Just above The Plateau on the South Kaibab.
From The Plateau on South Kaibab
We knew we’d make Phantom Ranch that night after seeing this clear shot of The Colorado… but that didn’t prevent the “Breakdown,” which occurred just around this bend.
Clear line of The Plateau… the trail becomes steep now all the way to The Colorado.
You’ll have to read the book to learn what happened.
First view of Phantom Ranch… we thought. It’s the Mule operations. The Ranch quarters are over a mile away.
There is no geometry below The Rim.
This is exactly how it looks in the moment… for a moment.
By the time we made it down to the tunnel the Sun had fallen. The last mile would be in the dark on the Canyon floor.
Minutes later the Canyon went dark. There would be no more photos from Day One.
Phantom Ranch Mule Operations