CANYON 2019, A hiking and exploration adventure at the Grand Canyon

October 2-6, 2019 Grand Canyon National Park

Days: 5   |   Group size: 12   |  Lodging style: Tents (Double occupancy) + Restrooms & Showers 

A hiking and exploration adventure at the Grand Canyon.

Explore the Grand Canyon from bottom to top in this awesome hiking adventure. We'll start off from Phoenix and pass through the beautiful town of Sedona (a spiritual mecca) for a short hike, lunch, and a little meandering through the city. Then, it's off to the Grand Canyon where we'll enjoy our private encampment and settle in for what's sure to be an incredible night under the stars. Experience the Grand Canyon from the bottom up as we explore inside, around, and above the canyon seeing this incredible area from every angle. Want to experience the area through the eyes of a park ranger? For those interested, we'll sit in on one of the informative Grand Canyon educational sessions. If that sounds awesome, it's all in addition to the extraordinary friendships you'll find along the way. Of course, if you're excited to catch up on some reading or catch a few extra zzzs, that's fine too. Choose as much or as little adventure as you want! All activity levels are welcome.

The Location

Mather Campground is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. Grand Canyon is one of the most inspiring landscapes on Earth and draws over five million visitors per year to its spectacular scenery. The campground is large and can accommodate a variety of needs and comfort levels. It is the only campground within Grand Canyon Village. Scenic overlooks, the park’s free shuttle bus system, the Visitor Center, the general store and hiking and biking trails are all within a few miles from the facility. The campground is at an elevation of approximately 7,000 ft. Summers are sunny with high temperatures generally in the 80s. Fall is mostly sunny and cool with the occasional snow. Weather is variable.
Mather Campground Tent Site

Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Phoenix, lunch and exploration in Sedona + Devils Bridge Trail, arrive Grand Canyon

Enjoy the comfort of premium transportation as we set out at 8:30a from Phoenix towards the Grand Canyon. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch (as well as on-the-road snacks) in Sedona, explore the city, and hike the short Devil’s Bridge Trail. Then, it’s on to the Grand Canyon where we’ll  arrive and set up camp. Then settle in with new friends for dinner and a relaxing campfire.

Day 2 - Exploring the inside of the Grand Canyon

After a hearty breakfast, the park is yours to explore. If self exploration is your thing, grab a buddy and hit the trails. Want to explore the inside of the canyon? We’ll hike Bright Angel or South Kaibab Trails as small groups. Then, we’ll enjoy some relaxation with plenty of photos on our memory cards and day 1 in the books. It’s dinner and campfire time.

Day 3 - Explore the rim

Wake up to the small of fresh coffee, and get ready for another exciting day of adventure. We’ll head out on a group hike to explore the rim of the Grand Canyon. This is an accessible hike that will be more about sightseeing than excursion. In the mood to try something else? Feel free to grab a friend and find your way to one of the many epic areas of the park with a bag lunch in hand. In the evening, we’ll enjoy the glow of the fire, and maybe some stargazing!

Day 4 - Climb the Desert View Watchtower

After refueling with your favorite breakfast items, it’s off to the highest part of this Grand Canyon adventure. We’ll climb the Desert View Watchtower for sweeping views of the area. Want to explore more of Grand Canyon National Park or relax around camp instead? That’s A-OK. The trip to the Dessert View Watchtower is optional. After a big day of adventuring or relaxing, it’s time for dinner and relaxing by the fire — another epic day in the books.

Day 5 - Desert View Drive, head back to Phoenix

Wake up will be a little earlier today so we can enjoy breakfast together and break down camp. Then it’s time to pack up and head back towards Phoenix. On the way, we’ll scope out the beauty of Desert View Drive and get a few more photos before the trip is over. We’ll be back in Phoenix by 5p.

What's Included

  • Three meals a day and snacks
  • Spacious rainproof tent
  • Professionally cleaned sleeping bag + sleeping pad
  • Communal cooking range + all cookware
  • Flashlight for personal safety
  • All camping fees
  • All transportation for the duration of the event
  • Event swag
  • Fire and s’mores supplies
  • Basically… everything!

