A strenuous trail for experienced Grand Canyon hikers, I hiked the Hermit Trail from Hermit’s Rest to Granite Rapids and back. *There’s another part to my story, someone who was in the background, but the reason behind my successful solo hike. Eric Stanley, a supervisor at the Grand Canyon General Store and top-notch in wilderness and adventure sports, advised me — especially on how much water was needed for a trail like this. He loaned me some of his gear, saving me on costly rentals. He believed in me. Sadly, he died while hiking late night in the Canyon, eight months after I hiked Hermit’s Trail. Stanley is one of the biggest influences in my life. I use the knowledge that he gave me in so many aspects of my life. He is missed….
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