Grand Canyon - 2013
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Start Date: Saturday, April 2th, 2013
End Date: Thursday, April 6th, 2013
Meeting Point for Drop-off and Pickup: Carmenita Middle School
Location: Grand Canyon
Forms Needed: Troop 693 Permission Slip
Coordinator: Vildana Jahiac, Uttara Kelkar, Charles Cho
Cost: $130/Scout; $40/Adult (*This cost does not include cost for training hikes)
Last Date to Signup: By January 7, 2013 with $50 deposit
Things to bring: Backpacking Checklist, Rain Gear
How to prepare: Video
7 day forecast: Phantom Ranch GC South Rim

Flyer: Grand Canyon Backpacking 2013

Details

  • Due to limited space of 8 scouts and 3 adults, and due to the strenuous nature of the hike, final selection of par-ticipants 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
  • There will be training hikes (day and overnight) will be planned to prepare for the trip

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 1: [South Kaibab Trail] descend 4,780ft; 7 m.
Day 2: [Bright Angel Trail] elevation gain 1,320 ft; 4.6m
Day 3: [Bright Angel Trail] elevation gain 3,060 ft; 4.9m

Preliminary Meeting

Objective: What is takes to be ready for Grand Canyon
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
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 + Rain 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, 2012
  • Don’t forget hiking sticks
  • No backpack 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
TBD TBD Carmenita Middle School TBD miles M day hike Things to bring:
1. Backpack weighing 20% of body weight,
2. Water,
3. Sack Lunch
TBD TBD Carmenita Middle School TBD miles M day hike 1. Backpack weighing 20% of body weight,
2. Water (3 Nalgene),
3. Sack Lunch
4. Backpack inspection
TBD TBD Carmenita Middle School miles M-S overnight mandatory
TBD TBD Carmenita Middle School 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 2/14/13 onwards)
Duration: 1 hour
Things to bring: Water, Get your backpack half filled from Jan 6th, 2013.
Where: Stairs near Lucas + Bloomfield

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