Grand Canyon Tanner and Beamer Trails: Pre-Hike & Gear List

After my AZT thru-hike, I vowed to squeeze more backpacking adventures into my schedule. When Whippet (my hiking partner for miles 340-460 of the AZT) invited me to join him and a few of his long-time hiking friends on a 5-day Grand Canyon trip, I jumped at the chance! I’ve been dying to get to some of the lesser-travelled trails in the Canyon (i.e. trails besides the very popular Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab which I’ve done on my rim-to-rim-to-rim crossings) Whippet and his friend Oakes have been hiking the Grand Canyon for years (decades?), and I’m excited to be able to hike with them down the rugged Tanner Trail and do a bit of exploring on the Beamer Trail once we get down to the bottom. Whippet has warned me that all other members of the party will be bringing along supplies for daily “cocktails” and that I will likely be mocked if I do not prepare accordingly. I definitely don’t want THAT to happen, so I plan to add a bottle of wine (transferred to a lightweight wine bladder) to my food list!

This trip I am going to experiment a bit with meals—specifically dinners. I have bought a food dehydrator, and have been experimenting with recipes … I have 3 of my own plus Whippet’s Beans, Rice & Cheese w/ Fritos recipe (I lusted after this meal when we were hiking together on the AZT—it smelled so good!). I’ve rigged up a homemade cozy to help re-hydrate them, and I’m looking forward to some tasty—hopefully healthier—meals in the Canyon!

Here’s my gear list for this trip—this time I’ve added my food plan, since that’s something I’ve struggled with a bit:

  • Food:
    1. Breakfast: ONE Protein Bar and Folgers instant coffee sticks
    2. Morning Snack: ½ C Roasted Pecans
    3. Lunch: Pouch of canned chicken & Triscuits
    4. Afternoon Snack: Larabar Protein
    5. Dinner: Homemade Dehydrated Meals
    6. Cocktail Hour: Red Wine in a .75L ultralight bladder

**On my thru-hike, I had 2 additional snacks each day (I basically ate every 2 hours), but since I’m only out for 5 days, I don’t think I’ll need that quite many calories.

  • Gossamer Gear Gorilla 40 Pack: Loved this pack on the AZT!
  • Jansport fanny pack: This was a huge asset on the AZT for keeping my camera, and other assorted small items handy
  • Adidas Slides for Camp: I picked up some cheap flip-flops about 2 weeks into my AZT hike and learned the value of “camp shoes” … this time I’m taking slides instead so that I can keep my socks on while wearing them if needed.
  • Enlightened Equipment Revelation 10-degree Quilt: Probably a lot warmer than I need (temps are still in the high 90s at the Canyon floor, and lows only into the 50s), but since it’s a quilt, I can use it more as a blanket & throw it off if I get hot.
  • Thermarest Z-Lite Sol: I don’t love this pad, but I hate blowing up a pad every night even more … and the odds that I will puncture a blow-up pad in the Grand Canyon are very high.
  • Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 tent: A bigger tent than I will need for a solo hike, but it’s what I have and it worked fabulously on the AZT.
  • Kitchen:
  1. MSR PocketRocket 2 backpacking stove: Again—worked like a champ on the AZT
  2. Lighter
  3. Matches as back-up
  4. REI Titanium long-handled spork
  5. Titanium coffee cup … should have much more time for coffee on this trip, and I’ll also need something from which to sip my wine!
  • Electronics:
  1. iPhone 11: Will again function as navigation, camera, and my book
  2. Garmin inReach mini satellite tracker — Even with extra hikers, the peace of mind will be worth the extra ounces.
  3. Solar charger / battery pack w/iPhone cord … if ever there was a trip made for a solar charger, this is it … plenty of exposure and no clouds in the forecast!
  4. Headlamp, Black Diamond Storm: Basic headlamp for after-dark chores
  • Clothes (asterisked items worn daily):
  1. *Sunglasses: Goodr “Runner’s Gangrene Toe” … still my favorite!
  2. *Baseball cap: Boco Tropical endurance hat—lightweight mesh with plenty of air holes to keep me cool
  3. BUFF: To protect my neck from the sun and to keep my head warm on the extremely unlikely chance it gets cold
  4. *WoolX short-sleeved merino shirt: I’m a wool convert!
  5. LL Bean mid-weight merino long-sleeved quarter zip: for early morning chill and as a pillow at night.
  6. *Nike 5″ track shorts: I love these shorts … they’re a tad battered after my AZT hike, but I’m going to try to get one more trip out of them!
  7. *Socks–Balega Blister-Resist merino sport socks, 2 pairs … still my favorite!
  8. *Hoka One One Speedgoat 4: I love my Speedgoats on the trails!
  9. *Dirty Girl gaiters to keep the tiny rocks and sand out of my shoes.
  10. *Jogbra—I need to find one of these in wool … the trail funk/stink factor is gonna be high on this trip
  • Poles: Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking poles: right now I’m planning on sticking w/my one-pole method, but I may take 2 due to my wonky right knee (torn meniscus/surgery in September)
  • Med Bag:
  1. Ibuprofen
  2. Tylenol
  3. Immodium
  4. Benadryl
  5. Neosporin anti-biotic spray
  6. Tweezers
  7. Squirrel’s Nut Butter Lube
  8. Lambswool, safety pins and duct tape for blisters
  9. Chlorine tabs for back-up water treatment
  • Hygiene Bag:
  1. Travel size toothbrush
  2. Travel size toothpaste
  3. Tiny (.25oz) container of vaseline
  • Sh** Kit
  1. Trowel (Deuce of Spades)
  2. Napkins for TP (10)
  3. Hand sanitizer (smallest bottle I could find)
  4. “Bark bags” to pack out TP
  • Sawyer Squeeze Mini water filter and 2 x 1L Smart water bottles + a .75 L bottle for easy access while hiking
  • Pocket knife: Even though I didn’t use it much on the AZT, it just seems prudent to hike with a knife!
  • Miscellaneous:
  1. 1 x Gallon size bag for trash
  2. Mini repair kit for tent and/or sleeping bag
  3. “Wallet”: military ID/Health card, credit card & some cash
  4. Hyperlite waterproof stuff sacks x 2: clothes, sleeping bag, food
  5. UR Sack to rodent-proof my food—Whippet tells me rodents are a serious concern in this area
  6. Pringles can to carry crackers
  7. Small pair of foldable reading glasses (sigh)

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