Phantom Canyon 2008 – Notes & Misc

This page contains miscellaneous notes and other stuff useful for future reference. Perhaps it is useful for you too.

Consumable use

  • White gas: 44oz, or 0.9oz per person per day, not including unknown quantity of canister gas used by Sara & Kev. I think the strong majority of cooking was on white gas.
  • Hand sanitizer: 4oz, or 0.08oz pppd, or 0.17oz pppd assuming three people were using it regularly.
  • Soap (Dr. Bronner’s): 10ml, or 0.4ml pppd assuming three people using it.
  • Batteries (AA): 7 pairs for two cameras (A530 and A570) and one GPS (Garmin Legend Cx), or 1.8 batteries per day.

General thoughts

  • Cheap “Reliance” foldable water carriers really suck.
  • Canister stoves are lighter, smaller, quicker to start, and easier to use than white gas, but they don’t put out as much heat by a large margin.
  • Rat Sacks: The Rat Sacks worked flawlessly; no problems at all with critters in the food. We followed the directions and hung them up when we were gone from camp or asleep. Strongly recommended. Get the large size, as it’s the best amortization of the weight vs. volume. Sadly, it’s hard to get one these days because the supplier (a guy in his garage, as far as we can tell) is unreliable. [1/24/10: The Rat Sack guy is out of business; see my gear page for notes on replacements.]
  • Instep crampons vs. Yaktrax: The consensus seems to be that instep crampons grip more securely on hard ice, but they make walking over exposed patches difficult (as the crampons contacting dirt and rock causes extreme and very rapid wear). Yaktrax do OK on all but the hardest ice, which is uncommon on GC trails, and they’re reasonable to walk on for exposed patches. Therefore, the Yaktrax are probably better for cold-season GC hiking. Do not buy the chintzy little pseudo-crampons you can find at the Grand Canyon Village store; they’re the worst of both worlds.

Poop scoop

Some options for a trowel:

U-Dig-It steel folding trowel5.3 oz$20
garden trowel~3cheap
orange plastic trowel23
Mont-Bell Handy Scoop1.38
homemade titanium trowel0.3expensive?

Frankly, I think an inexpensive garden trowel is your best bet. The cheap ones are easy to get, easy to use, only an ounce heaver than those horrible ubiquitous orange plastic trowels, and plenty tough.

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