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    Default Don't Go on This Trail Ride if You Are Afraid of Heights!

    Poison Point, Grand Canyon. Amazing video.

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    i'm sure those mules are crosses between mountain goats and geckos, but still
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    Oh no no no

    I was a guide in the Rockies up around Hagerman Pass that had some trails that included a bunch of narrow switchbacks.

    These would be trails I was supposed to use, but literally turned around the first group I took up there, and never went up again.

    Cause while my lovely non-horsey clients might not think they can fall off a cliff, I'm pretty sure they would have fallen of a cliff!! Or rather I'm pretty sure I would have, and that was enough for me!


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    Weeeee!
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    Is this the same trail which the mules take on the regular Grand Canyon mule tour? Oh, too scary!!!


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    I would have been too worried watching where I was going to be taking a video.

    Not the best place to be thinking "I hope my sweet mule doesn't has an idiot moment right now".


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    HOLLY *bleep* *bleep* *bleep*
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    Yes, that is the normal trail that you take up the Canyon - the South Kaibab. I've done the trip 2x. It is awesome!!

    edited to add: this is part of the trip when you spend a night at Phantom Ranch. It is not part of the "rim ride".



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    Nope. Not happening. Horseback or otherwise. I don't think I could even walk it. My legs would have involuntary knee jerks and over the edge I would go.

    Thanks for the video because I would not see it otherwise.


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    Oh and then they come around the corner and the snow is all over... WHAT IF THEY HIT ICE!!! WHAT THEN, MR. MAN????

    I am afraid of heights.

    But it was soooo beautiful!


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    Quote Originally Posted by My Two Cents View Post
    Nope. Not happening. Horseback or otherwise. I don't think I could even walk it. My legs would have involuntary knee jerks and over the edge I would go.

    Thanks for the video because I would not see it otherwise.
    They passed the hikers who stood oh-so-casually off to the side, so close to the edge that a swish of a mule tail could've knocked 'em into the abyss. If I had been one of the hikers, I would have been crouched down hugging one of those boulders with a death grip.

    Yikes.


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    We did the Phantom Ranch ride very early March and the mules were shod with borium. I do not remember this trail section, and believe me I would have. Is this from the North Rim? Looks cold.
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    No, absolutely not. That made me queasy just watching it. Beautiful but not something I ever want to do.



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    I would do that in a heartbeat. Where do I sign up??


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    Lord is is gorgeous. I have always wanted to do that, but I fear I would wet the saddle at some of those turns. Those mules are so steady and sure footed, Can you imagine a horse doing that? Noooooo.
    I would like to do it before I kick it!
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    I've ridden some pretty scary trails without a thought - one was even more narrow than the one on the film but just for a short distance. However, as I've gotten older I'm more afraid of heights to the point of becoming nauseated on the extreme trails. This one would have me puking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteyPie View Post
    They passed the hikers who stood oh-so-casually off to the side, so close to the edge that a swish of a mule tail could've knocked 'em into the abyss. If I had been one of the hikers, I would have been crouched down hugging one of those boulders with a death grip.

    Yikes.
    One of my sisters hiked that trail, and she said the scariest part was, indeed, when they had to stand aside for the mule riders. Worse than the ridge section were the sections where the sides were a drop-off and a mountainside since foot traffic had to stand on the outside (drop-off side) so the riders could pass.

    I couldn't do it on foot or on a mule. Heck, I'd be on my hands and knees if I absolutely had to traverse that trail.
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    Nope. No no no no no. No way no sir no how. You couldn't pay me to do it. I got nauseated just watching that.

    (Says the girl who also had an anxiety attack on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower....yeah, I dont do heights.)
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    Oh my, how gorgeous! Maybe I want to do this after all! In the future. Sometime. In my imagination. But look at these photos, so tempting:
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    This is the south rim - heading up the S. Kaibab from Phantom Ranch. There were a few years when the ride went down and up the Bright Angel as they were repairing the S. Kaibab trail.



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