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Old 04-10-2012   #1
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Grand Canyon with a baby

Don't think I'm stupid, just would like some input: What are some thoughts about doing the Grand with a baby. Can you walk the bigger sections? Let me know what you think. Thanks.

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Old 04-10-2012   #2
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Only if he/she is wearing waders......:cymbal crash:

Absolutely, positively, indubitably, no. For more reasons than I wish to list.

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Old 04-10-2012   #3
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Put a PFD on the baby and throw it in a river, if it makes it out OK! You,re good to go.

As you can tell, I think it's a very bad idea.
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Old 04-10-2012   #4
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I would recommend against it. I waited until my daughter was 14 before I felt comfortable. The water is only part of the issue. Yes you can walk most of the big ones but that would be time consuming and not always easy. And many parties have more problems with some of the smaller rapids. Off river is probably the bigger issue with the heat (depending on when you go) and lots of critters that like to bite (ants, scorpions, etc). Since you are asking the question, I'm assuming you've never been there - lot's of the "must do" hikes require scrambling/wading/swimming. Not easy to do with a wee one.
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Old 04-10-2012   #5
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Isn't taking a baby contrary to your plans to do the Grand Canyon alone this year?
This is the same person, right? With a new user name.
Get back on your meds, stop scratching your crotch, and give your mom her computer back.
You had me at 'Hey, Row'
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Old 04-10-2012   #6
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I can't see how the park service would ever consider letting you launch with an infant. Inconceivable that any infant/toddler should be subjected to this type of trip for the reasons stated above and many more. They would probably call social services, I know I would.
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Old 04-10-2012   #7
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I would be most concerned with the large packs of dingo's that are loose in the canyon these days. Seriously, they are everywhere and hungry! They have been known to sneak into camps and get away with all kinds of food and scraps.
A small child would be hard for the dingo's to resist. When it goes missing it will be hard for you to come out of the canyon and say with a straight face that "a dingo ate your baby".
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Old 04-10-2012   #8
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You are 10 days late for april fools. obvious troll is obvious.
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Old 04-10-2012   #9
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Set it adrift in a basket of bull rushes coated in pitch ,if it lives he/she can found a religion.
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Old 04-10-2012   #10
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Ignore the previous posts. The baby would be fine. There is no age restriction for a reason! Really, you have lots of extra time on a Grand Canyon trip so you wouldn't have any problem caring for an infant. Also, don't worry about the rapids. Each one has a paved path and a chute to send your boat through. Modern technology has made the Canyon so convenient these days! The only challenge will be dealing with the stairs up to each camp site, but if you bring a stroller with knobby wheels you should be fine. You might also want to bring a little DVD player for cartoons and entertainment, some of the televisions in the camps have been only receiving basic cable - due to recent government budget cuts, I assume.

Have fun, and remember if you flip and lose the all the food you'll always have that fresh baby!

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