Update : bucket list item completed. Descent to Canyon Floor on the morning of Saturday Jan 18. Ascent to the top on Sunday Jan 19. Update and pictures in Post 41. So I've been staying in Scottsdale Arizona for a few weeks now helping my Bro out with a small company he just acquired. On a whim I decided to take off to the Grand Canyon for the weekend. I'm an avid hiker and Mountain biker. I've taken on many mountain hikes (Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Columbia, Spain, etc) but I must say the Grand Canyon is both awe inspiring and intimidating. I did not come prepared to make the descent to the bottom. Was not expecting the snow and ice up top and much warmer temps as you descend. I spoke to some people just emerging from a descent and accent and time down is about 6hours and up 8. I picked up some crampons yesterday and played with some light descents while going around the rim. In a few hours I will test some of the steeper descents but not try to make bottom. I need full chains for the shoes and not these light spikes I got. I'm booking to come back in January and plan to have the proper gear to make the full descent. I'm told that I have to report my plans and route to the Rangers station as they have the most rescues in Jan and July (ice and heat). Any Sherdoggers take this on and can you share experiences? I'll add pics to OP when I have WIFI later.