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GRAND CANYON 

BACKPACKING TRIPS 2022


OCTOBER OR NOVEMBER 2022 

(dates permits pending)

GRAND CANYON, AZ


THERE WILL BE ONE WOMEN'S ONLY AND ONE COED TRIP!

You will be able to designate your preference upon checkout.



A BREATHTAKING ADVENTURE AWAITS YOU . . . 

WHAT TO EXPECT



TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Panoramic and stunning views from outside and inside the Grand Canyon
  • Get up close and personal with the Colorado River
  • Explore the varying landscapes of the Grand Canyon
  • Build all the skills and knowledge to be a backpacker with the confidence to explore on your own

ACTIVITY LEVEL

THIS TRIP IS STRENUOUS. Participants will be carrying backpacks with weights of 30-35 lbs. for up to 7 miles per day. Participants should be prepared to hike over steep, rocky, and sometimes exposed terrain with constant and dramatic elevation gains and/or losses. A commitment to physical preparation is a prerequisite and a physician's release is required.

WHAT'S INCLUDED​

  • One night shared hotel stay the night before we begin
  • Packing party the night before we begin
  • Detailed map planning and preparation for the entire trip
  • All permits and park fees
  • GPS tracking so loved ones can follow along with the entire trip
  • Virtual library with exercises and training plans to prepare for the trip
  • 3 Zoom sessions and extensive video library detailing gear, packing, food, water, staying found and more!
  • One 1:1 call with Laura to receive personalized support
  • Celebratory brunch
  • Knowledge and confidence to plan your own backpacking trip in the future
  • Stunning vistas during the day and views of the stars from the bottom of the Grand Canyon at night

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation
  • All gear, rental or purchased, as well as personal clothing and supplies
  • Flights and additional transportation beyond the trip's dates
  • Food, snacks, and drinks
  • Hotel stay upon completion of the trip

"Backpacking the Grand Canyon was the most gratifying and difficult experience of my life. But I did it! I climbed all the way down and all the way out of the canyon in THIS body, my body, just as she is. 


I will never forget the surreal moment of turning and looking down into the canyon and seeing how far I had climbed up, how many switchbacks my legs conquered, and how much confidence I gained."


ANGIE S.

TRIP ITINERARY

DATES PERMITS PENDING

Our trip dates are dependent upon permits. DO NOT PURCHASE FLIGHTS until we have our permit. You should know the exact dates by the end of July 2022 at the latest.

DAY ONE

DAILY MILEAGE: 0 HIKED

  • Meet in Tusayan, AZ at the hotel, join us for the packing party, and prepare to hit the trail in the morning

DAY TWO

DAILY MILEAGE: 7 MILES

  • Meet at Grand Canyon Village and and jump on the shuttle to South Kaibab trailhead
  • Begin our descent. Stop along the way for the BEST selfies at “OOHH AHHH Point” (yes, it’s really called that)
  • Make camp at Bright Angel Campground where we'll stretch, eat delicious treats, and enjoy the stars

DAY THREE

DAILY MILEAGE: OPTIONAL

  • Leave your pack and tent behind and hike out to Ribbon Falls waterfall, the River Loop trail, or whatever your heart (and sore calves) desire!

DAY FOUR

DAILY MILEAGE: 6 MILES

  • Pack up and head towards Plateau Point, one of the most dramatic viewpoints in all of Grand Canyon National Park. Fifteen-hundred feet above the bottom of the canyon, and almost directly over it, you are gazing down on the blue-green water of the Colorado River

  • Head the rest of the way to Indian Garden campground where we are sure to have plenty of deer sightings and maybe even a fawn!

  • Camp for the night and enjoy the cottonwood trees and the creek that runs through the campground 

DAY FIVE

DAILY MILEAGE: 5 MILES

  • *Cue the “Eye of the Tiger” music*….
  • Pack up and climb out of the canyon alongside the new friends we’ve made, a blister or two, and fueled on chocolate and laughter

DAY SIX & BEYOND

DAILY MILEAGE: INFINITE

  • Optional Celebratory Brunch with our group before you leave town 
  • Bask in the glory of your achievements, FaceTime with all your jealous friends, and start dreaming of your next adventure. The world is yours to EXPLORE!

TO CONSIDER AS YOU REGISTER

AIRLINE TICKETS

Please be sure to WAIT to purchase flights until we have the retreat date set and the minimum amount of participants required to host the trip.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

COMMITMENT TO TRAINING

To ensure an amazing and rewarding trip you must be committed to preparing physically as well as mentally to take on the adventure. Laura will equip you with everything you need to know but you MUST make it a priority to show up and do the prep! 

A NOTE ON PERMITS

Note that all dates are pending due to permits and all trips must receive a certain number of participants in order for the trip to run. 


If the trip gets cancelled due to either of these reasons, a full refund (minus a 15% processing fee) will be given at the time of cancellation. See FAQ section for more details.

COVID 19

Although we take precautions seriously, Unladylike Adventures does NOT monitor vaccination status of participants. Participants share hotel rooms the night before all trips. If you aren’t comfortable not knowing your roommate's vaccination status then you must contact Laura and pay an upgraded fee for a private hotel room. We highly recommend taking a test before traveling regardless of vaccination status.

REFUNDS

When signing your retreat agreement, please be sure to THOROUGHLY read through the refund policy. 


We adhere strictly to this and will not be issuing refunds apart from what the policy states.

"I learned that I am capable of so much more than I ever allowed myself to think I could be. 


