Call for Presentations: GCHBA Symposium 2020

Announcing the 5th GCHBA Grand Canyon Hikers Symposium

When: Saturday April 4, 2020

Where: Cline Library, Flagstaff, Arizona

The symposium is open to the public free of charge

Come share hiking, climbing and backpacking exploits and explorations in Grand Canyon National Park, from Lee’s Ferry to the Grand Wash Cliffs

Presentations may include day hiking, climbing or overnight backpacking, on the corridor trails and other named trails such as North and South Kaibab, Bright Angel, North and South Bass, Nankoweap, Tanner, Grandview, Hermit, and Tonto; historical trails; or off-trail canyon routes including Marble Canyon and the western Grand Canyon area.

Following the successful format of previous GCHBA Symposiums, presentations will be 20 minutes in length, typically including a 15 minute presentation and 5 minutes for Q&A. Presentations may use slides or PowerPoint, but PowerPoint is preferred.  Audiovisual equipment will be provided, and presentations will be video recorded. Presenters may optionally volunteer a written paper or slide deck for later posting to the event web page.

To submit a presentation proposal, please send a 200 word (maximum) description of your proposed topic, including the length of the hike, area visited, and time of year the hike happened, along with your contact information, to before January 15, 2020. You will be notified on or before February 15, 2020, if the selection committee has selected your presentation.

Thank you and we look forward to sharing information about the Grand Canyon with you next April!

…The Grand Canyon!

This is the home page for Grand Canyon Hikers and Backpackers Association (GCHBA). The mission of the GCHBA is to Promote, Encourage and Advocate for the interests of the hiking and backpacking community in the region of Grand Canyon. Please click on the NEWS link on the menu bar to learn about our current issues and projects.

Formed in 2000 as a way for concerned citizens to band together, the organization’s goals include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring the do-it-yourself hiking and backpacking public’s timely access to the Grand Canyon.
  • Encouraging and fostering communications between the hiking and backpacking community and the appropriate Federal and Native American agencies.
  • Aiding in the goals of safe and enjoyable do-it-yourself wilderness backpacking trips.
  • Protecting the wilderness resources of Grand Canyon.
  • Providing a forum for the do-it-yourself hiker and backpacker.

The GCHBA has held three Hikers and Backpackers Symposiums, conducted numerous Service Projects working directly with personnel from Grand Canyon National Park, and we are actively engaged in numerous Resource Management issues of importance to do-it-yourself hikers and backpackers.

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

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