A Grand Adventure

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Rafting the Grand Canyon was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I hope to do multiple times in my life.

About a year and a half ago, I got lucky enough to pull a permit for a large private raft trip on the Grand Canyon. After months of planning, we finally got on the river this past September. 

 

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Being on the river with 16 of your friends, making your way a few hundred miles in a matter of weeks is something you can’t really describe. It’s hard to put a trip like this into words - 20 days on the river - away from the rest of the world surrounded by canyon walls, so I’ll resort to the top 10 things about an extended river trip of this sort and the top 5 things not to forget.

 

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TOP 10 Things about Rafting the Grand Canyon

  1. Unreal sunsets on the canyon walls
  2. Boat sleeping - Forget about a tent, throw your paco pad and sleeping bag on the raft and get lulled to sleep by the eddy
  3. Big water - I mean BIG WATER. We rafted some of the craziest rapids I’ve ever seen, and it was SO FUN and insane
  4. Flat water - perfect for an afternoon happy hour on the boats, or floating behind the raft in our blow-up unicorn
  5. Side hikes - we hiked to more waterfalls than I’ve seen in my life
  6. Insane camp dinners - complete with appetizers and dessert
  7. No technology - no phone service, no email, no social media
  8. Drinks and games around the campfires - every night!
  9. Crazy views of the milky way and countless shooting stars
  10. 20 whole days to get better at being on the oars

 

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Forget

  1. Camp chairs - a must for around the fire at night
  2. Hats, sunscreen and long sleeve shirts - gotta protect your skin from the sun
  3. Games - think cards, beersbee, horseshoes... The list goes on and on!
  4. A pair of good socks and tennis shoes in addition to your rafting shoes
  5. A good book and a headlamp!

 

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Words, wisdom & photos from Ambassador, Anna Toll.
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