Grand Canyon - 2012
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Start Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012 6:00 AM
End Date: Thursday, April 11th, 2012 9:00 PM
Meeting Point for Drop-off and Pickup: Carmenita Middle School
Location: Grand Canyon
Forms Needed: Troop 693 Permission Slip
Coordinator: Andrew Chien, Santos Kadi
Cost: $150 scout, $50 adult
Last Date to Signup: January 9th, 2012 (with $50 deposit)
Things to bring: Backpacking Checklist, Rain Gear
How to prepare: Video
7 day forecast: Phantom Ranch GC South Rim

Details

  • 1 group of 11 people will be able to go (8 scouts + 3 adults)
  • There will be training hikes (day and overnight) will be planned to prepare for the trip
  • Selection Criterion for the crew: Due to limited space, and due to the strenuous nature of the hike, final selection of participants will be based on several criteria, including but not limited to: order of sign-up and payment, participation in training hikes, physical and mental readiness.

Schedule

This is a 5-day trip: 1 day drive to Grand Canyon, 1 day to hike from the rim down to Colorado River, 2 days to hike up to the Rim, and 1 day to drive back.

Day Activity Notes
1 Drive to Grand Canyon Rim Camp at Rim
2 Hike down to the Colorado River South Kaibab Trail descend 4,780ft (1,457m); 7 miles
3 Hike up to Indian Gardens Camp Bright Angel Trail elevation gain 1,320 ft; 4.6 miles
4 Hike up to the rim Bright Angel Trail elevation gain 3,060 ft; 4.9 miles
5 Drive back Home Cherish what was accomplished

Preliminary Meeting

Objective: What is takes to be ready for Grand Canyon
Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM (after tent cleanup)
Location: Carmenita Middle School
Audience: Mandatory to all who have signed of for the trip

Preparation

Backpack Inspection

Date: TBD
Location: Carmenita Middle School
Audience: Scout + Parents
Things to Bring: Whatever needed as if you are going to the real trip, that means:
(a) Your backpack with all the essentials that you would pack for the trip Backpacking Checklist + Ran Gear
(b) Dress what you would dress for hiking.

Final Backpack Inspection

Date: TBD
Location: Carmenita Middle School
Audience: Scout + Parents
Things to Bring: Whatever needed as if you are going to the real trip, that means:
(a) Your backpack with all the essentials that you would pack for the trip Backpacking Checklist + Ran Gear
(b) Dress what you would dress for hiking.

Final Pre-Hike Notes

  • Pack Trail food Wisely (salty healthy snacks with high nutritional value – examples – trailmixes, pretzel squares stuffed with peanut butter, salted nuts, dried fruits, PayDay candy bar) Please avoid junk.
  • Keep emergency bar (power bar like Cliff bar) separate from your trail snacks.
  • Pack trail food in convenient small sized zip lock bags for 3 days on trail instead of in one big bag
  • Pack extra bag for last day – Must be in a plastic shopping bag (grocery, Target, Walmart bags) labeled with a masking tape with your name on it. Contents:
    • Fresh set of Change of Clothes
    • Towel
    • Shampoo/Soap
    • Quarters (to operate shower $3 to $5)
  • Camera - optional
  • Scouts think of jokes and songs to share on trail
  • Clip toe nails by Thursday
  • Water proof Boots by Tuesday, March 30, 2010
  • Don’t forget Hiking Sticks
  • No Back pack needed for Wednesday Stair Climb.
  • IMPORTANT – Label all items clearly with your name. This will especially help for hiking sticks, full brim hats, and class B t-shirts (these are all very similar and often get mixed up leading to arguments among the scouts)
  • Missing Items – If you had any missing items please bring them and show it to an adult leader on Wednesday at the stair climb.
  • Remember to bring a Positive and Responsible attitude on the trip to have a very safe, fun and inspiring adventure of your lifetime

Training Hikes

Date Meeting Time Meeting Point Location Distance Difficulty Duration Notes
January 28, 2012 6:30 AM Carmenita Middle School Crystal Cove 10 miles M day hike Things to bring:
1. Backpack weighing 20% of body weight,
2. Water,
3. Sack Lunch
February 11, 2012 6:00 AM Carmenita Middle School Spruce Grove 10 M day hike 1. Backpack weighing 20% of body weight,
2. Water (3 Nalgene),
3. Sack Lunch
4. Backpack inspection
February 25-26, 2012 6:30 AM Carmenita Middle School Malibu Creek State Park 10 + 6 M-S overnight mandatory
March 17-18, 2012 Carmenita Middle School combined with Backpacking Trip - March 2012 M-S overnight mandatory

Climbing the Stairs

Objective: As most of the hike in Grand Canyon will be like climbing steep stairs, this is the best way to prepare for the hike
When: Every Wednesday 7:00 PM + Every Thursday 7:30 PM (from 2/14/12 onwards)
Duration: 1 hour
Things to bring: Water, Get your backpack half filled from Jan 6th, 2012.
Where: Stairs near Lucas + Bloomfield

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