Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike Meetup – May 24-25, 2019

We have room for 12 hikers who want to show up and hike across the Grand Canyon in a day.

Hiking rim to rim across the Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic wilderness adventures in the United States. The hike is ~20 miles long, loses ~6,000′ and gains ~4,000′ of elevation. The beauty of this place will blow your mind, but it doesn’t come easily. You’ll need to train for this one. For more details on the hike itself, read Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike on the National Park Foundation’s website.

There are 12 Spots Available

There are only 12 spots. This meetup is first come first serve. To reserve a spot, you must pay $100 for your room night. I have reserved 6 rooms with 2 beds each. All of us will share a room. Reserve a spot by making a payment using the form below. Once you fill out the form, you will be taken to a payment page where you can log in to your Paypal account or pay using a credit card. Besides the hotel cost, all hikers will be responsible for all other costs associated with the hike: air travel, food, shuttle, gear, etc. I’m happy to answer questions about any of this and we’ll be discussing this in detail 6-8 weeks prior to the hike.

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This is a Meetup, NOT a Guided Hike

This is a meetup of friends hiking together, not a hike led by a professional guide service. All costs for your hike are your own. By coming on the hike, you agree not to hold your fellow hikers or the organizer responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur on the way to, during, or after the hike. Everyone is responsible to get to and from the trailhead.

We will all drive or fly in and meet at the South Rim on Thursday morning. We’ll meet up and take the 1:30pm departure of the Trans-canyon Shuttle to the North Rim. That evening, we’ll grab dinner at a restaurant and stay the night at the Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim. We’ll get an early start on the trail on Friday morning. Plan on a 12-16 hour hike to the South Rim. We’ll all depart for home that evening. If you want to stay a night at the South Rim to recover before returning home, that is up to you. Bryan Feller will host several conference calls leading up to the hike to answer questions and help the hikers coordinate.

Fitness Requirements

If you don’t think you are at the fitness level you need to be, don’t let this dissuade you. A big adventure you need to train for can be the catalyst you need to change your diet and exercise routine. Get a physical and let your doctor know what you are thinking about doing. If you are new to hiking, a personal trainer or CrossFit membership may be needed. I’ll be hosting regular local hiking meetups in the local mountains that serve as great opportunities to get into shape. We hope to see you out there!

What to Bring

Refer to my post What to Take on a Day Hike. It will give you the basics. We’ll have a conference call a month before the trip to coordinate and trade information about what we might want to bring. I’d encourage all of you to buy Grand Canyon Hiking Mapbook: Rim to Rim and Day Hikes and Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide: Grand Canyon National Park to familiarize yourself with the trail. There are also plenty of blog sites that you can read to prepare.

Trail Map

Elevation Profile

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