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  • 8

    NATIONAL PARKS TREK

    It was an excellent trip!  Plenty of variety and the scenery was astonishing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Half Dome - and going down to the Colorado River, descending down the Grand Canyon and back up in a day - both were great achievements.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The two group leaders were outstanding.  It was relaxed and great fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have an open mind - and sleep under the stars instead of under canvas, if possible.  Go over-budget when shopping for the evening meal at the supermarket - it makes the evening conversations interesting.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The geology of those regions are very special.

  • 10

    Bears at Yosemite

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole trip was very good. It is very difficult to say this was better than something else, but seeing the bears walking through our campsite at Yosemite was really something. During the night I was listening if I could hear them, and yes every night they came and walked around and tried to find some food. And the rangers shouting "Get out of here bear, get out".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leaer "Emiko" was a good leader. She knew a lot about the places we visited. She was also very fit and was always walking quite fast.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When they would go in September (end September - October) they should take very warm clothes. In Bryce it was at night - 7°C, and the ice was on our tents. In the morning you needed gloves while you were eating your breakfast, this nearly during the whole trip (except for Zion where it was warm)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sometimes long drives, and we were only 10 people in a van with 12 seats, it was a bit cramped. Not enough room to strech your legs.

  • 8

    A very good trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite NP. Seeing Bryce Canyon by horse. First view of the Grand Canyon in helicopter.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two leaders - on the whole they were very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I went in the beginning of October and thermals would have been useful at night in  some of hte places. None of us realised quite how cold it would be. A Sigg bottle with some hot water pretty much did the job for most people.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The landscapes were amazing - all in all it was a very good trip - would recommend it.

  • 10

    Half Dome and Angels Landing were the Highlights

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Viewing Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point is the best view I've ever seen - even better than the Grand Canyon. The silver granite gives Yosemite a unique character compared to the other National Parks we visited. The view across to Half Dome is just incredible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and accommodating.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go up Half Dome (in Yosemite) and Angels Landing (in Zion) if you possibly can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Scenery on a grand scale!our 2 tour leaders

    Our two tour leaders introduced themselves, and said that their aim was to give us the best holiday we had ever had. They succeeded ! Each day we found ourselves in the most awesome ( and I don't usually use that overused word!) grand scale landscape of desert and rocks, canyons and cacti. Walking in this scenery was the best way to appreciate it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Oh, so many! I leaned against a cool cave wall listening to our Navaho Indian guide drumming and singing. I did a day walk in the desert heat of Canyonlands National Park, and marvelled at the beauty of the immense natural rock garden.....sand, red rocks, flowering cacti, shrubs and architectural dried twisted tree trunks,.. Far better than any man made garden. I waded 7 miles through the Virgin River in the Narrows at Zion National Park, with the canyon walls soaring high above. I watched sunrise and sunsets paint fabulous colours on the Grand Canyon, Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, the red spires of Monument Valley and the pink and orange Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. ..........Every day was a highlight! And we ate our lunches and 2 dinners in spectacular surroundings.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan and Brendon were fantastic leaders, and worked hard to make sure we got the most from our holiday. They were extremely knowledgable, good drivers, well organised, communicated clearly, and looked after us really well. On tricky scrambling or precarious parts of the walks, they gave confidence, and respected our limitations. They were fun and friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothes for all seasons ! We had snow, hail, rain, wind, as well as a lot of sun and heat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    National Parks Walks

