Ready to Hike The Grand Canyon with the
Cancer Research Institute - Team CRI
October 8 - 11, 2010
Your 2010 Team CRI
Oct. 8 - Arrive Arizona
- Valley Of The Sun
Oct. 9 - Arizona Journey
- Travel through
the Sonoran Desert to the Red Rock Country of Sedona where you will
enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes. We continue the journey through
narrow Oak Creek Canyon, up the Mogollon Rim, through the Ponderosa
pine forest and high desert plateau to Grand Canyon! After an Overview
visit you'll check into your hotel and this evening enjoy a Mission
Inspiration Dinner. (Overnight Grand Canyon).
Oct. 10 - Hike Day - Spend
the day walking and hiking Grand Canyon. (Overnight Grand Canyon).
Oct. 11 - Grand Canyon Sunrise
- Begin your final
day with an optional sunrise visit to Grand Canyon before you begin
your trip south and head back to the Valley Of The Sun and points
beyond. Or, extend your stay with an optional extension in Northern
Arizona with The Walking Connection.
Grand Canyon with Team CRI & Conquer The Canyon®
Conquer The Canyon
offers a wide range of hikes for
the Team CRI Grand Canyon adventure. While each
of the hikes offers differing views and varying degrees of difficulty,
all provide an exciting adventure in Grand Canyon National Park.
During your Mission Celebration Adventure, you will have the opportunity
to visit the park at least three times.
With Conquer The Canyon,
there truly is something here for everyone!
Your first experience at Grand Canyon
is at the Mather Point and Visitors Center Area. Take in the immense
beauty and power of this wide open space. Bring your camera to record
your teammate's initial reactions as you take in the views. This
is one of its most popular overlooks and the most visited views
in the park. It is located more than a mile above the bottom of
the canyon and more than 7000' (2134 meters) above sea level. This
is a great place for your first view of the massive canyon and a
good spot for group pictures with the Canyon as your backdrop.
The Visitor's Center is located
here and is staffed by park rangers and experts to answer questions.
There is an excellent book store and most importantly, billboard
size kiosks in the walkway mall area detailing each trail of the
South Rim. You'll have time
to take pictures from many vantage points along the rim as well
at time to visit the very popular bookstore.
Hike Day - A Day of Options.
On this day we plan for you to spend
the entire day at Grand Canyon National Park. Though your actual
hiking times will vary, typically the hikers spend 7 - 9 hours in
the park. Of course, we do have options that can shorten or lengthen
the amount of time you spend hiking, distances you will cover, elevation
changes you'll experience and technical challenges you will endure.
You will have plenty of time to enjoy other features of the park
at your leisure. The Choice Is Yours!
Each Hiking Team of 6 to
7 hikers are led by one Walking Connection Grand Canyon Expert Interpretive
After you officially sign
up for Team CRI, and before you begin your training,
we will provide you with information in greater detail about each
trail and hike. You'll receive more general information and guidance
to help you select the trail that will be best suited to you for
your adventure. We will also request that you complete an online
survey that will include your initial goals, past hiking experience,
your preferred hiking pace, and finally the distance and difficulty
of hiking you prefer. No worries, you can always change them later
in your training period.
Hiking with Team CRI
at Grand Canyon. Approximately 30 days prior to arriving
at Grand Canyon, The Walking Connection will assign you to your
Hike Team. While you have been preparing for Grand Canyon and providing
us ongoing feedback through our surveys and communications, we will
have been busy matching you to a team of like-minded hikers with
similar abilities, speed and interests. At that time your team will
be assigned to a specific trail, departure time and hiking guides.
Once these assignments are processed, you will be notified of your
assigned spot in the team.
Conquer The Canyon utilizes a variety of trails at Grand Canyon,
from the less strenuous rolling hills of the Rim and Greenway Trail
to the longest and most difficult day hiking trails in all of Grand
Canyon. There are more than 12 miles of accessible trails on the
Rim for a full day hiking. We will listen to you and help you select
the trail that will be the most rewarding and best suited for you.
Sunrise Visit To Grand Canyon.
The chill of the fresh
morning air will bring back memories of your hike the day before
as will your sore legs and feet. We'll take a short (optional) ride
back to Grand Canyon just before the sun rises. As you look out
over the Canyon and reflect on your personal accomplishments, its
beauty as it changes color with each passing minute will bring you
back to the reasons you chose to Conquer The Canyon with Team
CRI. It is here where you will truly understand their
vision of improving the lives of individuals with spinal
cord injuries and their families.
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CRI and Conquer The Canyon invite you to an
adventure of a lifetime!
Here and Come Hike The Grand Canyon With Us!