This is part two of my "Dangerous Hiking Series". As I watched this man scramble over rocks and boulders to get to the spot you see now, I thought to myself, is it really worth your life to get a good view or to get that perfect picture? My heart was pounding watching this guy scramble over what I thought was going to be his last steps, and his wife was egging him on so that she could get a good photo of him. As much as I like this photo, there is no way in hell I would go through what this man went through, I mean, just one miss step or a loose pebble would have sent this man to his death. So what I trying to say here is, HIKE SAFE, use your common sense, and if you don't have any common sense, take up another hobby!!
Below is some information on safely hiking the Grand Canyon I found from the following website: http://www.grand.canyon.national-park.com/safety.htm
Have a wonderful and safe Tuesday everyone........Buddy
Grand Canyon hiking is very different from most other backpacking experiences. You will be going downhill at the beginning of your trip when your pack is heaviest; this contributes to blisters and knee and ankle injuries. Even without injury, hikers often develop the "Kaibab Shuffle," an awkward gait that results from sore, inflamed muscles and tendons. Be prepared. Carry a first aid kit that includes materials for blister prevention and treatment, a supportive elastic wrap and, with your doctor's consent, prescription or over the counter medication to reduce inflammation and pain. Pack as light as is reasonable and consider using a hiking stick (cross-country ski poles work well for this purpose).
If you can talk while you are walking, you are walking the perfect speed.
When you huff and puff, your legs, your digestive system, your whole body does not get enough oxygen to function efficiently. Your energy reserves get used up very quickly with this type of metabolism (anaerobic - without enough oxygen), and it creates a lot of waste products. These waste products make your legs feel heavy and make you feel sick. Walking uphill at a pace that allows you to be able to walk and talk will help guarantee that your legs and your body are getting the oxygen that they need to function efficiently (aerobically - with enough oxygen). Because your body will generate fewer of these metabolic waste products, you will be better able to enjoy your hike, and you will feel much better when you reach its end. It may seem like you are walking too slow, but at an aerobic pace (sometimes baby sized steps when the trail is steep) your energy reserves will last many times longer, and you will get there feeling well.
While many hikers have experience in the mountains, the inner canyon is a desert. The hot, dry environment and the hiker's exertion combine to complicate the effects of fatigue. During the summer season when inner canyon temperatures routinely exceed 100 F / 40C, dehydration is common and can lead to heat exhaustion.
Early symptoms of heat exhaustion are minimal or no urination, loss of appetite, and loss of thirst. These symptoms can quickly progress to extreme fatigue, headache, fainting, nausea, and vomiting. While this condition is best prevented by resting, eating, and drinking during one's hike, a hiker can slowly recover by following this same advice once symptoms develop. Full recovery, however, can take days. It is not advisable to hike during mid-day heat. Always carry a flashlight so that hiking after dark is a reasonable alternative.
More serious illnesses associated with desert hiking are water intoxication and heat stroke. Water intoxication (hypernatremia) is an illness that mimics the early symptoms of heat exhaustion, except that urination is frequent, a higher volume than normal, and clear. If left untreated, advanced symptoms include behavioral changes, diarrhea, and unconsciousness; these symptoms often require hospitalization. Water intoxication can occur when a person drinks excessive amounts of water and eats very little or not at all, creating an electrolyte imbalance. To prevent and treat early stages of water intoxication, eat! Consider using one of the many electrolyte drink mixes, such as Gatorade to supplement your water supply.
Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency which can occur when a person hikes through the mid-day heat of an inner canyon summer without taking the time to rest and cool their body. Early symptoms include unusual or illogical behavior, elevated temperature, flushed appearance, and weak, rapid pulse. The condition can rapidly progress to unconsciousness, seizures, and death.
The heat stroke victim must be cooled immediately! Continuously pour water on victim's head and torso, fan to create an evaporative cooling effect, move victim to shade, and remove excessive clothing. The victim needs evacuation to a hospital. Someone should go for help while attempts to cool the victim continue.
It is far better to prevent this situation: avoid the mid-day sun and cool off in shade and inner canyon creeks.
NOTE: Due to extreme cold water temperatures and swift currents, DO NOT attempt to swim in the Colorado River.
Use your water supply to wet your hat and shirt during your hike. Avoid direct exposure of your head and torso to the sun.
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yquem46 (32835) 2012-05-15 10:25
i like this one !
a guy standing out on a gorgeous sky and the GC as a BG
A place for pure pleasure, whenever !
Horizon line maybe not quite straight, I wonder
have a nice day
krzychu30 (9399) 2012-05-15 10:25
beautiful scene.Just the lonely man and the breathtaking nature around.Well observed and executed.Colors and the contrast between them are superb,so vivid and clear.
And concerning this man.I agree with you,it´s a little bit scary to look at him standing on the edge of this rock.I wouldn´t do this not for the world.
Wish You a pleasant day
cornejo (18714) 2012-05-15 10:27
Hey Buddy, great viewpoint dangerous and wonderful view of this beautiful and interesting place, good picture of the daring explorer who seeks the way to go, good clarity, depth and nice color. Good and interesting photo well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
PaulVDV (15365) 2012-05-15 10:35
That man must have a great view of the canyon but I don't know if he realized that you were able to make such a splendid picture of him. He stands high and mighty with the world at his feet. But the most beautiful I think is that wonderful sky with clouds in different shapes that make a fantastic backdrop.
