|How to get to the Canyon
Before my first trip I didn't realize how remote the Grand Canyon was. I also didn't realize how scarce the lodging was. We'll show you with maps and video where to stay and where you can eat before your hike. If you're going to be a Grand Canyon hiker you have to have more than backpacking skills. You have to be able to travel across the Wild West. Both the South Rim and the North Rim are covered with clear directions and cautions about traveling at different times of the year. There are some roads that you don't want to be on when a snow storm is coming. I found out the hard way.
|Preparing for your trip
There's a lot that you need to do before you come out to the Canyon. You have to obtain a permit from the Backcountry Office if you want to stay in the campgrounds below the rim. We give you directions and tips on filling out the request form and the best times to apply. We also give you information on times of year that you may want to avoid the Canyon. The temperatures in the summer can reach dangerous levels and you just don't want to be hiking in certain areas during that time. We show you the places that can literally kill you if you don't know what you're doing. We'll also give you information on equipment that you need to be safe and comfortable on your hike. And don't forget to get in shape. You'll see what happens if you're not quite in as good a shape as you thought.
|The trails and campgrounds in this video
We cover the most popular trails and campgrounds in the canyon--Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, North Kaibab Trail and the Bright Angel, Indian Garden and Cottonwood campgrounds. Plus we give you a taste of Phantom Ranch and the great meals you can have at the canteen there. We follow routes suggested by the Grand Canyon National Park Service for first time hikers. For the South Rim, down the South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel campground, then back up the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden campground and then out to the South Rim the next day. For the North Rim, down the North Kaibab Trail to Cottonwood campground, then on to the Bright Angel campground the next day. Along the way we show you water sources, restrooms and the most amazing scenery you've ever seen. We use USGS maps to show you the routes in extreme detail with animated graphics to make it easier for you to follow. This is the perfect DVD hiking guide for first time Grand Canyon explorers.
|Special features in the video
We show a lot more than just trails and rocks. Visit Roaring Springs and Ribbon Falls, two very different but amazing waterfalls hidden deep in the canyon. Just up from Ribbon falls is Upper Ribbon Falls, not as spectacular as Ribbon Falls but near here are ruins where you can see the finger prints of the person that built them--an amazing and humbling sight. Take a break at Phantom Ranch and chow down on the best beef stew you'll ever get. Get a close up view of a Grand Canyon rattlesnake--Native only to the inner canyon and pink! Take a quick look at the Hermit and Clear Creek trails. These trails are much more remote than the main trails and have equally breathtaking views. Watch river rafters navigate the awesome Granite Rapids as you sit by the roaring Colorado River. Take in a sunset and get the most awe inspiring views of the Canyon at Plateau Point. I hope you enjoy the video and I also hope that the Canyon inspires you the same way it has me.