Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim

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Dates: Aug-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 5

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Price:

2014

REI Member: $760

Non-member: $835

2015

REI Member: $775

Non-member: $875

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Aug 28–31
  • Sep 4–7
  • Sep 11–14
  • Sep 18–21
  • Sep 25–28
  • Oct 2–5
  • Oct 9–12
  • Oct 15–18

2015

  • Aug 27–30
  • Sep 3–6
  • Sep 10–13
  • Sep 17–20
  • Sep 24–27
  • Oct 1–4
  • Oct 8–11
  • Oct 14–17

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Group Size: 4-9

Activity Level: 5

Activities:

  • Backpacking

Accommodations:

Backcountry camping, 3 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Backpack to the canyon floor past ancient geological formations
  • Hike along and cool off in the Colorado River
  • Challenge yourself with 4 days of hiking amid jaw-dropping scenery
  • Enjoy pristine campsites with unforgettable views of a natural wonder

The sheer magnitude and quiet vastness of the Grand Canyon is only heightened by an expedition on foot. Far below the rim and free from crowds our quiet, small-group journey from the North Rim to the Colorado River below takes us by the dramatic contours of the canyon wall and past ancient fossils and lush waterfalls. The magical Thunder River area is one of the most remote and pristine areas in the region, allowing us to venture back through billions of years of geological history.

This challenging trip is designed for experienced and fit backpackers. We hike on steep, rocky trails with dramatic elevation gains and losses. A physician's release is required of all participants. Our reward is the time spent below the rim—an experience unlike any other, and a milestone accomplishment for avid backpackers.

Looking for alternate dates or itineraries? Check out our South Rim itinerary for another fantastic Grand Canyon backpacking experience.

Itinerary Summary

  • Route Variation - This itinerary is subject to change based on permit availability.
  • Day 1 - Hike down "50 Switchbacks" and over the Esplanade to our inner canyon camp.
  • Day 2 - Hike along the Thunder and Colorado Rivers to our camp.
  • Day 3 - Hike to Deer Creek past rock formations and traces of past civilizations.
  • Day 4 - Make the challenging climb out for a last, scenic view from the rim.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Route Variation - This itinerary is subject to change based on permit availability.

    We may reverse days, use different trails, and/or change campsites. Final trip materials will indicate our determined route.

  • Day 1 - Hike down "50 Switchbacks" and over the Esplanade to our inner canyon camp.

    Rise early and be sure to eat a hearty breakfast before meeting with your group at Honey's Marketplace in Kanab, UT at 8am. There will be an orientation and backpack check before we caravan/carpool to the trailhead. The drive is approximately 1.5 hours along paved and gravel roads that pass through beautiful forests. With a few final adjustments, we leave the trailhead to begin our descent into the canyon. Marine fossils can be found in the Kaibab and Toroweap Limestones as the trail drops through the Coconino layer. The notorious "50 Switchbacks" deposits us onto the Esplanade, where a long flat traverse takes us to our amazing campsite overlooking the inner canyon. Dinner included.

    Backpacking: ~4 miles; Elevation loss: 2000 ft.

  • Day 2 - Hike along the Thunder and Colorado Rivers to our camp.

    We will continue our journey today by following a break in the Redwall and making a steep descent further into the canyon. The stunning Tapeats Amphitheater comes into view to the east, and we quickly find one of the most amazing sights in the canyon: Thunder River, one of the steepest and shortest rivers in the world. The trail continues to follow the river to its confluence with Tapeats Creek and we soon have the opportunity to study the rare Grand Canyon Super Group layers as we hike to the Colorado River and our campsite for the night. We'll take many opportunities to cool off in the falls and creeks along the way with a final great plunge in the Colorado at the day's end. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Backpacking: ~6 miles; Elevation loss: 3200 ft.

  • Day 3 - Hike to Deer Creek past rock formations and traces of past civilizations.

    An early rise sets us on the trail for the hike to Deer Creek, considered by many to be the most beautiful spot in the canyon. The trail en route travels above the ancient basement schist and granite of the inner canyon with expansive views of the river and soaring rock formations. See remnants of the canyon's previous inhabitants, ancient Cambrian fossils, and lush springs and waterfalls. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Backpacking: ~8 miles; Elevation gain: 1800 ft.

  • Day 4 - Make the challenging climb out for a last, scenic view from the rim.

    We rise early and are rewarded with a beautiful, early morning hike in the coolest part of the day as we tackle the first difficult uphill climb of the day. We retrace our steps across the Esplanade, back up the Switchbacks, with a final push through the Kaibab to the rim! Our finishing time varies due to many factors, and we recommend making return travel plans for the following day. Breakfast included.

