In the USA, there isn’t a hiking destination that is any more famous and cherished than the Grand Canyon. Aside from the sheer size of the Grand Canyon, it’s home to incredibly challenging hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of natural beauty.
The canyon draws around 6 million visitors annually and while many of them are content with spending time in the lodges located on the rim, outdoor aficionados take the more adventurous route and head down into the depths of the canyon. They take on the tall task of exploring the canyon from within!
Hiking through the Grand Canyon isn’t for the weak, but if you have the strength and stamina, you should be able to walk through at least the short trails of the canyon.
Here are some important tips you need to keep in mind when hiking the largest canyon in the world!
Day hiking on the Grand Canyon is very popular. It isn’t too difficult a task to commit to. It involves walking down and back up the canyon and will last only a few hours. It’s not as physically exhausting as longer hikes and you don’t have to worry about carrying heavy loads on your back.
With that being said, even day hiking in the Grand Canyon isn’t your regular hike.
Climbing Takes More Time
Climbing down won’t seem so difficult; it can be tempting to keep traveling down but bear in mind that the deeper you go, the harder it will be to climb back up.
The trip downwards is deceptively simple but many forget that they’re going to have to climb up on their way back.
As you walk downhill, be conscious of how much food and water you’re consuming, and your energy levels too.
Pay attention to the time, try and get back up before sunset. It gets dark really fast in the canyon so unless you’re willing to camp out for the night, it’s best to get out before the sun comes down.
Carry Plenty of Water/Food
Even if you’re just going on a day-hike, it’s better to stay on the safe side and keep extra food and water with you. Carry energy bars high in protein for strength and fruit slices for your dose of essential vitamins.
You should aim to consume at least half a liter of water every hour; much more so during summer months. If you don’t wish to carry loads of water, carry water treatment tablets to help purify any natural water sources you may find.
Listen To Your Body
You’re putting your body through a lot when hiking. During your hike, all your body’s muscles are consistently engaged, which means it’s susceptible to injuries.
Don’t overexert your body. If you’re getting tired and your body feels sore, it’s best to climb back yup.
It’s simple— the less you carry, the easier it will be to travel. Packing for hiking trips is quite the challenge. You need to get all essentials but at the same time you don’t want to be overloaded.
The majority of space in your backpack should be taken up by food and water. If you want to savor this memory, bring along the camera with you.
If you haven’t done it before, follow the above tips and head down to the Grand Canyon for a hiking trip you’ll remember for life!
The author of this post is a passionate hiker and a regular contributor to Aarn USA. Aarn is an award-winning, New Zealand-based designer and manufacturer of ultralight hiking gear. Their online specialty store offers an array hiking hear including daypacks, StrongLites, UltraLites and more.
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