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Grand Canyon Books worth checking out.

Here are some good Grand Canyon books to help you prepare for your hike. The more you’re prepared, the your hike will be!                   More »

Grand Canyon Hike Food

How much of food should you take on your Grand Canyon hike?

Food and water should be your top priority when you plan your Grand Canyon hike.  The trails are long and rigorous so you’ll be using up a lot of energy and burning More »

Do you listen to your iPod while you’re on your hike?

The Apple iPod MP3 Player has opened up a whole new world for portable music and entertainment. It seems like everyone has an iPod now including myself. I have to admit, it More »

Grand Canyon Hike Water

Don’t hike the Grand Canyon without this.

Stay hydrated!  It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing or 120 degrees(f) at the Grand Canyon, you have to remember to stay hydrated when you go on your hike.  Even the fittest athletes overestimate More »

Who care's if you can run a marathon.

It doesn’t matter if you can run a marathon.

Can you run a marathon?  Do you think that means you’re in enough shape to hike the Grand Canyon?  THINK AGAIN!  To a marathon runner, the three main corridor trails are relatively short.  The South Kaibab More »

Category Archives: Gear

Can the GoPro HD HERO 960 really capture the magic of the Grand Canyon?

GoPro HD HERO 960

There’s isn’t a camera out there that can capture the remarkable beauty of the Grand Canyon.  However, the GoPro HD HERO 960 Wearable HD Video Camcorder comes pretty darn close.  I’m taking this wearable HD Video Camcorder on my next Grand Canyon Hike and here’s why…

The GoPro HD HERO 960 allows you to record HD video at selectable resolutions such as 960p, 720p and 480p.  One cool feature is that you can capture 5.0MP still images at 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 second intervals for amazingly clear images.  This is great for hands free picture taking.  Of course you can set it to take single shots, triple shots and it has a self timer for “traditional” photo taking.  The one thing I don’t like about “regular” digital cameras is how long you have to wait between shots.  The GoPRro HD Hero 960 is built to capture all the action so no need to worry about missing a thing.

When you’re on your Grand Canyon hike, there’s going to be a lot of  steps and obstacles, and there’s no doubt you’ll be dropping and handling your backpack a lot during breaks.  Not to mention that there’s always a chance for rain.  You’ll need a camera that will handle the stress of your Grand Canyon hike.  No need to worry with the GoPro HD HERO 960.  It’s shockproof and the included housing protects it from rocks and other hazards and makes it waterproof up to 180’/60m.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it survived a fall off the canyon into Colorado river.  Of course I don’t recommend doing that.  What’s great is that the glass lens and housings are replaceable and inexpensive.

Take a look at the features of the GoPro HD HERO 960:

  • High-definition video capture
    – With selectable resolutions, including 960p, 720p and 480p.
  • 5.0-megapixel photos
    – Automatically shoot at 2-, 5-, 10-, 30- and 60-second intervals, so you don’t miss an important shot.
  • Included Accessories
    – 1 lithium-ion battery, 1 waterproof housing, 1 helmet front mount, 1 head strap, 1 quick release buckle, adhesive mounts, USB, component, and composite cables.
  • Single shot, triple shot and self-timer options
    – Allow for more traditional photo capture.
  • Sound recording system
    – Delivers brilliant audio.
  • Secure Digital card slot
    – Allows you to store or transfer media (memory card not included).
  • Polycarbonate exoskeletal housing
    – With a water-resistant design up to 180′ for durability and optimal performance.
  • Wearable design
    – Allows you to record during a variety of activities.
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  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    Provides up to 2.5 hours of recording on a single charge. Heating system keeps the battery warm during winter activities
  • GoPro HD HERO 960 Wearable HD Video Camcorder – Silver

NOTE: Be sure to get an extra GoPro Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery – Black

  • Height: 1.6″
  • Width:  2.4″
  • Weight: 3.3 oz. with battery; 5.9 oz. with housing
  • Depth:  1.2″

Read what another person said about the GoPro HD Hero 960:

“Excellent Action Camera” – By captnjack

This camera is ideal for anyone that wants to document your activities from POV’s that are not possible with a standard video or still camera. It is rugged with housings for damage protection in most any condition. Quality of the video and stills are excellent and rival most any video/still camera available…

Review Paraphrased for size — view original review here.

CONCLUSION:  For your Grand Canyon hike and all your outdoor adventures, this camera has it all.  With the remarkable HD quality video and stills and all the features, it’s hard to believe that the price beats “regular” cameras with half the features.  I’ve always wanted to take first person videos of my hikes but didn’t want to carry around a heavy camera or three different cameras to do three different functions.  The GoPro HD HERO 960 Wearable HD Video Camcorder does it all.

Equipment Review: Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles

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Made of a combination of carbon and aircraft grade 7075 aluminum, the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles could possibly be one of the lightest and most rugged hiking poles in its price range.