    Backpacking: ~9 miles; Elevation gain: 3200 ft.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control. This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 2-person tents; group cooking gear; group first aid kit, water filter; campsite and backcountry permit fees.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; park entrance fees ($25 per private vehicle or present your National Parks pass); insurance of any kind; 3 lunches; snacks and energy food; energy drinks; alcoholic beverages (please do not bring); soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Closest Airport(s)

Major: Las Vegas International Airport, 209 miles, 3.75 hours
Smaller: Page, AZ, 74 miles, 1.5 hours or
St. George, UT, 95 miles, 2 hours

Qualifications

This trip is rated Strenuous [5].  Participants will be carrying their own backpacks with weights of 30-45 lbs over steep and rocky terrain with constant and dramatic elevation gain and/or loss exceeding 3,700 feet per day on most days of this trip.  Day hiking with 30-45 lbs in the pack you intend to hike with on the trip and making sure your hiking boots are broken in before your trip is key.  This is not a beginning backpacking trip.  Previous experience is highly recommended and a physician’s release is required prior to participating in this course.

Food & Hydration

Bring your own variety of quick foods to be eaten as lunch and grazed on constantly throughout the day each day. Energy bars, trail mix, bagels, salami, and salty snacks are all good choices. Staying adequately hydrated requires a mix of water and electrolyte replacement. You will need to be able to carry a minimum of 4 liters of water.

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually range between 60o - 90o F but can sometime climb even higher.  Evening temperatures drop into the 40s - 50s or even lower.  While rain in general is rare, there is always the possibility of rain, so adequate raingear is important, even in this arid landscape. The Grand Canyon is a very unique environment, and it is important to note that the temperature on the rim of the Grand Canyon is significantly colder than at the bottom of the canyon, due to a difference in elevation of over 4,000 vertical feet.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually range between 60° - 90° F but can sometimes climb even higher. Evening temperatures drop into the 40s - 50s or even lower.  While rain in general is rare, there is always the possibility of precipitation, so adequate raingear is important to have along.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents
  • Cooking gear
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter
  • Group first aid kit
Mandatory Gear
  • Backpack (60-70 liter capacity)
  • Hiking footwear (comfortable and well broken-in; heavy waterproof boots not recommended)
  • Four to five 1-quart water bottles or hydration system equivalent (bring at least one 1-quart bottle even if using a hydration system)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Bowl or cup (not both)
  • Eating utensil (only one)
  • Clothing (No more than 2 of anything. Bring a lightweight long sleeve COTTON shirt for sun protection/moisture retention. Cotton retains moisture and keeps you comfortable in hot, arid climates)
  • Sunscreen (travel size)
  • Sleeping bag (rated around 20-35º for April and late Sept/Oct trips; 40º+ for all other trips
  • Electrolytes (minimum mix to make 4 liters)
  • TP system: zip loc baggie with toilet paper (not a full roll), wet wipes, and 1 Ziploc gallon baggie to carry out used TP
  • personal items (meds/vitamins/etc)
  • pack cover (or garbage bag)
  • rain jacket (lightweight, waterproof and breathable)
  • Lunch food & snacks (a wide variety of dense, high-calorie, salty, sugary, fatty foods that you enjoy eating)
Recommended Gear
  • Sleeping pad
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Bandana
  • Hiking poles
  • Camp shoes (lightweight sandals or flip-flops)
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste (travel size or share)
  • Camera
  • 1 luxury item (book, iPod, cards, journal, pillow)
Optional Clothing for trips departing April, late September and October
  • Lightweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Mid- or lightweight thermal top & bottom
  • Down jacket or vest (optional)
  • Hat
  • Gloves

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Exceeded expectations (9)
  • Guides (9)
  • Food (8)
  • Activity level (6)
  • Group camaraderie (6)

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Avid adventurer (4), Casual adventurer (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (5), Destination (5), I liked the itinerary (5), Active adventures (4), Good value (3)

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      5.0

      Fantastic Trip

      By SeattleHiker30

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

          This trip is truly a 'once in a lifetime experience.' The experience of backpacking through the Grand Canyon is breathtaking every step of the journey. Although, some of the most memorable moments are owed to the guides themselves. The guides for the North Rim trip were outstanding. Even though each leg of the tip requires an extremely high level of exertion, the guides' sense of humor and knowledge of the area made the experience enjoyable for everyone. I have taken part in three separate REI active vacations, and this one is by far the most memorable and best experience. I can't recommend this trip with these guides enough.

            • Why did you choose this trip?:
            • We were looking for an active way to celebrat a 30th birthday.
            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
            • The guides were fantastic throughout the trip! We were also lucky enough to experience thunder showers on our trip in late August. Although we definitely got wet, we were able to see first-hand how water flows through the canyons and how the undulating topography has been eroded over time.
            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
            • Train for the trip as much as possible. The more training you do, the more enjoyable the trip will be for you and others in the group.
             
