80-Year-Old Man Celebrates Birthday Crossing Grand Canyon 106 Times

By | December 21, 2006

80-Year-Old Man Celebrates Birthday Crossing Grand Canyon 106 Times

GRAND CANYON — One man is celebrating his 80th birthday in an amazing way — by crossing the Grand Canyon 106 times. When tourists walk to the rim of the Grand Canyon and look down, most would consider a rim-to-rim hike a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But this guy is averaging twice a week! All yearlong!!

His name is Laurent Guadreau. But he goes by ‘Maverick’.? “By ‘Maverick’ because there aren’t many 80-year-olds that do the strange things I do,” said Guadreau.

That’s right — 80. He’s hiked up and down the mile-deep canyon more times this year than most octogenarians ride an elevator.? “I can’t explain it! It’s just there!! And I want to be in it!!”

Hiking from the south rim, it’s 7 miles down, 14 miles up the other side. 21 miles each way. On the 42-mile round trip, he usually spends two nights in the canyon.? – wtlv

2 thoughts on “80-Year-Old Man Celebrates Birthday Crossing Grand Canyon 106 Times

Leave a Reply