Start: 12/16/2013 End:12/23/2013
Difficulty: Strenuous. This trip is application-only (application in trip description). Because of the length of the trip, along with the technical difficulty, we want to make sure you guys are up for the trip and know what you're getting into.
Join Connor, Clarke, and Adam on SC Outfitter’s first ever winter break trip. And boy, is it a big one!
We will be backpacking the Escalante Route of the Grand Canyon. This is a 6-day, 5-night trip that includes a life-list rim-to-river journey and so much more. “You also enjoy al fresco sleeping most nights on the river, a little class 3 scrambling, and crawling through a slot canyon—pretty much the whole spectrum of essential Grand Canyon experiences,” raves Southwest Editor Annette McGivney, who has written about the Escalante Route several times (including “Hike Through Geologic Time,” December 2001). “There’s no better route for the access, solitude, and scenery.”
That’s right. This is a difficult, often-off-trail route that will definitely be a fond memory for years to come. Expect snowy conditions on the rim and below freezing conditions at night.
This trip is application only. To access the application, please click here.
More information here. (We will be spending our 4th night at Hance Creek and our 5th night at the Cottonwood Creek campground)
Return: IMPORTANT!!! DEPENDING ON CONDITIONS EXITING THE CANYON, WE WILL BE BACK IN LA VERY LATE ON THE 22ND AND MAY NOT BE BACK IN LA UNTIL THE 23RD.
Pre-Trip Meeting: TBA
- Large-capacity (70+ liters) backpack (we can help supply you with one if you don’t have one)
- Sleeping pad
- Warm (rated 20 degrees or below) sleeping bag (we can help supply you with one if you don’t have one)
- Waterproof boots
- Bowl with a closing lid and utensil
- Warm clothing (recommendations below)*
- Synthetic shirt for hiking in
- Fleece top
- Puffy outer jacket
- Warm beanie
- Wool thermals
- Pants/shorts to hike in
- Two pairs of socks (one to hike in, one to stay always dry in sleeping bag)
- Sun protection
- Rain protection
- Rain jacket
- Rain pants (optional, but not a bad idea)
- Trekking poles if you have bad knees
- Personal toiletries (no deodorant!)
- Capacity for 4 (IMPORTANT) liters of water (4 Nalgenes, 2 Nalgenes and a 2 liter bottle, etc.)
SC Outfitters will supply tarp-style tents, stoves, pots, meals/snacks, water purification, first aid, and all other items considered group gear.
*Because we’ll be hiking in a desert, temperatures throughout the day/night will vary greatly. Please be prepared to deal with a wide range of temperatures on the trip.