Grand Canyoneering: Exploring the Rugged Gorges and Secret Slots of the Grand Canyon

By Martin, Todd

ISBN 9780978961435

Price $29.95

Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world. It possesses one of the most visually powerful landscapes on the planet, with expansive vistas, airy heights, plunging depths, towering pinnacles, sheer-walled buttes, spires, mesas, temples, and the vast, multihued, labyrinthine topography. But within the deepest corners of the main Canyon itself, hidden away from the casual observer, are seldom-visited, smaller tributary canyons that exhibit stunning beauty, intimacy and opportunity for adventure.

This guidebook is somewhat different from others in that the trips require the user to apply skills from the varied disciplines of backpacking, climbing, orienteering, rafting and technical canyoneering. The upside is that those willing to expand their skill set will find that previously inaccessible areas of the Canyon will become open to exploration. A packraft removes the impenetrable barrier presented by the Colorado River. Rope allows the descent of routes not otherwise possible for the non-technical hiker. Orienteering allows hikers to explore off-trail routes in the backcountry. As a result, this book should appeal to backpackers who wish to put together new loops and routes using a packraft, rafters who’d like to perform some canyon descents as part of their river trip, canyoneers who are looking for remote multi-day expeditions and more!

This comprehensive guide includes:

The trips described in this book will guide the reader on some of the most beautiful and remote backcountry adventures to be found within the Grand Canyon.

Weight: 2.5 lbs
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Sewn and glued binding
500 pages full color!


After four years of painstaking work, and occasionally some heart thumping adventure, Todd Martin’s encyclopedia of Grand Canyon drainages is finally finished. Grand Canyoneering is the first extensive guidebook covering technical canyoneering in Grand Canyon National Park. At 500 full-color pages, highlighting 117 drainages from Waterholes Canyon upstream of Lee’s Ferry to Tincanebitts Canyon at river mile 264, there is an adventure for everyone.

Backpackers will enjoy 34 hikes through remote drainages that do not require ropes. Technical canyoneers will marvel at the stunning microenvironments and challenges to be found in the only limestone slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau. And river runners will be surprised at the slot canyon adventures within easy reach that they’ve floated past for years.

Of course, Grand Canyoneering has complete and accurate beta to assist in exploration of these places in Todd Martin’s proven writing style, and more than 100 pages are dedicated to technique, safety, and etiquette for environmental preservation, but in my opinion the book does something more profound. Loaded with 200 stunning full color photos of remote parts of Grand Canyon, including places never before seen by human eyes, Grand Canyoneering peels back one more layer of the onion that is Grand Canyon National Park, a place so vast and isolated that it’s difficult for humans to appreciate the scale. Even if you never intend to hike, raft, rappel, or gawk from the rim of the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyoneering provides a never-before-published view of one the seven natural wonders of the World.