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Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon is without a doubt the most well known icon of the American landscape. Every year, more than five million people come to gaze into the deep chasms, never mind if they have to spend thousands of rolls of film taking photos from the river to the cliff edge – a pictorial reminder of how they conquered this huge landscape in one, exciting, thrilling Grand Canyon trek.

Ever since John Powell braved the churning whitewater in its depths in 1869, the Grand Canyon has been held up as the Eighth Wonder of the World. It's not too surprising about that. Despite seeing dozens of postcards, snapshots, and movies of the Grand Canyon over time, your first experience of this mighty split in the crust of the planet will still hit you with a force and intensity that takes your breath away completely.

Yes, it is absoultely astounding.

In fact, the view of the place itself is enough and worth the price of admission and the price of walking for miles till the end of the trail. But, if you want a real experience, nothing beats a trip that includes going down beneath the rim and running through the Colorado River’s alternating series of eye-opening rapids and dead-still quiet water.

Intrepid hikers like yourself will find something utterly special about Grand Canyon hiking. For one, the place itself is so different from most other backpacking experiences that your adventure is guaranteed to be totally on a level all of its own. There are only two ways in which you can react to the experience: either you can’t wait to get back, or you swear you will never do it again.

Either way, the experience is more than worth it.

First of all, be aware that the Grand Canyon offers an arid climate, so you ought to be prepared for it. Knowing where water, and shelter from the elements are, can be the difference between living and dying. Your trip starts at a high level at around 7- 8,000 feet. What that means is that you will be beginning your trek with a body-jarring descent. If your pack is over-loaded, the trek down could cause blisters on your feet, and when it’s time for you to attempt the long climb back out, you’ll be extremely fatigued by then.

The mildest trails to walk are those beginning from the South Rim. Here, you are given 3 variations for your trip:

• Trip A – Night one (Bright Angel Camp), Night two (Indian Garden Camp), and Night three (Hike Out)
• Trip B – Night one (Bright Angel Camp), Night two (Bright Angel Camp), and Night three (Hike Out)
• Trip C – Night one (Indian Garden Camp), Night two (Indian Garden Camp), and Night three (Hike Out)

In addition there are the North Rim trails to explore, but the entry to these trails are shut during the winter because of the hevy snowfalls. Trips along these trails can extend fromfrom three nights to five nights. And for the more experienced mountaineers, the Corridor Trails offer an extreme Grand Canyon hiking experience.


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