            5.0

            Awesome Adventure, Amazing Place

            By longrunner

            from Austin, TX

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            Pros

            • Activity Level
            • Exceeded Expectations
            • Food
            • Guides
            • Todd And Tom
            • Well Organized Itinerary

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                There's no comparison to getting below the rim to experience the sheer size & scope of the Grand Canyon and the backcountry is the place to do it. I'd never been to the canyon before so I tacked on a few extra days to check out the front country (north & south rim), including several corridor trails--but it all felt like a crowded, touristy letdown after this trip.

                Todd & Tom were great. These guys know their stuff—from tasty meals, to canyon history, geology, entomology…even a little psychology!

                Very well-planned, well-executed trip and an incredible experience. So much so that I'm planning a return trip on one of the south rim itineraries!

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • Wanted a physically challenging trip and the opportunity to experience the Grand Canyon up close without having to plan it all myself.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Many of them, but tops for me were Thunder River cave and standing under Deer Creek Falls. Nice surprise to find so much water along the way (besides the Colorado itself, of course). We even experienced a rare afternoon rainstorm on the Esplanade! Itinerary was well planned out to take advantage of those opportunities to cool off during lunch or the peak heat of the day.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • This is an amazing trip, but the rewards are not without demands—train for it! Carry your pack on the hottest days and biggest hills you can find and put mileage on your shoes. Be mentally up for the challenge and to take it on as a group (bad apples can spoil the bunch). Pay attention to gear list and recommendations from Todd & Tom when you meet--the lighter you pack, the happier you will be!
                 
                5.0

                Definitely a bucket list trip!

                By JenaR

                from Wisconsin

                About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

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                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Well Organized Itinerary

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                    The guides (Tom/Todd) make this trip amazing. You will be pleasantly surprised by the meals they prepare for the group - not what I was expecting!! Their knowledge of the canyon and their passion for what they do it is undeniable.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Recommended by a Friend
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon was on my bucket list and a co-worker mention she wanted to do the same. She found this trip and signed us up.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • I have actually done this trip twice. Another co-worker wanted to do it so I agreed to go with her as well. The first trip's highlight was embracing the experience and realizing how much I missed the simple things in life (the need to be unplugged). The second time it wasn't about the destination but the journey taking in all the absolutely amazing views and learning about the history of canyon. Both trips included individuals that made the experience unforgettable.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • You cannot over prepare physically for this trip! And only take what you absolutely need; you will appreciate the light pack on the hike out. Positive attitude it a must!!!
                     
                    5.0

                    Outstanding Trip

                    By wayne

                    from Dublin, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                        Again train for this. They warned me and helped me; but I still should have been more prepared. Guides were outstanding. Do this trip. Do this trip now. It states once in a lifetime and it is and I hope to go back real soon.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Grand Canyon and this trip this trip shows parts of the canyon that most people would never see. It goes outside the tourist side of the canyon.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Everything; but the initial drop into the canyon will take your breath away. Guides were outstanding. The food was outstanding. The campsites were outstanding.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Train and then train and then when you are well trained go train some more. This is a tough trip. Go on several backpack trips into some warmer weather.
                         
                        5.0

                        North Rim hike

                        By eebemt

                        from Tennessee

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                            I took a pair of boots and a pair of hiking sandals and would recommend taking the same. Sometimes the footwear failed others on this trip.

                            These two guys put a lot of work and thought into leading this trip. You will be blown away.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • This trip was a gift to me by my sons that hiked it with me.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • I have pictures and memories that I share with my sons and a picture of us on the Esplanade during sunset. Swimming in the Colorado River, sleeping under the stars in Surprise Valley,so many things....priceless.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • I was a pretty regular hiker but being from the South, the mountains here were not comparable in regards to elevation. All I could do was to take a pack with some weights to the stair master machine at the gym and go at it. In the end it was enough. At 52 years old I was not the oldest hiker there.
                             
                            5.0

                            Stop. Book. It. Now!

                            By whatchagot

                            from Washington, DC

                            Pros

                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                                This was my first REI trip and I couldn't have been happier. My brother, father, and I are, between us, very experienced outdoorsmen. My brother completed the AT as a through hike, and I spent a fair amount of time carrying 100lbs of gear in places where Uncle Sam thought I should go, to say nothing of my dad's 30+ years of backpacking. We wanted a trip that was a legit outdoors experience, without all of the pain involved in planning meals, routes, or worrying about mundane details that can be killers to the unprepared.

                                This trip, along with Todd and Tom, delivered all of that. We were interested in the less traveled North Rim for the reasons mentioned above. It is less traveled and a more remote experience than the South Rim, and offers a perspective on the Canyon that few will ever see. In 4 days, I don't think we saw 15 other people that weren't part of our group. In addition to Todd and Tom's knowledge of where to find water, the best routes to take, and their general personability, they were extremely knowledgeable on the canyon itself. Further, the food was spot on and that fact alone was worth going through REI. If you've done any of your own backcountry work, you will know that the luxury of not planning food is worth it.

