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9th Climb for the Kids, Grand Canyon

R2R2R - Rim to Rim and Back! We are heading to the Grand Canyon September 25-26 for an epic challenge to raise money for kids!


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9th Climb for the Kids, Grand Canyon

Monday 5:00 AM - Tuesday 6:00 PM MST

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Add to Calendar 2023-09-25 05:00:00 2023-09-26 18:00:00 America/Phoenix 9th Climb for the Kids, Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon for the 9th Climb For The Kids event. Grand Canyon, Arizona 86052, USA

Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim Grand Canyon for the 9th Climb For The Kids event.


Starting on September 25th, our team will climb 48 miles with over 14,000 ft elevation gain in just two days! We will be completing the Grand Canyon's Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim challenge to raise funding and awareness for kids. 

This year we are letting each participant pick a meaningful children's charity to advocate for on their personal journey. 

Follow this link for comprehensive Rim To Rim hiking guide.

100% of donations will support Kids!

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Event Details

Dates: September 25-26

Location: Grand Canyon

Difficulty: Very difficult. Requires training. 48 miles with over 14,000 ft elevation gain. Lots of steep exposure.

Entry Fee: $50 (Shirt and hat included. Travel to and from the south rim, gear, food, and hotel not included)

Schedule of events (subject to change) 

  • 9/24: Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) by 12pm. Shuttle to hotel at Grand Canyon. 
  • 9/25: 5am start. 8-12+ hrs for south rim to north rim. Shuttle to north rim hotel. 
  • 9/26: 5am start. 9-14+ hrs for north rim to south rim. Shuttle to airport/depart.

What's Included

  • Climb for the Kids Shirt, Hat, Personal Fundraising Page, and Fundraising Packet.
  • Transportation to the Grand Canyon & "glamping" and food at the north rim.

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the south rim
  • Clothing, gear, water, etc.
  • Food and snacks.
  • Personal expenses on emergency evacuation and medical care.
  • Personal First aid kit
  • Anything else that is not mentioned.

Training Plan: REI - How to Train for Mountaineering



Gear List


  • Day pack, sling, or large fanny pack
  • 2L+ of water. There will be multiple water refill stations. 
  • Hiking boots or trail runners with good traction
  • Synthetic quick-drying hiking clothes and socks
  • Hat, bandana, or neck gaiter
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with 50spf
  • Rain jacket
  • Trekking poles
  • Trail food and snacks
  • Cash or credit card for supplies or snacks at Phantom Ranch
  • First aid kit and any medications
  • Change of cloths / camp clothes



Please donate to support our cause!

Keep Climbing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that organizes mountain climbing fundraisers in order to raise money and awareness for children’s and Veterans’ causes. KeepClimbingFoundation.org

It all started when Foundation founder Ryan Kelley decided to channel his new found passion for the outdoors into something greater, and he began asking friends to climb mountains to raise money and awareness for a boy battling cancer named Alec.

In 2015, Ryan and April McCoy, Foundation Treasurer, climbed Mt. Rainier. They raised $14,000 for Friends of Kids With Cancer. We’ve been expanding our goals every year since. Eight years later, we have summitted mountains each year and invite you to join us for the biggest yet!



Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor








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