In the morning, a blow on the conch shell announces coffee is ready. Pack up your sleep kit and clothing dry bag; reorganize your day gear and day pack for the day’s hike(s). After breakfast, the process of putting camp away begins with calls such as, “last call for juice,” “last call for the water filter” and “May I have the tent bag?." Next, the boats are reloaded with everyone’s help. Choose a boat for the day as you get ready to embark on another day in Grand Canyon.
Generally, you will be in the boats about half of each day and will make several stops: lunch, side canyon hikes, interpretive talks, and “frequent bathroom breaks.”
You may hike once a day or do up to three shorter hikes in a day. You may spend all day hiking one day and make up river miles another day or over several days. Some hikes begin at camp, others involve boating to reach the hiking area. There is time to disembark as a group, access shoe storage bags, refill water bottles, and grab daypacks.
Your guides will talk about the Canyon’s natural and cultural features in a variety of settings including while hiking, when stopping at an attraction site, while in camp, and while on the boat as you pass significant features.
“I felt ready for each day, excited each night, and like I wasn’t missing a wink of adventure – a perfect balance of talking vs. experiences.” J.D. May 5, 2012
“I am a meeting planner so I know and appreciate a good working team. All the logistics were flawless!” – D. & K. June 25, 2012
“Amazed at depth of knowledge – even of the younger guides.” – B.S. July 17, 2012
“I felt like I was constantly learning, and as a college administrator that was awesome!” – J.M. July 27, 2012