WHO IS SHERPA SAM?
Meet Grand Canyon local Sherpa Sam, a born storyteller with a lifetime of knowledge and experience hiking from Rim to Rim, exploring every trail and sleeping under the stars come rain or shine.
There is no bad day to go to the Grand Canyon.
Do you have a specific question about the Grand Canyon? Ask Sherpa Sam's about his personal favorite places, tips and recommendations as a born and raised Grand Canyon local!
But who is Sherpa Sam?
WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS?
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?
I was a US marine and served in combat. I was also a certified Public Accountant (retired) and Financial Wealth Manager. Now I'm a full-time Grand Canyon adventurer.
Hiking, music and traveling.
They are all unique and wonderful but I really like starting with the South Kaibab trail and coming out the Bright Angel trail.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT HIKING?
Pushing myself and seeing nature in the wild.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU?
Fun, charismatic, full of life and generally a good person.
WHAT'S ONE ITEM YOU SHOULDN'T FORGET TO BRING WITH YOU?
HOW SHOULD I PACK
FOR A HIKE DOWN THE GRAND CANYON?
Think in terms of ounces and not pounds. Don't forget to pack an extra pair of high quality hiking socks - or alternatively you can also wear two pairs of socks - because you will want to change them on your way back.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE GRAND CANYON?
WOW! Amazing creation of God. I'm out there every chance I get.
IF YOU COULD GIVE A TIP TO SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO HIKE THE GRAND CANYON, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A: If you're in good shape, get in better shape. If you are in poor shape, know your limits, don't lose heart and try an easier hike such as the Bright Angel Trail to Indian Garden. Of course walking along the rim is a sight to see and it isn't too strenuous except for the elevation. It can be snowing on top of the canyon and 't-shirt' weather at the bottom. If you hike down and back just know it is about 52,000 steps or 19 miles to the bottom and back out.