    10 days of the most amazing scenery &amp; fun activities. Each of the National Parks we visited was stunning, and all very different. Good variety of walking trails, lots of photo opportunities, very comfortable hotels, and excellent guides. Quite a full-on itinerary, some long drives, but a perfect way to see a lot of beautiful things in just 10 days.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I don't think I've had so many stand-out moments from a 10 day trip before. Often many in a single day... The first sight of Delicate Arch, and then just sitting there with it in front of us, waiting for the sunset, while eating dinner carried up by our guides. Sunrise at Bryce Canyon - really special. First view of Grand Canyon - lit up at sunset - wow! Angels Landing, Zion NP - after you've done it you don't think of it as being that scary.... but before you do it, when you are looking at the way ahead, it looks pretty terrifying!! Wading through the Narrows in Zion - a lot of fun. A fantastic walk through Canyonlands NP including squeezing through the Joint Trail.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan &amp; Brendan were outstanding - full of enthusiasm &amp; information about everywhere we went. On the first day they told us that they wanted to make this the best holiday ever, and then proceeded to do everything they possible could to make that happen. Lots of optional activities, sunset / sunrise trips, anything anyone asked for seemed to be possible. They organised some nice early starts, which meant we were on the trails before they got too busy (perfect for Angel's Landing), and also so we got the most out of every day. They also cooked a great BBQ at Dead Horse Point - another highlight.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take clothes for all weathers - it was freezing cold at the Grand Canyon &amp; raining (some snow on the ground the next morning), .. and then a couple of days later in Canyonlands we were scorching in shorts and worrying about the heat! Proper water bottles are good - loads of places to fill them up. I'm not used to such luxury accommodation - very comfortable - no need to take a hairdryer or a travel towel!! You do spend a lot of time on the bus, but it is a lovely bus and everyone is encouraged to sit in different seats each day to share the pain of the wheel arch seats at the back. Some long days, but I think that's a good thing (much better to pack loads into 10 days rather than have 3 weeks at a slow pace and more expense!) If seeing Las Vegas is your thing, then book some extra nights there - otherwise no time. I was worried that paying for all the meals on top would be expensive - it wasn't at all - we could buy our own supermarket food for breakfast and store it in cool boxes in the trailer (so if you don't eat big brekkie - bargain!). Guides also organised a lunch kitty - we paid $53.30 each and for that had 8 picnic / packed lunches plus 2 dinners (and we ate a lot....) So that only left the remaining dinners to pay for, which weren't expensive. You need to get into the habit of tipping all the time!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved this trip. We had a different itinerary than was originally advertised - we were supposed to start with Zion, then go clockwise ending at the Grand Canyon and then the Havasupai Reservation. But we couldn't stay at the Havasupai, so our trip was changed to start at the Grand Canyon and end at Zion, with an extra day at Moab and the Grand Canyon instead. Which I think worked absolutely perfectly. Seeing the Grand Canyon was the big thing for me, so it was great to "get it over with"! at the beginning of the trip, then I was still blown away by everything else we saw afterwards. Starting the final day with the walk to Angels Landing was just a perfect way to end. It was hard to believe a few hours later when we were back in Vegas how that day had started...

