Hiking in the Grand Canyon is a little different from other typical backpacking trips. Hiking in Grand Canyon starts at the highland and you’ll be going downhill. Due to the heavy pack on your back, you may get blisters or knee and ankle injuries. In this case, the first advice is that you should prepare a first aid case and enclose materials for blister prevention and treatment, as well as supportive elastic wraps. Try to simplify your package, and a hiking stick will do a lot of help.
Don’t flaunt your superiority by walking fast. The perfect pace is that you can talk freely while you are walking. Sometimes you may think that you are walking too slowly, but this is good for your body to save energy. If the path is steep, you need to walk at the pace of a baby. In this way, the feeling of tired and weak will be minimized and you can better enjoy your trip.
The inner canyon is a desert, much different as the experience of mountain hike. The hot and dry environment will cause heat exhaustion. The symptoms come first as loss of appetite and thirst, then develop into extreme fatigue, headache, nausea and vomiting. The best way to prevent this is to rest, eat and drink, but full recovery may take days. So never hike during the mid-day (Heat stroke is a life threatening illness caused by heat), and hike in late afternoon or after dark with a flashlight is a smart alternative.
A more serious illness is water intoxication. This illness may occur when you drink too much and eat too little. The symptoms include behavioral changes, diarrhea and unconsciousness, which need hospitalization. You can prevent the illness by eating, and consider using electrolyte drink mixes or sport drinks to supply the water need.
Your body spends more energy than normal when you are hiking, so you need to eat more than usual. It is wise to prepare at less twice the food you usually need, and eat before, during and after the hike.