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Tanner-Escalante Loop, Grand Canyon National Park, AZBACKPACKER editor Jon Dorn and his wife have a tradition: They've been celebrating New Year's Eve in the backcountry for almost a decade. In 2009 they did a 40-mile, 5-day hike beneath the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. (Photos by Jonathan Dorn)
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Heather Dorn, wife of BACKPACKER's editor in chief, gets schooled at Lipan Point at the start of the hike. This is the Tanner trailhead, a rugged path off the main corridor that sees very little winter traffic.