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Old 02-04-2009   #1
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Grand Canyon Must Haves!

I've seen postings like this before but thought I would see if there was anyone had new info to add!!!
I'm going down the Grand, on a private, in March and wondered what you thought I simply could not go without...
I am anxious to hear about gear, equipment, games, lotions/balms, sleep systems, battery charging systems, hikes, books, etc...THE WORKS!!!
I'm so excited to go on this trip!
Thanks for any and all info!
I tend to be one of those people that get cold easy so any trix ya got...cayenne pepper in my booties....things of this nature.

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Old 02-04-2009   #2
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I'll be down in March also.
My advise is bring it. Games, gear,lotion. I bring rigging gloves, puffy coat (booties too) backgammon, -5 bag, blankets and sheets. I have a raft also so I can bring it. I bring 3 sets of Fleece and poly pro also. Weight isn't a problem on the Grand. Space works out after a few days also.
Have fun!

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Old 02-04-2009   #3
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tall rubber boots
sriracha hot sauce
christmas/bill cosby sweaters
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Old 02-04-2009   #4
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for non-summer trips, bring your own personal thermos. brew tea in the morn. sip til lunch. mmmm.

second the drysuit for a march trip.

a camp chair is crucial.

a down coat and winter hat for evenings.

you don't need a ton of shit. one big drybag and one day bag per person.

an ipod is nice but mine died on day 6 or so and it wasn't a big deal (it really died not just battery).

enough beer.
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Old 02-04-2009   #5
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150 beers a person minimum
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Old 02-04-2009   #6
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just got off the grand jan 10th. this may be long but these are the things that made me very comfortable for 15 days.
rubber boots- firefighter boots off ebay are awesome
insulated carhart suit for around camp. wore it everyday
lots of hand lotion
gloves for rowing- i used NRS neoprene gloves
thermos for group food or personal- we had hot soup or hot chocolate every day
an endangered grand canyon disco ape for a tent mate
whiskey if it is going to be cold- it makes you feel warm even though it really isnt
matkatamiba hike
fern glen
red cavern
some good buddies- bad time to deal with lame people

have fun. i thought it was a trip of a life time
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Old 02-04-2009   #7
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crocs, sarong, lightweight socks for sun protection of feet.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 02-04-2009   #8
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fleece helmet liner and thick wool beanie, a couple pair of UV rated safety type sunglasses, gore-tex hiking boots with thick fleece socks. second the whiskey.
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Old 02-04-2009   #9
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Bag balm and tiki torches- way better for camp light ambiance than the lantern, especially on the fringe seasons when it gets dark early.
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Old 02-04-2009   #10
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Awesome!!! Thanks and keep 'em coming!

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