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North America » United States » Arizona » Supai May 29th 2017

In order to avoid hiking during the hottest parts ofthe day, we had to wake up at 3:30am to ensure that we were on the trail by 4:30am. The night before, I had a bit of a panic attack while trying to sleep in my tent. My tent was still warm from the heat of the day which must have triggered my claustrophobia. Then my mind just wouldn't calm down. I started thinking about what would happen if I wasn't able to get any sleep. Would I be able to hike the 10 miles out without any sleep? What would happen if I wasn't physically able to hike out? All of this was racing through my mind and even a quick walk in the fresh air didn't seem to calm me down. Luckily for me, this ... read more
Switchbacks Back up to Hualapai Hilltop
Back at Hualapai Hilltop
Back at Hualapai Hilltop

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai May 28th 2017

Sunday morning we all awoke in high spirits and ready to enjoy all last full day in this desert paradise. Today's plan was to all hike together to some nearby waterfalls in order to enjoy the cool and refreshing waters. After two days of hiking and and tomorrow's tough hike out, we were all excited for today's relatively easy day. Alexei and Jeff first took us over to Fifty Foot Falls, an absolutely gorgeous waterfall that seems straight out of a tropical island paradise. The plan was to spend 1-2 hours just relaxing, swimming, and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding area. The water was cold but felt quite good as the morning slowly heated up. Eventually, we all got in and slowly swam closer to the waterfall. The force of the watefall combined with the ... read more
Navajo Falls
Navajo Falls
Fifty Foot Falls

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai May 27th 2017

I don't remember the last time I had gone to bed as early as I did last night. After such a long and strenuous day, it was much needed. We all awoke on Saturday morning fully energized after a much deserved good night's rest. After a delicious breakfast put together by Alexei and Jeff, we all put on our bathing suits and hiking shoes and filled our day packs with water for a full day of exploring. Our group would separate into two groups. Those of us who chose to do the longer more strenuous hike all the way to Beaver Falls would go with Jeff. Alexei would lead the other half of the group down to Mooney Falls and spend more time relaxing and swimming in the various swimming holes. Of course, the group split ... read more
Climbing Down the Cliff at Mooney Falls
Mooney Falls
Climbing Down Mooney Falls

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai May 26th 2017

For the longest time I have always wanted to visit Havasu Falls. It's turquoise blue waters just seemed like such a magical place to be. That and all the Instagram photos that I have seen has put this place on my bucket list. It's not an easy destination to get to which definitely adds to the allure. A permit is needed to visit as the falls are located within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. A permit here is not as simple as going on-line to obtain them. You have to call one of five different phone numbers and hope and pray that somebody picks up. I have been doing this for years with no success. If you happen to miraculously secure a permit, getting to the desitination is no simple matter. The nearest city is Flagstaff, Arizona ... read more
Looking Down Into The Canyon
The Wildland Trekking Group
Heading Out Into The Canyon

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai October 22nd 2011

Hello friends and fam around the world! This entry is a little closer to home but just as eventful as our many trips abroad. One picture..is all it took...of turquoise blue waterfalls cascading into pools and more pools at the bottom of massive canyons. These pools connected by winding stretches of shallow rivers running just fast enough to freshen life around them. Just as the one photo had sold us..so too had it worked for our friends in Seattle and Portland. Howie and Tara, Kieth and Leah and the always-trip-ready Pauly joined us for our 2 night trip out of Phoenix. Knowing that we had one mule with stingy pack limit, food and supplies was the biggest concern we had beforehand. Powdered this and dehydrated that made up our shopping list and we set off on ... read more
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Mooney Falls

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai June 14th 2011

How does this place exist and it seems like no one knows about it? It is called Havasuipai and it is an Indian Reservation attached to the grand canyon. We knew it was going to be a 8-11 mile hike (which was the on going debate), but we didnt know how tough, how hot or what we were getting ourselves into. We left Orange County at 7:30pm and drove 8 hours through the night. Warning: Drive slowly during the last 90 minutes of the drive. We received this warning from the website due to animals on the road, but who listens to warnings. It wasn't until we were going 60 mile per hour and saw a 12 foot tall elk like creature that we decided to heed the advice. The elk wasn't the last of the ... read more
Horse crossing
Dont Fall
One, Two, Three...Jump

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai June 4th 2010

In June of 2010 my family and I had one of our greatest adventures. We began by flying to Las Vegas and stayed at the Tahiti Village. It was an awesome place that had two giant swimming pools. One of these pools was a lazy river. This place was very family oriented and was a super place to stay. We then drove over the Hoover Dam and down the historic Route 66 to the Cavern Inns that is located just outside of Peach Springs, AZ. The Cavern Inns was nothing special, but it was the closest motel to the trailhead to Supai. We arrived at the trail head at 6:30 am to get an early start before the sun came up, and hiked 8 miles to Supai. The scenery was unbeleivable. As we walked you see ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Supai June 30th 2009

"Want to hike & camp in the Grand Canyon?" was what we asked eachother and my mom. "Hell yeah!!" was the obvious response. So we began preparing for the trip. A group of Couchsurfers were planning the trip and had all the details ironed out. Sure, we could have done the trip on our own and for a little cheaper but forking over the dough to them ensured a somewhat hassle free trip. The organizer used the money to pay for the transportation to & from the Canyon, camp fees, mules to carry in supplies, 3 meals a day, and a helicopter ride out. We paid significantly less than an actual tour guide would charge due to the fact that the organizer wasn't doing the trip to make money, but more so to show people the ... read more
debris from the flood
invasive ivy
the sky as we hiked in

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai June 26th 2009

"We're gonna Hava-Supa Time" read the forum post from one of the guys...and once I read that, I knew it was going to be true! It all started when I read a message on Couchsurfing.org about a trip a guy in Arizona was planning to the Grand Canyon. It was the pictures that grabbed my attention, and as I read more about the trip, I was hooked. Couchsurfing.org is a website that makes connections between travelers and local people in the communities they visit. It's a great idea-- if you know you are going to a specific place, you can look up the couchsurfers who are in the area, and you can see if anyone is available to meet you for coffee or dinner, or if anyone has any fun plans going on, and even if ... read more
Ready at the Trailhead
Trailhead Panorama
The CS Group at the Trailhead

North America » United States » Arizona » Supai May 29th 2008

We flew into Phoenix to meet up with an old college friend Eric and 3 of his other friends from grad school, Jason, Justin, and Ryan. The canyon was beautiful and so lush along the river. It makes you feel so small to look up as you are walking along and see that much cliff. It was by far the most physically demanding thing I've ever done but it was worth it. We felt so proud after hiking 36 miles in 3 days. On Friday we drove from Phoenix to Seligman, stopping in Prescott to do a little boulder climbing. I wasn't so sure about this at first but once you get up there it's really fun to climb over the rocks. I felt like a mountain goat! We had planned on sleeping in the parking ... read more
Jeff
Parking lot
on the way to Supai




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