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Grand Canyon - serious gear for serious weather | by Al_HikesAZ
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Grand Canyon - serious gear for serious weather

I was prepared. I've been accumulating gear over many years and when something wears out I replace it with something better. Wish I had Arc'Teryx gear like my little brother but I do ok with what I got.


We hiked down Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch to enjoy some winter in Arizona.


You can read my triplog, gear and recommendations on for details on the trail, conditions and gear


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain


Marmot Precip Rain Jacket

Tilley Hat

Halo Sweat Band

MSR Evo Ascent Denali Snowshoes strapped to back of pack.

Sea to Summit Rain Cover

Osprey Aether 70 Pack

Loki Mittens

Mountain Hardware liner gloves

Black Diamond Elliptical Hiking poles

Marmot Precip Rain Pants full zipper goretex

OR gaiters

Sorel Timberwolf Winter boots

Bridgedale smartwool socks and Bridgedale sock liners

Kahtoola Microspike crampons


Underneath - Mountain Hardware shirt, Patagonia Capilene 2 long sleeve shirt, REI wicking T Shirt

REI Nylon hiking pants, Ex Officio boxers.


In the pack I had Patagonia Capilene 3 long sleeve shirt (never needed), Mountain Hardware Microfleece vest, Patagonia Capilene 2 long johns, Rei Long johns, dry gloves, dry glove liners and an REI Primaloft (synthetic down) jacket to put on when we stopped under shelter. I build up so much heat when I hike and cool down so quickly when I stop.


Notice that there is no cotton. Cotton will kill in cold.

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Taken on December 12, 2009