|Saturday||May 13||Fly to Phoenix, AZ, pick up rental cars, check into motel, buy fuel for stoves|
|Sunday||May 14||Dayhike from Wire Pass trailhead into Buckskin Gulch and return to Wire Pass|
|Monday||May 15||Begin backpack from White House trailhead|
|Tuesday||May 16||Continue backpack|
|Wednesday||May 17||Continue backpack|
|Thursday||May 18||Continue backpack|
|Friday||May 19||Finish backpack at Lee's Ferry trailhead|
|Saturday||May 20||Daytrip to Canyon de Chelly|
|Sunday||May 21||Fly home|
Some Necessary Gear
If people want to share: tents, stoves & fuel, water filters, first aid kits, or meals, you can work that out for yourselves from the trip roster. At a minimum we need one stove, filter, and first aid kit for every three people. I will try to coordinate this somewhat.
In addition to the above items there will be some other common gear that we will have to split up. This includes: rope, plastic collapsible bucket, collapsible bladders (2), and possibly other things.
We will probably divide into three teams of two unless others sign
up. This gives us one stove, water purifier, and first aid kit per pair. Each person will
have to carry a fuel bottle or gas canister. If we have problems with a stove or purifier
we will still have two for the group. You will have to estimate how much fuel to carry for
your stove. 1 liter per person for five days is probably too much unless you also want a
hot breakfast. I normally only cook at dinner time and we will not be cooking at lunch
it's too time consuming.
Guidebooks & Maps
Hiking and Exploring the Paria River, Michael R. Kelsey, Kelsey Publishing, 456 E. 100 N, Provo, UT 84606, 801-373-3327.
Hiker's Guide to Paria Canyon, US Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management,
USGS 7.5' Topographic maps:
West Clark Bench, Bridger Point (Utah - Arizona), Water Pockets, Wrather Arch, Ferry Swale, and Lee's Ferry (Arizona), I will be carrying a set of these, it's probably not necessary for others to have a set, they may be of limited utility in the confines of the canyon
Both of these books include useful maps but they are not topographic maps. They can be purchased from:
Arizona Strip Interpretive Association (ASIA)
345 East Riverside Dr.
St. George, UT 84790
REI or the Adventurous Traveler Bookstore may also carry the
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
318 North First East
Kanab, UT 64741
Everyone is responsible for providing their own backpacking food for meals and snacks. This is not a commissary based trip. Bring more food than you would normally eat. As a backpacker, you will appreciate the concept of food as fuel. Bring things that are lightweight, tasty, and nutritious but easy to prepare, cook, and clean up after. Also bring foods that will not spoil in the heat. Plan a menu from Monday lunch to Friday lunch plus snacks for the backpack. I will be buying food for the dayhikes out there. We will have to buy fuel and can also buy some fresh food out there. Don't plan on buying all of your backpacking food out there, it's too time consuming and you might not find what you want.
4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners, Snacks
In addition to the water that we will be hiking through there are
also springs along the trail. We would like to use the springs as much as possible for
drinking and cooking. Some people drink the spring water without treating it, but it's
probably a good idea to treat it. The Paria River water has to be treated prior to
drinking it. It may be very silty so it would be a good idea to carry a lightweight,
collapsible plastic bucket (or use a cooking pot) to allow the silt to settle out of the
water before it is filtered or treated. I recently bought a bucket for this purpose and
will also carry a 2 to 3 gallon bladder. I would like someone else to also carry a large
bladder if we have to haul water from a spring to camp, or simply carry some extra water.
Leave No Trace
We will practice "Leave No Trace" backcountry ethics.
We will be shipping our empty stoves and empty fuel bottles to our
first hotel in AZ. We cannot carry our stoves or fuel bottles with us on the airplane
unless they are brand new and have NEVER been used. Once used they will contain fuel
residue and cannot be taken onboard the plane. We ship the stoves via Parcel Plus, or Mail
Boxes Etc. They are willing to deal with shipping this kind of item. We will have to buy
fuel out there before the trip, and ship the stoves and fuel bottles back the same way.
Much of this trip will involve hiking through water that is above your ankles. There will be so many river crossings that it is not feasible to remove your boots and put on something like teva's to cross the water. For much of the hike we will be hiking right through the river. You need to wear boots that will allow the water to drain or "squoosh" out. Light weight hiking boots that are NOT waterproof are ideal. That is what I used when I did the Escalante Canyon trip and they worked very well.
Heavy leather boots will be completely ruined by the constant soaking which allows them to stretch out of shape. Also their Vibram rubber soles, due to a higher durometer rubber, do not grip slick rock as well as the softer rubber soles of lighter boots. I will be using a pair of lightweight, non-waterproof hiking boots and carrying a pair of teva's or sneakers for around camp.
The trip cost includes round trip airfare from the Baltimore Washington area to Phoenix, AZ, two or three rental cars for our group, two nights in a motel both before and after our backpack, and the required BLM daily usage fees. Not included: everything else, such as: any motel meals, necessary backpacking food and gear, rental car gas, tips, personal expenses, and any other necessary but excluded expenses.
The cost of the trip is heavily influenced by the airfare, which of course varies with the number of available seats at a certain price. It is to our advantage to book the airline as soon as possible to take advantage of lower priced seats. Because MWROP is not significantly financially underwriting this trip the air fare, and other necessary, upfront deposits, must be paid from trip participant deposits. This is why the deposit is a little high and we need to get deposits as soon as possible.
Estimated cost: $900.00 per person (actual cost could be higher or lower)
Deposit: $450.00 per person, make check payable to Sierra Club MWROP and mail to me.
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