Almost 4,7 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year, and more than 40.000 of them choose to camp overnight . Most visitors go hiking and rafting and choose to take the trails risking getting lost.
I think that a survival lesson is required, so I have come with a plan to help you have a great hiking experience or to survive if you get lost in the Grand Canyon or any canyon.
LESSON 1 : What should you have in your backpack?
For any backpacking trip in Grand Canyon, the season of the year and weather forecast are what dictate the answer to this question. Between late autumn and early spring, nighttime temperatures below the Rim can range from cold to below freezing. During the intense heat of summer, when the use of a sleeping bag is largely unnecessary, many experienced Grand Canyon backpackers will abandon the item entirely. If you’re confident that dry weather will dominate the forecast for your trek, then perhaps a sleeping pad with a sheet or light blanket is all you need
The following items should be considered standard gear for any backcountry hike in Grand Canyon:
1. First Aid Kit
4. Capacity for a minimum 8 liters of water
5. Space Blanket
8. Tent or other shelter from weather
11. Signal Mirror
You can also add the following items but some of them are optional:
Clothing: Shirts( is best to have 2), socks ,1 pair hiking pants (no jeans), underwear, shorts if it’s summer, a waterproof jacket, a hat, 1 pair of boots and of course a waterproof clothing stuff sack.
Cooking: Waterproof matches or lighter , a pan, a spoon and a cup
Food & Drink: water (the necessary amount), enough food for 3 meals a day and a food sack.
Gear: Backpack,Sleeping bag, Permit & itinerary, Camera and film or battery, GPS, Extra batteries, Toilet paper