Pay the Full Amount Now! - $275.00
Note that RVSP does not guarantee you a spot. Payment does. Also note that you will be in Group B (camping). Group A is full
Group A: Backpacking - six people with permits - Renu, Mo, Tom, Johnny, Hans, Aidin - Full
Group B: Camping - six people without permits - Sonia, Joe, Cat, Alberto
Cost: 3 nights in hotels + 4 nights of camping + 7 days of car rental = $275.
Who: First and foremost, your safety is your responsibility.
Second, this is my first trip that I restrict participants to be advanced hikers. Since you won't be with me most of the times, I can't make sure you alright, and it would be unfair to ask others to assist beginners.
You must have a tent and a sleeping bag to join. Also, we'll be in Arizona, so make sure your paperwork is in order.
When: From 11:00 pm on 10/2 to 11:00 pm on 10/09. If you have Columbus Day off, then you only take 4 days of vacation for this trip.
Flights: Booked on delta.com (not included in the $275.00 cost)
Leaving 7:15pm BALTIMORE
Arriving 8:55pm MPLS-ST PAUL DELTA 917
Leaving 9:40pm MPLS-ST PAUL
Arriving 11:09pm LAS VEGAS DELTA 1451
October 9 (red eye flights):
Leaving 11:15pm LAS VEGAS
Arriving 6:06am DETROIT DELTA 2216
Leaving 7:30am DETROIT
Arriving 9:06am BALTIMORE DELTA 1737
10/02: A hotel in Boulder City (half an hour from Vegas)
10/03: Maswik Lodge
10/04-06: Group A - Bright Angel Campground, Indian Garden Campground. Group B - Mather Campground
10/07: Marble Canyon Lodge - half way to the north rim
10/08: North Rim Campground.
This is a rough draft of the itinerary. Note that Group B, 6 people, has 3 cars from the 4th to the 7th afternoon. So you have a lot of freedom in picking your own hikes. You don't have to do what I'm suggesting.
10/04: Both Group A (backpack) and B (day hike) will descend the South Kaibab Trail at 6 am. No water and shade on trail so you must bring all water with you. Group B will turn around at Skeleton Point (6 miles rt -recommended) OR at the Tipoff (9 miles rt) OR somewhere in between. The hike up will take twice as long. Group A will continue to Bright Angel Campground (7 miles). We should get here before 11:30 am. Set up camp, have lunch, take a nap, play in the river. At 3 or 4 pm, we hike the Clear Creek Trail (2 mi). Around sunset, we'll do the river loop (1.5 mi).
10/05: Group A hikes into the "box" - optional - toward Cottonwood (in the direction of the north rim) to Ribbon Falls, then returns and hikes up to Indian Garden (4.7 miles) in the afternoon and set camps here for the next two nights.
Group B can either hike the Grand View or find something else easier to do.
10/06: Group B hikes down from Bright Angel Trail to Indian Gardens (4.8 miles). We eat lunch, play cards, and take naps. When it cools down, Group B hikes back up.
Group A hikes the Tonto trail during the day, then hike to Plateau Point (1.5 mi) for sunset and the amazing views of the inner gorge and the Colorado River, and magnificent night sky.
10/07: Group A hikes out of the Grand Canyon in the early morning and meet up with Group B at Lookout Studio near Bright Angel Lodge in the South Rim. In the afternoon, we drive to the north rim together, with several stops along the way: Yavapai Point (near South Kaibab Trail), Desert View Watchtower.
10/08: We hike the North Kaibab Trail down to Roaring Springs and back (9.4 miles rt), descending 3400 feet. We'll have lunch here at the waterfall. From Roaring Springs to Bright Angel campground is about 9 miles, so Group A has hiked more than 2/3 of the rim-to-rim, in the addition to the hike back up the North Kaibab trail.
10/09: Explore some famous trails on the north rim: Point Imperial trail (4 mi), Bright Angel Point Trail (.5 mi), Ken Patrick Trail, Uncle Jim Trail (5 mi), Cape Royal Trail (.6 mi), Cape Final Trail (4 mi). Drive to the airport with stops at Vermillion Cliffs and Horseshoe Bend overlook. Basically, do as much as you can on this day. Pick and choose your hikes.
Refund: Refund is sometimes possible but not guaranteed, except when we have a replacement. Last-minute dropouts have a lot less chance of getting a refund.