TruAdventure to Sponsor Backpacking Trip in the Grand Canyon

The TruAdventure program is offering an introductory backpacking trip May 29-June 3 and will be hosting an informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Pershing Building 232.

Designed for people with little to no backpacking experience, this trip will help participants take their outdoor skills to a new level as they backpack from rim to rim in the Grand Canyon. Participants will hike down from the north rim of the Grand Canyon and back up to the south rim over a three-day period, essentially ascending a 600-foot mountain in reverse. One percent of all people who visit Grand Canyon National Park ever make it to the bottom of the canyon, and even fewer have hiked the canyon rim to rim, so this will be a unique and special experience.

The focus of the trip will be on learning the basic skills for self-supported backpacking trips, as well as information on the geology, biology and anthropology of the Grand Canyon. The cost of the trip is $400 and the program will be providing use of the necessary backpacking gear for free. In addition, two $250 scholarships are available to current Truman students based upon need.

The trip is open to anyone over the age of 18 whether they are members of the Truman community or not. Friends and family are welcome. Anyone wanting more details, but not available to attend the Feb. 5 informational meeting, can visit, or contact Jennifer Hurst at or 660.785.4464.