A Grand Canyon raft trip is very active and hands-on experience, and it often includes daily canyon hikes in addition to being on the water. On these hikes, you?ll be treading through streams, climbing over large rocks, ducking under outcroppings and generally plodding over uneven ground. For this reason alone, we definitely recommend you implement an appropriate exercise program in the months prior to your trip. Now, this advice doesn?t mean that you have to be triathlon-fit to partake in our rafting trips. However, it does mean you will be able to appreciate the experience more if you aren?t huffing and puffing and whining and wailing. You?ll be able to look up and drink in the vast sights of the looming canyon walls, you?ll be able to appreciate the birds? melodies, you?ll be able to chat and chuckle with your companions; all experiences that you wouldn?t be able to thoroughly appreciate if you?re physically straining your unprepared body with every step. You?ll be able to participate in all the daily explorative hikes and will have a much slimmer chance of injuring yourself. The best part of being in decent shape on a whitewater rafting trip is rather than dragging and crashing at the end of the day, you?ll be exhaustedly exhilarated. Yes, there?s a huge difference! [iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8JKtmuUxdNg?rel=0" align="center" mode="normal" autoplay="no" aspect_ratio="16:9" maxwidth="700" grow="no"]
Grand Canyon Raft Trip: Your Next Adventure
Additionally, our Advantage Grand Canyon partial canyon trips (upper or lower canyon route) have an exceptionally challenging, 7.5-9.5 mile hike at the either the very beginning or tail end of the excursion. If you?re not in good shape and don?t plan to get there, we highly recommend you chose a trip that doesn?t include this difficult hike-in or hike-out. But, if you can hack it and are bound and determined to get in good-enough shape by the time your vacation rolls around, these trips that include the long, strenuous hikes are incredible and absolutely worth the extra effort! If you?re booked on one of the hiking-intensive trips and haven?t already began a regular fitness routine, then please, for the love of the Canyon and sake of your body, hit the gym and get out in the wilderness. Think of it this way, your Grand Canyon trip is an excellent excuse to follow through this year with your New Year?s resolution to get in shape! Start your cardio and resistance training regimen today so that you have plenty of time to build up your strength and stamina. Don?t be lazy about it and put it off until tomorrow. If you?ve booked a trip that includes a strenuous hike, you?d better give yourself many months of muscle strengthening and conditioning. Winter is a great time to begin. If you?ve booked a more relaxed trip, we still recommend you start building up your endurance a couple months before your start date as these trips are still very active. If you have additional questions about training for your trip contact us and we?ll be happy to provide additional information.