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You finally nabbed a highly coveted lottery ticket to Havasupai, a mystical, other-worldly mecca of turquoise waterfalls. Your reservation is secured, you’ve created a checklist, and laced your hiking boots. You’re nearly ready for an epic adventure of a lifetime, but first you want to ensure you’re fully prepared for what is yet to come. 

You’ve likely ended up here in hopes of gaining insider knowledge on how to best prepare for your upcoming Havasupai trip. Luckily, I’ve been to Havasupai a time or two and can confidently share with you my tricks and tips to making the most out of your time at this incredible destination.

  1. Make a Reservation – Unfortunately, the hike to the Havasupai Indian Reservation is not one you can do at your own leisure. The waterfalls of Havasupai are on tribal land outside of the Grand Canyon National Park’s jurisdiction, and therefore you must preselect the date you’d wish to hike well in advance. You can do so by calling the Havasupai Tourism Office at (928) 448-2121.

  2. Be Open to Multiple Dates – Due to the increasing popularity of this destination, it is unlikely you will get to hike here on the exact day you desire. Instead, you must be open to multiple different days throughout the year. For better chances of obtaining your dates of choice, try to reserve your spot as soon as reservations open in the beginning of the year.

  3. Consider the Weather – The weather you’ll experience at Havasupai can be unpredictable. In summer, temperatures can soar as high as 80 degrees by 9am. In early September, you may be hit with torrential downpour during monsoon season. It’s best to check the weather prior to your trip and up until your trip to pack appropriately and plan your hike-in/hike-out times.

  4. Bring Waterproof Supplies – It’s no secret that the main draw to Havasupai is the other-worldly water that flows through the reservation. You’ll likely want to get in the water at some point. I’d advise bringing a waterproof camera case and waterproof shoes to ensure your technology and feet stay protected.

  5. Prepare for No Wi-Fi – Internet connectivity is spotty at best near the campgrounds, and nearly non-existent on your hike into the Supai Village. While there is Wi-Fi available once you reach the main village, you will quickly lose it as you hike the additional two miles to the campground. Prepare for a few days of limited cell phone service and let your loved ones know this in advance.

  6. Bring Garbage Bags – It’s important to remember that you are visiting protected land on your trip to Havasupai. The Havasupai people work diligently to keep the area clean, however it is your responsibility to pack out what you pack in. Bring garbage bags and clean up after yourself to keep this area well-preserved for future generations.

  7. Train Beforehand – While the hike to Havasupai isn’t incredibly long, it can be taxing from the heat as well as your pack weight. If you’ve never done an overnight backpacking trip, you likely aren’t used to carrying a heavy pack on your back while hiking. To avoid feeling unprepared, train for this hike beforehand. Wear a weighted pack on shorter trails, slowly working your way up in mileage to build your endurance.

  8. Bring Plenty of Water – A ten-mile hike, no matter how seasoned of a hiker you are, is no easy feat. Combine ten miles and hiking in the blistering hot sun and you have a recipe for potential disaster. Stay hydrated by bringing plenty of electrolyte drinks and water to get you eight miles to the village. There you can restock your supplies, but until then, stay safe.

  9. Get a Good Night of Sleep – Prior to hiking, make sure you get a good night of sleep. There are hotel options about an hour away from the Hualapai Hilltop, or you may also camp out at the Hualapai Hilltop the night before. Either way, make sure you’re well rested to fully enjoy your hike.

  10. Check Out All 5 Waterfalls – Most people are aware of the iconic Havasu Falls. However, the other four waterfalls found in the area deserve equal attention. Be sure to check out Lower and Upper Navajo Falls on your way to the campground as well as Mooney and Beaver Falls just past the campground area.

Now that you have enough knowledge under your belt to prepare for your upcoming trip, it’s time to get to planning! By following the aforementioned tips, hopefully your trip will be a safe and memorable one you can look back on with joy for years to come.

Chelsea Alves is the founder and creator of Sun Kissed Hiker, an outdoor adventure blog that features useful outdoor tips and highlights a new hiking destination each week. While she is based in San Diego, her adventures take her far beyond California, inspiring you to get out there and explore all the natural wonders this world has to offer.

Tribute Outreach Program

September 26, 2017

What if all aspects of business were viewed from the lens of a partnership? When both parties of a business relationship views such as more than just a transaction, the beauty of maximizing GOOD can be achieved. The Tribute Outreach Program personifies Wild Tribute’s mission beyond the dollars and cents that make-up our 4% donations to organizations that support America’s most wild and historic places. A partnership is accountability. Our Tribute Outreach is the vehicle that allows us to formally maintain authenticity with both our partners and conscious consumers by providing transparency and detail behind the notion of #4theParks.

At the core, Tribute Outreach is proof in the pudding that we’re making a difference, TOGETHER. As the calendar flips from month-to-month, courtesy of our valued partnerships with Cooperating Associations and similar non-profits throughout our national parks and public lands, we’ll be bringing you stories of impact, metrics of positivity, and enlightening change driven by the conscious buyer’s dollar. Be it facility or trail maintenance, interpretative programming, habitat restoration, adventure exploits for the underprivileged, or the like, keep an eye for our occasional updates detailing GOOD in progress.

