Originally Posted by Emmielou
Oh this is great, thanks so much! I wouldn't have thought of a bag for my chair, great idea
I think I might just overpack slightly with an extra sweater and a pair of shorts in case of crazy weather. As for the river itself, I don't own a dry suit and don't see a reason to buy one unless to sell it back after the trip. Think a solid dry top and NRS paddling pants, some ankle high booties and solid gloves would suffice? I totally appreciate the feedback. The coldest trip I've ever done was Westwater in late October, and the closest I've been to the Grand Canyon is to fly over it (city slicker here), so I have NO idea what to expect.
If you can afford the drysuit why not? Yes you can sell it after. But you are going on the trip of a lifetime why not make yourself as comfortable as possible. As a passenger you will not be able to keep yourself as warm unless you row on the river. A couple times this year I was rowing in 38-45 degree temps and it was hard for me as the boatman to stay warm with splash gear on bottom and rain gear (not drytop) up top with multi layers of fleece. Then add in three days of rain and all wet gear. Breaking camp in the rain/sleet and setting up the same. God I hope not, but you have to plan for that.
When paddling I had to put on a completely wet underwear top under my Kokatat drytop and it dried on the river while I was paddling in a couple of hours.
You may be able to get the kind of suit that rolls together with a gasket at the waist. In other words separate top and bottom that work together.
Ultimately you know how easy you get cold outside, but on a boat you have limited options for aerobic activity.
Good luck and it may be warm who knows.