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Grand Canyon Books worth checking out.

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Here are some good Grand Canyon books to help you prepare for your hike. The more you’re prepared, the your hike will be!









Hikernut’s Grand Canyon Companion

Designed especially for the first-time day hiker or backpacker, this common sense guide contains everything needed to enjoy a fresh perspective and get below the rim of one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world: the Grand Canyon. Included is advice on equipment, permits, rules and restrictions, trail descriptions, and other tips—all geared toward the most popular, easily accessible, and well-maintained trails. Complete with full-color maps and photos, this beautiful guidebook provides prospective hikers with a real sense of what it takes to hike the canyon.




Frommer’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon

Completely updated every year, Frommer’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon features hundreds of gorgeous color photos of the sights and experiences that await you.; Our expert author has researched the best hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and takes you to every corner of the state, from small, southern towns such as Tombstone to the Four Corners Region, where visitors can connect with Hopi and Navajo communities.; Extensive coverage of The Grand Canyon gives you insider information for seeing the park without crowds and the best options for staying in and near the park.; Frommer’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon also includes a fold-out sheet map.




The Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon

The Rough Guide to the Grand Canyon is the definitive practical guide to Americas greatest natural wonder. As well as comprehensive coverage of the national park, including all the fabulous viewpoints along the North and South rims, it includes full details of the majestic and under-explored deserts of the surrounding region. It will guide you to remote turquoise waterfalls and the dramatic new Skywalk on the neighboring Havasupai and Hualapai reservations, and the sublime slot canyons of northern Arizona, as well as to lively gateway towns such as Flagstaff. Together with informative reviews of accommodation and dining options everywhere, you’ll find step-by-step advice on making the most of countless awe-inspiring hiking trails, and even rafting on the Colorado River. With its custom-designed maps and extensive photographs, its the perfect companion for any Grand Canyon adventure.




DK Eyewitness Arizona and the Grand Canyon

DK Eyewitness Arizona and the Grand Canyon travel guide will lead you through the best attractions the state has on offer, including fully illustrated coverage of all the major sights from the Grand Canyon to the haunting beauty of the Colorado Plateau. The guide provides all the insider tips every visitor needs, whether you are exploring the ghost towns and historic recreations like Ottoman and Tombstone, or visiting modern cities like Phoenix and Tucson. Plus, you’ll find reliable, practical information on getting around Arizona; whether by bus, plane, train or car. The guide is packed with comprehensive listings of the best hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife for all budgets, plus photographs and illustrations. It explores the culture and history of the state, covering the native civilizations that have lived there for thousands of years. With all the sites, activities, tours and attractions not to be missed, this DK Eyewitness travel guide is your essential companion to Arizona and the Grand Canyon.



How much of food should you take on your Grand Canyon hike?

Grand Canyon Hike Food

Food and water should be your top priority when you plan your Grand Canyon hike.  The trails are long and rigorous so you’ll be using up a lot of energy and burning a lot of calories.  It’s recommended that you eat about 500 calories an hour.  However, you should eat in small amounts so your body can process the food more efficiently.  There’s no doubt that you’ll be taking a lot of breaks during your hike for pictures or for resting your muscles.  This would be a good time to drink water and munch on a granola bar or salty snack.  Even some some cookies or salty chips will work but remember they crush easily in your pack.  I really DO NOT recommend bringing energy bars if you’re hiking during the hot weather.  We learned the hard way that the hot Grand Canyon weather will quickly turn a bag full of energy bars into a blob of warm chocolate goo in no time.

We brought enough food for 2 full meals a day and enough snacks to last us in between.  For my full meals (breakfast and dinner), I brought with me MRE’s (Meal Ready To Eat) which are used by the military as survival food.  The civilian version are called “A Packs”.  I like MRE’s because it’s a complete meal in one package.  You can eat it cold or you can heat them up with an MRE heater which it usually comes with.  With the MRE heater and a little water you can heat up your MRE up to 200°F.  No need for fire.  To me, MRE’s taste a lot better heated up.  Even though the weather can get really hot at the Grand Canyon, there’s nothing like rewarding yourself at the end of a long hike with a nice hot dinner.  A nice hot MRE for breakfast helps get you going as well.  Another good thing about MRE’s is that each meal is contains about 800-1000 calories.

