GC2017 Trip Report [Day 5 | 19 January 2017]

[Day 5 | 19 January 2017]

It rained today.


Rowing to Stay Warm + It’s a Great Workout!

River Day 5 would be the start of off / on rain for the next several days. The continuous rain, cold, and wet everything was the type of scenario that definitely pushes your boundaries as a person and a team.

River Day 5 was also my first breakdown related to my type 1 diabetes and blood sugar control. It had been a roller coaster since arriving at Lees Ferry for rig day. Stress, nerves, excitement all coupled with carbs, carbs, sugar, and more carbs.

I didn’t want to do this anymore. I was tired of feeling sick every day. I was fed up with feeling like I was starving, but not wanting to eat because I really only had access to very carb heavy food. I was scared that my numbers were over the 300s during the day while on the boat, but I was equally scared that if I took too much insulin I’d drop to unsafe levels.

None of my numbers made sense. I could have high readings arriving at camp, but being cautious with the amount of insulin I take, take only 3 units for a pasta, bread, and chocolate pie dinner– and find myself with blood sugar readings in the 50 mg/dL range. What the heck??

I actually didn’t write in my journal today. Between the rain and being upset over my diabetes control, I just wasn’t feeling it.

But I remember ravenously eating the remaining yogurt from lunch, crying to Nick and Evan, and having them tell me I’d feel better after hiking to the Nankoweap Granaries– all of this happening as it started to rain again.


So Hungry.



Giving Myself a Shot. Because, that’s what I do now, you know?


Some days are great, others are just.plain.hard. Today was one of those days for me.

So we went on a hike. They were right, I definitely felt better after moving. And it’s tough to continue feeling sorry for yourself and your situation when you are surrounded by the picturesque beauty of the Grand Canyon.


Beautifully Ominous Sky


Enjoying the View from the Nankoweap Granaries

We might have been getting rain, but on the rim it was snow. I kept trying to remind myself that this isn’t a sight everyone gets to see and that we were lucky!


A Close Up of the Nankoweap Granaries


View from the Nankoweap Granaries
If You Look Closely You Can See Our Camp on the Right Third of the Photo


Totally Enamored with the Iconic “Boats Tied to Shore” Photo

There wasn’t much to note about the river. It was a pretty low key day with only two rapids.

River Miles: 11.9 miles
Camp: Main Nankoweap [mile 53.1]

President Harding [class 4]
Nankoweap [class 3]
Water Flow: 12,000 – 17,000 cfs
Temperature: 36 – 60 deg F
Precipitation: 0.22 in
Wind: 2 – 6 mph, no gusts
Weather Event: Rain, Overcast