Marie Curie – Grand Canyon Event – March 2013

Marie Curie fundraising event to the Grand Canyon in March 2013

This event is now launched on the Marie Curie website  – you can now register.

At the moment the event will leave from London and the events team will arrange all transfers – this will cost  just a few £’s extra – although there is the possibility that a direct flight from NI could still be an option.

It is my intention to attend the Marie Curie fundraising event in 2013 to the Grand Canyon in America. The Marie Curie nurses are worth their weight in gold for the service they provide for terminally ill cancer patients. Any financial help has to be worth doing.

The itinery for the event is listed below but is subject to change – but it gives a good idea of what to expect. The trek covers about 83km over a 5 day period – can you do it? – why don’t you join me?

Day one: Depart

We fly from the UK to Phoenix where we’ll be met by our guides. We’ll transfer to the hotel where we have a briefing on the challenge ahead.

Day two: Phoenix to Oak Creek (10km) Photo below

After an early breakfast we transfer through the Sonoran Desert to Sedona. From here we have an acclimatisation trek of about 10km along Oak Creek. We stop for a picnic lunch before our transfers through Oak Creek Canyon to our hotel on the famous Route 66.

Day three: Oak Creek to Havasu Falls (16km) Photo below

We start early with a transfer to Hualapai Hilltop for the start of our trek. We join the trail at 5,400ft, following it as it switchbacks until it reaches a dry streambed and the trail begins to level out. After a trailside lunch, we descend deeper in the labyrinth of red sandstone. At 3,200ft we continue on the cottonwood-lined paths through the Indian village into the canyon’s back-country. A further 3km trek brings us past the Havasu Falls and into camp – home for the next three nights.

Day four: Havasu Falls to Mooney Falls, Beaver Falls and the Colorado River (25km) Photo below

Following breakfast at camp, our trek continues as we head deeper into the canyon, where we tackle our first challenge of the day – a testing descent at Mooney Falls.

We then continue into the stunning abyss until we reach a fork, and the choice of a ‘wet route’ or ‘dry route’ to reach Beaver Falls. The dry route avoids river and stream crossings. The wet route requires some light swimming and jumping from waterfalls.

After reaching Beaver Falls, we have a further 8km trek to reach the Colorado River, at which point we will be standing 1 mile below the rim of the canyon. From here we have a 12km trek back to our camp at Havasu Falls.


Day five: Havasu Falls to Tonto Platform and Carbonate Canyon (14km) Photo below

We leave camp after breakfast and trek up canyon to a hidden cleft in the cliff wall where we will be guided to the Tonto Platform – a broad rocky terrace between the Supai sandstone and the red wall sandstone. This section of the trek is a challenge, but we are rewarded with sweeping vistas across the Grand Canyon. We head back to our camp for lunch. We hit the trail again and hike up Carbonate Canyon. After experiencing the eerie darkness of the cave we have another 1.5km trek to more waterfalls, before the return trek to camp.

Day six: Havasu Falls to Las Vegas (16km) Photo of Grand Canyon Rim – below

We start very early this morning, leaving camp at 5am. We trek back along the same path that brought us to the canyon floor. The trek to the rim is long and hard, but reaching it brings us to the end of our challenge. We are transferred to Las Vegas for a celebratory dinner.

Day seven

We transfer back to the airport for our return flight to the UK.

Day eight

Arrive UK.

NOTE from me (Frank) 

As well as raising essential funds for Marie Curie – this would be a “once in a lifetime” trekking event.

Booking fee is (at the moment) £195 and then raising £2,950. Only 80% of  total funds must be in 11 weeks before departure and the following 20% is due 4 weeks after your return.

Over 18 months – it is only £170 per month to raise. If anyone is interested (Armagh Rambler) get in touch with me – it would be great to have some company Patricia and Ita can give us some fundraising tips. – Let’s go!!!!

You can help me raise  funds by sending a simple text – TEXT  – ESYL55 £2 or ESYL55 £5 or ESYL55 £10 to 70070.

You can also watch your donation being added to my running total  – JUST CLICK HERE



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