A BREATHTAKING ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU . . .
WHAT TO EXPECT
This trip is rated strenuous. Participants will be carrying backpacks with weights of 30-35 lbs. for up to 7 miles per day. Participants should be prepared to hike over steep, rocky, and sometimes exposed terrain with constant and dramatic elevation gains and/or losses. A commitment to physical preparation is a prerequisite and a physician's release is required.
Flights & Transportation to and from the Flagstaff Airport (our meeting and drop off location)
Gear or gear rental fees (we will go over renting, sharing, or buying gear in our virtual calls)
Any extra hotel stays (you will need to make your own plans for the night that we hike out of the canyon)
Panoramic and stunning views from outside and inside the Grand Canyon
Get up close and personal with the Colorado River
Explore the varying landscapes of the Grand Canyon
Build all the skills and knowledge to be a backpacker with the confidence to explore on your own
Designed for women and led by women
One night shared hotel stay (the night before we begin)
Transportation from the Flagstaff Airport to the Grand Canyon and back (1.5 hours each way)
Permits for all the campsites
Planning for the entire trip with maps and set mileage per day
GPS tracking so loved ones can follow along
Specialized workout programs for preparation
4-5 virtual classes and calls detailing gear, packing, training, food, and EVERYTHING (and more) you need to know to be prepared
Knowledge, confidence, and experience to plan your own future backpacking trips!
Stunning views of the stars from the bottom of the Grand Canyon
OCTOBER 21-25TH OR OCTOBER 28-NOVEMBER 1ST
Our trip dates are dependent upon permits. Put both dates on your calendars, but DO NOT PURCHASE FLIGHTS until we have our permit. You should know the exact dates by the end of June 2021.
Arrive in Flagstaff by 3pm, meet at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport for pick up
Drive to REI for last minute necessities
Drive an hour and a half to Tusayan, AZ (10 minutes from Grand Canyon)
Stay in hotel in Tusayan, AZ and prepare to hit the trail in the morning
DAILY MILEAGE: 6 MILES
Pack up and head towards Plateau Point, one of the most dramatic viewpoints in all of Grand Canyon National Park. Fifteen-hundred feet above the bottom of the canyon, and almost directly over it, you are gazing down on the blue-green water of the Colorado River
Head the rest of the way to Indian Garden campground where we are sure to have plenty of deer sightings and maybe even a fawn!
Camp for the night and enjoy the cottonwood trees and the creek that runs through the campground
Drive to Grand Canyon Village and and jump on the shuttle to South Kaibab trailhead
Begin our descent. Stop along the way for the BEST selfies at “OOHH AHHH Point” (yes, it’s really called that)
Make camp at Bright Angel Campground where we'll stretch, eat delicious treats, and enjoy the stars
DAILY MILEAGE: 4.5 MILES
*Cue the “Eye of the Tiger” music*….
pack up and climb out of the canyon alongside the new friends we’ve made, a blister or two, and fueled on chocolate and laughter
When we reach the top we will take a moment to celebrate and then take a relaxing (and smelly) ride (1.5 hours) back into Flagstaff, AZ to our hotels or flights
Leave your pack and tent behind and hike out to Ribbon falls waterfall, the River Loop trail, or whatever your heart (and sore calves) desire! Laura will lead a group on one of the hikes but you are free to explore other trails this day too! Enjoy!
TUESDAY & BEYOND
DAILY MILEAGE: INFINITE
Bask in the glory of your achievements, FaceTime with all your jealous friends, and start dreaming of your next adventure. The world is yours to EXPLORE!
VIRTUAL PREP CALL SCHEDULE
There will be 3-4 calls to thoroughly prepare you for the adventure. These calls are not mandatory but HIGHLY encouraged so that you are as prepared and empowered as possible and able to enjoy your trip!
All prep calls will be recorded and sent to each participant so if you want to refresh OR if you cannot make the live call, you’ll still be prepared!
#1 GEAR PREP CALL
This session includes:
gear lists & buying versus renting options
clothing and footwear
#3 FOOD & WATER PREP CALL
This session includes:
packing your bag efficiently
toiletries & extras
wilderness pooping & peeing
bugs & wildlife
#2 TRAINING PREP CALL
This session includes:
training plan (exercises & stretches)
nutrition & hydration planning
"Leave No Trace" principles
#4 PACKING & FINALIZING PREP CALL
This session includes:
Q&A, go over finalized packs and weight and get you ready to go!
"I went on the camping retreat, and learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever allowed myself to think I could be.
I made fast friends with strangers, helped set up a campsite, slept in a tent for three nights, peed basically on the edge of a mountain, and climbed a fucking cliff face multiple times.
This retreat and the women I met have changed the course of my life forever!!"
TO CONSIDER AS YOU REGISTER
Please be sure to WAIT to purchase flights until we have the retreat date set and the minimum amount of participants required to host the trip.
