I’m fortunate to be joining the local Mountain Maniacs on their annual hike down to Phantom Ranch. Trips into the canyon require detail management, and T the group instigator, has had bunk houses and meals reserved since last January. There has been a rigorous schedule of training hikes. The packing party was held a few days ago, so the newbies could bring their packs and see if they jive with what the experienced gals bring along. The Maniacs traditionally hike the Grand Canyon on the third weekend in January, when the trails are relatively quiet and winter weather adds a real element of excitement. I went along in ’07 as well. As the group name suggests, this is a fit bunch of women, so I’m hiking, jump roping, doing wall sits and heel lifts, all to get stronger soon. It feels delicious and selfish to be in training….hey, it’s all about me!