  • 10

    National Parks Walk

    The entire trip was full of surprises (always good ones) - too many to recount all here. The following is a piece I wrote on my return (for a group for whom I write regularly; my pieces form part of a local weekly 'talking news' for visually impaired listeners). This one recounts just one of the several revealing walks we took on this trip. For us participants it was an experience of real discovery, but at all times we were most carefully monitored by our leaders, and we always had every confidence in them.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The river flowed milky and strong, rippling smoothly over here a blanket of sand, there a sheet of pebbles, then further on the bed littered with great boulders, creating riffles and rapids in the stream. On either side vast sandstone cliffs reared above our heads, first red then layers of orange, white, pink, grey and green, solid rock stretching up on either side a thousand feet and more, with barely a break in the solid surface before revealing the narrow slit of deep, dark blue sky far distant above. Occasional bands of sunlight bounced off the ledges of rock above, reflecting light down into the canyon depths, where brightness lingers only fleetingly as the sun runs its course across the heavens. The only vegetation in sight was the small stunted trees and bushes that clung precariously to tiny ledges, mere bumps and scars in the face of the rock, where sufficient water seeps down to succour these tough desert survivors; and high, high above, on the topmost surface of rock, the plateau was covered with a high-level forest, the habitat of truly wild creatures, including bears and possibly even puma. Down in the depths of the canyon, the sound of the stream reverberated against the rock, splashing gently as it slipped swiftly on. Our senses were filled with its sound and its earthy odour, and as we moved into the water, we felt its force pushing against our legs, knees, thighs. The water’s bed, little more than 20 metres wide, followed the straight fault lines in the rock, bending sharply at right-angles every few hundred yards or so, before taking another line. As the water was funnelled through the narrow passage, it created its own gentle breeze, cool against warm skin, but tempered by the heat filtering down from the sun-warmed rocks above. At the start, our passage was busy with people, whole families with children, the smallest carried on a parent’s back, others held tightly as they waded against the force of the stream, fumbling against the pebbles underfoot. But in a short while, as we followed our leader confidently zigzagging from side to side across the stream, seeking out the easier route, we left the crowds behind and the way grew quieter, only the rush of the stream continuing to echo in our ears. We were well armed with stout sticks, and wore special socks and boots that both protected our feet and kept them warm even in these cool waters – vital equipment for comfort in this alien environment. The sticks helped us to feel our way and gave extra support when we stumbled among the boulders. Gradually we learned to recognise where the water was shallow, where deep; where there was sand and where boulders; where there were rough rapids and where it was calm. In places we could reach out to touch the rock on either side for extra support: cool, smooth, water-worn, ancient. As we progressed upstream, the canyon walls pressed in on either side, narrowing and reducing sight of the sky still more. The sound of other people faded, and the rock all around brought us face to face with the most basic elements of our world: for many millions of years ago, these great masses of rock – sand, then, and tiny marine creatures – were laid down under an ancient sea, and later moulded by wind and water to create the greatest sand dunes on earth. Every minute that we walked we could mark the changes in the rock, view the curling striations where those ancient winds blew across the land in different directions, and new layers pressed down from above. Today, though, there is always potential danger. This stream begins far away, high up on the rocky plateau. If a far-distant storm should drop rain into its remote headwaters, that stormwater will speed rapidly down the stream’s rocky course, filling the canyon to a great depth; anyone in its way is likely to be swept away, pummelled by debris carried before the fast-flowing flood. The rocky cliffs on either side offer no safe shelter and few secure handholds. That day, though, we were confident that the chance of such a flood was slim: our leader had checked and double-checked forecasts for the region, and all was set fair. At one sharp bend in the river’s course, a huge overhanging arch was created when, at some long time past, a great slab of deep red sandstone had peeled away from its parent rock. We watched as a park ranger moved steadily down a rope that hung from hundreds of feet above, rappelling gently down over the arch onto the stream bed. He shouted encouragement to another man, unseen, perched on a ledge high up somewhere on the rock face above. We stood and gazed for a while as the second man followed the first, legs braced against the solid rock, then spreadeagled in air as he moved across the overhang. Finally he reached the relative safety of the canyon floor, and began to gather up the loops of fragile-seeming rope. Our wading path was measured in time, not distance. We had just one and a half hours to travel as far as we could. We wandered and waded on, and saw the canyon beyond, narrowing still more. This stream, we were told, continues for many miles, the way often barred by cliffs of rock, rapids and waterfalls. For us, we’d reached our limit, and soon must turn back, this time working with the flow and with our new-found awareness of the river’s signs, so the going was easier. Before we turned to retrace our steps, one of our party launched himself, fully clothed, into a deep pool, revelling in the full immersion in this most basic of all the elements. Can there be any human experience closer to the earth than this: just the distant view of sky above, walls of ancient rock on either side, the gentle support of water below? In the UK, of course we can follow a stream, trace its course across the landscape, but nothing, nothing like this. We have no true canyons, no depth of rock that can match the age of those found here. Oh… how many more discoveries could be made here, in America, had we more time?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two: Evan and Abby. They were clever, considerate, kind and informative - even at 3a.m. (and there were several v early starts to the day)! Cannot be recommended more highly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only ... thank you to all for exceeding all expectations.

  • 10

    walking in the national parks

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    A MUST DO HOLIDAY - BOOK NOW!!!!!

