Grand Canyon Insights : tales & trails from below the rim.

NEW DATE!! Join us on October 10, 2020 for the
Grand Canyon Hikers & Backpackers Symposium

Given the extraordinary events of the past weeks, the Grand Canyon Hikers Symposium organizing committee has decided to reschedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are taking this action with the health and safety of our attendees, presenters, and the larger community in mind.  In so doing we join a very long list of cultural, educational, and sporting events that have suspended, cancelled, or rescheduled. 

The Symposium will now take place on October 10, 2020,
all other details including location, time, and events before and after the symposium, will remain as planned.

We are grateful and delighted that NAU Cline Library has been able to accommodate a rescheduling. We very much hope you can make it on the new date as planned!  Notifications will go out shortly via Eventbrite to all attendees who have registered.  If you have done so, expect to receive an email via that channel. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at
Regards,  –  Chris Forsyth and Committee

The Grand Canyon is viewed by six
Million visitors per year, but the
comparatively few who backpack
& hike below the rim observe
a different perspective on the
mysteries and secrets there to
At the :
Cline Library • Northern Arizona University
1001 Knoles Drive • Flagstaff, AZ 86011

View interactive map
General Admission – FREE

The GCHBA was established to
share these insights, and in the
past 15 years we have held
multiple Symposiums where
canyon enthusiasts come together
and share their adventures
illustrated with picture, maps and videos.
The Cline Library
Seating is limited to 400, so please
make your reservation in advance.
Reservations to attend.

The Grand Canyon Hikers & Backpackers
is a 501(c)3 organization and
your donation is tax-deductible
as permitted by law. 

Donations accepted. 
Your donation of any amount 
is greatly appreciated and 
will help underwrite this special event.

You can make donations through PayPal here:

or on our Eventbrite page by
adding your donation with ticket registration here.
After-Show Event

When this year’s Symposium ends, GCHBA Members and others plan to gather at the 1899 Bar & Grille for a non-hosted after-show social. We hope many of you can join in and share your adventures. 

walking directions

1899 Bar & Grill
Visit NAU’s historic north campus to immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere and uniquely inviting ambiance of the 1899 Bar and Grill.  

307 W. DuPont Ave.
Flagstaff, Arizona

This year’s event
The selection of 15 presenters, this year, include a broad range of topics from family hikes to extreme destinations and jaunts to journeys.
We will also have with us Larry Wieland from the Panorama Project – which if you have searched for that breathtaking Grand Canyon viewpoint online, you have probably come across his stunning 3D imagery.

Full program and details from our presenters:

Bryant – Western GC Loop Adventure
Chandler – The Dome
Compos – Deconstructing the End to End Hike
Egan – Solo Through Hike Experience
Foster – Finding & Hiking the Old Horn Creek Trail
Johnson – The Zane Grey “Trail”
B. Marley – 40th Anniversary of a River Corridor Walk from Diamond to Lees
S. Marley – Bypassing the Basalt Cliff at RM 183
McHugh – Monitoring Protocol for Wilderness Climbing
Myers – Ron Mitchell & the First Traverse of Marble Canyon
Nering – History around the N & S Bass trail systems
Nuttall – Johnson Point Stock Trail
Rudow – Traversing the Godscape
Upchurch – Same Old Trail Through New Eyes
Wyrick – Schellbach Butte, a Family’s First Attempt

Symposiums through the years

Example of Symposium Videos available for Backcountry Memberships with the Disc III “Grand Switchbacks” Track 5 “Clear Creek to Asbestos” by Chris Forsyth.

Echoes & Reflections Symposium

One Foot Forward Symposium

Grand Switchbacks Symposium

Inaugural Symposium

October 10, 2010

April 4, 2009

October 20, 2007

April 8, 2006

see you there …

The Grand Canyon Hikers & Backpackers Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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