Rim to Rim

On May 19, 2018, ACE engineers Tim Cole and Shawn Coughlan along with their friends and family hiked rim to rim of the Grand Canyon. Wondering what a journey like this entails? Here are some stats:

  • Distance of 23.9 miles (not 22 as Tim Cole had implied)
  • Descent of 6,000 feet
  • Ascent of 5,500 feet
  • Temperatures beginning below freezing and finishing above 90 °F
  • Altitude of 7,500 feet at the South Rim
  • The fastest runner in the group completed the trek in 5.5 hours

A great motivator for finishing rim to rim is being left on the North Rim and having no choice but to reach the South Rim in order to get home. There are only two ways out of the Grand Canyon: your own power or the back of a mule, which is pretty much the worst way to get rescued. A special thank you to Peggy Cole for picking everyone up on the South Rim so that they did not have to journey all the way back to the North Rim to retrieve the car – pretty confident that would have required the mule.

A final thank you goes out to Tim Cole for organizing and herding all the runners from one rim to the other. Every second was worth it. The views were spectacular, the people friendly, and the beer cold. The Grand Canyon absolutely lives up to the hype and if you ever get the chance to see it, take it!