    I am 61 and have done a fair bit of travelling and hiking. I had seen friend's DVDs of a similar holiday around the Canyons and this inspired me to book with Exodus (we had used various other tour operators previously but were 'Exodus Virgins'.) This holiday far exceeded my expectations in terms of scenery (so different to anything I had previously seen), varied walking (loved Angels Landing), quality of leaders (they were very knowledgeable, informative, great communicators, patient, motivational, inspiring, fun to be around and well organised), accommodation (great accommodation with all facilities a girl could need), transport (new and very comfortable; should be the norm!) and finally a well put together itinerary which enabled us to get the most out of the holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday - to such an extent that I would say it was my best holiday for years and years - ignore any negative comments!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I honestly can not select anything specific as there were so many 'jaw dropping' moments.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Evan and Abby were absolutely fab! The leaders MADE THIS HOLIDAY and put huge efforts into every minute of the day. Exodus, please value these people because without them or people like them, the quality of your holidays would be significantly reduced!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take limited clothing as there are opportunities to rinse clothes. Usual stuff about layers, all weathers etc.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trip notes need updating to include more specific, up-to-date information about items needed for hiking

  • 10

    National Parks Walk

    Great Holiday - saw some fantastic chunks of America - looked after by two fantastic guides.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many highlights - but probably the sunset evening in Arches National Park.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both were excellent - very knowledgeable &amp; extremely well organised. Gave clear direction to the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't take too much gear with you - plenty of opportunities to wash/dry tee shirts &amp; underwear. None of the hikes (including in/out of Havasupai) were too testing.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips with Exodus that I have done.

  • 8

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    A chance to see an amazing variety of sights across 4 US states, and as many Canyons and scenic views as you can take!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many great moments - the places we visited were each quite unique, and the contrast between the grey and white granite of Yosemite and the red rocks of Zion and the other canyons, was amazing. Yosemite was beautiful, Zion was dramatic, Canyonlands was awe-inspiring, Bryce was fantastic and possibly my favourite, Arches was fascinating and the Grand Canyon, to use a phrase our leaders would have used, was 'Super Awesome'. A particular highlight was seeing 2 huge Elk near the campsite at the Grand Canyon. It was also good to see all the other wildlife including a bear in  the distance in Yosemite, mule deer, squirrels, chipmunks, a fox and bright blue birds. We took the optional extra of horse/mule riding into Bryce Canyon. I can recommend it - you don't have to be able to ride in order to do this, as it is all at a walk. I would also recommend the helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon if you can afford it as the views are spectacular. We also did the sunset hummer drive which was good fun. Unfortunately due to there still being snow higher up in Yosemite, we could not do Half Dome, although we had great views of it; and in Zion due to snow melt we could not wade 'The Narrows'. However we climbed Angel's Landing in Zion which was great fun.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Christian and Amanda were good leaders, they were flexible and tried to ensure that everyone's needs were met. Once they realised I was not only a vegetarian but quite fussy over what I ate, they gave me a free rein to select my own vegetarian items when we did the group shop.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes do say that this is a full itinery and that there are early starts and long drives. This is true - I had not expected that these early starts would include several days at 4 and 5am, but having said that, after a few days of walking in the heat of midday, we all actually asked to get up an hour earlier than they suggested on the day of the Grand Canyon walk! Be prepared to not only assist with camp chores like cleaning the van, helping to shop and washing up, but also to actually be reponsible for cooking some meals for everyone. Most of our trip had only expected to ASSIST with cooking, so it was a bit of a shock to be told we had to cook for 14 people!  However after a discussion with the trip leaders, they were very flexible and we agreed to re-do the rota so those who wanted to cook could do so, and the others would take over the other chores. The trip notes said bring a 4 season sleeping bag but when we went (start of June) - it was up to a 100 degrees in the day, and still very warm at night so we didn't really need it. Perhaps this would only be needed for early departures. We were warned it was midgy season- but only had a problem with them briefly in one particular area of Arches National Park. The mosquitos were around at dusk in yosemite, so don't forget your repellant. I recommend visiting the 36th floor of the Hyatt in Union Square when you arrive in San Francisco as they have a bar with a great view over the city. Do as much as you can, but don't be afraid to opt out of the odd walk if you are feeling a little tired or need some time to yourself - the itinery is very full and there is not much time to just sit in camp and relax.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Overall it was a very good trip, we fitted in absolutely loads and saw so much. It is tiring and some days you are in the van for 8-9 hours, but after a while you get used to it, you have frequent stops and at least it is air-conditioned! The places you visit make it worth the long drives - so don't be put off.

