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Canyoneering Packing List

You will need the following items for your canyoneering trip. Note that there are valuable tips given for each item. Don’t expect to “get by” without one of the required items. The canyons are extreme in every season and require appropriate gear. If you have trouble getting an item on the list contact your group leader or the Wilderness Trek Staff.



Tempatures are night in the desert can drop significantly. Plan for 30’s in the Spring and Fall and 50’s in the Summer. (Trek will provide one if you do not have one.)

The canyons will likely destroy whatever you take into them. Bring durable clothing you don’t mind destroying on the trip. This applies to your shoes and your day pack.


  • T-shirts
    • Light colored t-shirts are nice as they retain less heat. Bring one for every day or less if you desire. Non-Cotton/synthetic material is ideal.
  • Shorts
    • Bring a couple pairs that are longer for wearing a harness. (At least one should be usable for swimming.)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
    • Wool/non-cotton! (3 pairs is a good number for a week on trail)
  • Rain Jacket
    • A rain jacket is NECESSARY!  Rain pants are nice to have.
  • Rain Pants
  • Hat
    • To help shield from the sun.
  • Bandanna(s)
    • Great for sun protection and countless other things. A Buff is a nice alternative.
  • Swimsuit
    • Even if you can’t swim, bring one anyways! Be Modest please. (However, often times we hike and swim in the same clothes.)
  • Canyon Shoes
    • These can be old running shoes, hiking boots, or approach shoes. Espect to hike over rocky terrain and expect to get them wet and sandy.
  • Sandals
    • For kicking around camp
  • Lightweight Jacket or fleece (A “puffy” down or synthetic jacket is probably the best)
    • For cold nights/mornings.
  • Stocking cap/beanie
    • For cold nights/mornings. 
  • Long Pants
    • Two pairs of blue jeans are nice to have for the canyons. Long pants will protect your skin as you’re scraping down the canyons.
  • Base Layer
    • Synthetic long underwear top and bottom.
  • Base Camp Clothing
    • When you return from base camp it’s nice to put on your favorite clothes.


  • Water Bottles or Hydration System
    • Have 3 Liters of water storage.
  • Toiletries
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, (shampoo, towel, etc. FOR BASE CAMP ONLY).
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (headlamps are hands free)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & Chap Stick
  • Bible & notebook/journal with pen/pencil
  • Medications
    • All doctor prescribed medications must come in the prescription bottle with directions.
  • Day-pack
    • Small and light weight. Some canyons are really hard on day packs.


  • Camera with film/batteries
  • Bug repellent


Radios, CD Players, electronic devices, two way radios, cell phones, watches a bad attitude…


  • Backpack
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tent
  • Food
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water purification
  • Stoves
  • Cooking utensils
  • Cooking Pots
  • Bowl and spoon