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Old 01-23-2014   #1
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Aug/Sep Gear for Grand Canyon Trip - Self Support Kayak

I have an Aug/Sep Self Support Kayak Grand Canyon trip and I was wondering what gear recommendations kayakers have for that season and overall.
Monsoon Season - Tent or Tarp?
Sleeping bag or light blanket?
All tips appreciated.


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Old 01-23-2014   #2
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Light sleeping bag and a tarp or bivvy sack could work well. Monsoon storms *usually* end early in the evening so you may not need shelter at all or not often. Consider splitting the parts of a small tent with another boater.
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Old 01-24-2014   #3
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Monsoon seasons seem to be less predictable in recent years. It can actually get kinda cold if you get lots of rain. I'd definitely bring decent shelter. A light sleeping bag should be fine if you can keep dry at night. You'll definitely be too hot & too cold at times during a typical monsoon. Either jump in the river, or seek shelter. Having a plan for a tarp setup you can cook under could be handy. Biggest advice is don't bring your creekboat. Treat yourself to a borrowed/rented crossover (Stinger XP!) boat. Having plenty of space and a hatch will make your trip a lot more enjoyable- comfortable too...
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