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Christine...
When is the best time to hike the Grand Canyon rim to rim?
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Grand Canyon National Park, Gear, Flora & Fauna, Hiking, Lodging
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Personally, I think Late September - October is the best time to hike in and around the canyon.  Rim to Rim takes a good while so you'll want plenty of daylight and pleasant temperatures. 

Check out this recent question that was asked/answered as well for some other insights: click-here!

Have a great trip!

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October to March, unless you like over 100 degree heat. Or start very early in the morning, get to Phantom Ranch, hang out all day, then hike out in the evening. Average time for a R2R is 6 hours. Its 14 miles from the North Rim to the Colorado River and 9 miles up to the South Rim. There is a 5000 foot drop into the canyon. Hiking down is easy, but the hike out if you are not in shape can be hard. Take plenty of water, stop often and take your time.

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Is the share your favorite park moments sponsered by hi tech gear over
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Auto/Motorcycle, Backpacking, Bears, Fly Fishing, Native American History, Guided Tours, Elk, Gear, Ranger-led Programs, Camping, Fishing, History/Culture, Hiking, Kids Activities, Safety, Picnicking, Touring
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Hi-Tec (not Hi-Tech) http://www.hi-tec.com.  You can find out more at http://www.ohranger.com/you.

The site will be up again on 7/14/10.

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The program is back up www.ohranger.com/you

Have fun, and good luck!

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vicki-ada...
Can I rent a canoe, row boat, or kayack at Lewis Lake
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Rowboats may be rented (first come, first served) from Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Bridge Bay Marina on Yellowstone Lake.

Other companies are permitted to offer guided services for canoeing, kayaking and motorized boating at Lewis Lake and other park locations. A full list is available here.

Check out the NPS Boating Page for more information.

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Urban Adventure Gear

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jennifer....
I would like to do some lake kayaking in Glaicer. Is there direct lake access or do I have to portage the kayak to get to the lakes?
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Read all the boating regulations and locations at Glacier National Park's homepage. Have a great time.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm

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christine
In Glacier, can you tie ropes to trees for tarps?
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As long as you're not doing any damage to the tree or the surrounding flora, then yes, you can tie a rope to the tree for a tarp.

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I am hiking down the Grand Canyon end of September (staying 2 nights @ phantom Ran. How much water will I need on the S. Kabob trail?
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This is a question we get a lot and a very good one.  For typical hiking conditions, three quarts per person per day is a good rule of thumb (depending on the length of the hike, the weather and your level of fitness).  However, for the Grand Canyon given the climate and elevation changes, we'd recommend at least 4-5 quarts per person per day.  Again, this is only a general rule of thumb so please make sure you are listening to your own body.  Dehydration in the Grand Canyon is a big deal and you will feel much more energetic when you are well hydrated.

Also, don't wait until you are "thirsty" to drink.  Allow for consistent stops along the way to drink before you feel you need it.  It'll give your body a chance to rest, your muscles will stay loose, and you'll remind yourself to look around a bit!


Enjoy!  Phantom Ranch and the Grand Canyon are special places!

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Augmented Reality: Zeal Ski Goggles

March 17, 2010, 11:29 am
When Avatar came out this winter in 3-D (and IMAX for the truly lucky) just about everyone on the block ran as fast as they could to see it. They're still running! And not just once or twice mind you, some people I know (generally sane people I might ...

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What can be burned in the fireplaces in Death Valley N.P.? Artificial logs?
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Anything can be burned in the sanctioned firepits in Death Valley NP, it just has be brought in or bought in the park.  All vegetation in the park is protected and CAN NOT be used or collected for fires!  Firewood and charcoal are available at the Furnace Creek General Store, or again, you can bring your own supply.  Fire pits or grates are provided at Furnace Creek, Texas Spring, and most of our other campgrounds.

For more information on local regulations and general rules for the park (and region) regarding fires, check with the area cvb or the NPS:

http://www.visitdeserts.com/death-valley
http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Have a great time, and be safe!

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Don’t Fear the Groundhog

February 9, 2010, 12:16 pm
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