Photographer Pete McBride, who took this rare and remarkable photograph, hiked with magazine writer Kevin Fedarko and former Grand Canyon ranger Amy Martin along 650 miles of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, a feat accomplished by very few. Here Ms. Martin watches a winter sunrise over a section of the Colorado called Conquistador Aisle. She is standing atop the Esplanade formation near Fossil Canyon looking northeast.
To get to this overlook, it took the hikers seven days of hiking for ten hours a day without the benefit of trails. To date this section of Grand Canyon National Park remains one of the most inaccessible parts of our nation.
Because no trails exist along 95 percent of the canyon’s North Rim or along 80 percent of its South Rim fewer people have now hiked the canyon’s length in a single trip (10) than have walked on the moon (12).
An article by Fedarko with McBride’s photographs documenting their journey will appear in the September 2016 issue of National Geographic magazine.