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Sir, with all due respect, don't ever regard yourself as "over-qualified" when doing long duration descents and climbs. Thinking that disregards exigencies, e.g., falls, injuries, weather changes, the pack animal dies or gets injured, and as one poster has already noted, it gets a helluva lot warmer descending. Moreover, the conditioning you acquire in your training will be quite specific to the terrain over which you are in fact training, specific to the weather conditions under which you will be training.
While not directly related to your effort, I recall recently a gentleman in our local gym who was attempting a...Show more →
Grand Canyon elevation about 6500 feet, the temperature in Nov will be 60-30.
I am at 3000 feet elevation and right now the temperature 75-40, and getting cooler by the day. Today I worked out with snow cap on in the morning. Cold and great.
No one never can be over qualified, but the level of my work out is reassuring. Yesterday I hiked 10.5 miles in 2 hours 45 min, non stop, elevation gain 3000 feet.
Keep in mind that the hike in Canyon down and up for around 10 miles and will take the whole day each way, many break on the way; the reason is: the trip will be not competitive, but for site seeing and photography along the way.
Thanks for the thought and stay tuned for some decent images of Death Valley, Zion NP, Grand canyon and probably Slot canyon. All in 12 days.