looking to the west an hour or two before sunset
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Our campsite for the evening, on the east side of Tanner Delta, one meter away from the Colorado River
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Beach across the river from our camp
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Sun setting on the cliffs near our campsite
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Dinner time!

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