Gear Guide: 9 Paddling Essentials for Lake Powell in Winter
Plotting an epic paddling trip? Whether you're headed to Lake Powell or a river near home, Brendan Leonard's gear guide is sure to steer you in the right direction.
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kayaking on a lake for eight days in winter means you’ll have a few priorities: warm clothing and sleeping gear, dry paddling clothing, lots of food, and keeping all that stuff dry. Here are a few things I used to stay dry and happy during our December trip <a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/motor-less-people-less-boat-trip-across-lake-powell-brendan-leonard/">across Lake Powell</a>.</span></p>

<h2><strong>List of Hiking Essentials for Paddling Lake Powell</strong></h2>

<p><img alt="maps" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0008_map.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>1) Map</strong>: </span><a href="https://www.rei.com/product/777148/trails-illustrated-glen-canyon-nra-topographic-map"><span style="font-weight: 400;">National Geographic Trails Illustrated Glen Canyon NRA Topographic Map</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &nbsp;</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Lake Powell has marked buoys every mile along its length, and the buoys are marked on the Nat Geo map, so it’s a good resource to have for an overview of where you are in the canyon. I also used a Gaia GPS app for my iPhone.</span> <img alt="bivy" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0004_sleeping-bag.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>2) Bivy Sack</strong>: </span><a href="https://www.rei.com/product/747832/outdoor-research-alpine-bivy"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outdoor Research Alpine Bivy</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">We didn’t take a tent (there was almost no rain in the forecast), but I wanted to have a waterproof bivy sack as insurance in case it did rain. It proved to be a good idea, adding a windproof layer over the top of my sleeping bag for those cold nights (which began at 5 every night).</span> <img alt="dry bags" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0007_bag2.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>3)Dry Bags</strong>:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/32463/s/duct-tape-dry-bag-5l/category/2302/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outdoor Research Duct Tape Dry Bags</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Our boats were watertight for the majority the trip, but I noticed two of my hatches developing small leaks during the last three days. Thankfully, I had all my warm clothes and my sleeping bag packed in dry bags, so I didn’t freeze when the temperature dropped at night.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><img alt="water filter" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0002_water-filter.jpg" title="" /><strong>4) Water Filter</strong>: </span><a href="http://www.rei.com/product/866422/platypus-gravityworks-water-filter-system-4-liter"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Platypus Gravityworks Water Filter System</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - 4 Liter</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">We had heard the water in Lake Powell tasted terrible, so we all came armed with powdered drink mixes, and filters. The Platypus Gravityworks is still my favorite backcountry filter wherever I go, because of the ability to easily backflush it when it gets clogged.</span> <img alt="dry bag" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0006_bag.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>5) Dry Bag</strong>:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/catalog/product/view/id/32466/s/maelstrom-dry-bag-5l/category/2302/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Outdoor Research Maelstrom Dry Bag</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I kept my camera in this over-the-shoulder bag for our trip—it kept it dry inside my cockpit, which was always filling with drips from my paddle or my shoes when I got in and out of the boat.</span> <img alt="personal flotation device" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0001_vest.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>6) Flotation Device</strong>:&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nrs.com/product/21481/nrs-ninja-pfd"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NRS Ninja PFD</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you never know. Plus PFDs provide a great warm spot to stick your hands when they’re cold from paddling.</span> <img alt="wet sock" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0000_socks.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>7) Wetsocks</strong>: &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nrs.com/product/2340/nrs-wetsocks"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NRS Wetsocks</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Your feet aren’t going to stay dry on a paddling trip, no matter what you do. But these will keep them warm—I’ve used them on a winter Grand Canyon trip as well as this trip and been totally happy. </span> <img alt="clean waste bag" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0003_cleanwaste.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>8) Waste Bags</strong>:&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.rei.com/product/662978/cleanwaste-wag-bag-waste-bags-package-of-12"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cleanwaste WAG BAG Waste Bags</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Because you have to take it all with you. Eight days of it. Leave no trace.</span> <img alt="hiking shoe" class="image-embed aligncenter" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/blog_images/Brendan-Leonard-Gear-Guide-Powell_0005_shoe.jpg" title="" /> <span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>9) On Boat and Off Boat Shoes</strong>:</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">I wore Chacos when I was paddling but hiking boots are a great addition for around camp.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/product/la-sportiva-primer-gore-tex-surround-shoe/1415317987008/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">La Sportiva Primer GORE-TEX SURROUND®</span></a> hiking shoes<span style="font-weight: 400;"> are breathable and waterproof and a great pair to wear on the shore or along the trail.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">One other thing you’ll need: a boat. We rented 17-foot sea kayaks from Kayak Lake Powell, and they were great. Check out the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gore-tex.com/blog/motor-less-people-less-boat-trip-across-lake-powell-brendan-leonard/"><b>feature</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;for the whole story.</span></p>
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