Grand Canyon 2005

 [hike smart]

Most of them look like him.

A surprising majority of victims rescued from Grand Canyon are young, healthy males between the ages of 18 and 40 attempting to hike to the river and back in one day. No matter what your age or health status, here are some tips to help you enjoy the Grand Canyon by Hiking Smart.

  • stay hydrated (drink plenty of water and electrolyte drinks)
  • avoid hiking in the heat of the day (10am to 4pm)
  • eat often (carbohydrates & salty foods)
  • rest often (sit in the shade)
  • get wet (wet your shirt, hat, & wear a wet bandana around your neck)
  • DO NOT attempt to hike down to the river & back in one day

 Sonia and Mark Lukens, Helen Johnson (San Diego)

Larry, LeilaBeth, Amelia Lukens (Albuquerque)

3 days - 2 nights


Enjoy the scenery

Celebrate Sonia's birthday

Catch a glimpse of a California Condor

Hike from Rim down to the Colorado River and back up in one day.


The scenery was fabulous,  we had a great birthday party, we saw a condor on day 2 surfing the rim.  Only nobody would hike down into the canyon with me - maybe the warning to the right explains why!


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