Guides for this trip
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Sunday, April 5, 2015
Fly or drive into Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX)
We will pick you up and bring you to Guide Deb's house where we'll have our equipment shakedown.
Please arrive by 3PM.
1405 W Southern Ave, for forgotten or last minute equipment
Distribution of trail mix
"Before" body composition measurements taken
Go out to dinner in town, not included in trip cost
Shuttle van will take your spare bag(s) for safekeeping
Drive 4 hours to Grand Canyon National Park, Mather Campground
Set up camp and stay at Mather Campground, site 055
Monday, April 6, 2015
Second set of before body composition measurements taken
Take Park Shuttle bus to the Hermit Trail, elevation 6640'
Day-Hike 1.5 miles (carrying at least 4 liters of water) to Waldron Trail Junction, elevation 5400'
Day-Hike 0.3 miles to the Hermit Trail Junction, elevation 5200'
Day-Hike 1.0 miles to the Boucher Trail Junction, elevation 5270'
Day-Hike 0.7 miles to Dripping Springs, elevation 5680'
Treat water here if necessary
Day-Hike 3.5 miles back to the Hermit Trailhead, elevation 6640'
Take Park Shuttle Bus back to Mather Campground
Camp at Mather Campground, site 055
Miles today: 7.0 miles. Total to date: 7.0 miles
Possible Bailout: South Rim
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Take Park Shuttle Bus to the Grandview Trailhead, elevation 7400'
Hike 4.5 steep, knee-crushing miles to Cottonwood Creek, elevation 3690'
At Large camp in the vicinity of Cottonwood Creek, zone BG9, elevation 3690'
Miles today: 4.5 miles. Total to date: 11.5 miles
Bailout: South Rim
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Hike 5.5 miles to Grapevine Creek, elevation 3550'.
At-Large camp in the vicinity of Grapevine Creek, zone BH9, elevation 3550'. The water here is generally reliable.
Miles Today: 5.5. Total to Date: 17.0
Possible Bailout: South Rim, but it's pretty far
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Hike 5.7 miles to Boulder Spring, elevation 3600'
Water may be found nearby or downstream about 20 minutes walk. Water is often reported
as salty and unpalatable.
At-Large camp in the vicinity of Boulder Spring, zone BH9, elevation 3600'.
Miles Today: 5.7. Total to Date: 22.7
Possible Bailout: No good options
Friday, April 10, 2015
No guarantee of water today. We must carry 2 gallons each.
Hike 3.0 miles to Lone Tree, elevation 3680'
This is the last water we will find on the trip. Water may be found at or near where the
Tonto Trail crosses Lone Tree Canyon. Otherwise, there may be water a half-hour down the canyon.
This would add 2 miles to today's distance.
Hike 3.5 miles to Cremation Canyon, elevation 3650'
At-Large camp in the vicinity of Cremation Canyon, zone BJ9, elevation 3650'. We must camp East
of the canyon.
Miles today: 6.5 miles. Total to date: 29.2 miles
Possible Bailout: No good options
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Hike 6.5 grueling uphill miles to the South Kaibab Trailhead, elevation 7200'
End of Hike
Miles today: 6.5 miles. Total to date: 35.7 miles
Possible Bailout: South Kaibab Trailhead
Body Composition Taken on South Rim
"After" body composition measurements taken
Shuttle to Flagstaff for Dinner and Awards Ceremony
Shuttle back to Phoenix. Check into
Springhill Suites Tempe,
1601 West Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ 85281. (480) 968-8222
This is the official end of the trip. You are welcome to spend the night at
the hotel, however if you drove and would like to get on the road or if you flew
and would like to schedule a late flight (or a red-eye if
this is a West Coast trip) you can definitely do so.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
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Free Hotel Breakfast
Take free airport shuttle