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Grand Canyon Adventure: The 750-Mile Hike That Nearly Killed Us (Part 3) | Nat Geo Live ctm magazine

Few people have completed a thru-hike of the Grand Canyon, and now Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride know why: The 750-mile hike proved to be the most difficult undertaking of their lives. Join the pair as they comically recount their brutal adventure.
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Few people have ever completed a thru-hike of the Grand Canyon, and now National Geographic explorers Kevin Fedarko and Pete McBride know why: The 750-mile hike quickly proved to be the most difficult undertaking of their lives. With no trail to follow, the two found themselves bushwhacking through dense brush and cacti, and moving up and down steep vertical terrain in scorching heat as they navigated their way through the canyon. Though they initially embarked on the hike as a way to raise public awareness of development issues threatening the iconic national park, the pair quickly found they had completely underestimated the difficulty of their journey and nearly quit in the first week. Join Fedarko and McBride as they comically recount their brutal adventure and shed light on the myriad of threats facing Grand Canyon National Park.

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  • محمد نظام on March 18, 2017

    لا اله ألا ألله

  • Todd Mansions on March 18, 2017

    it looks like fake blood

  • Brilliant on March 18, 2017

    Los vegas should be destroyed

  • Anna Hasty on March 18, 2017

    Well Done!

  • Jason Genova on March 18, 2017

    This deserves more views it's amazing.

  • ITSALLGOOD 74 on March 18, 2017

    Thank You guys for enlightening us all on the Grand Canyons unfortunate commercial development. Great Video !!!

  • George on March 19, 2017

    This brings back memories from when I did my Rim to Rim a few years back 🙂 Can't imagine how does it feel to go for 800 miles. Heck, I wasn't even aware you can hike as much down in the Canyon. There's only 30-40 miles top from North Rim to South Rim.

  • Valerie Fitzgerald on March 21, 2017

    I pray they never develop the Grand Canyon…. That would be a devastation

  • malobi seth on April 1, 2017

    I loved this series 🙂 why it has so less view idk tho

  • Jannah Bowen on April 2, 2017

    Wow… that was an absolutly incredible story. A story worth sharing and believing in for sure. Thank you so much for this.

  • From The Valley Films on April 17, 2017

    More this. Less reality bs

  • Tim Morris on April 25, 2017

    technology will solve this with personal drone flights that will have no environmental impact.

  • BicyclingAround on May 29, 2017

    The series is very well done, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching first the movie and now the talk, but it's amazing how ill-prepared you guys were for the hike. The majority of the work lies in getting prepared and in the preparedness. Blisters, running out of salt from dehydration – come on! Those are absolute no-no's. Did you guys even research the hike ? Also, the way to get rid of cacti easily (although not entirely painlessly), is to bring a small comb along, wedge it, and then yank it off, like ripping a bandaid. I must confess I haven't done a month long back-packing trip yet, so I am in no way close to an expert, but when I do my hikes, I spend enormous amounts of time and energy reading up – you know – Nat Geo books 🙂

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  • Gary h on December 30, 2017

    Inspiring, great group of videos, thanks for sharing ❤️

  • Gary Moore on January 4, 2018

    Outstanding…guys. Incredible

  • Alex Hern on January 31, 2018

    Did my first full-length through hike a few months ago. To those who are distance type of people, it's not that bad. Some minor repelling, yes; but aside from that it's just a back country long haul. Obviously water is the key factor, but if you do your research (like most if not everyone who does this does) water won't be as hard to find as they project. It's a bit dramatic in some scenes but hey, they're city boys.

  • Billy Bob on February 13, 2018

    these guys exaggerate way too much… its annoying

  • D A 69199 on April 1, 2018

    Awesome. Thank you

  • Catherine Todd on May 9, 2019

    When we started this walk… a friend told us we'd "learn the difference between what we want, and what we need." 1:35. Amen. Everyone needs to learn this, and so do I. Gracias, amigos!

  • Catherine Todd on May 9, 2019

    17:06: "the reality of this place…" the color of the light, the texture, the silence.

  • Ben Moore on July 14, 2019

    I was a Park Ranger for 25yrs at another park on a wilderness island until forced to retire at age 57. Since then I've covered the west in a modified jeep that I sleep in, trying to see the other parks that I missed in my career. Three times I've visited the Grand Canyon and 3 times I've been disappointed. The crowds, the parking lot's, the shuffling busses, the long lines, the frayed nerves. I've tried to get to the south rim twice but it's been closed. Not sure I'll ever get to see THIS Grand Canyon, but I'd sure hate to think that they would let the whole thing degenerate into the theme park experience that I've had on my 3 trips. I may have to console myself with the knowledge that this view of the canyon still exist even though I may never get to see it myself. But who knows? I'm 62 now and still in pretty good shape, but" someday" will have to come soon.

  • Alain Remont on September 8, 2020

    I have just finished re-reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. He predicted all this.

  • Alain Remont on September 8, 2020

    Also, Edward Abbey said that these places (Grand Canyon, The Arches etc.) do not have silence, they have stillness.

  • Bruce McInnis on August 9, 2021

    Interestingly my cousin (Ray) and I (Bruce, Canadian Park Warden) did NPS Little Colorado to Bright Angle in 1986. We (Ray, Bruce, and Steven) returned in 1996 entering Tanner to Little Colorado then west to Apache Peak (30 days) with native permission into Supi via side canyon. Many side trips into secondary canyons. Two food cache [Bright Angle and Bass (with water cache at Bass)]…no water sources for 5 days… 4-page Backcountry Use Permit. …Supi to the rim…I was the only one who stayed in the canyon for the full time…Ray had to come out in the first leg for dental, and Steven, blow a boot in Cremation Basin and came out out Bright Angle. …with pre-arranged pick up.
    But to Lee's Ferry to Reservoir…incredible……

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