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Santa hikes the Grand Canyon

Posted Feb 04 2010 12:00am

Hank Leukart calls his Without Baggage blog posts “Essays“.

Magazine quality writing. One of my favourite sites.

I’m one of those readers who believes Hank’s secret motto is, “Whoever dies on the craziest, most dangerous adventure, wins,”

This time Hank was frustrated he couldn’t get a permit to hike the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim.

Solution? Do it late December when no sane person would want a permit. Who cares that the North Rim is closed in winter.

Starting at the south rim Bright Angel Trailhead, Hank and his brother couldn’t find the biggest hole in the U.S.A. with both hands. They were lost immediately. Not an auspicious start.

And why not put a Santa Claus suit in with your lightweight winter camping gear?

Why not?

In the end, it turned out that the Santa suit was the best decision they made.

… Early the next morning, Brian puts on the Santa suit and goes to fill his Camelbak with water. A twenty-something-year-old woman interrupts him.

“Santa! Do you mind if I sit on your lap and get a picture?” she asks.

“Of course not,” my brother says. “It’s my job.”

Highly recommended.

part 1 – santa claus snowshoes the grand canyon, rim to rim to rim.

part 2 – hiking in santa claus’s bright celebrity spotlight.

part 3 – how i came to believe in santa claus.

… hardest single trekking day of their lives …

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