That said, we would like to express our most sincere “thank you” to all of those who allow Wild Tribute to even consider such a program. The word gratitude does no justice for the boots-on-the-ground work performed day-in and day-out by our partners. In fact, we hope bringing light to their priceless undertakings inspires you to contribute more of yourself to where legacy roams in form of advocacy, time volunteering, or supplemental financial support. We’re inspired everyday by the stewardship of our partners and conscious supporters that embodies the magic of our public lands. Your passion fuels ours and defines why our mission’s output continues to transcend our wildest dreams.

Have you always wanted to go into the national parks back country, sleep next to a pristine lake, on a mountain side, off the beaten path, in the middle of a dense forest, next to a campfire? Have you looked at your friends photos or social media and been jealous of these places? Backpacking is fun and takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world. It doesn't have to be tough - check out these 5 tips on backpacking in a national park so your first trip is as enjoyable as possible.

 


1) Backpack with friends who have experience.

Always go with someone for your first backpacking trip. Not only will the "pros" show you how everything is done and can give you extra tips, but you will have great company. Friends can help show you how to pack your pack, give advice on lowering your pack weight, and encourage you to keep going when you your lowest. Friends give you support and someone to watch your back – a wingman or wingwoman! Backpacking with friends gives you people to share not only an adventure with, but an experience. So often when you get home from an epic trip, you’re other friends or family aren’t that interested in your adventures because they just can’t relate; your friends understand the excitement and bond that come from that trip and can help you relive that experience.


Tip: Talk to your friends about what you are most concerned with. They will encourage you and support you with your concerns, and offer solutions that are realistic.

 



2) If you have new gear, such as a tent, practice setting it before hitting the trails.

Use your living room, your yard, a garage - wherever you can to practice using your gear before you head into the National Park. Not only does practice make perfect but you won't run into any surprises while setting up camp. Setting up a tent a dusk in the woods, when everyone is tired and hungry, is not the best time to learn. Also learn to pack your tent up yourself when it’s time to head out, so you know exactly where each piece of the tent is, including the stakes.

Tip: Invest in a lightweight tent (under 4 lbs) and down sleeping bag (under 2-3 lbs) that will last for years to come. When you first start backpacking you can borrow or rent gear from people, but having your own tent and sleeping back creates your own “space” and comfort.



3) Only go for one night.

Going for one night will allow you to see what gear you will actually use versus what gear you think you'll use. It's a good time to get used to your pack weight without causing the usual hip bone bruises or shoulder rub. The first night hiking in you may have your pack set up a certain way, but on the way back, you can move items around to be more comfortable or organized better.

Tip: Keep your first backpacking trip to under 2-3 miles your first time. If you forget something, or get too cold you won’t be far from the car.


4) Consider bringing a dog along

Whether you travel in a group or solo, having a dog tag along not only provides for companionship and entertainment, but also a sense of protection. Dogs will alert you of wildlife, or anything suspicious. They also provide for comfort when feeling down and warmth on cold nights. Find out if dogs are allowed in the National Park you plan on going to, and if they need to be on or off leash. Most National Parks have several restrictions on dogs, if they are even allowed at all. Keep in mind that some dogs get more nervous in a confined space such as a tent, and if he/she is eager to get out their claws can go right through a mesh door in no time.

Tip: Have your dog carry its own pack. The dog will feel like it has a job, plus he/she can carry its own food and dog poop bags.

 

 
5) Be prepared for Weather

While backpacking The Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, we hiked 19 miles in pouring down rain. This wasn't a little sprinkle - it was a full blown rain storm with thunder and lighting. I was very thankful I had packed the necessary rain gear to help keep me dry and comfortable. I was very glad I brought a second dry wicking t-shirt and long sleeve to warm me up after taking off the wet stuff. Always check the weather before heading out, and when in doubt, throw a raincoat, extra shirt, or beanie in your pack.
Tip: Always keep 1-2 packets of hot chocolate or tea in your pack to warm up.


Alicia Baker is owner of “Girl on a Hike”, a blog that follows Alicia and her hiking companion, Charlie, a Golden Lab, on their outdoor adventures. She has lived in Utah for four years, and loves exploring everything from the High Uintas to the San Rafael Swell and desert. In 2016, she and Charlie hiked and backpacked 700 miles. “Girl on a Hike” has been awarded as one of the Top 100 Outdoor & Hiking Blogs in both 2016 and 2017. You can reach her at girlonatrailmail@gmail.com or on Instagram & Facebook @GirlonaHike.

 


#ParkChat is a Twitter Chat powered by the #ParkChat hashtag on Wednesday evenings at 9pm ET. Love our public lands and National Parks? Join the banter and fun where discussion revolves around a different topic each week centered on all things, everything Parks! Established in April 2014, #ParkChat was created by @59NationalParks and @Wild_Tribute with the common goal to provide a platform of conversation and community around subject matter that holds a dear and passionate place in many of our hearts - the Parks!

