This trip is full but if you are intersted in a Fall 2013 trip, please let me know when in the fall would be good for you!
For those of you who have never been to the Grand Canyon, or those who have only viewed her splendor from the Rim, or perhaps you have ventured into the depths but the magic tugs at you to return, then please read on.
We invite you to join us as we enjoy mid-spring coolness and inner canyon warmth as we backpack for six days in the beauty and awe of Grand Canyon National Park. This trip departs the Louisville area in the afternoon on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Roundtrip transportation is provided in the fee and we will travel Thursday night, Friday and arrive at Grand Canyon National Park on Saturday. During travel, we will camp out on the overnights. Upon arriving at the Grand Canyon, we will camp the first night on the South Rim with time on Saturday for viewing panoramic overlooks and a trip to the visitor’s center.
We will begin hiking after breakfast Sunday and descend deep into the canyon. We will spend another five nights down in the canyon, making our way to the Colorado River, getting a multitude of unique views along the way, including waterfalls, beach campsites along the Colorado River, and panoramic views of the canyon that can only be experienced in person. The last full day returns us to the rim (via a route the offers the most beautiful sunrise I've ever seen) and civilization with a celebration dinner and overnight bed and breakfast lodging in historic Flagstaff, Arizona. We will depart Flagstaff early on Saturday, May 11 and arrive back in the late afternoon/early evening of Sunday, May 12.
Note: If you wish to fly out on your own, you will need to be in Flagstaff, Arizona no later than noon local time on May 4, 2013 and we can provide your ground transportation from there. We can pick you up at the airport in Flagstaff or a hotel or other convenient location. We can then drop you back off in Flagstaff or the Flagstaff Airport early on Saturday, May 11. There is no reduction in the fee as the transportation portion is a fixed cost of the trip.
This trip is rated "Challenging", but can be accomplished by anyone with reasonable fitness and is comfortable carrying a backpack with their own gear and a portion of group gear and food. Daily activity (except for one layover day for side hiking or relaxation) ranges from 4-8 hours hiking per day and may cover distances up to 8.2 miles. Terrain may be hilly or mountainous with some steep ascents and descents and some rougher trails. Elevation changes up to 3,000 feet per day at altitudes between 4000 and 7000 feet. Here is a summary of daily mileage in the Canyon: Day 1-8.2 miles all downhill (slow and steady); Day 2-Optional 3 mile side hike, then 3.5 miles with some ups and downs; Day 3-2.2 miles to camp with as much side hiking and exploration miles as you desire; Day 4-layover day on the beach with as much side hiking and exploration miles as you desire; Day 5-5.1 miles, mostly uphill, some down; Day 6-8.2 miles all uphill (easier than going down and with light packs). For references on this trip from other LHM members who have taken this trip in the past, please contact the Event Host.
Included in the cost of the trip is roundtrip transportation, camping fees enroute and return, park entrance fees, campground fees in the park, backcountry camping fees, permit fees, all meals while in the park and backcountry, all group equipment (tents, stoves, fuel, water filter, first aid kit, food storage system), bed and breakfast lodging the final night, and the final night's celebration dinner.
This trip is being conducted as a private trip and open to Louisville and area Hiking Meetup members and done so at the anticipated cost of the trip.
Price per person: $695 if trip fills; $795 per person with 8-10 going; $895 per person with 6-8 going (based on double occupancy).
A similar trip with these amenities normally runs between $1400 - $1600 per person without any transportation.
A deposit is required to hold a spot and for us to make accommodation reservations.
What is not included: meals during travel (however, you will have the opportunity to contribute and share in some snacks, sandwiches and finger foods to be brought on the trip-a small refrigerator is onboard), personal equipment (a list is provided upon registration), souvenirs, alcoholic beverages, and any other items of a personal nature.
If you have any questions, please contact the Event Host.
If you would like to join this trip, please read carefully: Contact the Event Host via email and indicate your intentions to join. In doing so, provide your email address where you can receive additional information and forms. The Event Host will then provide you with additional trip details and how and where to make a deposit for the trip. A $250 deposit is required within 7 days after you RSVP and to hold your spot. The Event Host will manually add/remove any RSVP to this Meetup Event based on deposits made. Final payment is due no later than April 1, 2013.
This trip is being conducted as a private trip and open to Louisville and area Hiking Meetup members. However, this trip will be utilizing resources of LHM sponsor Green Earth Outdoors (vehicles, equipment, etc). Therefore, each participant will be required to read and sign an acknowledgment of risk and release, provide a completed medical history form, as well as a trip application and food preference survey to better understand and accommodate everyone on the trip. These forms will be provided via email upon your registration.
The Event Host is available prior to the trip to assist you with planning, gear selection, conditioning advice and other preparations. We hope you can join us as this is a spectacular bucket-list trip.