  • 10

    walking in the national parks

    a very good mix of hiking and sightseeeing in several US national parks. great scenery with comfortable accomodation of a far higher standard than i had expected.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    scaling the terrifyng heights of Angels Landing. walking through the waters of the narrows azure blue skies against the vibrant rocks of bryce sunset walk and picnic at arches with return by moonlight hiking the south kaibab trail of the grand canyon hiking the remote parts of canyonlands

    What did you think of your group leader?

    abbi and evan were both very organised and good at co-ordinating plans which often changed at short notice, especially dealing with crisis management when our hotel had not been booked and they had to organise 2 nights accomodation at short notice. they interacted with the group and made an effort to keep everyone happy. i would never have made the heights of angels landing without her motivational skills! both good drivers and never felt put at risk.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    be prepared for some long drives although regular stops were made and get some basic fitness as some of the walks are quite challenging. if you want to see vegas you really need to add days before or after as there is no opportunity on the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    take plenty of cash as US is relatively expensive once you add on taxes and the expected tipping. the only slight issue i felt was the bus felt a little cramped compared to some of the trips i have done in the past and with long drives it made it less enjoyable on the travelling days. quite a full on itinerary if you took part in everything, lots of early starts to enjoy cooler temperatures and the sunrises etc.

  • 10

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    I have wanted to see those National Parks for quite a few years. So glad I finally did! It's amazing how much we actually managed to see and do in those two weeks. So many highlights. Highly recommend it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One of the highlights for me was definitely Angel's Landing. Just the views from up there, looking all the way down to where we just came from. Loved it. Bryce Canyon was also just so beautiful. First trying to take in the actual size of it from the viewpoints (impossible) and then exploring it on the trails. I also did the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon. Yes, it's quite expensive but it was worth it. The pilot was really good and informative as well. Highly recommend it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leaders were Diane and Anita. It's quite a privilege to have two guides, especially on the hikes. One would be in front and the other behind the group so nobody was left behind. I'm really glad we had Anita as one of our guides. She was just so laid back, always in a good mood, helpful and could answer all our questions. She had really good people skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Obviously have some water bottles that you can refill all the time if you don't have a camelback/watersystem. You have access to water at every campsite and visitor centre. At a couple of the campsites you need quarters for the shower. All campsites felt really safe so we just left our phones and batteries to be charged at the restrooms.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I wasn't too keen on the Navajo 'sleep over' (optional extra). It was lovely sleeping under the stars, but besides from that it was just as I expected. Too many people and not intimate at all. And I wouldn't exactly call the dances (except for 5 minutes) for local or authentic. It was more about getting everybody up and dance around. I wasn't impressed with the Navajo guide, Rich, either. We did not get any useful information from him. All we learned about Navajos and their culture was from Anita. I think some of the other groups enjoyed it, but it just wasn't for me. There were some long drives, as to be expected, but we had plenty of stops at petrol stations etc where you can get a cold drink or coffee. This trip was just amazing. I saw so much, I never know where to start when people ask about my trip. And just thinking about it now, I want to go back!

  • 10

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    I had a really fantastic adventure thanks to all of the people sharing the holiday with me, and to our tour guides Colin Galgon and Charlie Taussig. Colin and Charlie went out of their way to make this a very memorable trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think the most inspirational moment for me was when I completed the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon. Also, a close second was when I reached the top of Angel's Landing in Zion. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Charlie and Colin were just the GREATEST!   They were always coming up with little treats, and ideas for different things for us to do!  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepaired to outdo yourself. It's surprising what you can do, when "encouraged"

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I had done an RV tour of this area of the States with my family some years ago, but had to miss Yosemite. Also, I couldn't afford a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon.  Having walked several trails in Yosemite I have seen what a wonderful place it is, especially in the Spring when the waterfalls are at their best.   I have also had my helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, and even better....walked in the canyon!!  THANKS EXODUS!!! 

