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Rim to Rim to Rim Gear List

Gear for a dayhike of Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon
Gear for a dayhike of Rim to Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon

Tomorrow, I head out to hike the grandaddy of all Grand Canyon hikes—Rim to Rim to Rim in a Day. Depending on what source you look at (and what route you take) the hike can be up to 48 miles and 11,000 feet of gain. Exposure, dehydration, hyponatremia happen often, which is one reason why the Grand Canyon has more deaths annually than any other national park.

Having hiked Rim to Rim to Rim once before, I knew there were some things I wanted to change about my choices in gear that I carried. With that knowledge and experience in mind, here is the gear that I took.

CategoryItem/ModelWeight (in oz)
BackpackGossamer Gear Type II15.65
Emergency Shelter/Rain GearMountain Laurel Designs Cuben Fiber Poncho Tarp with Stuff Sack5.0
Extra ClothingMontbell Tachyon Anorak1.7
Possum Down Gloves1.4
Montbell tights3.95

Extra Pair of Darn Tough Ultralight 1/4 crew Merino Socks (aka "Lucky Socks")
Montbell Plasma 1000 Down Jacket4.0
IlluminationPrinceton Tech Vizz headlamp3.35
Sun Protection
Sawyer SPF 30 Sunscreen
Sawyer SPF 50 Sunsrceen
Lip Balm SPF 15
First Aid KitAche and Pain Urgent RX.05
Tylenol (x2).05
Immodium (x2)
Benadryl (x2).05
Leukotape Sports Tape (for blisters)0.05
Safety Pin0.0
Hand Sanitizer0.25
Qi Whiz potty trowel1.4
Toilet Paper0
Suunto Core Watch(Worn)
Hydration1 L Platypus1.1
Platypus Hoser (cut) 1.65
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Vapur 1 L bottle
Vapur 1 L bottle
Gatorade Bottle (.8 L)1.5
Total(In Ounces)44.85
(In Pounds)2.8

A few things that I did differently this time was to carry an emergency bivy. A friend of mine who ran the R2R2R a few weeks ago bonked and wished he had carried one, especially with bad weather. You never know when you’re going to bonk and even the most prepared can have bad things happen to them, so I was happy to bring that.

The time, I am also bringing  Suunto Core watch to track my elevation gain and progress up the canyon.

I also opted to take a daypack this time instead of a bigger pack.

Note: now that I have finished the hike, there are a few things I would change. First, I would be sure to put NEW batteries in my headlamp before going. Even with a full moon, it was too dark. I would also opt to not take my potty trowel–there are bathrooms everywhere (that being said, I suppose if I couldn’t hold it or got a case of diahhrea, the extra 0.4 oz isn’t too much to carry). I would also consider carrying a smaller pack as the 26 L daypack was too big for all my stuff. Many runners get away with small Camelbaks or even vests. That being said, the Type 2 fits me like a glove and is very comfortable, and maybe it is better to have a pack that feels good than one that is slightly smaller.

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

Liz Thomas is a well-traveled adventure athlete most known for breaking the women’s unsupported speed record on the Appalachian Trail in 2011. She has completed the Triple Crown of Hiking–the Appalachian Trail, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail, and 3,100 mile Continental Divide Trail–and has backpacked over 15,000 miles across the United States. While not on trail, Liz lives in Denver, Colorado.