Rafting in the Grand Canyon with Grand Canyon Whitewater can be very demanding on your feet. One minute you’re walking in the soft sand and the next minute you’re scrambling over rocks in a stream of water. Then you start hiking on hot, dry land and the rocks are jagged and rough. Sometimes you need good traction on a smooth, dry rock face as you slide into a pool of water where you need protection for your feet against unseen boulders. Pretty soon you scramble aboard a rubber raft and need to walk on tubes without slipping. You manage to sit and then the sun’s rays are beating directly down on your haven’t-seen-sunshine-in-years feet.
Your feet and shoes get wet, they get dry, then they get wet again. Camping is often on a sandy beach. It’s very tempting to go barefoot but JUST SAY NO! There are scores of dangers lurking for your bare feet. Rocks are everywhere for you to stub your tow. Sticks and thistles are mixed into the sand just waiting for your soft, little toes to puncture.
One of the worst offenders are new shoes/sandals. One little blister can be a constant presence for the rest of your trip. Even shoes that you’ve worn a lot before can get sandy and rub blisters. Whitewater rafting through the Grand Canyon is very demanding on your feet. Make your best choices for shoes; make sure they are broken in! If you buy new shoes, wear them for at least 30 days prior to your rafting trip. Don’t go barefoot. Ask the guides what to expect on hikes etc. Bring socks. Get medical attention from your GCW crew if you have the least bit of trouble brewing.
Protect your feet. You don’t want a pesky blister or cut to keep you from doing everything you want to do on your Grand Canyon Whitewater raft trip.
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