One disadvantage of MRE’s/A Packs is that they get heavy.  I also brought along some Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food.  The Mountain House meals much lighter to carry and they do taste pretty good.  However, you have to make sure you add the right amount of hot water and of course a way to heat up the water.  It’s a good a idea to test out a couple MRE’s/A Packs and Mountain House meals before your hike.  That way you know how to heat them up, the right amount of water to use, and if you even like the taste.  You don’t want to be in the middle of your hike trying to figure out for the first time how to heat up your food.


So the food that I originally brought consisted of 2 MRE’s/A Packs per day for breakfast and dinner.  Snacks included packets of tuna, crackers, energy bars (they melted!) packets of fruit, and beef jerky. I’m ashamed to say, I also brought a can of cheese whiz, a couple of SPAM singles, and powdered Gatorade, and cooking oil. Why did I bring those? I had this wild notion that I’ll be sitting happy at camp eating cheese and crackers and then cooking up pancakes (which Juan brought) in the morning.  That wasn’t the case.  I was so tired after day one all I thought about was the added weight of the extra weight.  I also had the bright idea to store the crackers and oil in Tupperware.   Another bad idea. It just added more bulk and more weight and the crackers were still crushed and oil leaked everywhere!  Oil spilled inside your pack cooking in the Grand Canyon sun did not give a very pleasant odor.  Lessons learned.

At the last minute brought a couple Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food meals just in case.  The first time I tried them was during our hike and I had no idea what I was doing.  The first one came out very watery and cold.  That’s why I recommend testing everything before you’re hike.


NOTE:  When you’re at camp, be sure to secure your food in a stuff sack and hang it up to keep animals from getting to it.  Depending on the campsite, there could be storage containers that you can use.

So, for our next Grand Canyon hike, my food list will still include MRE’s but because they are so heavy I might limit it to one a day and bring more Mountain House meals.  The fruit packets I brought ended up becoming heavy so I may try bringing dried fruit instead.  I’ll also add more crackers, trail mix (no chocolate because it melts), and some granola.  This isn’t set in stone yet but the goal is to stay as lightweight as possible and only bring food that will provide energy and nutrition.  Also, this time we might consider having dinner at Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  If you reserve early, Phantom Ranch will have a dinner waiting for you when you reach the bottom.  They offer a steak, veggie, or stew.  A great reward for a long hike.  They also provide sack lunches for the next day to take with you as you continue your hike, again, you have to reserve early.  Snacks, first aid items, and souvenirs are available too but quantities are limited and with a high price.  Be sure to bring money.  Consider taking advantage of the food at Phantom Ranch.  It’s less you have to carry.  REMEMBER to reserve early.


NOTE:  If you’re hiking during the hot months, don’t bring anything that’s perishable.

Remember food and water can either make or break your Grand Canyon hike. Not only do you need to eat, but you need to eat foods that will give you the energy.  You’ll need to replace the salt that you will be sweating out during your hike.  Salty snacks and sports drinks will take care of that.  Finally, consider the weight of the food you’ll be carrying.  Bringing too much food will make you’re backpack heavy and if not eaten, it’s more for you to carry back up.

Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker

Equipment Review: Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles

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Made of a combination of carbon and aircraft grade 7075 aluminum, the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles could possibly be one of the lightest and most rugged hiking poles in its price range.

The cork grips make it comfortable to use and the anti-shock absorption is necessary for your long hikes especially if you plan to hike the Grand Canyon.  Traction is important when it comes to hiking poles and thanks to the carbide tips, these poles will give you the traction you need.  The ‘Quick-twist” locking mechanism also gives you piece of mind during those times you need to put all your weight on them.


