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Hiking Grand Canyon from Rim to River: An Adventure to Phantom Ranch

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Margie Lee Sep 20, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Our program is scheduled to begin Nov. 4, 2015. What if there's a government shutdown?

Cynthia Good Sep 11, 2015 at 05:09 PM

Will you be offering additional dates in 2016?

We have to apply for accommodations/permits one year out. We will be vying for spaces for October of 2016 on October 1, 2015 and so on. If and when we secure the dates we will post on the website. Keep your fingers crossed that we are able to get permits for this one-of-a-kind program.

Joan Uraneck Sep 08, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Is special equipment needed for February hikes down into the canyon? Like special hiking boots ? Is snow likely?

Hi Joan, you should have good hiking boots and hiking poles. If there is snow/ice we will provide in-step crampons or you can bring your own. It's anyone's guess if there will be snow!

Deb Chaffin Aug 26, 2015 at 07:03 PM

How do I find the training guides and equipment lists for this program? I am registered for the Nov 28 through Dec 3 dates.

Hi Deb, the information from before is still accurate (if you still have your packet). We should be getting the current packet for your November program out to you in the next 2 weeks. Feel free to call us at 800-411-3086 if you have additional questions. We do check in with every particpant prior to the program to check on training and to answer questions.
Deb Chaffin Sep 08, 2015 at 01:06 PM

Thank you

Mary Pierce Jul 08, 2015 at 09:41 PM

Hi, does Road Scholar group get the early 5AM seating for breakfast at Phantom Ranch?

Hi Mary, we try to get the early breakfast for the hike out day. In the fall it is at 5:30 a.m. On the layover day we go for the 'late' breakfast -- 7 a.m.!

Karen Mathews Jun 13, 2015 at 08:47 PM

How many more people are needed to make this program "go"

Hi Karen, at this point, all of our 8144 programs are a go for Fall 2015.

Lynne Clayton Jan 09, 2015 at 06:02 PM

I just took the last opening for the Feb. 24 trip. Is anyone else coming from N.KY. or the Cincinnati, OH area? Lynne
Deb Chaffin May 02, 2015 at 02:49 PM

Did you get to go on the trip? I was scheduled and had to cancel because of a medical condition. Did you enjoy it?

Bruce Perrin Dec 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I am scheduled for the Feb 24 hike. When might I expect the Program Pack you mention in the description? If it will arrive later than the first week of January, is it possible to arrange for an earlier mailing? Thanks - looking forward to it.
Deb Chaffin Dec 29, 2014 at 01:29 PM

Bruce, I was looking forward to the packet, then found out it was on line. You can go to your account, then click on program documents. You will find the packet near the bottom of the page. Or you can click on this link, https://s3.amazonaws.com/pdf.roadscholar.org/prepmats/20150224_8144_1-7DOZVL.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIOKG4QXPH4Z6EFWQu0026Expires=1419964034u0026Signature=zV2LQ7WHiQ9B6gZoPoW%2FnNJO2J4%3D
Bruce Perrin Dec 29, 2014 at 07:35 PM

Got it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Bp

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