I made fast friends with strangers, helped set up a campsite, slept in a tent for three nights, peed basically on the edge of a mountain, and climbed a fucking cliff face multiple times. 


This retreat and the women I met have changed the course of my life forever!!"


GRACE N.

MEET YOUR BACKPACKING GUIDES

MEET LAURA

Laura is an avid backpacker and rock climber who loves bringing more adventure and fun into people’s lives.


She is a personal trainer and Certified Wilderness First Responder and is constantly expanding her knowledge of safety and navigation in the outdoors.


She loves pole dancing, being covered in dirt, and singing Queen at the top of her lungs.

MEET HEATHER

Heather is happiest in the woods, hiking in the Colorado foothills, or gasping for air on 14,000 foot summits with Laura.


As a retreat coordinator, community organizer, and communications specialist she has a passion for bringing people together. She loves her two children dearly, even though they REFUSE to hike with her.


Heather is CPR and First Aid Certified by the American Heart Association and has a Wilderness First Aid certificate.

YOUR INVESTMENT IS $985

**YOUR SPACE AT THIS RETREAT IS RESERVED WITH A NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE DEPOSIT OF $300.**

PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE!


ONLY 9 SPOTS! CLAIM YOURS ASAP.


I am a HELL YES on this!! Sign me up!

FAQS


WHAT DOES PERMIT PENDING MEAN?

On May 20th we will submit our application for any dates available for our group in October. We will know within 30 days if we have received a permit. If we do not, we will reapply June 20th for November dates. Both times of year are spectacular!


HOW MUCH WEIGHT DO WE HAVE TO CARRY?

On most trips you will carry somewhere around 30-35 lbs but it’s possible to decrease your weight by cutting out luxuries, purchasing gear with multiple functions, and sharing some equipment with a friend. The night before the trip begins we will gather in the hotel and have a packing party so we can taper down extra weight and ensure you’re comfortable with packing your pack.


It is required that you train before the trip with a weighted pack to ensure you are capable of carrying it. *Day 1 of the trip should NOT be the first time you put your weighted pack on!* 


HOW CAN I PHYSICALLY GET INTO SHAPE IN ORDER TO BACKPACK?

As long as you are medically cleared to do so, You CAN do this, but you must prepare. As a participant of this trip you will have access to my entire Virtual Library of exercises specifically for hiking. It is your responsibility to be prepared so you can enjoy your trip. Walk, jog, hike, bike, whatever gets you moving, lifting, and strengthening! This is not a solo hiker trip. It’s important for the entire group that you prepare adequately.


WHERE WILL I SLEEP?

We will all sleep in tents and use sleeping pads and sleeping bags for comfort. Your sleep system set up will be covered in the video library but no matter what your set up is, you are still sleeping in a tent on a sleeping pad. It may not be the most comfortable way you’ve ever slept, but it will be the most peaceful and beautiful! The night before the trip we will all stay in shared rooms at a hotel. 


UM... WHERE WILL I GO TO THE BATHROOM?

Outside! Some campgrounds have “pit toilets” (think outhouses) but you must come prepared to go to the bathroom outside. In the video library it discusses in length how to properly squat as well as some of Laura’s favorite tools to make going to the bathroom easy and hygienic. We highly recommend you practice this before the trip if possible. If you have the proper “tools” it’s really not as bad as you might think!


WHAT WILL I EAT?

Generally backpackers eat protein bars, trail mix, and other prepackaged snacks along with dehydrated meals. In the video library Laura will discuss the many food options and how to plan for enough food on the trip (but not too much 'cuz you don’t wanna carry it around for no reason!). And how to ALWAYS leave room for chocolate!


HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT GEAR TO BRING?

In the video library Laura will talk about one of the biggest things that overwhelms people--GEAR! But don’t worry, we will go into detail on what you need to have and give you options for either renting almost all of your gear (or the bigger ticket items at least) and/or finding good discounts on the gear you’ll need. The great thing about going with a badass group of backpackers is that we can share things and lighten our loads. Work smarter, not harder!


WILL I HAVE WIFI OR BE ABLE TO CONTACT LOVED ONES?

There is generally very poor cell service in the backcountry. While there is a chance your phone will work, it’s best to leave the itinerary with a loved one and not expect to talk with them until finishing your trip. Your loved ones will be able to “follow along” by using a link shared by Laura for her GPS tracker, something that can also be used for any emergencies or necessary contact.


DISCONNECTION is a beautiful thing. It brings clarity and freedom even if it feels uncomfortable at first. Lean into it and be technology-free for a few days! 


WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather in the Grand Canyon in October and November is generally really beautiful. Cool evenings around 25-35 degrees and sunny days between 55-65 degrees, but the bottom of the canyon is about 10 degrees warmer than the top generally making this time of year perfect! There is always a chance for random rain or snow in the fall so we prepare for it all! 


IS THIS DANGEROUS?

Yes, any time we adventure we are taking some calculated risks. Injuries, weather, and other unforeseen issues can arrive. Your guides have been trained to deal with these issues and will do all they can to prepare you to deal with whatever comes your way. We backpack as a team and support one another along the trip to ensure the least exposure to danger or problems possible.


I'VE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THIS BEFORE... IS THIS FOR ME?

If you’ve read this far and are still reading, then you’re obviously interested. If you have a zillion reasons why you can’t and shouldn’t do this, yet still find yourself reading…..then YES, THIS IS FOR YOU. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never camped or hiked before, it doesn’t matter if no one thinks you could do it, it doesn’t matter if it’s hard. It matters if you WANT to do it. If you do, then drop the excuses and lets frickin' go!