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 HikeArizona.com for details on the trail, conditions and gear hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&UID=&ORBY=&start=30...
“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
Halo Sweat Band
MSR Evo Ascent Denali Snowshoes strapped to back of pack.
Sea to Summit Rain Cover
Osprey Aether 70 Pack
Mountain Hardware liner gloves
Black Diamond Elliptical Hiking poles
Marmot Precip Rain Pants full zipper goretex
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.