It’s the middle of July and work starts at 6:00 a.m. I head to where the Grand Canyon Trail Crew is meeting and we talk about the plan for the day. After discussions on safety, we leave to join the local conservation group working with us for the summer. Everyone gathers at the South Kaibab trailhead.
It is getting later in the morning, and not only is the hiker traffic picking up on the trail, so too is the heat. By now it is over 100 degrees F (38 degrees C) and I need to remind myself to keep drinking water, eating food, and taking breaks. The advice we give to those hiking in the canyon during the summer heat also applies to trail workers. I need to keep my strength up not only to continue working, but also to hike back out of the canyon carrying my tools. After a quick snack and some water I feel better, back to work on my project.