Best regards, Paul
sacimar (25957) 2012-05-15 10:37
I like this image, the composition is interesting with the man in the center, you had a good idea, well done,
Bluejeans (64241) 2012-05-15 10:37
Ola Buddy ,
Bela imagem com este homem no topo desta rocha a vista é maravilhosa com o Grand Canyon de fundo , lindo céu neste dia , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
JFS (32429) 2012-05-15 10:51
I feel some vertigo...the man is absorved by the amazing scenery. Well seen and well presented. Thanks Buddy!
golus (2893) 2012-05-15 10:57
A strikingly beautiful photo supported by well thought and written notes. While reading your notes I asked the same question to myself and my answer(from the heart) is yes, it definately worths. In fact, I injured my shoulder last month during a photo session and I'm absolutely not regretful. Here I especially liked your composition with the brave man centered perfectly in the frame and vast open space in front of him with lots of interest; magical rocky mountains with amazing colors and an absolutely sublime sky. The colors, sharpness and depth of this capture are all exquisite. Thanks my friend. Have a nice evening.
Miguel82 (8595) 2012-05-15 10:58
very point of view from this canyon
good picture with fine colors and excellent sharpness
rbassin (11381) 2012-05-15 11:03
Un point de vue mangnifique, le ciel, les montagnes
offrent un très beau spectacle,
pajaran (36906) 2012-05-15 11:28
Vrlo interesantan i dobra tekst, sa datim uputstvima i podacima ...
Lep pogled na turistu, kanjon i nebo sa interesantnim oblacima koji osvajaju nebo, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast, perspektiva i prikaz lepim bojama.
Dobar rad, moje cestitke.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good article, with instructions and data ...
Nice view of the tourists, canyon and sky with interesting clouds conquered the sky, good composition.
A good moment shot, sharpness, contrast, perspective view and beautiful colors.
Good work, my congratulations.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
SWEETFREEDOM (18607) 2012-05-15 11:31
poor judgment i think, for the picture the view is spectacular and the man in fg fits well in the scene
bayno (16423) 2012-05-15 11:48
amazzing landscape and special light for this beautiful shot, i like so much Also the sky, the man will surely have risked for that beautiful landscape and I think it was worth it, I'm a bit fatalistic, and sometimes there are people who do not but leaves the house gets sick, i also think that you have toiled and risked to get this nice shot and is worth the effort...
all the best my friend...
dta (52250) 2012-05-15 12:48
Hello Buddy ,
A striking view of this man dominating the Grand Canyon . The light and the sky are really splendid .
Janusz1974 (2373) 2012-05-15 14:23
Excellent shot with good sharpness and clarity. The sharpness goes from the guy till to the end of the mountains. Beautiful and exciting view.
Sonata11 (28758) 2012-05-15 20:31
Wow!!!! Awesome shot !!! beautiful composition of the striking beautiful view and its beauty with this man, made with photographic skills. Awesome colorist, very good sharpness, clarity, good point of view and depth. I really like this stunningly beautiful panorama. Congratulations. Thanks for sharing. Awesome shot!!!!
delpeoples (45717) 2012-05-16 3:09
Hi dear Buddy
This is a great photo, with excellent colurs, contrast and sharpness. And of course the subject is interesting and just a little bit spine-tingling. But it's your note that completes the work so well. You make an excellent point about safety - and I don't just mean for hikers, although of course you blokes need to be ever so careful. But I think you're also talking about the risks we take in order to get that magic shot. I had 2 near-misses when I was out at sunset taking photos on a lonely beach. In one instance, a guy trapped me on the headland and flashed his willy at me, so I had to hit him with my tripod in order to escape. It was frightening and I was so angry about it. And Craig (macjake) got belted up in Downtown Vancouver when he was taking photos in one of the dodgy area in the city. Ahh the things we do eh? But we should take care.
Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a lovely day
Gigidusud (8332) 2012-05-16 15:58
An other beautiful shot of the Grand Canyon with a splendid sky.
Thanks for sharing.
RhodieIke (9207) 2012-05-16 22:55
Hi Buddy, This is fantastic, it must be most exhilarating climbing to these summits. Super Pov, and Dof, great the guy slap bang in the middle, Well managed, splendid advice on hiking, Cheers Iain.
danos (74518) 2012-05-17 0:17
excellent scene with the man to see and admire the panoramic view of this part of the Grand Canyon.I like the light and the colour management as your informative note about it.
bema (25964) 2012-05-17 9:25
a simply Wow!
must be a very special moment, standing up there and looking around and down to the canyon!
thanks for sharing, regards Bernd
eldancer1 (17330) 2012-05-17 11:01
Not only that I don't do dangerous hiking I'm also afraid of height. The day before I visited the Horseshoe bend in Page, Arizona, a guy fell down 2,000 feet to his death. I try to get great pictures from a safe place. This guy looks comfortable and smiling from the top of the world. Nicely captured with great lighting. Good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
Noel_Byrne (8073) 2012-05-18 8:02
A braver man than I we have here :) Excellent sensation of height in this capture, and such a beautiful background. I can only begin to imagine the sensation of standing here!
All the best from Ireland!
macjake (39998) 2012-05-18 9:42
yeah, I've been here aswell - but i certainly don't get vantage points like this.
When i was there a couple years ago, there are signs saying that people have died by accidentally falling down the canyon...yikes! what a way to go, and most likely in the presence of family members who are left helpless to do anything.
We had the same experience, i remember thinking what are these people thinking!! stand BACK!
the photo gives a fine representation of the canyon, and its depths below. I like the cloud coverage too.
enjoy your day
claudeD (24601) 2012-05-19 9:34
very impressive picture from Grand Canyon National Park.My congratulations for this excellent contribution to TE. Your note is really helpfull.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
milad_abazari (1648) 2012-05-20 19:05
Beautiful clouds with blue sky, beautiful composition with the rocks.
Man is the best time and place. Very well.
Thanks for sharing.