8. Challenges and Goals
Once you understand the components you need
to include for a well-balanced wheelchair, walking
and hiking training program, it is time to get
For hikers walkers, and caregivers, the conditioning
program included here assumes that you are
new to fitness walking and strenuous hiking
prior to joining iConquer. If you are a seasoned
wheelchair athlete, runner or previous hiker, then
use the information here as a supplement to your
As an iConquer 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 adventure.
NOTE: At the end 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
abilities, 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. For all participants, 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, having the correct chair, padding and gear is critical for the Rim Trail roll, and for in-canyon hikers, walkers, and caregivers, strong knees, proper socks and well-fitting shoes and boots are a must.