Originally Posted by Salidaboater
The Grand is so Grand you just can't answer your question yet. How many days, where taking out, experience of the group is huge if your are the TL. Leading river trips and leading the Grand are two totally different things. What other river experience do you have? Kind of boats, food pac. The list is endless.
For Christ's sake its the Grand Canyon not Shackletons expedition.
To the OP it probably seems like a daunting task but its just like doing any other multi day trip just longer. The things you need for the Grand are the same things you need for a two day westwater just more of it.
Get a feel for what your group wants to do. Do they want to hike, have short river days, make river miles and have lay over days?
Once you get that make a simple plan. Leave room in your plan for when shit don't go right like wind or someone all ready in the camp you want stuff like that. Let people know from the get go your expectations and division of labor. A lot of people get hung up the first few days with people not pulling there weight not making the miles and it usually comes to a head about day four with a coming to jesus talk from the TL.
Be flexable but in the end you are El Hefe.