What’s not included

You’re responsible for getting to and from the pickup point in Phoenix, AZ.

Additional terms and conditions here.

Accommodations

All tickets include rental of everything you need to comfortably tent camp:

  • Coleman Sundome 3 person tents (2 people per tent unless otherwise requested).
  • Sleeping bag, pad, flashlight.
  • Utensils, plates, cups, and other mealware are included.
  • Free tent camping is included with your ticket price.
  • All meals + snacks are included.
  • Lawn games are included

Are there showers and restrooms?

Restrooms are a short walk from the campsite in the main camping area. Coin operated showers are nearby (we’ll provide the coins).

Food

Three meals a day plus snacks will be provided, and we’ll prepare meals together. This is a sample menu, and we try to change up the menu daily.

We’ll do our best to accommodate food preferences regarding vegetarian and allergy needs.

Sample menu

Breakfast

  • Scrambled eggs
  • Turkey sausage
  • Pancakes or potatoes
  • Coffee / tea

Lunch

  • Cold cut or peanut butter sandwich
  • Fresh fruit and veggies
  • Chips
  • Soda

Dinner

  • Foil packs (hamburger, fresh veggies)
  • Yellow seasoned rice
  • Soda
  • Dessert: S’mores

 

Gear list

Below is a list of suggested gear to bring with you on your trip to the Grand Canyon. It’s not an exhaustive list, just a list that will help make sure you have the essentials. As you pack, think about these two ideas:

  • While we don’t expect any, there could be rain or falling snow. Backpacks should have waterproof covers (some are built into backpacks, so check yours), hiking boots should be waterproof, and clothes should be made of quick drying material (denim is ok to bring for a night on the town, but won’t be comfortable during a hike if they get wet).
  • Temperatures can vary between day and night, and from day to day. Think about dressing in layers (3-5 top layers that can be taken off and put on throughout the day).

Clothing

  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Athletic shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Short sleeved t-shirts
  • Long sleeved t-shirts
  • Woolen or thermal underwear
  • Warm hiking sock
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Gloves
  • Scarf

Shoes

  • Flip flops
  • Hiking boots
  • ‘Around camp’ shoe

Additional gear

  • Small day backpack with rain cover
  • Sleep mask
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Portable charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Bugspray
  • Charger for phone / camera / etc

Shower

  • Tote / bag for shower supplies
  • Personal items / toiletries

Q & A

Who attends?

Attendees are self identifying geeks, people working in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and/or people with geeky hobbies. It’s possible to geek out on just about anything. Don’t get too hung up on the definition. If the event sounds fun, you’re good-natured, and you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll fit right in.

Here’s a sample from attendee registration forms

What people are looking forward to

  • Human connection
  • Decompression
  • New relationships
  • Inspiring conversations
  • Networking
  • Great conversations
  • Bonding
  • Awesome people disconnected from the world

Talents people are bringing to camp

  • Art
  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Watercolours
  • Fire building
  • Accelerant application
  • Fire suppression
  • Juggling
  • Stretching
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Lip sync’ing poorly
  • Improv
  • Drumming

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Reviews

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Swaati Bhat

"I would highly recommend camping with Geek Adventures, specially if you are a beginner or first timer. One of the best hosts who is friendly, welcoming and makes sure you don't feel left out. I am glad we chose this event as our first camping in the US. I feel confident and am very keen to explore more camping events in future."

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Chris Carfi

GoDaddy

"Many of us in the technology industry are “in the flow,” seemingly 24/7. It’s critical to to get out from behind our devices, interact with others in actual conversation, and take time to process. With that time to reflect comes creativity and new ideas."

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Brad Williams

Web Dev Studios

"I didn’t know what to expect going to Camp Press. What I promptly learned is that was the entire point of the event—doing the unexpected, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, making new friends, having fun and serious conversations, and doing all of this without the normal technology that is always around us." 

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Becky Davis

Becky Davis Design

"Like most of us, I work from home. Working for yourself has a lot of advantages, but having a chance to chat with real people IRL on a regular basis is not one of them. Sitting around a campfire with real people disconnected from technology sounds very appealing."