8. Challenges and Goals
Once you understand the components you need to
include for a well-balanced walking and hiking
training program, it is time to get moving.
Remember, the conditioning program included
here assumes that you are new to fitness walking,
casual and strenuous hiking prior to joining Conquer
The Canyon. If you are a seasoned runner or
previous hiker, then use the information here
as a supplement to your current regime.
As a Conquer The Canyon participant, it is your
duty to complete a comprehensive self-evaluation
form to decide which portions of this program best
suits you. Keep in mind that on each hike there are
multiple distances and levels of difficulties from
which to choose. You can select the one that best
fits your goals.
We want to be sure we get you on the correct team
and the information you provide us in your initial
and follow up forms is key. So whatever your goal,
whether it be hiking far and fast, a more casual
paced and interpretive hike, to simply hiking with
your choice of friends, use this guide as a starting point and begin training at a level that is best for you. Please remember, there are NO EASY trails during our hike.
NOTE: At the midpoint of your training program, you will be asked to complete a progress survey. The information you provide will allow us to modify the website content so that it caters to your hiking ability, fitness level and interests.
The physical demands of hiking the Grand Canyon are in stark contrast to those found in fitness walking or hiking on relatively flat terrain. We are providing you with detailed trail description for our hike, so please read them so that you can train wisely and enjoy your entire adventure.
Remember, strong knees, proper socks and well-fitting boots are a must.