To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
COMMITMENT TO TRAINING
To ensure an amazing and rewarding trip you must be committed to preparing physically as well as mentally to take on the adventure. Laura will equip you with everything you need to know but you must make it a priority to show up and do the prep!
MEET YOUR BACKPACKING GUIDES
Laura is an avid backpacker and rock climber who loves bringing more adventure and fun into people’s lives.
She is a personal trainer certified in Wilderness First Aid and is constantly expanding her knowledge of safety and navigation in the outdoors.
She loves pole dancing, being covered in dirt, and singing Queen at the top of her lungs.
Heather is happiest in the woods, hiking in the Colorado foothills, and gasping for air on 14,000 foot summits with Laura.
As a retreat coordinator, community organizer, and communications specialist she has a passion for bringing people together. She loves her two children dearly, even though they REFUSE to hike with her.
Heather is First Aid Certified by the American Heart Association.
OF ALL THE PATHS IN LIFE, MAKE SURE A FEW OF THEM ARE DIRT.
YOUR INVESTMENT IS $945
**YOUR SPACE AT THIS RETREAT IS RESERVED WITH A NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT OF $200.**
PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE!
HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO WE HAVE TO CARRY?
30-40 lbs. Ounces turn to pounds and pounds turn into pain. We recommend weighing everything and cutting out luxuries if you want to carry less. Everyone has their own philosophies on weight carried. In one of the prep classes Laura will detail how to pack your bag both as efficiently and lightly as possible while still getting to bring along a few "just can't leave behind" items... like chocolate!! Laura’s personal belief is that YOU CAN NEVER BRING ENOUGH CHOCOLATE.
HOW CAN I PHYSICALLY GET INTO SHAPE IN ORDER TO BACKPACK?
One of our prep sessions will discuss training and preparation for the physical and mental challenge of backpacking. In short, you CAN do this but you must prepare. Laura, a personal trainer of 9 years, will give simple tips on preparing both your mind and your body to do hard things and give you a simple plan to follow to get prepared. What a great reason to get outside and move your body this summer!
WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
While there is a lodge at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, this trip is about experiencing the outdoors and learning how to put together a sleep system that works best for you. As badass backpacking women, we will sleep in tents and use sleeping pads and sleeping bags for comfort. In one of the prep sessions Laura will go into detail on how warm or cold sleepers can prepare and have the best night's sleep possible. You’ve truly never seen the night sky until you’ve experienced it like this!
UM... WHERE WILL I GO TO THE BATHROOM?
On most backpacking trips you go to the bathroom outside (in the woods, behind rocks, whatever works!) BUT the Grand Canyon has outhouses and bathrooms along the trail and at every campsite. This is fancy backpacking! We get to poop in toilets! (Don’t get used to it for future backpacking!)
WHAT WILL I EAT?
In one of the prep sessions Laura will discuss the many food options and how to plan for enough food on the trip (but not too much cuz you don’t wanna carry it around for no reason!). Laura is vegan and gluten free and never goes hungry so no matter your diet, you will have plenty to eat! (And did we mention bringing chocolate?!)
HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT GEAR TO BRING?
In one of the very first prep sessions Laura will talk about one of the biggest things that overwhelms people--GEAR! But don’t worry, Laura will go into detail on what you need to have and give you options for either renting almost all your gear (or the bigger ticket items) and/or finding good discounts on the gear you’ll need. The great thing about going with a badass girl gang is that we can share things and lighten our loads. Work smarter, not harder!
WILL I HAVE WIFI OR BE ABLE TO CONTACT LOVED ONES?
There is very poor cell service in the canyon. While there is a chance your phone will pick it up, it’s best to leave the itinerary with a loved one and not expect to talk with them until exiting the Grand Canyon. Your loved ones will be able to “follow along” by using a link shared by Laura for her GPS tracker, something that can also be used for any emergencies or necessary contact.
DISCONNECTION is a beautiful thing. It brings clarity and freedom even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Lean into it and be technology-free for a few days!
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Weather near the end of September/beginning of October in Grand Canyon Village has a high of around 60-70 degrees and lows between 30-40 degrees. Keep in mind that INSIDE the Canyon the temperatures can rise up to 10-20 degrees warmer than the village. While we obviously cannot predict weather, Laura will do her best to prepare you with layers and options so as weather changes you can adjust. If for some reason the weather is dangerous in any way, the trip will be cancelled, and your payments will go directly towards a rescheduled date.
I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE... IS THIS FOR ME?
If you’ve read this far and are still reading, then you’re obviously interested. If you have a zillion reasons why you can’t and shouldn’t do this, yet still find yourself reading…..then YES, THIS IS FOR YOU. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never camped or hiked before, it doesn’t matter if no one thinks you could do it, it doesn’t matter if it’s hard. It matters if you WANT to do it. If you do, then drop the excuses and lets frickin' go!