Preparing for Your Adventure

General recommendations for all visitors to Grand Canyon:

When visiting the Grand Canyon you will need to be aware that the South Rim sits at 7000 feet above sea level. This setting lends itself to intense sun and cool nights, even during the middle of summer. The weather is known for its unpredictability, with storms rolling in quickly and dispersing with equal rapidity. As our guest, you should bring the following to help ensure your ability to cope with what Northern Arizona has to offer.

Layers of clothing– To cope with hot days and cool nights.
Full brim hat– Save your neck, ears, and face from intense sunlight.
Rain gear/umbrella– Storms roll in quickly; no reason to get all wet.
Sunscreen– “20 minutes to pink”. High elevation equals intense sun and quick sunburn.

For Day Hikes:

For those who will be taking the trails and descending into the heart of Grand Canyon, we have a list of requirements and recommendations in addition to those listed above to help maximize your comfort and enjoyment. Please be aware that all of the Grand Canyons trails are considered “skinny” and close proximity to cliff edges and steep slopes are par for the course. First, you will need to be able to deal with this exposure, so those with acrophobia or heights issues should be forewarned (we offer Rim hikes as an alternative).

Boots and your feet are very important to your enjoyment and comfort during your adventure. Toenails should be clipped short to avoid “black toe” and loss of nails. Boots should be comfortable and broken in with plenty of tread. Breaking in boots on Grand Canyon trails is asking for blisters. A moisture wicking sock (wool, synthetic, or blend) is highly encouraged.

Requirements:

Hiking boot– Broken in with good tread.
Sunscreen– “20 minutes to pink”. High elevation equals intense sun and quick sunburn.
Layers of clothing– To cope with hot days and cool nights.
Rain gear– Storms roll in quickly, no reason to get all wet.

Recommended:

Start taking the stairs– Canyon hiking is all ascending and descending.  Be prepared.
Full brimmed hat– Save your neck, ears and face from intense sunlight.

For Backpacking Adventures:

Everything that applies to day hikers applies here plus you will be carrying approximately 35 pounds upon your back (porters are available). Being prepared physically is paramount. Stop using elevators and escalators and use the stairs whenever possible. Try to walk a mile or more every day to build stamina and a minimum of one longer walk per week. Add a backpack with some weight in it to your walks. Being prepared will allow you to enjoy your adventure and not feel like you spent your day in boot camp.

Pack smart and light. Weight is your enemy here. When deciding what to bring, think carefully and choose wisely. Travel sized personal items and any other ways you can minimize your personal gear are worth the effort. Convertible pants (zip on/off legs) are a smart choice.

Boots and your feet are very important to your enjoyment and comfort during your adventure. Toenails should be clipped short to avoid the dreaded “black toe” and loss of nails. Boots should be comfortable and broken in with plenty of tread. Breaking in boots on Grand Canyon trails is asking for blisters. Of all the technical gear available, good socks are well worth the money (wool, synthetic, or blend). Your feet will be doing some hard work, so treat them well.

Requirements:

Hiking boot– Broken in, with good tread.
Sunscreen– “20 minutes to pink”. High elevation equals intense sun and quick sunburn.
Layers of clothing– To cope with hot days and cool nights.
Rain gear– Storms roll in quickly, no reason to get all wet.
Painkiller– Bring your preferred NSAID (aspirin, acetaminophen, etc.) for sore legs or other pains.
Personal Items– Toothbrush/paste, prescription medications, personal hygiene items.
Stamina- Start training ASAP.

Recommended:

1 cotton shirt– Cotton holds water well. During summer months, hiking wet is hiking smart.
Full brim hat– Save your neck, ears, and face from intense sunlight.
Baby wipes– Water is always scarce. There are no available showers. This is an easy way to stay clean.

Suggestions on your gear, and personal items:

Socks– Good quality, wicking materiel. 1 pair per day and 1 extra.
Pants– Convertible pant and sleep pant/long john.
Shirts– As few as you feel comfortable with. 1 long sleeve.
Shoes– Hiking boot, broken in with good tread. Lightweight camp shoe/sandal.
Personal hygiene items– Look for travel sized items and keep in mind no one smells like roses 3 days out from a shower. Baby wipes for the civilized.
Prescription medication– Consider a second set for your guide to carry. Don’t get caught short.

 

Not sure? Have more questions? We are here to help. Feel free to call us at 928-522-4273.

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