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GORGE SCRAMBLING GEAR

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PACKING FOR A GORGE SCRAMBLE: For a gorge scramble we pack light. Take a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses with the holding strap, sunscreen, and mosquito and bug repellant (for hike in and out of the canyon - the canyon bottom never has bugs). We recommend a long-sleeved shirt and pants for protection from the brush, sun and poison oak. At the canyon bottom portion many scramblers often change into shorts, tee shirts or swimsuits. The best choice for footwear is a pair of high-topped athletic shoes for both the trail and canyon bottom. A regular pair of tennis shoes or an old pair of hiking shoes will also work. Open shoes or sandals are strongly discouraged. Most of these outings have a lengthy climb out of the canyon, arriving at the exit trailhead; a complete change of clothes can really be a welcome sight.


GEAR FOR GORGE SCRAMBLING

PACKING FOR A DAY TRIP: In your day pack put one quart of water or sports drink, a water filter device or iodine tablets, a small first aid kit, a snake bite kit, matches, flashlight, lunch and if called for in the write-up, an air mattress. Anything you wish to keep dry use a dry bag or multiple trash compactor bags (one inside the other) and put drain holes in all compartments of your daypack.


GEAR FOR GORGE SCRAMBLING

PACKING FOR OVERNITE TRIPS: All of the above comments apply and add a lightweight sleeping bag. If the trip requires an air mattress it becomes the sleeping pad. Bring a patch kit for air mattress. If no air mattress is required, bring a foam pad.


GEAR FOR GORGE SCRAMBLING

Pack two lunches, one breakfast and one dinner. Breakfast and dinner are cooked on an open fire. If eating out of a can or just need hot water an empty coffee can works well for this. Cooking a previously prepared menu in aluminum toil and placed in the hot coals is also popular, however, time consuming. Your overnight pack will be larger than your daypack. We recommend a single compartment ski-touring type pack that rides fully below your shoulders and drain holes in all compartments. When you are in the river, things just get wet! We strongly discourage frame packs. Again waterproof with a large dry bag or use multiple trash compactor bags one inside the other.


GEAR FOR GORGE SCRAMBLING

Optional items include a breakdown fly-fishing rod and reel, camera, and a complete change of clothes for camp. All your gear can weigh no more than 25 pounds! The weight of the pack is very important. You will find yourself scrambling across wet rocks and the heavy pack will become very unwieldy, slow you down and tire you out.


GEAR FOR GORGE SCRAMBLING

Sunglasses are indispensable as we tend to venture outdoors more often in the spring and summer. Choose sunglasses which protect your eyes from excessive light and ultraviolet radiation. Polycarbonate lenses, in Rx or over-the-counter sunglasses, provide not only UV block, but also impact strength, light weight, and scratch resistance. Have your eyes checked at reasonable intervals, generally every 1-2 years. If there is a major problem, such as glaucoma, it is best to detect and treat it early. Carry spare eyeglasses or sunglasses when hiking or traveling. Hats can also be helpful to shade your eyes from direct sun light.

DON'T FORGET YOUR SUNGLASSES