  • 10

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    I am often asked , out of all of the trips I have been on, which one is the best. My answer has always been vague because they have all had something special. I now have the ultimate answer. If you want a trip of a lifetime then this is the one I recommend. My favourite word for this experience is AWESOME

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sunrise in the national parks. And watching the sunset in all of the national parks. AWESOME

    What did you think of your group leader?

     Our two leaders were inspirational.  They encouraged us to rise before the Sun so.that that we were packed up and ready to start our next adventure as the Sun  rose over the horizon.. The horizon was the edge of the worlds in Zion, Bryce,  Monument Valley,  and The Grand Canyon.  AWESOME

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like the outdoors and all that it encompasses then this is the trip for you. It is AWESOME. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 4

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    Very fast paced with little leisure time but great hikes and phenomonal landscapes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The breathtaking beauty of Natural Arch and the changing colours as the sun went down.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders were friendly and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for: very long journeys in a mini bus which is a tad too cosy. Camp sites that on occasion are a long way from the National Parks and the starts of the hikes, leaving less camp time to get ready or relax. Trolley dashes around supermarkets, shopping for food for meals at the camp site. Very poor facilities at some camp sites ie dribbly showers and cold water. Cold nights and mornings followed by hot days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some of the equipment provided was well used and didnt work ie sleeping mats that leaked, chipped 'crockery', odds and ends of cutlery, plastic beakers for cold drinks and also for hot drinks, which became soft and dangerous with the heat, tin openers that didn't work etc etc Overall, the National Parks and hiking were fantastic but the camping experience was very disappointing. I think that the itinerary was too ambitious for the time scale provided, but I m glad that I saw it all, including Hoover Dam which was not on the itinerary but an add on by popular request!

  • 10

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    The West is Best.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first view of Bryce Canyon did it for me-magic! But also Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley and just about everywhere else on the trip was pretty special. Not forgetting the mini stops-Rachel, Nevada on the ET highway, near Area 51-prepare to be abducted, and Seligman, a little tourist town giving us kicks on the legendary, now defunct Route 66.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had 2 leaders on this trip-Jeannie and Whitney. Both were excellent company and lots of fun on their first trip as co-leaders. Did I mention well organised too? Ladies-well done, (and you never again need to be shocked by the amount of beer a bus full of Brits can get through.).

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip. Long days driving, living in tents, shopping and cooking for the group, and ridiculously early mornings are more than compensated for by the scenery. The parks are beautiful, well maintained and litter free. Las Vegas at the end of the trip provides a wake up call and reminds you of the other side of America. Tacky in the extreme, and an amazing contrast. The only grumble  we have was the optional trip to Monument Valley. This was offered as "everybody does it or nobody" which puts unfair pressure on those travellers on a budget. The food and "entertainment" provided by the Navajo was nowhere near good enough. Exodus should do this extra as a drive through Monument Valley, and cut out the rest-the scenery was great but not worth an extra $100. As an extra thought, why not extend your benefitting local communities policy to the Navajo-they could do with some help in making this more enjoyable and professional, and they don't seem to get it from their government. Grumble over-loved the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Br prepared to get stuck in to camp life to get the most from the trip. The trip notes say you are expected to shop/cook/clean so don't expect not to. Be prepared for some brilliant walks in beautiful places, but not all day every day. You can always opt in/out of any walks recommended by the leaders, who do not always walk with the group. We found having the autonomy to choose a good thing , as it allowed us to go where we wanted at our own pace.

