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I am planning a 2 man, 2/3 night hike to the Grand Canyon in September. As my name suggests, I do not like occupied places and would like to use a more remote trail. I have not yet decided on the trail I will be choosing. I was looking to do rim to rim, but I was told that it was too crowded that time of the year. I have a multi-part question, and I would like your responses.
But first, my profile. I live and work in California, and I do not have any experience with overnight hiking. Till now all my trips were day hikes because I did not have the resources. I have no idea about the gear requirements other than what a hiking company tells me. I was looking at this for guidance: http://www.justroughinit.com/pdf/resources_spring_summer_gear.pdf. However, I am reasonably fit. I do not own a car, and bike everywhere I go. I work out at the gym, and go for long rides on my bike on the weekends. So I was looking at a strenuous and challenging trail.
1. As this will be my first trip, is it advisable to do with on our own or let a hiking tour company take us through it for experience? This question is complicated because we will be unfamiliar with our gear, and the geography. But we want to avoid taking a guide, because it seems like they baby you through the whole experience. Between these two what would you recommend? Is there any other alternative?
After this discussion, I would like to discuss trail choices as well. Please humor this newcomer. :) If any of you feel that this discussion is too long for a forum, I will be happy to do it over email.