The cork grips make it comfortable to use and the anti-shock absorption is necessary for your long hikes especially if you plan to hike the Grand Canyon.  Traction is important when it comes to hiking poles and thanks to the carbide tips, these poles will give you the traction you need.  The ‘Quick-twist” locking mechanism also gives you piece of mind during those times you need to put all your weight on them.


Take a look at all the features the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles has to offer:

  • Three section Carbon & 7075 Aluminum poles
  • Cork grips
  • Neoprene wrist straps
  • Anti-shock absorption system
  • Quick-twist locking mechanism
  • Threaded trekking baskets for easy on-off application
  • Carbide tips
  • Rubber boot tips
  • Twist-lock turns anti-shock absorber on/off for custom use
  • Carbon wrapped Aluminum 7075 composite lamination
  • Weight – 1 lb. 2 oz.Compact/Extended Dimensions:  26″ (66cm);   54″ (137cm)


Here’s what another hiker has said about the Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles:

Great Price, Great Poles – By AaRop

“Great trekking poles for a reasonable price. Have used these over and over again and they haven’t disappointed me yet….”

Review Paraphrased for size — view original review here.

CONCLUSION:  The Mountainsmith Carbonlite Pro Trekking Poles offer two key features when it comes to hiking poles, lightweight and rugged.  You don’t want to the poles to give or collapse when you apply added weight.  The Quick-twist locking mechanism locks into place with no worries.  They’re not that much expensive at all compared to other hiking poles with similar features which makes these hiking poles worth checking out.


Backpack Review – Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

This Teton Sports Scout 3400 internal frame backpack is a good quality backpack for the mid-level hiker.  It weighs about 5lbs and has plenty of pockets allowing you to easily get to everything you need.   This backpack works great for the young hiker or if you intend on going light.

The Teton Sports Scout 3400 has all the comforts you need in a backpack such as shoulder, lumbar, and waist pads.  The shoulder straps are adjustable to fit any size hiker.  The backpack is designed to fit the contour of your body which provides a comfortable hiking experience.


Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame BackpackHere’s what another hiker said about the Teton Sports Scout:

Great product – By JWood  “Backpack was in great shape and provided a fairly comfortable experience (as much as can be expected when backpacking through Europe). I found it to be very durable and easy to pack. Great pack and DEFINITELY worth the price. You can’t beat it…”

Review Paraphrased for size — view original review here.



Take a look at more of the Teton Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack features:

  • Compact internal frame backpack with a capacity of 3,400 cubic inches
  • Dual aluminum stays with contoured shoulder, lumbar, and waist pads
  • Height-adjustable shoulder straps accommodate wide range of torso lengths
  • Top-loading main compartment
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Attached rain fly
  • Compatible with most hydration systems
  • Materials – polyester, nylon, aluminum stays
  • You can get the Teton Sports Scout at a great discount by clicking this link.


CONCLUSION: The Teton Sports Scout 3400 internal frame backpack is great for the mid-level hiker who’s goal is to stay light.  The pockets and sleeping bag compartment are a great plus.  It also accomidates a hydration bladder which is important especially when you need to carry a lot of water on your hike.  For the price, size, and weight, this backpack is worth taking on your next hike.



Grand Canyon Trail Map – This is a must have!

Grand Canyon Trail Map

This Grand Canyon Trail Map is a must have.  Not just to carry with you on your hike, but more importantly, for planning your trip.  Some of the what this map covers are the popular trails (where 99% of visitors travel), mileage between landmarks, and trail difficulty.  You’ll find that this is important when planning your hike.

Why do I recommend this map?  When Juan and I originally planned our Grand Canyon hike, we knew which trails we wanted to take and how long they were, but that was it.  We figured the trails would be clearly marked and we would find our way.  We felt a map wasn’t necessary.  For the most part, it worked.  Until our second day…

Where we went wrong?  We didn’t plan correctly.

We were on on way to find the next campsite, Horn Creek.  It was supposed to be 2.5 miles from Indian Gardens.  We found Indian Gardens, but then, we literally hiked all day and into the night and Horn Creek was nowhere to be found.  Since Horn Creek is a secluded campsite, we were the only ones on the trail.  It turned out that we completely missed the turn off that led to the campsite.  By then it was too late, too dark, and we were too tired.  We ended up setting up our tents (in the dark) right off the trail.  Naturally, it started to rain, complete with lightning, and at the same time the wind made it twice as hard to set up our tents.  Not to mention the eery feeling that we were being watched by the hungry native Grand Canyon animals.  Oh, did I mention the cacti?

We should’ve had a better idea of where we were going, how long it should take us, and a Plan B or even C in case something went wrong.  As we got deeper into the trail, not being sure where we were going really dropped our moral.  Once that happened, it was even more difficult to make decisions to either trail back, push forward, or stay put.  It wasn’t our happier Grand Canyon moments.  I did, however, capture a great picture of the sunset.

Who would’ve thought that something as simple as a map could’ve saved us in so many ways?

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Happy Hiking!

Canyon Hiker