Instead of an end-of-the-day challenge... it was right up front... bright and early!
The next 1.4 miles took us 2 hours to traverse. We leapfrogged up a few hundred feet at a time. According to the GPS tracklog, the the last quarter mile out of the canyon averages a 28% grade.
Here's the blow-by-blow:
shortly after, LDF gets bounced off the trail, blips the throttle, and ends up here:
and it wasn't even steep yet.