Before the corn and soybean harvest, my brother Aric wanted to do a hiking trip. We’ve done something about every year—Mount Whitney last year, Half-Dome before that, and Wilson’s Prom in Australia before that.

Aric typically starts brainstorming around January, and planning around March. This year the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim caught his eye–a 24-mile day hike from the North Rim, 5,700 feet down to Phantom Ranch and 4,400 feet up to the South Rim.

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My brother Aric is a great farmer and enjoys what he does, but his heart also inclines toward mountain adventuring. In 2018, after persuading a few of us to join him up Half Dome in Yosemite, he began looking for a Bigger Thing and settled on Mount Whitney, at 14,500 feet the highest point in the contiguous U.S.

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Chris Walquist

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