While hiking the National Grand Canyon during the winter months is considered to be an absolutely riveting experience, it has the potential to turn quite dangerous. Each and every single year, numerous individuals suffer from potentially devastating illnesses, severe injuries, and even die as a result of not being properly prepared for the cold and harsh wintery terrain within the national park. During the winter season, there are numerous inherent risks and hazards that must be considered and properly prepared for before embarking on a hiking trip through the park. In this multi-part series, we will be offering tips and advice that will ensure that you have the safest adventure possible while hiking through the Grand Canyon in the midst of winter.
Be Alert for Unforeseen Events and Natural Occurrences
In order to safely hike the National Grand Canyon during the winter months, you must start the process by being alert for unforeseen events and natural occurrences. According to professional hikers in the region, a safe hiking adventure is completely dependent on the routes that you elect to take and the weather that occurs during your trip. These individuals stress the importance of knowing and understanding that the routes that you take or the trails in which you travel are highly susceptible to issues, such as deterioration as a result of rockslides and icing, that could prove detrimental to your safety. You must ensure that you have the tools and supplies that you would need if faced with any unforeseen events and/or natural occurrences.
Basic Supplies Needed for Winter Hiking
There are several different types of basic supplies needed for winter hiking through the National Grand Canyon. These are as follows:
- The first and most important of all supplies that you will need for your hiking adventure is food. You should ensure that you bring along foods that contain a higher level of salt and that you make it a point to eat at least twice as much as you normally do. Cold weather increases the body’s metabolism and results in far more calories being burned than normal.
- Next, you will need water. You should have a combination of standard, purified water and water that contains a high level of electrolytes.
- It is always important to have a first aid kit that includes a large assortment of items such as bandages, wraps, over-the-counter medications, prescriptions, antibiotic ointment, and an antiseptic agent.
- You will require a flashlight, batteries, and an additional light source.
- You should bring along a shelter and a means to ignite a fire should you become delayed.
- Your clothing and footwear should be warm, water proof, and appropriate for hiking the National Grand Canyon during the winter months.
- You should ensure that you have a whistle, a flare, or a mirror that may be used for signaling. Remember, a cell phone is not enough because, in some areas, you will not have reception.
Thank you for reading Part 1 of our series, “Hiking the National Grand Canyon during the Winter Months”. Be sure to return next week as we continue to expound on this very important topic. In the meantime, be sure to check out our National Grand Canyon travel packages by clicking HERE.