Saturday, May 30th, 2015

The Grand Canyon

Last year, a rare April blizzard caused us to cancel our Grand Canyon Adventure.  So we have planned a new trip for May 30, 2015!  
If you are able to join us, we recommend that you come to the Canyon the night before, on May 29th so it will be easy to meet us for the hike.  We would also encourage everyone to stay over on Saturday, May 30th after the hike, so that we can gather and review our day, so that the hikers who descend into the Canyon and the Rim hikers may share their experiences.  We have reservations at the El Tovar restaurant at 8pm for dinner on Saturday, May 30th.  We've invited the Ivy Council to join us for this adventure as well.

We are looking forward to our 2015 Yale Grand Canyon Hike.  We will be meeting at the large stone fireplace in the lobby of the Bright Angel Lodge at 10am on Saturday, May 30, 2015.  Be sure to bring your waivers to this meeting if you have not already mailed them to Robin and Howie.  We will have a short introduction to the Grand Canyon and a description of the hikes. You can decide which hike you want to participate in at that time.  Remember that the altitude is close to 7,000 feet above sea level, so be aware that people with heart or lung problems should check with their doctor beforehand.  There is a $25 per car entry fee to enter the park. There are no other charges aside from your own food and lodging.  We are planning a post hike get together in the evening following our hikes. We will meet outside the El Tovar Hotel on the canyon side at 7pm to share photos, watch the sunset and then have dinner together.


Hike Details:

Option #1 will be a hike led by Howie down into the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail.  Howie is an experienced guide and worked as a National Park ranger at the Grand Canyon for two years. We will descend through several geologic strata. These rock layers represent a trip backward in time of approximately 10 million years.  Howie will discuss the geology, biology and human history of the Grand Canyon.  Be sure to bring comfortable closed toe shoes, sunscreen, a hat, two liters of water, and a snack.  Dress in layers and bring wet weather gear just in case.

Option #2 will be a walk along the rim of the Grand Canyon with Robin.  Robin worked as a volunteer in the Visitor Center during the time Howie was a ranger. We will be riding the shuttle bus to Canyon overlooks where we will disembark to marvel at the vistas afforded by one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  We will ride the shuttle from the Village Route Transfer point all the way to Hermit’s Rest where there are restrooms, a snack bar, and a gift shop. This will be a very leisurely paced excursion as Robin has a reconstructed ankle and walks with a cane.  Robin will also talk about the Grand Canyon and what it was like to actually live at the Canyon.  Be sure to bring closed toe comfortable shoes, sunscreen, a hat, a liter of water and a snack. Dress in layers and bring wet weather gear, just in case.

When there is cell phone service at the Grand Canyon, you can call our cell phones:

Robin:  602-363-4488

Howie:  602-334-8040

Our email address:

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us.

***Note:  We have made a group accessible gmail account.

The account is:

The password is:  sunset2015

We set this up so people can use it as a central clearinghouse to be in touch with other hikers, ask questions, organize carpools or plan hotel room sharing.   Please feel free to discuss anything pertaining to the trip. Howie, Robin and hopefully other participants will frequently log in to see the topics being discussed.

Photo: Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr
Please RSVP to Robin and Howie:   When you RSVP, please indicate if you'd like to join us for dinner at El Tovar.

***There are a limited number of spaces to join the hikes which will be available according to the order of the RSVP’s received. 

We will also be sending out waivers that must be signed before anyone may participate on either of the hikes.  

Though the website for Grand Canyon lodges (click here) shows all hotels are full at this time, you can call them directly because rooms open up when other guests cancel previous reservations.  We recommend that you keep calling, daily, and most likely you will find a room.  

The Grand Canyon South Rim lodges are run by Xanterra. The toll free phone number for reservations is:       


Another option is to call Delaware North reservations which manage the Yavapai Lodge, which is also located within the boundaries of the park.

Delaware North:  1-877-404-4611

Another option is to stay in the town of Tusayan, which is located only about 6 miles south of the entrance to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Hotels include Red Feather Lodge, The Grand Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Canyon Plaza and Best Western Premier.

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