HOW TO SURVIVE (AND ENJOY) A TRIP TO THE WAVE
You’ve probably seen beautiful photos of the geological formation in Arizona known as The Wave, but what you may not know is that since itâs such a fragile area, few people are granted access to visit. That being said, hiking out to The Wave is no walk in the park. IfÂ youâre one of the lucky onesÂ whoÂ snag one of the few available permits, here are 8 tips to help you survive your special day in the Arizona desert from our ambassadors, @brod_trip.
1. Donât Lose Your Map
When you win the permit lottery, youâre given a map. Itâs vague, only providing 6 photos and descriptions as to how to make the three mile trek to the site. Since GPS isnât reliable, thereâs no cell service, and footprints could lead you off a cliff, this map is your saving grace. Hang on to it for dear life.
2. Pack Plenty of Food and Water
The desert is hot and 6 miles (round trip) is a long way. Donât be afraid to pack at least a gallon of water and a ton of snacks. The Broâd Trip is partial to Munk Pack’sÂ Apple Quinoa Cinnamon and Peach Chia Vanilla Oatmeal Fruit Squeeze snacks.
3. Be Observant
The way you get to The Wave is the way you return, and everything in the desert looks exactly the same. Take noticeÂ of important landmarks to make your hike back as seamless as possible.
4. Go Early and Stay Late
Frankly, this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity! Get the most time at The Wave as possible. Pro-tip for fellow photogs: mid-day is the best time to get photos without any shadows.
5. Dress Appropriately
The desert has a bad temper. It goes from hot to cold in a matter of hours. If you plan on staying later into the day, bring clothes for colder temperatures.
If you get lost out there, it takes at least 24 hours for the Bureau of Land Management to get out there to find you. Itâs better to bring too much than to not have enough.
7. Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
In addition to your typical desert wildlife, weather can be a serious factor. If itâs the rainy season, pay attention to those rain clouds. Part of the hike involves trekking through a wash. If it rains enough, you could fall victim to a flash flood. Stay on your toes!
8. Enjoy It!
As long as you follow these tips and stay alert, youâll be just fine. Get out there and enjoy The Wave in all its glory. After all, youâ re one of few that get to see it firsthand!
If you canât make it to The Wave, weâve got you covered. Hereâs what a day at The Wave looks like!