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New Meetup: 7-day Grand Canyon Backpacking - Tanner Trail-Escalante Route-New Hance Trail

From: Jeff D.
Sent on: Saturday, November 13, 2010 8:44 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado Backpackers and Campers Meetup Group!

What: 7-day Grand Canyon Backpacking - Tanner Trail-Escalante Route-New Hance Trail

When: Tuesday, December 28,[masked]:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

7-day Grand Canyon Backpacking - Tanner Trail-Escalante Route-New Hance Trail

The plan is to leave Denver early Monday morning the 27th (or the evening of Sunday the 26th) and drive to the South Rim and camp. Tuesday morning, we'll hike down the Tanner Trail (9 miles). On day 2, we'll rest up our quads and explore the area. Days 3 & 4 we'll hike down stream next to the Colorado River on the Escalante Route (12 miles), and then on Day 5, we'll hike up the New Hance Trail (6.5 miles) back to the South Rim. After showers at the campground, we'll start driving home, probably spending the night at a motel in Moab, arriving back in Denver Sunday morning the 2nd.
I have backpacked in the Grand Canyon several times between Christmas and New Year's and it's not bad. Temperatures will be similar to Denver at the South Rim (it's 7,000 ft), but down by the river, day time temps can be quite pleasant (50's - 60's if the sun is out); night time can drop down to the 30's. So a winter sleeping bag and tent are required. The only other piece of equipment that is required is crampons. During the winter, the trail near the rim can be hard snow packed and icy, so crampons are necessary for good footing, as a slip could be disastrous.
Hiking in the Grand Canyon is very challenging, so you need to be experienced, have good equipment, and be in good physical condition. Each person is responsible for their own equipment and food. Depending on the number of people, we'll figure out car pooling.

RSVP - $30 - goes towards permit fees


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