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Old 2 Weeks Ago   #1
 
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Grand canyon Beer strategy

Should we be concerned about using "borrowed" milk crates to transport beer on our Grand Canyon Trip ?

I've used them on other trips without issue.
I like the way the are riggable and work nicely for smashed empties
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If they fit with your rigging I would go with them. I would also recommend using duct tape around the entire length of the 12 pack or case as it is a long trip and cardboard deteriorates.
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Have you been drinking? Not sure what your real question is. Are you talking about legal concern? If so, the ranger wont give a shit about your milk crates.
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Buy yourself an army surplus canvas duffle. Fill it with 5 or 6 cases of beer...more or less, and put it on the rear floor of your raft. As needed, fill your drag bag every morning with cold ones, then rig on top of the duffle. It protects the cans, keeps them cold and is low maintenance all at the same time.

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Oh...dump all the beer out of the cases and ditch the car board at home.

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2 30-packs fit in the same frame space as a rocket box (that is not to say they fit IN the rocket box), rendering the milk crates redundant. Wrap them on all three axes with duct tape before packing. The cardboard will last, we could pick them up by the handle even toward the end of the trip. Crushed empties go in a rocket box emptied of an early day's food, or perhaps your aforementioned duffle. Bring a safe and efficient can crusher. Rock on rock is seldom efficient or safe.
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Of course I've been drinking.
I thought I'd heard about a group turned around because the crates say "use by other than registered owner punishable by law"
I had beer packed in a old canvas duffle, tore apart mid trip. Was a bit of a problem.
The drop boxes always seem to be full of room kettle boxes etc.
Might go with grain sacks, although they start to shed white fiber after a while.
Thank you for your input
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Invite a dory with a deck, they eat all the beer as ballast. It's awesome!!!! A 1,000 or so pounds of beer in the dory, rafts don't have to carry any, and it's refrigerated by the river being the belly of the dory is below the water. Yes, inside the army duffles. Just make sure your dory captain can navigate or there goes the beer!


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If I was worried about it, I'd paint them.
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I would not worry about it at all. If you do use them remember to put the cans in upside down. That way any sediment collects in the bottom of the can and not the top.


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