GRAND CANYON WARRIORS


JEdwardsLooking to the Future:

Each time we ran a trip we tried to improve the experience, but along the way we also learned what we could do better.  Ten-day trips require a two week commitment, which is difficult to make for a veteran who is just getting his or her life back together, and it prevented some really deserving candidates from joining us.  Many deserving candidates declined our offer because we were not able to accommodate their service or companion dogs, and many women declined our offer because most of our passengers were men.  Lastly, Grand Canyon trips are really expensive.  Even with donations of gear and services, and discounts from outfitters and suppliers, our three trips cost an average of over $85,000 each which is an awful lot of money to raise.

Since we started we have been sharing ideas with Fred Solheim at Warriors on Cataract Canyon www.warriorsoncataract.org. Check out this website and you will see that his organization runs a trip very much like ours on the Upper Colorado River, above Lake Powell, through Cataract Canyon.  It is a very similar experience, just on a different stretch of river.   Warriors on Cataract sponsors about four trips a year, thirty to date.  Their trips begin in Moab, Utah, and only require a one-week commitment.  Some of the Warriors on Cataract trips are for special groups, and some are all-female trips.  Their trips accommodate dogs, wheel chairs, all manner of disabilities, and sometimes family members.  Best of all, they can take 25 veterans down the river for less than $18,000.  This means more access for more folks.

So, GCRRA is passing the torch to Warriors on Cataract. The Focus Marines Foundation www.focusmarines.org will work with them, as they have with us in the past, to help identify appropriate candidates.  GCRRA is also donating our excess Grand Canyon Warriors funds to them and we encourage you to donate to their trips http://warriorsoncataract.org/donations/   Like GCRRA, Warriors on Cataract will spend all your money on their trips, no salaries, no overhead.

GCRRA is confident that Warriors on Cataract is a great match and they will insure our efforts continue.  We would like to say thanks all our past contributors for making our three Grand Canyon Warriors trips possible, and we are excited about the program’s future!



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