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trek Grand Canyon
for St Andrew's Hospice

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Generally the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the whole experience of trekking in the Grand Canyon. The terrain is varied, but undulating at times and will be largely over sandy or rocky ground. We will be crossing a number of creeks, and some trails are less-maintained than others, so will be a little more strenuous. However, our main challenge will be the heat. The temperature often feels higher than it is as the walls of the canyon and the sand tend to reflect heat on to us. With the correct training and preparation, this trek is very achievable!

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes! We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Breacon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

 

We also run challenge briefings in Central London.

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - All British & Irish passport holders travelling to the US need to register their passport details online. This is known as an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation or ESTA Visa Application. You will be sent a visa help sheet about 3/4 months prior to departure, which will help you with the process of obtaining your ESTA Visa for entry into America.

 

Insurance - Yes - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations - Fit for Travel is a website that provides information for people travelling abroad: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk However, all participants must seek professional advice regarding required vaccinations for the US from a travel clinic or GP, providing them with full itinerary details.

life on the trek

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

Temperatures during the trekking season in the Grand Canyon are relatively pleasant during the day, 14 – 21°C. Inner canyon temperatures are more extreme, and Grand Canyon weather varies by location. The rims are at high elevations, and they will be cooler than the inner canyon, which is nearer sea level. At any location, Grand Canyon weather can change quickly, and we should be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions.

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food – We will be provided with three varied and nutritious meals a day and unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water whilst trekking. Breakfast will be at our accommodation each morning. Lunches will be packed-lunches whilst trekking, and evening meals will be freshly prepared in camp in time for your arrival on trekking days or when in hotels, dinner will be at a good local restaurant.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation - Accommodation will be a mixture of comfortable 3* hotels, motels and camping whilst on the trek. Our final night in Las Vegas we stay at a centrally located Hotel.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

Yes! Keen to stay on and explore more of the West coast? Perhaps continue trekking through Yosemite National Park, or spend some more time in Las Vegas. If you are interested in extending your stay out in the United States, a request will be made to the airline once we have your specific dates.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page, or the dates & prices tab to the left. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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