My friend Ryan invited me to join him, our friend Billy, and 32 other outdoor adventurers for a 3 day backpacking trip to the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The Reservation is part of the Grand Canyon National Park and home to some of the most dramatic waterfalls in the country including Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls.
The three day epic journey will cover approximately 30 miles and will be an adventure marked by new landscapes, an opportunity to make new friends, and a chance to cover trail in the Grand Canyon National Park for the first time.
Ryan’s friend from college, John, is the organizer of this annual event and had invited Ryan to join the crew this year. The Las Vegas crew is 7 members strong including myself. We have been hiking quite a bit to prepare for the trip, mostly on our own, but have a few group hikes planned in the coming weeks.
So last night, I got the pack out, displayed all of the essentials on the floor to take an inventory, and began the familiar process of organizing the pack. Most of my adventures have been day hikes and organizing has been rather simple. This time around, I discovered that there are choices to be made. What stays, what goes, what will I need if the weather turns south…
The fact that John and his crew of 28 have done this 5 years running (I think?) have made it easier to prepare. John circulated a checklist of items that he recommended for the trip based on past experiences that was certainly a help. This isn’t his first rodeo and he’s managed to fit a bit of comfort into the trip with his pool floaty bed pad! Awesome idea that serves as floaty by day and bed pad by night.
So with just three weeks until we head out, the excitement is building. My list of “things to get” is much shorter than it was. An extra battery for the Lumix camera, a memory card for the Flip Video cam, and a nice selection of Mountain House meals is about all that remains.
The only decision I am struggling with is whether to buy a full size sleeping pad or the torso size pad. The reviews have been positive for both.
I think the ability to cut weight may be the way to go. What do you think?