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Margie Watson Aug 11, 2015 at 12:59 PM

We are flying in on Saturday, Oct 3rd to Phoenix and renting a car. Does anyone want to share the rental car with us?

Vanessa B Jul 25, 2015 at 07:51 AM

Anyone signed up for the Oct 4 trip??
Margie Watson Jul 31, 2015 at 05:57 PM

Vanessa, We just enrolled! Looking forward to meeting you.
Vanessa B Aug 01, 2015 at 11:48 AM

That is great! See you there! We are getting so excited and looking forward to meeting everyone.

Margie Watson Jun 08, 2015 at 04:46 PM

Was wanting to hear some comments from people who went in May. How did it go? We are thinking about going in October.
Margie Watson Jun 08, 2015 at 04:54 PM

I just went over to the review section. That was helpful.
Kathy Wintrip Jun 09, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Hi Margie. I went in May and it was the most amazing experience. Our group was fun to travel with and the guides very informative. Weather was perfect for hiking and all of our hikes a great experience.
Margie Watson Jun 09, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Thank you Kathy. We really are interested in this trip.

Julie Martin Apr 26, 2015 at 07:08 PM

The description lists "spring" water down at the campground- Shall I also bring/carry my water filter? and wondering if I should bring my jetboil? Julie (and Liz) ;)

Kathy Wintrip Mar 17, 2015 at 09:25 PM

This has been on MY bucket list for 24 years. I'm so excited to be going May 3. I have been training for 2 years for this and can't wait

Vanessa B Mar 14, 2015 at 06:15 AM

Anyone signed up for Oct 4-10? My husband and I are very excited about tis our first Road Scholar program. We are frm NH and visited the Grand Canyon about ten years ago hiking the south rim with our daughters. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Margie Watson Jun 08, 2015 at 04:49 PM

My husband and I are thinking about the October trip. I think it sounds amazing.
Vanessa B Jul 11, 2015 at 07:26 AM

Hi Margie- did you decide to take the Oct trip? I am so excited about it!
Margie Watson Jul 13, 2015 at 09:48 AM

We are really close to deciding. We have been trying to talk to some of our friends about going to.

Vicky Davis Mar 01, 2015 at 08:37 PM

I would love to do this trip. I feel I'm in pretty good shape however, I'm appehensive about carring 30lb of gear- I've never done heavy backpacks before.Any suggestions?
Dan Erdman Mar 02, 2015 at 07:29 AM

Hi Vicky...I have several suggestions for you...
Dan Erdman Mar 02, 2015 at 07:36 AM

1. Get fitted for a good backpack at a store like Rei. They will help you find the best, most comfortable fit. 2. Practice walking where you live with the backpack, preferably on hills - DOWN & up - gradually increasing the weight as you do over weeks (and don't overdo this...listen to your body - it shouldn't ever hurt - just feel like a bit more of a challenge. 3. Increase that weight up to 40 lbs if you can. Then when you hike the canyon, it will seem easier - and you can focus on enjoying the scenery instead of the pack struggle. 4. When you practice at home, practice with your hiking boots on AND using your hiking poles (they will be especially helpful to you on the downhilll, if used properly. If you don't know how to use them, get trained from someone who really knows. YOu don't want to just carry them along - use them to carry some of the weight/strain as you take steps down. I hope this helps! Enjoy!!!

Lucy Knell Jul 03, 2013 at 02:50 PM

need a ride from Pheonix airport to Flagstaff on Sept 10. anyone like to share.

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