THE STARTER KIT
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.