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Grand Canyon National Park, North Bass, AZ

Oct 2 - Oct 9, 2019 -- $1400 ★★★★★, Only 1 Spot Left

Trip Description

What can we possibly tell you about Grand Canyon National Park, that would persuade you to visit? Would it help to know that it's considered one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World? Or that the geologic features reveal 40% of the Earth's history? Or that the Grand Canyon is home to some of the cleanest air in the United States? Or that it's well over a mile deep, giving rise to superlative, unobstructed views?

The Grand Canyon is a life list destination that words are insufficient to fully describe. You owe it to yourself to visit this truly amazing wonder, even once.

Unlike our other Grand Canyon trips, this one starts and ends on the less crowded North Rim. According to Backpacker Magazine, "With all due respect to the hordes on the corridor trails, there's a better, lonelier way to descend into Arizona's belly and back again". This will truly be an epic adventure that traverses the Grand Canyon in a much different way (both geographically and spiritually) than the corridor trails. We may encounter rafting groups at Bass Camp on the Colorado River, but hardly anyone else along the route.

Sign up to do this trip now, while you're young and capable.


Weather is always an important concern when backpacking, especially in the Grand Canyon. October is a great to visit weather-wise as it's generally still not too cold on the North Rim and not too hot in the canyon. Be prepared for freezing weather or even snow on the rim, but also be prepared for 100 degrees and little water in the canyon. Chances are, neither will happen but we must be prepared for each.

Trip Leaders

Steve Silberberg
Danielle Piscatelli


$1400 per person double occupancy. Here, double occupancy means that you will share a hotel room with another trip participant. You will also be responsible for transportation to and from Las Vegas McCarran Airport (LAS) as well as personal equipment, restaurant meals and any gratuities for guides.

Covered expenses include 2 hotel night, backcountry reservations, 6 days of trail meals, ground transportation, National Park permits, fees and awesome guides.

Difficulty (Please Read)

The Grand Canyon can be extremely difficult and forbidding. The temperatures can be freezing or over 100 degrees. There is little to no shade in some areas, so you may be exposed to the beating sun for extended periods. Sun block is not sufficient for this, you must bring a wide brimmed hat, long sleeve shirt and long pants.

Furthermore, we will be dry-camping (no water) on 2 nights. Water may not be available for 2 days. It will be imperative to carry up to 2 gallons of water (16 pounds). Carrying the extra weight makes your full pack even heavier. Elevation gains and losses are dramatic. Expect to gain or lose over 2800' vertical on some days. In order to do this, you will need to be sufficiently hydrated. Plus, your feet must remain in good shape. Blisters and unclipped toenails will cripple you and make progress extremely slow and painful so be mindful of hot spots as they develop.

If you have a fear of heights, some of this trail may paralyze you with fear. Although most people hike this trail without issue, those with a heightened sense of fear at drop-offs may not fare well.

Training tips


This is only a tentative itinerary that's subject to change. The park doesn't approve itineraries until 2 months before the trip. Because of this, we may have to run this trip a few days earlier or later, but this is the itinerary we are applying for so it's presented here. Obviously this makes it difficult for you (and us) to plan if your schedule is not somewhat flexible. We will let you know any changes as soon as we know them.

This is the 3rd of 3 Fatpacking trips to the Grand Canyon this year. S

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fly or drive into McCarran Airport Las Vegas (LAS)

Take a free airport shuttle to our local hotel (TBD)

Equipment shakedown. We go through your stuff to make sure you're properly outfitted.

Distribution of trail mix

"Before" body composition measurements taken

Go to REI Las Vegas, 710 S. Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, (702) 951-4488, for last minute or forgotten equipment

Your spare bag(s) will be put in storage at the hotel or storage unit

Go out to a welcome dinner in town (not included in trip cost).

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Wake up early (5:30AM)

Second set of "before" measurements taken

Free hotel breakfast

Shuttle 5.5 hours to the Grand Canyon North Rim stopping for a picnic lunch along the way.

Begin hiking at Swamp Point, elevation 7500'

Hike 1.0 miles to Muav Saddle, elevation 6700'

Hike 3.5 miles to Redwall Rim, elevation 5000'

Camp at Redwall Rim, elevation 5000'. There is no water here.

Miles today: 4.5 miles. Total to date: 4.5 miles

Possible Bailout: North Rim

Friday, October 4, 2019

Hike 5.8 miles to Shinumo Creek, elevation 2800'. Get water here.

Hike 1.7 miles to Shinumo Camp, elevation 2400'

Hike 1.5 miles to the Colorado River, elevation 2200'.

Camp at Bass Camp, elevation 2200'

Miles Today: 9.0. Total to Date: 13.5

Possible Bailout: Colorado River

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Have a lazy morning at Bass Camp

Hike 3.2 uphill miles to Shinumo Creek, elevation 2800'. Reliable water is here.

Camp at Shinumo Creek, elevation 2800'

Miles Today: 3.2. Total to Date: 16.7

Possible Bailout: Colorado River

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fill up all water vessels. No more water until we get back to the vehicle(s).

Hike 5.8 uphill miles to Redwall Rim, elevation 5000'

Camp at Redwall Rim, elevation 5000'. No water here.

Miles today: 5.8 miles. Total to date: 22.5 miles

Possible Bailout: North Rim or Colorado River, neither are good options

Monday, October 7, 2019

Very short day today. Rest up for tomorrow's difficult hike

Hike 3.5 uphill miles to Muav Saddle, elevation 6700'

Hike 1.0 uphill miles to Swamp Point, elevation 7500'

End of Hiking

Camp at Campsite NJ2, elevation 7500'. We will have water stashed in the vehicle(s).

Miles today: 4.5 miles. Total to date: 27.0 miles

Possible Bailout: North Rim

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Shuttle 5.5 hours back to Las Vegas, stop for a picnic lunch along the way

Check into local hotel (TBD)

"After" mesurements taken

Go out for celebratory dinner and aswards Ceremony (dinner not included in trip cost)

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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Free Hotel Breakfast

Take free airport shuttle

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