Tom Myers, Co-author, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
"Thank you so much for your DVD! Excellent job. It really covers a lot of ground. I know I'll be recommending it to newcomers, and I hope it does well for you."
Carol Roberts, The Hiking Lady
"Have you been to the Grand Canyon, and stood atop the rim and looked at the grandeur of the spectacular landscape below? Hiking into the depths of the canyon is an experience of a lifetime. In the film, Backpack the Grand Canyon, Real World Productions provides an essential guide for anyone planning the journey into the Grand Canyon. The film is extensively well researched, and provides all of the details about planning a backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon: from permit applications to transportation, to training and necessary gear - all are discussed in the film. There is beautiful film of the Grand Canyon, trails and campsites, combined with interviews of hikers describing the challenges of the trip as well as their favorite spots and experiences on the trail. After watching it I felt ready to backpack the Grand Canyon!"
Stacey Wittig, Grand Canyon Hiking Examiner
"Backpack the Grand Canyon interactive video is a professionally filmed "how-to" video for those who want to backpack in the Grand Canyon National Park. Follow film maker J. Gary Brown as he and his band of merry hikers attempt a Grand Canyon backpack for the first time. Brown's narration is fun and informative and this expert refrains from talking down to his viewers. You'll love the humor and resilience of his trekking team. Safety is the big issue for first-timers in the canyon, and Brown does a good job of outlining the risks and how to avoid the pitfalls. No pun intended. Well, OK, yeah, it WAS intended. This DVD packs the Hike Safe message with Hike Smart tips and rolls them together with an abundance of great cinematography. You'll learn about permit procurement, training techniques and backpacking skills that are necessary for hiking and camping in the Grand Canyon."
Doug Nering, President, Grand Canyon Hikers & Backpackers Association
"Hi Gary, I got your DVD and went through it today. I was impressed. This definitely exceeded my expectations. There is alot of material, it's comprehensive, accurate, and and the presentation is engaging. Viewpoints and experiences of real hikers contribute to effectively communicating what you are likely to experience on your first Grand Canyon hike. Various trip scenarios from the North and South Rims offer a range of options to chose from. Anyone with basic outdoors skills should be able to prepare for a first-time hike here and enjoy it, avoiding many common mistakes and misperceptions. I also appreciate the way that permit rules and resource protection issues are covered in a positive way. Congratulations on putting together an excellent product."
James Hayford (customer) "Gary, for over 30 years I have promoted and lead countless backpacking trips into the Grand Canyon. "Backpack the Grand Canyon" is the perfect introduction for hiking the main corridor trails providing comprehensive, detailed, insights for a safe and exhilarating trip. This is a must-have video for first-time hikers into the Grand Canyon, I wish I had it years ago as preparation for my hiking groups. You have managed to capture the training, challenges, grandeur, and mysteries of the Canyon for seekers of the below-rim experience."
"As avid hikers, my wife and I are always looking for informative sources on new areas we would like to hike. This DVD is by far the best we've seen! It covers EVERYTHING you need to know. Permits, travel, accomodations, gear, safety, trails...all are covered in a very entertaining way. The scenes from the Canyon are magnificent and beautifully photographed, and the narration is casual and witty with plenty of anecdotes and personal views from several others who have also hiked the canyon. Even if you don't plan to hike but just have an interest in the Grand Canyon this is a great video to watch and will give you a much different perspective from the usual travel videos. If you're planning to hike the Canyon for the first time this is one of those "must have" resources. Along with the wealth of knowledge on the DVD, the producer's website has links to just about any Canyon related site you'd need and greatly expands your sources of information. Highly recommended!!"
"I wanted to email you to let you know how much I enjoyed your DVD! I have personally never been on any hiking trips, but it is something I would like to start doing. When I get enough experience, I would like to one day hike the Grand Canyon. Not only would I have some hiking experience, but after watching "Backpack the Grand Canyon," I would also be knowledgeable about the hiking trails, what to expect, and what to bring with me. Your DVD was entertaining and had a lot of information everyone going on a Grand Canyon hiking trip should be familiar with. Thank you so much for providing me with a copy of such a great DVD. I am now inspired to start doing some hiking!"
"I have to tell you that I LOVE the video!! It is wonderful - chock full of good information & it's all laid out so well & with fantastic scenery. The commentary is terrific. You did a fantastic job! I really enjoyed the video & I'm not even a backpacker. I wanted it to see the trails that I may never get a chance to hike & I learned a lot about backpacking in the process - you guys sure do carry a lot of gear, I'm going to stick to day hikes ;) Thank you for putting together such a wonderful product, I hope it sells well - I'm sure it will once word gets out. (I'll be telling everyone I know)."