- By kevin
- On Jun 6, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Explore magnificent North America with our experts on trips by land,by foot,or by sea,for photographers,or for families.Here we share the information about the weather at the Grand Canyon.Encounter calving glaciers and humpback whales on a voyage through Alaska,or spot gray whales and swim with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez.To book the Grand Canyon Skywalk helicopter tour from Las Vegas on the Globerouter.com website with discount price.
Grand Canyon weather is divided into three zones:
South Rim(about 7000 feet above sea level)
North Rim(about 8000 feet above sea level),and the
Inner Gorge(about 2000 feet above sea level).
The arid South Rim is pleasant,even in the peak of summer.It gets nippy in the winter.The forested North Rim is generally cool in summer and receives so much snow that it is closed during the winter months.Pleasant summer temperatures on the rims give no clue of the inferno atmosphere of the inner gorge.Inner Gorge temperatures are generally 20 to 25 deg F warmer than those experienced at the North or South Rim.Elevation differences create this temperature variation.
What's the inner gorge like in the summer?Try this:Preheat your oven to 500 deg F.Open the door to let the wave of heat envelope you.Stand there.Keep standing there.Imagine you can't close the door.Imagine that heat is every where you turn.There's no escape.There's no shade.Even the night radiates relentless heat.That's the Inner Gorge Grand Canyon in the summer.Is your body prepared for that?Are you prepared for that?
Desert adaptation.Just as body physiology adapts to altitude,your body adapts to desert conditions.Your body learns how to use fluids more effectively.Your body learns how to sweat more effectively.Desert adaptation takes about two weeks.
How does your body react to desert conditions?You must learn how your body reacts to desert conditions.This includes leaning the warning signals of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.The Grand Canyon is unique in that within a few hours your concerns can shift from the possibility of heat stroke to the possibility of hypothermia.Even experienced Grand Canyon hikers get into trouble,as this story illustrates.
Manage fluid intake.Dehydration is a Grand Canyon hiker's biggest threat.Dehydration-related maladies are the most common factors leading to hiker death or disability in the canyon.
You must learn how to manage fluid intake so you stay hydrated.If hiking in the peak of the summer swelter,your body may require more than one gallon of water each hour.At about 8 pounds per gallon,the distance you can hike is quickly limited by the amount of water you can carry.Water sources in the Grand Canyon are few and far between.