                                Worth noting, this trip is not for those who might have a fear of heights that reaches debilitating levels. More than once, we were scurrying down inclines with nothing between us and a couple thousand foot-fall except my trust in my own skills. If you want to challenge yourself in that regard, this is the trip to do it. Additionally, there are parts of this trip that are physically demanding. Do not show up here without either 1) being in some semblance of shape or 2) having some knowledge of your own limitations. Because of my work schedule, I spent most of the month before my trip out of the country. This limited my ability to do anything physical, but my residual fitness was plenty sufficient to carry me through. It is physically demanding, but folks with good backpacking skills and cardiovascular fitness should be just fine.

                                In summary, booking this trip was one of the best decisions that I've made in quite some time. The company, the views, and the reminder of your actual place in this world were worth every penny. Todd and Tom are outstanding guides and you won't be disappointed. If you're on the fence about this trip, I hope you'll get off it already and book it!

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I wanted to see the Grand Canyon in a way that didn't involve concrete, a bunch of tourists in cars, and gave me the ability to really contemplate the expanse that is the Canyon.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Todd and Tom's knowledge of the Canyon, along with their clear desire to share it, made the trip well worth it.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Go with it. Be adventurous. Be in shape. Be open.
                                 
                                5.0

                                Grand Canyon Trip of a Lifetime

                                By BretTX

                                from Houston, TX

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                                Pros

                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                                    Guides Todd and Tom MAKE this trip what it is. They are the best and the food is great! If you like hiking and have a desire to do a Grand Canyon trip, you will not be disappointed.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I have always wanted to do an extended backcountry trip into the Grand Canyon and the less crowded North Rim specifically. REI did all the planning and that was invaluable.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Thunder Springs and Deer Creek Falls were amazing. Really, the entire trip was spectacular. Just the quiet and remoteness of being where few ever go was a highlight in itself.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Train for this trip. It is amazing, but you can't enjoy it if you are tired or have not trained with your pack before you go. That being said, it is a very doable hike if you are in shape. Also, pack light. You need less on this trip than you think you might. Listen to your guides before leaving. They will tell you what you can leave out.
                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Majesty, few can attest to....

                                    By defcoord

                                    from Plano, TX

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                                    Pros

                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Food
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Vistas

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficulty

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                                      Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                                      I followed up the previous year's South Rim REI Grand Canyon Adventure with the North Rim excursion in 2013. I wasn't sure the grandeur of the South Rim could be topped, but it was! A different perspective and natural features that can only be experienced via the North Rim. The skills, knowledge, and leadership of the REI staff was as always, impeccable. Thank you, Todd, Tom, and Marcie

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • I wanted to experience the Grand Canyon from the North Rim.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Unbelievable vistas, wonder and magnificence of Thunder River and Deer Falls.
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Prepare physically and mentally for the extreme challenge of descending and ascending steep, rugged and often unmaintained trails. Do not underestimate the level of difficulty of this trip.
                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Amazing Trip - 1st Class Guides

                                      By Pete D

                                      from San Diego

                                      About Me Enjoy Challenging Hiking, Seasonal Hikerbackpacker

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                                      Pros

                                      • Activity Level
                                      • Exceeded Expectations
                                      • Food
                                      • Group Camaraderie
                                      • Guides
                                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                                      Cons

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                                          Comments about REI Adventures Grand Canyon Backpacking – North Rim:

                                          The guides really made this trip perfect. I have done many challenging hikes and I am great at planning. But these guys knew all the desert, Grand Canyon tricks that I did not know. Had I tried this trip on my own (as originally planned) I would have stumbled into several problems due to sheer lack of experience in this environment. These guys knew everything. They're personable, upbeat and great to hang around with. They were attentive to each individual. They cooked up some great meals. I can't say enough about the guides. You just get in shape, bring the right gear and show up. They'll take care of the rest.

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                          • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Permit Availability
                                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                          • I had never been to the Grand Canyon. This was on my bucket list and I wanted a challenging trip similar to Mt. Whitney. This delivered. GC is hard to get into because permits are hard to come by. Signing up for this trip solved that problem and all my planning was done for me.
                                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                          • The Grand Canyon is itself a wonder of the world. The views were completely off the charts. Some amazing waterfalls to be seen… and in this hot climate! The Colorado River is really cold. Who knew?!
                                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                          • Definitely be in great shape. This is not an easy weekend day hike. Also, be prepared for some exposure. You're in the Grand Canyon, so expect to be close to some steep drop-offs. Okay, that said, here's my best advice: SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP TODAY! You will not regret it one bit.

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