Take a look at all the features the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles has to offer:

  • Three section Carbon & 7075 Aluminum poles
  • Cork grips
  • Neoprene wrist straps
  • Anti-shock absorption system
  • Quick-twist locking mechanism
  • Threaded trekking baskets for easy on-off application
  • Carbide tips
  • Rubber boot tips
  • Twist-lock turns anti-shock absorber on/off for custom use
  • Carbon wrapped Aluminum 7075 composite lamination
  • Weight – 1 lb. 2 oz.Compact/Extended Dimensions:  26″ (66cm);   54″ (137cm)


Here’s what another hiker has said about the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles:

Great Price, Great Poles – By AaRop

“Great trekking poles for a reasonable price. Have used these over and over again and they haven’t disappointed me yet….”

Review Paraphrased for size — view original review here.

CONCLUSION:  The Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles offer two key features when it comes to hiking poles, lightweight and rugged.  You don’t want to the poles to give or collapse when you apply added weight.  The Quick-twist locking mechanism locks into place with no worries.  They’re not that much expensive at all compared to other hiking poles with similar features which makes these hiking poles worth checking out.


First person “video hike” of Grand Canyon’s North Kaibab trail

Another good “first person video” going down Grand Canyon’s of North Kaibab Trail. It starts at the North Rim and ends at Phantom Ranch.   Video Courtesy of  www.TrailVista.com.


Details of  Grand Canyon’s the North Kaibab Trail:

  • Distance:  14.2 miles one way.
  • Approximate time for hike:  Down – 8-9 hours Up :  10-12 hours
  • Elevation:  5,850 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Very strenuous

Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker

Do you listen to your iPod while you’re on your hike?

The Apple iPod MP3 Player has opened up a whole new world for portable music and entertainment. It seems like everyone has an iPod now including myself. I have to admit, it took me 5 generations before jumping on the iPod band wagon. But now that I have, I can’t believe I lived without one for so long. All my music, audio books, and videos stored in one small digital device. It tunes out my co-workers when I’m trying to focus on work, it gets my mind distracted as I go on my long runs, and it keeps me entertained as I sit in traffic. But what about taking your
Apple iPod
with you during your Grand Canyon hike? Depending on what type of iPod you have, you have the ability to do so much. From GPS to apps that track your hikes, I can see the advantage for taking along your iPod during your hiking adventure. I can see both advantages and disadvantages, but what do you think?

Personally, I prefer to stay one with nature and enjoy every sight and sound the trail has to offer. It’s not everyday that I get to go out into the sunshine, smell the fresh air, and experience the outdoors. I use the time to be with my thoughts. The Grand Canyon is so spectacular and overwhelming, sometimes it’s hard not to feel spiritual. As much as I like listening to Lady Gaga while working out at the gym, I’m not sure it’s the right soundtrack for a hike. More importantly, listening to music can be distracting and could be dangerous.
The trails at the Grand Canyon are very narrow. You have to share the trail with other hikers in both directions as well as the occasional mule train that passes through. You don’t want to hold up a fellow hiker that wants to pass you because you can’t hear him/her. You especially don’t want to be surprised by a team of mules coming towards you. The mules have the right of way and since the trails are so narrow, you need time to find a place to move out the way. Another reason, is that you don’t want to be distracted and not able to hear any imminent danger such as large animals or someone calling out to you saying that the trail ends at a cliff 300 ft.
So should you bring your Apple iPod with you on your hike? For me, I prefer to be without one. There’s far too much to see, hear, and experience on the trail to be distracted by my iPod. However, during the downtime when you’re at camp, the iPod could keep you entertained. You could view the pictures you took or listen to some camping music. I’m sure there are apps out there where you can log your hike or see how many miles you put it. Also, keep in mind, there’s potential for iPod to become damaged during the hike, and once the battery drains, all you’re left with is added weight.

If you decide to bring your Apple iPod on your next hike, check out the Pelican i1010 Waterproof Case It’s designed for any iPod Nano and Shuffle and is waterproof, crush-proof, and dust proof.

Happy Hiking!

– Canyon Hiker