The keyword to remember is "light". There is no trail, so we
will be wading and swimming most of the time. With a heavy pack, it is
easy to slip on one of the grapefruit-sized slippery stones that
carpet the streambed we'll be walking on. Do not take anything that
will not recover from getting soaked.
Below follows my personal checklist. Please feel free to adapt to your
own needs. I added the weight of each item in my back in grams (28.35
grams = 1 ounce). The total weight is 5905 grams (13 pounds), with
camera and maps not yet counted. Somebody should also carry a rope and
karabiners. From the items that are already checked we need less than
one per person; I will be taking one.
Also take a working car, filled with people and stuff to at most half
Some things I recommend you NOT to take on the hike are:
Tent - there may be no place to pitch one.
Snorkel and mask - fun, but too much weight.
Money - on the way you'll have no occasion to spend it.
You may wish to have money at the endpoint of the trip though.
As well as some clothes, to wear while carpooling back to the
beginning of the trip, where half of our cars are. At the forest
service campground's we visit prior to the hike, you can pitch a
Rob van Glabbeek