Open spots on Grand Canyon permit end of August
Good day, fine people of rivers, red rock and canyons!
We're first-time trip leaders, with a launch date of August 27. Our first trip in the Grand was in 2010; since then, we've been positioning ourselves to get back in that glorious place, and trying to learn all we can.
We've assembled our crew for our trip and have come across a bit of a stumble. Three of the four experienced rowers who we'd counted on have recently let us know they can't come, because of changes in their life circumstances. So here is your invitation! Trip details below -- please consider bringing your rafting know-how down the river with us this summer.
We have brought together a group of folks, good friends, who are inclined towards camaraderie and who hold an orientation towards the beauty and spirit of the canyon lands, and who are easy with camping for days and days and cheerful with effort.
As it stands presently, we are a group of 8 with the remainder 8 spots (total 16) available for three folks (and their partners) who are versed with oaring rafts in white water and teaching others along the way. We are still looking for at least one oars-person who has navigated the Canyon before. We are planning on four rafts with four folks to a raft. We range in age from 40 to 60, with one couple in their mid-30s. We are educators and hikers, tri-athletes and musicians, artists and carpenters, parents and community organizers. We are companions that hold virtue in marveling at the beauty of the Earth as well as the virtue of laughter and a good beer.
We launch on August 27, which means being in Flagstaff by the morning of August 26. Our take-out date is September 11 at Diamond Creek, which means we'll pull the rafts out and travel back to Flagstaff that day, and from there, to our various homes or further adventures (If you've rafted the Grand before).
We are using PRO (Professional River Outfitters) as our outfitters. The cost will be about $1,000/person, to cover equipment and food. The goal is for everyone to take turns rowing, and to hike as much as possible. We're aiming to have at least two inflatable kayaks, for folks to take turns with. We'll share responsibilities for cooking and filtering water and loading and unloading the rafts and all the rest of the daily chores.
We're aiming for between 12-16 people on the trip, although we have paid the Park fees for 16. The folks on board so far are good people, really, really good people --- open hearts and good humor and readiness to stay connected after the trip. So there you have it!
If interested, please write or call me or my partner:
Ann Pelo and Eli Sterling, Olympia Washington
email: agatemoons - at - yahoo.com
phone: 360 705 2331
cell: 206 303 7670