How it works?

Tune in every Wednesday at 9pm EST by searching #ParkChat in your Twitter search box. Follow the questions of #ParkChat moderators, @59NationalParks and @Wild_Tribute, and answer accordingly by notating what question your tweet is related too and inserting the #ParkChat hashtag at the end of your tweet! Examples of past and future #ParkChat topics: "Park Favorites", "The 100 year Centennial", "Parks by the Numbers", "Park Conservation and Safety", etc.

The Potential?

A natural sound board for organizations who live and breathe our public lands, serving both our country's most prized treasures and the living beings that visit them (and live within). Organizations that exist for the broad public and our natural and historical surroundings are always looking for a way to better connect with their constituents. When it comes to #ParkChat, nothing may be more genuine and insightful...not to mention entertaining and fun!

What can you do?

What if every National Park unit, public lands NGO, state park, etc. participated in #ParkChat along with their devout following to do the same? Can you imagine the feedback, perspectives, new ideas, and heightened levels of connection? It's a no brainer.

America's Best Idea must maintain just that! It's imperative our Parks and Public remain in the forefront of discussion and awareness, especially with our youth. If the younger generations of our country don't recognize and embrace their birthright of unrestricted joy and freedom in our nation's most treasured natural and historic places, America's Best Idea could become an afterthought. A social media driven initiative such as #ParkChat attracts all demographics, but has the most potential with whom the discussion needs to impose upon most - our young minds and active adventurers!

Join and re-join the movement to explore our own backyards and SEE AMERICA. Join the dialogue in bringing Parks to the forefront of the American public. Join the good-natured raillery, the community, and the educational oasis of #ParkChat. Raise your voice and be the difference in conversation. Leverage your platform and inform those who support you and those you work closely with to do the same. A passionate community with a common goal, is a force for good and lends to the ultimate "...benefit and enjoyment of the People". #ParkJunkies unite!

 


Bold.  Recognizing revenue and profits are necessary for a business to survive but purpose beyond income is what make a business thrive.  Brazen.  Creating value for not only the shareholder, but the shareholders of our country and on a larger scale, our planet.  Presumptuous, yet absolute.  Business is the most powerful man-made force on the planet.

Too often we allow the mistakes of others overshadow the good.  Yes, banks are oversized and corporate scandal frequents our headlines; however, the power of commerce has a much brighter, positive side.  This known fact has been exploited by many past and present, but the time is now to fully embrace the capacity of capitalism and leverage it for the benefit of all.

While the idea of social responsibility won’t strike anyone as new, a different argument can be made pertaining to the concept of conscious business and there within conscious consumption.  A mission that demands transparent, actionable impact changes the long-standing ho-hum meaning of Corporate Responsibility.  

At Wild Tribute, we opted to never lose sight of why we're in business by marrying the notion of why we do what we do - 4 the Parks - to our financial commitment of 4%.  Keep it simple, right?  Furthermore, to place our money where our mouth is, we choose to strip away the complexities of overhead, taxes, general expenses and pair our contributions to revenues.  No matter what, when money comes in, money goes out in the greatest capacity possible not only for the welfare of our parks and public lands, but for the betterment of us all.   

Our passion to uphold and protect where legacy roams within America's Best Idea led us to recognize the government and nonprofit sector cannot adequately accommodate this task on their own.  The power of business may very well be the linchpin to ensure our national parks and public lands are enjoyed for the benefit of all in the generations to come.  Wild Tribute may be a small piece to the entire equation but perhaps a catalyst of much more.  Support us in our efforts and join us in the everyday pursuit 4 the Parks, together we can make a difference!

 




Have you heard?  Flow397 is now Wild Tribute!  Before we unpack the details behind our decision to change course from our roots in flow, let’s get one thing straight, regardless of new company name, tagline, and overall look, we remain the brand that loves our national parks and public lands as much you!  In fact, if it’s even possible, we can make the argument that we love them more, particularly if we’re speaking in terms of our financial commitment. Wild Tribute has raised the bar donating 4%, rather 3.97%, of the proceeds from every item it sells to organizations that ensure our nation’s most historic and wild places are supported for generations to come.  So naturally, you must be wondering, why?  


In November 2016, after several months of extensive deliberation, we announced our intent to re-brand with the goal of more clearly communicating our mission and values. The name Wild Tribute accurately captures our organization’s reverence for America’s national parks and public lands and our profound desire to give back to them.  Further, fully recognizing the parks are why we do what do, 4 the Parks emerged as a natural rally cry and tagline, thus altering our donation to 4% was a simple decision.  Pretty straightforward, right?


One last thing.  We did all of this in tandem with moving the company’s headquarters to our new beautiful home, Salt Lake City!  Now that our backyard - literally in every direction - is full of parks and public lands, we are more dedicated than ever to pay tribute to where legacy roams.  4 the Parks, for you and for all, together, we are making a difference.  Thank you for your continued support.  Please visit our new online store, www.wildtribute.com, as well as our social platforms to take part in Wild Tribute’s new chapter!