Dehydration? Imagine it was really hot. Glad you all made it out ok.
Did that trip about 10 years ago, in March. Down S Kaibab, back up BA. Stayed 2 nights at Phantom. Ice at the top, hot at the bottom. Legs really hurt after the trip down. Very thankful for a rest day before the climb out.
Lots of characteristics of heat illness, but I also don’t think he ate enough on the trip down. He hiked down twice in his 20’s and definitely didn’t have enough respect for what it would be like in his 50’s. I thought it was a bad idea for him, but he disagreed. Unfortunately the whole experience led him to decide he’ll never hike into the canyon again rather than make him want to get into better shape.
Best plan would have been to hike from Bright Angel to Indian Gardens on day 2, leaving just 4.5 miles for the last day, but we didn’t have the time.
That's a bummer. :(
I'm impressed that you didn't have any aches and were good to climb out the next day + an extra pack!
I remember being amused watching the mule riders dismount at the bottom. Lots of stiff, bowed legs....
I wonder if the no aches was due to all the time I spent sitting in cold Bright Angel Creek to cool off. My feet were pretty sore after the first day and I anticipated them hurting in the hike out. I think it also helped that we stopped so much, for pictures on the way down and for Jeff on the way back. The only time I felt red-lined was towards the top carrying both packs.