Paria Buckskin Gulch Packing List

Paria Buckskin Gulch Packing List

Last year my dad hiked the Paria Buckskin Gulch. I had him share his packing list. He’s an avid thru-hiker and the type who tries to get as lightweight as possible.  Here’s what he packed for the 4-day hike.



  • Total starting weight was 32lbs. This includes 11,000 calories and 3 liters of water.
  • The hike was at the end of June
  • Temperatures were expected to be in the 85-105F range (they ended up only being 90F)
  • There are horse flies in Paria Buckskin Gulch. That’s why tights are on the packing list.
  • The insect repellent in the picture was transferred to a smaller bottle
  • The weather forecast was good so he didn’t pack the backpack upper compartment or tent fly.
  • Rope is required at a couple of locations.
  • There was a fire north of the Grand Canyon during the hike. The sky was dark the first day and the water was full of ashes for the entire trek.
  • I personally would have brought a first aid kit. This is what’s in my kit.


Paria Buckskin Gulch Packing List


  • Socks (worn plus 2)
  • Shorts (worn)
  • Sneakers (worn)
  • Compression shorts, spandex
  • UV long sleeve shirt
  • Short sleeve polyester shirt
  • Camp sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Polartec tights


  • Pack
  • Compass
  • SPOT Finder
  • Multi-tool
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking poles
  • Waterproof matches
  • 8 meters rope
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape (on trekking pole)

Cooking Gear

  • Fuel
  • Tent (no fly)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cup
  • Pot and cover
  • Spoon


  • CamelBak
  • Coffee filters (pre-filtering water)
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Water purification liquid
  • Water filter


  • Toothbrush, paste and floss
  • Wag bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Medical tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Safety pins
  • Chapstick


  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Garabage bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet/money/cards
  • Book, notepad, pen
  • Personal meds

Image credits: Robert Huebner (my dad) and “Cesspool” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

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