Canyon Odyssey 2013
An Arizona Trailblazing Adventure
Over four million people worldwide visit the canyons of Arizona, including the Grand Canyon each year but only a handful do more than snap a few photos. This is your opportunity to deeply explore the history and mystery of the awe-inspiring beauty and rugged wilderness that has been calling to explorer's hearts and souls for centuries.
Prepare yourself for a trip like no other, and an opportunity to commune with nature on a world class scale. Join 20 of your GS Cadette, GS Senior and GS Ambassador sisters as they discover the secrets of the Grand Canyon, witness Native American history at Walnut Canyon, raft the mighty Colorado River, and explore the breath-taking narrow passages of slot canyon. You will finish off your trip with a day of fun, learning and shopping in Scottsdale, Arizona! It's an experiential feast you will never forget!
You’ll spend your first two nights, in Phoenix, working together to hone your hiking, camping and teambuilding skills. The next day you’ll head out early for eight days in and around America’s geologic masterpiece, the Grand Canyon, the slot canyons, Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell, the Colorado River, Walnut Canyon and Oak Creek Canyon. To put a picture perfect finish on the trip, you will enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of world famous Scottsdale, Arizona.
Test your mettle and flexibility on this adventure. If you have an interest in the out-of-doors, hiking and camping this odyssey is for you. You should have the ability to hike 4-6 miles a day and have overnight primitive camping experience. You will encounter extreme temperatures and terrains on parts of the journey so physical stamina is a critical quality. High altitude could be an issue for asthmatics or those with breathing difficulties. Southwest deserts are arid and very dry so it is suggested that you be well hydrated before you arrive and mainitain it throughout the trip (drink lots of water)!
You will need hiking boots or shoes that have already been broken in. First Aid/CPR certification is recommended but not required.
A $100 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this event. (It's part of the event fee, not in addition to it.)
You'll need to finance your round-trip transportation to/from Phoenix, Ariz., and your spending money. You will be picked up and delivered to the airport, so you needn't worry about transportation, lodging, or food once you arrive. It is recommended that you bring some personal spending money if you want to buy souvenirs or do some shopping on your final day in the Scottsdale.
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