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What To Expect On Your Grand Canyon Hike

Grand Canyon Whitewater offers partial Canyon
trips that either start or end with a tough eight to ten-mile hike in the Grand Canyon. Difficult would be an understatement for these
mandatory hikes. “This is hard. This is real hard. It’s like doing the Stairmaster in a sauna
for six hours straight. Phew, alright.” But completing the hike is also an amazing
accomplishment. This video will give you a better understanding
of what the hike entails and how to properly train for this amazing adventure. “It’s hard to imagine this until you’ve done
it. Because you do hike where you’ll have a stretch
that is like this, then it flattens out and then you’re just trudging along flat. But this is like continuous, continuous, one
switchback after the other, just down, down down.” There are a few factors that can make the
hike more difficult: including being overweight, exercised induced asthma, being out of shape
or having heart, joint or back issues. Whether you are hiking downhill for 10 miles
or all uphill, training is the best way to make this hike fun and enjoyable. The best and easiest way to train is to get
outside and hike, preferably hiking in nearby mountains with plenty of elevation gain and
loss. If you aren’t in an area with mountains, you
can also use the Stairmaster at the gym. While on your training hikes please make sure
to wear the shoes you’ll be using in the Canyon as well as a weighted pack to get your body
used to carrying weight. Another great way to get your legs and body
ready is to do lunges, calf raises and squats at home or in the office. “It was the greatest training we did because
that downhill action, the first two weekends we did it, and I only went down a quarter-mile
at maybe a 12 degree a total of 15 times each Saturday and then next day I couldn’t hardly
walk because I’m not used to being on any elevation, any kind of hills.” “I probably should have trained a little bit
more, the incline doesn’t go away so your legs tire out a little bit quicker.” The hike itself is a grueling trek in an environment
really unlike anything else in the world. Gaining or losing some 4,000 feet, almost
a vertical mile, will put an amazing strain on your body. Temperatures often reach over 100 degrees
and it can take anywhere from 4-6 hours to hike in and 6-8 hours to hike out of the Grand
Canyon. Using hiking poles is one way to lessen the
strain, keeping your pack light is another. Most people pack too many things for their
river trip, so slimming that down can help on your required hike. “Yeah, I over-packed too, I think I wore a
long sleeve uh kinda Under Armour shirt the whole time and the same swim trunks every
single day. I packed an extra pair of pants I didn’t,
two extra pairs of pants I never wore.” Taking frequent breaks is another way to give
your body a rest. On the Bright Angel Trail there are three
rest houses. At mile-and-a-half, three-mile and Indian
Garden. All three have shade, restrooms and water. A water fill up is always recommended at each
stop. “Downhill is something! I mean every step is like taking two steps
down the stairs at work or something.” “We expected it to be tough but also doable
and that’s what it is.” “There it is! There it is! Woo Hoo! Get it!” “It was tough, I train a lot and it kicked
my ass.” “Yeah, I’ve done Mt. Whitney, I’ve done Mt.
Fuji, this was tough man but it was good. Totally worth it.” As you’ve seen, the hike is challenging but
also incredibly rewarding. Training is the name of the game so come prepared
for your hike and excited for your river trip.

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11 thoughts on “What To Expect On Your Grand Canyon Hike

  1. My wife and I did the South Kaibab to Phantom Ranch up Bright Angel in one day on October 8, 2017.  It was very, very difficult. We did the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in June and the Grand Canyon was more difficult. I trained by walking on the treadmill at the steepest incline carrying a 20 pound pack. I also trained on flat ground carrying a 35 pound pack. I don't have any hills nearby so I didn't train going downhill. And I suffered for it. Going down the steep South Kaibab trail had me using my trekking poles as crutches. But we did it and loved it.

  2. I've done several rim-to-rim hikes and although the recommendations here are good, the real key is to start very early. Early enough to reach your destination for the day no later than 10am. Then hang out in a shady spot until bedtime and laugh at everyone hiking in 120 F in high sun.

    If you aren't on the trail by 4am it will be tough. If you are on the trail by then it's actually quite nice.

  3. The Grand Canyon is a serious hike which I did not prepare for and took lightly. Fortunately, I was young, strong and healthy then and was able to handle the intensity. The most important thing you could buy are good hiking shoes and pack only what is vital. Water is the most important thing and never hike alone. Take it serious. These people were smart to prepare. It is life and death situation if you don’t prepare properly.

  4. Family of four, two kids aged 6 and 9. I have health issues, Lupus and a combo of meds keep extra weight on. I'm aware we won't make it down the canyon lol My family is used to hiking and are all healthy but the bright Angel trail is another kind of animal. We plan to go to the first stop and hike back up, hopefully I survive! Been training for it for the last month and we still have 2 more months to go, maybe that will help.

  5. Do not hike the canyon in summer unless you are boned up on its ruthless demands. If you enter the Devils Corkscrew after 10pm in June, July or August consider your last will and testament. And hiking out? Dont even think about hiking up top until 5pm or leaving real early from Phantom Ranch (like 2 or 3am) in the morning! Wear a womens nylon stocking under your socks will eliminate hot spots on the feet and the temp down there can reach 140° in the camp! If your from Canada stay at the top, you have no business there.

  6. I’m going to the Grand Canyon this weekend, didn’t train, but I am in superb physical condition… an anomaly if you will.

  7. I've hiked to bright angel point and it is like a 9 mile staircase.,just as the guy described "like doing a 6 hour stair master in a sauna"

  8. Learning the mountaineer's Rest Step works wonders
    As does never hiking faster then you can sing

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