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Old 02-21-2011   #1
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Advise for Daughter on Grand Trip

As we get closer to our late March launch, my daughter is become more apprenesive about the trip. Does any one on this forum have some sound advice for her? She's done some research but is still confused.

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Old 02-21-2011   #2
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What is she confused about? What to bring? What to expect?

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Old 02-21-2011   #3
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River only goes one way,mate...
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The Grand Canyon is in Arizona.
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If she is worried about the unknown ... well.... that's the best part of life. As long as she is going with a group that is capable of making solid decisions, she will most likely have a trip of a life time!
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Old 02-21-2011   #6
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More concerned than confused I guess, what to bring, what to expect. I'm sure she'll have a great time. She went on the Yampa a couple of years ago and had fun, this is just a lot longer trip. Any tips that will make her experience better would be appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2011   #7
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how old is she?
a trip like this is once in a life time and beautiful and fun and awsome. if she doesnt like those things shes beter off in phenoix
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Old 02-21-2011   #8
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A few things I have found to be key:

1. Take care of hands and feet every night. Get some heavy duty balms/creams. Cracks are not fun!
2. Double bag your sleeping bag and a set of warm clothes because you never know what can happen... every flip I've seen has resulted in wet gear.
3. Get a guidebook for just her so she can follow along and be part of the logistical process.
4. A sarong is a great thing to bring. Makes changing/bathing more discrete and is comfy to put on after getting off the boat.
5. A FUD (Sani-Fem Freshette Feminine Urinary Director at is great for using 'the facilities' too. I wouldn't be caught on a trip without mine!
6. Something to spice up room temperature water (Emergen-C, fruity herbal teas, etc.) and drink lots of water.

Hope that helps!

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
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Old 02-21-2011   #9
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Standard advice is take spare set of sandals to air out wet feet at camp, plenty of lotion and a couple pair of cotton socks so you can wipe feet clean with the little cleaning pads then lotion them up and put on the socks. Skin is easy to dry out and crack in the canyon. Have a easy to get to dry bag for time in the raft with granola bars, snacks, sun glasses, sun hat and spares for both. A good spray or dry top with some fleece to wear as needed. Drink a lot more water and might take along some crystal lite pkgs to spice up her water bottle. Make sure she has her own led headlamp for night groover trips. light pull on gym pants just in case the sun gets too hot on legs in the raft. And, do not forget a nice water resistant point and shoot camera with extra SD cards and batteries. (oops was writing this as laurie was posting, might be some duplication)
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Old 02-21-2011   #10
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Thank you very much, those are just the kind of things I was looking for.

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