The Gear List, or What I Need to Bring With Me (For a Goldilocks Pack)

One of the innumerable benefits of booking my Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike with a professional tour company is this: Every bit of planning from before dawn on day one until we’ve emptied the tank on day five has been done for me. If I were on my own, I would have absolutely no idea what specifically I will need down there. Here’s what my guide service, Wildland Trekking Company, provides for the hike:

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag and technical backpack.
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified Grand Canyon hiking guide
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona to the Grand Canyon and back
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

I tend to be an over-packer. In general, I’d rather have it and not need it than vice-versa. For this trip, though, there’s just not room for anything I won’t actually need. By day 5 I’m going to feel every single fraction of an ounce of gear. I want a Goldilocks pack. Here’s what I’ll need to bring with me:


A lot of this is pretty common sense, of course. I wonder how many of their guests show up in flip flops and jeans? Anyway, I’ve put big red checks in the boxes for the clothing and gear I already own or have accumulated. Here are the specifics:

I’m really only still in the market for a headlamp (I’ve got some contenders, but I’m not ready to pull the trigger) and sunglasses (trying to decide between fit-over style or prescription). I’ll have individual posts on the gear and clothing–how and why I chose it, and how I like it so far–and I’ll follow up when I get back with reviews on how everything did in situ.




About JT

Professional receptionist, amateur actor, in training to hike the Grand Canyon from rim to rim in July, 2017.
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One Response to The Gear List, or What I Need to Bring With Me (For a Goldilocks Pack)

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