  • 10

    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    Writing my reveiw after returning yesterday....  Visiting the Grand Canyon has been an ambition  since childhood, and I chose this trip as I hoped it would offer a chance to see multiple sites and I believed the camping and walking would provide a real taste of the country.  I was not disappointed but how can any other holiday live up to this experience ... 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery is stunning and seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time  took my breath away and put a huge smile on my face.  All of the  scenery up until Grand Canyon had been amazing and I was concerned that the big one would be a damp squib after Bryce, Arches, Canyonlands, etc etc but it wasn't : ) Sunset, Moonlit and Sunrise walks were FAB FAB FAB

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Charles Knowlton and Ryan McCarty were not only competent and well organised they were great fun and such great guys (dudes).  Across San Francisco to the wilds of the desert then to Vegas they were enthusiastic, knowledgable and incredibly patient throughout. They added humour in our visit to the ET Highway and Rachel - hats at the Grand Canyon, enchantment in the moonlit walk in Canyonlands and entertainment at the campfires ....... As a company you should be proud to have such great people working for you - look after them.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get your head around the participative camping and think whether it is for you...  I felt it enabled us to eat some great food and gelled the group (who were all such great folk too). Tte coffee needs to go on, food needs to be cooked and this is before/after busy and long days.  The group I travelled with embraced it and everyone worked together and it resulted in great meals - ably supervised by Charles (making sure we weren't all cooking pasta), shared chores and real communual spirit. The desert is HOT HOT HOT ..... was great to get up early to walk before the midday sun (and I'm not an early bird)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip provides an opportunity to view and experience the Awesome, jaw dropping sceenery in such gargantum proportions,.

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    YOSEMITE AND THE CANYONLANDS

    Great fun, good walking, lovely people. What more could you want from a holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Well on return home I've been inspired to buy a dutch oven and fire pit and recreate campfire cooking in my back garden... but that probably was not what you had in mind!  Zion National Park was just lovely, an unexpected and delightful stop on the tour. The Grand Canyon is on everyone's must do list and didn't dissapoint, but on a personal note, seeing the sun rise over the Grand Canyon on my 40th birthday was pretty special.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rebecca and Mandy were fun and caring women.  They made it their business to ensure we had a good time, with lots of little extras like: visiting the best pie shop in Utah; wearing the grizzly bear hat to ensure we saw one; visiting the funniest milkshake stop on Route 66, getting us up early to avoid walking in the heat of the day and creating culinary masterpieces on the campfire.  But seriously women, you've gotta get 'viva las vegas' on the ipod for that final drive down the strip!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack insect repellent and have the quarters ready for the showers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As an extra we went to Monument Valley instead of... well I can't even remember where we were supposed to be going!  Monument Valley is "awesome" (you'll hear that a lot) and I think deserves a place this tour... go on Exodus just add it on as standard.

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    The travel notes description of the trip exactley matched my experiance however I had not trully realized just how long,  the long driving days would be.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were more than one inspirational moment on this trip. Nothing can prepare you for your first view of the Grand Canyon so don't be suprised if you feel a tear. I certainly shed some. There was a full moon walk through Cathedral Gorge, accompanied by the howls of coyote's and the best view I have had yet of the Milky Way or howabout the sunrise over Canyonlands National park, the imaginery land of Mordor made real. It was one of the many occassions on this trip that I used the word "awesome" and meant every syllable of it

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had the double act of Jessie AKA Jessie James and Tyler AKA Tyler Durden. Two knowledgeable but laid back individuals. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are some really long drives on this trip and there was less walking than I had anticipated.  This is not a trip for walking machines or those using this to come back a dress size smaller.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For me personally although I appreciate the opportunity to break up the walking with some of the extra excursions( 4x4 and rafting on the Colorado river) I think there should be more thought for those who may have saved hard to pay for the trip and just can not afford those extras.  I will say on my trip the guides did take us for a couple of hours to a stream that you could chill out in but with the proviso that we were back in time for the 4x4 people to get picked up.  With a bit of forward planning there might have been a walking  route that could be done without the guides that would have suited people who had chosen a 'walking' holiday better.   

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