Paddling Since: 2001
Join Date: Dec 2011
To add to what has already been suggested, Dry Suite!
Get some type of relief zipper with it as well, either a drop seat, or a front zip for one of the whiz freedom type devises. Having to pee makes you WAY colder!
I’ve been three times in the winter, and I do really like my NRS mittens, as part of the arsenal of gloves. P
I like my Astrals a lot, not super insulated though. I’ve always been fine if I have enough underneath my dry suite.... plenty of warm, dry socks, plenty!
A giant Chewbacca outfit is my back up layer, for under my dry suite( cheap from Target, all sorts of other characters, to!) got a union suite from Immersion Research for most days, it’s awesome.
Insulated Carharts, heavy hooded work coat, and a pair of muck boots are awesome for camp. The muck boots make the trip, for real, get a pair of rubber boots!!
I don’t like ones with insulation, just warm socks inside them, because I will step into a deep spot, and fill them with water, usually at Leese Ferry ( I’ve dried them out on the blaster before, VERY carefully).
Hand wash: I like to drain it every night, pack the bosses inside the bottom bucket. In the morning I heat a pot of river water, dump it in the bucket, and ad cold water to temp, it is amazing how nice warm water for washing your hands in the morning is, and it prevents ice in the bucket during the first week ( so far Dec and Jan trips have been 20 degrees when I woke up at Leese Ferry, but it tends to warm up through out the trip).
Last thing that makes the trip, if you can pull it off, is a hot tent. I’ve got one from Seek Outside, they are awesome. When the weather gets really shitty, put up a tipi, set up the wood stove, and light a fire, total game changer. Improves moral, drys your close, gets ya warm and toasty and happy!!
Oh, and the Sundial. It is a calendar of of how much sun each camp gets, for each month of the year, it’s invaluable for planning camp sites, especially layover days. Getting some sun is awesome down there, Tanner and Bass have the most, but here are close seconds. You can find the “Sun Dial” on the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association, website, if you look around a bit.
More than gloves and shoes, but hope that helps.
Have a wonderful trip down there!
There will be some cold days for sure, but it is still the Grand!
The river probably thought, “ he is such an insignificant, pitiful, little creature, with such a short time to live, I will let him go this time, and try to teach him something” - Buzz Holmstrum