Backpacker - - SKILLS -

Even when routes re­quir­ing ropes aren’t on the menu, you still need canyon-spe­cific gear. Here’s your pack­ing list for hiker-friendly slots.

Sturdy shoes Opt for closed toes and grippy soles that can take a beat­ing (think ap­proach shoes or tight-lac­ing boots). Quick-dry mod­els with­out a water­proof mem­brane are a plus.

Dry bags Pro­tect your gear against wa­ter cross­ings with a roll-top like the NRS Hy­drolock Dry Sack. Cordage Bring 20 to 30 feet of 7mm cordelette to set up hand lines and lower gear. Hel­met Pro­tect your cra­nium from rock­fall with a climb­ing hel­met. Folks new to chim­ney­ing should con­sider adding knee pads. Sun pro­tec­tion Most slots are in the desert. Plan ac­cord­ingly.

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