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Date Saturday  4/25/2015
Group State CMC
Event Title Best of the Grand Canyon – Colorado River Raft & Hike 2015
Status Approved
Leader Blake Clark
Member Price $4,465.00
Non-member Price $4,600.00
Available Participants 3
Type Outings


Grand Canyon, Arizona 12 Day Raft & Hike Trip from Lee's Ferry to river mile 188 at Whitmore Wash on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.


The trip is ALL INCLUSIVE from the time we meet the outfitters at Lee's Ferry until we return to our vehicles for the drive home.  It also includes one night's lodging before the trip at the Cliff Dweller's Lodge in Marble Canyon, AZ.

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LEADERS:  Blake Clark and Rosemary Burbank, Please contact leaders for availability




LEADER QUALIFICATIONS:  The leaders have led this CMC GC Raft & Hike trip 7 times from 2008 - 2014. They have also led 4 trips to Yellowstone for the CMC.  They have been on 27 one-week Grand Canyon backpacks.)


TRIP DATES:  April 25 - May 7, 2015



TRIP OVERVIEW:   This unique trip to the Grand Canyon offers participants the opportunity to experience this World Heritage Site on a motorized raft for 188 miles through the best of the canyon, departing from the historic Lee’s Ferry and ending with a helicopter ride from Whitmore Wash and a plane flight back to the start.  It is especially ideal for those who would like to hike in areas that can be reached only from the river, and those who have always wanted to experience the canyon but who do not wish to make the 7 mile, 4500’ trek in and out.

The Grand Canyon, designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1979, is among the Earth’s greatest ongoing geological spectacles.  About 65 million years ago in Earth’s shifting, a huge area of land was lifted a mile and a half above sea level, forming what is now the Colorado Plateau.  For the last 6 to 10 million years, the Colorado River has been slowly carving its way down through the center, exposing 2 billion years of geological history.  There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.

Our outfitter, Hatch River Expeditions, has been guiding river trips through the canyon for over 75 years.  We will have 4 guides and 20 participants on two 35’ S-rig boats running 30 hp 4stroke outboard engines (fuel efficient and quiet).  Each boat holds 18, so for this trip we will have plenty of room.  An average motorized raft trip through the Grand Canyon is for 7 days with short daily hikes.  Hatch is adding 5 days to the trip with over 100 possible hikes, depending on the group’s interest and the weather.  They offer us daily-guided hikes at different hiking levels, or one may choose to rest in camp.  There are several opportunities for point-to-point hikes where we may hike from one drainage to the next and the raft will pick us up later in the day.



SKILLS & TRAINING REQUIREMENTS:  For maximum enjoyment, one may wish to participate in several CMC hikes prior to the trip. The hikes will vary in difficulty in the range of the CMC levels of B, and C.  In general, a couple hiking levels will be available on most days.  There is always the option to take the day off and rest in camp or at the river.  All of our hiking will take place below the altitude of Denver (the river is at about 2,500 feet).  Because this is the desert, one must be able to adapt to the heat and cold.  Some of the hikes offered will be full day hikes of significant distance and altitude gain.  Many hikes may follow a social trail or are off trail.



INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE:  Hatch provides all meals, snacks, eating utensils, life jackets, tents, cots, camp kit, camp chairs, and arranges the helicopter and plane rides back to the put-in.  The camp kit includes a sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping pad, ground cloth, and waterproof bag.  The park entrance fee is included.The cost of the


Limit: 18.  This trip must fill one year in advance.



•    Trip deposit of $500 is payable to the CMC at time of registration.
•    $300 of this deposit is non-refundable.
•    Final payment is due November 14, 2014.
•    For cancellation on or before November 14, 2014 there will be a refund of $200 ($500 less the $300 non-refundable fee).
•    Any refunds for cancellations after November 14, 2014 will be made only if a qualified replacement is accepted.
•    Travel insurance is recommended.