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

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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.

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

Louis Krug Dec 11, 2014 at 06:43 PM

Do I need to take a sleeping bag to Phantom Ranch?

Hi Louis, you do not need to bring a sleeping bag to Phantom Ranch. All bed linens including a nice blanket are included. You will only need to carry your personal gear. Most participants' packs are about 12-17 pounds when packed.

Jodi Abbott Aug 27, 2014 at 06:06 PM

I am going on this program Sept. 10th. Should I bring a bathing suit? Are we allowed to swim in the Colorado River while we're at the bottom?

Hi Jodi, we do not recommend a bathing suit. If you do decide to get in the river it would only be a very quick dip as the water is quite cold. It is not safe to swim in the river due to cold water and swift current so we never recommend it. A better option would be to get into Bright Angel Creek, but for that you could just put your feet in the water or sit in it (the water is warmer than the river) in your quick drying hiking clothes. We hope this helps with your packing decisions.

Hiam Gozaine Aug 27, 2014 at 05:54 PM

I signed up for the Nov15-20th hike.I will be flying to flagstaff.i just want to know the detail of the pickup from the airport.iam so looking forward to this trip.

Hi Hiam, please call our office at 928-523-2359 or 800-411-3086 so we can discuss details of your shuttle to the S. Rim of Grand Canyon. Normally we pick up at the Flagstaff Visitor Center and depart from there at 2:30 pm.

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