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Rigging gloves
Extra bottle of booze, stash away for late in the trip (if you drink)
A cot
I brought my kayak and never used it
A good pillow
Comfortable sleepwear
Bandanna
Extra sunglasses
Extra headlamp
Extra river map

Have a great trip and persevere the day 12 group breakdown, it only lasts half a day.
 

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Any shoulder season trip I always have a pair of tall boots that allow you to get into the water without getting wet for rigging etc. For a winter trip I would consider them mandatory personal gear.

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I second Xtra tuffs for winter trips. Warm dry feet are pretty important. Also, Carhart insulated overalls can be pretty sweet for at camp, though they are bulky. Oh yeah, I also now bring bedroom slippers and pajamas to wear at camp. But I am old haha.

Also, for winter, consider a JetBoil stove and hot pot setup for making hot drinks/soups on the boat. You can bail wire a goodwill old coffee pot onto the stove for a self-contained or even hangable unit. This is what we used to use on multi-day climbs to heat some water and food each night. But it will work good on a raft as well.
 

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Thanks everyone! Some great suggestions. I have added and subtracted some gear based on your input (still thinking about some), and am sharing with my tripmates. Lots of great suggestions that we already had thought of, but still good to hear that we are on the right track. Some made me laugh!

Suggestions of note that I am adding.

tall rubber boots. - Never even thought of this, asked the tripmate who has done it before and she said "hell yeah bring boots". good call.
backpacking stove for mid-day warmup (coffee, soup, etc.)
spare cloths for return trip
spare cloths and sleeping gear in a separate bag (we are trading these spare bags so that they are on a different boat too).
extra repair materials (raft stuff is covered) added stuff for tent, dry gear, and frames.

Thanks again everyone!
 

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Water Wizard, a comfy chair, extra rowing gloves

You really don't need as much "stuff" as you think, be prepared, but don't over do it.
 

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I don't know if this has been mentioned. I did a dec 2 launch and it was 20 degrees at the ferry, 6 degrees on the 6th of december. it was a cold winter trip. It was the best trip.

Carhart coveralls with hood or the equivalent. It's like having a walk around sleeping bag on.

Fire embers don't melt the canvas and they are wind resistant.

A big thermos for hot beverages is nice too.

Have a great trip.
 

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That time of year I would take a dry suit, especially if you are a passenger. A book that you can read to the group can be fun entertainment...short stories or funny poems work well.


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Tolio meds

I would encourage you to get a prescription from your doctor for Fluconazole to take in your medical kit. Last year on a Grand Canyon trip seven out of sixteen of us got Tolio and mine was by far the worst case. Tolio is a trench foot-like foot fungus. It started on day 6 and I could barely walk for the remainder of the trip. This year I took a prescription of Fluconazole with me on my Grand Canyon trip and on day 12 when the symptoms started, I took a 150 mg tablet and it started improving the next day and cleared up. As a side note, I put on anti-fungal cream every night on both trips beginning on day one.
 

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Download some good, noisy porn videos, bring some good Bluetooth speakers and play them for morning reveille.
 

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That time of year I would take a dry suit, especially if you are a passenger. A book that you can read to the group can be fun entertainment...short stories or funny poems work well.


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I took a tin foil hat Utah ghosts and ufo's book on a Deso trip this summer thinking it would be for the kids, but it was the adults who were asking for another chapter every night 8)
 

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Tobacco and rolling papers - lower on the canyon this will be the only currency of value in bartering with some other trips.
 

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Don't forget that "...the principal business of life is to enjoy it." (Samuel Butler)
and (when you don't get the camp you're pushing for):
"You don't always get what you want...but if you try, sometimes, you get what you need."
(**** Jagger/Keith Richards)
 
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