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HIKE 4 FRIENDSHIP INFORMATION

Women's Trip


Join Team Friendship on a Women's Hike 4 Friendship trip on May 26-29, 2019 for a meaningful and exhilarating experience.

TRAINING PLAN, COACHING, AND SAFETY: Arizona Outback Adventures will be leading the hike, and will make sure that all hikers have what they need to safely participate. Additionally, hikers are provided with a Hike Manual which outlines more specific safety details such as hydration, calorie counts, and weather. The manual also includes varied training plans to meet the hiker’s specific athletic level and help them prepare for Grand Canyon.

 

TRANSPORTATION: We will be arriving in Phoenix on Sunday afternoon. Our guides will meet us there and take up straight to the Grand Canyon where we will spend our first night.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The nights of our trip will be spent camping out in tents in the Canyon.

 

FOOD: All meals will be strictly kosher and designed to provide hikers with sufficient energy for the hikes. Breakfast will be served each morning before the hike. Lunch will be on the go along with plenty of snacks throughout the day. Dinner will be prepared and served once we return to camp each night.
THE ITINERARY:


DAY 1: SUNDAY, MAY 26     |     PHX AIRPORT ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO GRAND CANYON
Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) today in time for a 1:00 pm pick-up. Exact location TBD and may require taking a shuttle to an offsite location. Will be finalized by AOA 30 days prior to departure.
We soon depart the bustle of Phoenix and, after a beautiful drive through the Sonoran Desert and up onto the high-elevation plateaus of northern Arizona, we arrive at the small town of Grand Canyon Village around 5:00 pm. Here we’ll still have plenty of summertime light to find our campsite, set up our tents, and settle into camp while the guides prepare a wonderful Kosher dinner. Tonight we enjoy a campfire and dinner under the stars before getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for our adventure tomorrow.
DRIVING: 4 hours     |     HIKING: None today     |     MEALS: Dinner included     |     OVERNIGHT: Ten-X Campground (CLICK HERE for more info)
 
DAY 2: MONDAY, MAY 27     |     CANYON RIM TRAIL AND HERMIT’S REST
After a hearty breakfast, we take a shuttle from camp to the rim of Grand Canyon National Park, getting our first view of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! We’ll hike along the rim of the canyon, affording us a great overview of the canyon and some time to acclimate to the 7,000-foot altitude of the South Rim. Along the way we cross the Bright Angel Fault, noting the cross-canyon route it has created, visit some ancient pictographs, see the Powell Memorial, and check out the Colorado River from key viewpoints. At the end of the West Rim Trail is Hermit’s Rest, a Mary Jane Colter historic building that was the jumping off point for the trip down to the Santa Fe Railroad’s luxurious Hermit Camp at the bottom of the canyon. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch along the route to Hermit’s Rest, then venture back toward Grand Canyon Village. We’ll enjoy sunset and appetizers in the park before returning to camp for dinner.
DRIVING: Minimal    |    HIKING: 4 to 10 miles     |     MEALS: All included     |     OVERNIGHT: Ten-X Campground
 
DAY 3: TUESDAY, MAY 28     |     TREK DOWN INTO THE GRAND CANYON
After breakfast we find ourselves splitting up into smaller hike groups (max of 7-9 participants per group) and venturing off to our respective trailheads. Our guides will explain the mileage and difficulty levels so you can choose your level of challenge, but all include wondrous views of the canyon. Options include the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, Hermit Trail, and Grandview Trail. Our guides will unfold the distinctive geology as we travel through canyon layers and point unique features such as Native American petroglyphs and historical markers This evening we return to our campsite for our final evening. Dinner under the stars and a feeling of complete awe are your rewards for the challenge of making it here.
HIKING: 6 - 12 miles     |     MEALS: All included     |     OVERNIGHT: Ten-X Campground
 
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29    |     SUNRISE VIEWING AND CELEBRATORY DINNER IN PHOENIX BEFORE DEPARTURE
It is hard to believe this is the last day of our journey! For those inclined to rise early, we will make our way into the park for the moving experience of sunrise at Grand Canyon. Coupled with the beauty of the sun appearing over the desert, the ever-changing light of the sun illuminates the canyon walls from the top down creating a striking contrast. After a delicious breakfast, we pack up camp and depart, stopping along the way for exploration of Desert View Watchtower, another Mary Jane Coulter creation. The views of the canyon and the Colorado River from here, along with the beautiful architecture inspired by the Puebloan Indians, make it a perfect spot for lunch. This afternoon we journey back to Phoenix for a celebratory group dinner before our 7:30 pm drop-off at the Phoenix Airport. Please do not book your flight for a departure earlier than 9:00 pm.
DRIVING: 4.5 hours     |     HIKING: 0 - 2 miles      |     MEALS: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner by Friendship Circle     |     OVERNIGHT: On own      
Men's Trip

Join Team Friendship on a Men's Hike 4 Friendship trip on May 26-29, 2019 for a meaningful and exhilarating experience. Hiking the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim is one of the most famous and challenging hikes in the world. Nearly 6 million people visit the Grand Canyon National park each year, but only about 1% of those visitors trek across the canyon from rim to rim. Join this elite group of adventurers and conquer the canyon on a guided rim to rim hiking trip.

DAY 1: SUNDAY MAY 26  |  ARRIVE PHOENIX, TRANSFER TO THE GRAND CANYON
Upon arrival at the hotel, our guides will distribute any rental tents, demonstrate how to properly set them up, and assist with overall camp set-up. The group will then get together for distribution of group gear, pack loading and fitting tips, and an in-depth orientation to prepare everyone for our backpacking adventure in the Grand Canyon National Park.
OVERNIGHT: Grand Canyon Inn Motel      |      MEALS: Dinner    |    TRANSPORTATION: 3.5 Hour Transfer from Phoenix International Airport to Grand Canyon Inn Motel

DAY 2: MONDAY MAY 27  | TREK INTO THE GRAND CANYON
This exciting Grand Canyon backpacking trip descends into the canyon from the South Rim and winds down the famous Bright Angel Trail to the ages-old campground at Indian Gardens. Before settlers came west and ventured into the canyon, Bright Angel Trail was used for centuries by native tribes and was improved by prospectors in the late 19th century and tourists were charged for its use. In 1928, the park service established itself as the overseeing body of Grand Canyon National Park and began maintaining the trail for the public. As you hike along, breathtaking vistas await you around each turn, and temple peaks and buttes rise out of the bottom of the Grand Canyon floor as the trail snakes downwards over three thousand feet.
OVERNIGHT: Bright Angel Campground     |    HIKING: 9.8 miles, – 2,480 or -2,546 feet / + 1,534 feet elevation gain/loss    |     MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: TUESDAY MAY 28   |  HIKE TO THE RIM
Get ready for a challenging trek into the heart of the canyon! The ascent is 14 miles and 5,700 feet up to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. During this trek, we traverse through nearly every biological life zone in North America and can experience drastic temperature and weather changes. As we rise from the Colorado River to the alpine forests, each step takes us through thousands of years in geologic time through ancient oceans, deserts, lakes, and swamps. With mind-blowing vistas, fascinating trail design and workmanship, 100-foot tall waterfalls, and green spring-fed oases, the North Kaibab Trail is a national treasure. The end of our hike brings us to North Rim Lodge, nestled on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. We will celebrate our accomplishment with tears of joy knowing only 1% of visitors ever accomplish this hike.
OVERNIGHT: Jacob Lake Inn     |     HIKING: 14 miles, +/-4,059 feet elevation gain/loss     |     MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, MAY 29    |     HORSESHOE BEND AND CELEBRATORY DINNER IN PHOENIX BEFORE DEPARTURE
It is hard to believe this is the last day of our journey!  After a delicious breakfast, we pack up camp and depart, stopping along the way at Horseshoe Bend. As you stand on the edge of the canyon you can see the river and take incredible photos. This place has become highly memorable and many people seek it out when they are in the Grand Canyon area, making it a perfect spot for lunch. This afternoon we journey back to Phoenix for a celebratory group dinner before our 7:30 pm drop-off at the Phoenix Airport. Please do not book your flight for a departure earlier than 9:00 pm.
HIKING: None today    |     MEALS: Breakfast and lunch included, dinner by Friendship Circle     |     OVERNIGHT: On own