Bare minimum, eh.
Backpack - sounds like you're covered.
Sleeping system - OK, you'll probably use the bag as more of a blanket than a bag - hopefully it is at least 3/4 zip. You've got a sleeping pad too.
Hammocks don't often work in the Grand Canyon, not enough trees.
A tarp will be tough at Hermit Creek if you're expecting trees, but better options may exist at Boucher Creek. Didn't check out either beach, but I wouldn't expect too many trees near the river, maybe a few tammies, but having poles rather than depending on trees will help. Try to learn how to setup your tarp as an A-frame with hiking poles and some tent stakes. Blowing sand will be annoying on the beaches if there is wind. With a tarp you probably want something like a piece of tyvek for a ground sheet (wash it once to get the crinkley out). If sleeping on sand directly you may be OK without.
For food - I'd recommend you get freeze dried dinners that you just have to rehydrate. Mountain House and Backpacker Pantry are popular. Practice using the stove before your trip - a few can be tricky, easy to resolve this issue when you're at home and not panicky. Measure out how much water you need before you go and mark a bottle or nalgene or something. To this add stuff you don't have to cook - candy, gorp, etc. I usually just bring dry cereal for breakfast, if I eat anything at all. And add to that your favorite hiking snacks/bars. Also sandwiches or typical hiking lunch.
Here's my list for 1 days worth of backpacking food: breakfast item (such as 1 cup cereal, maybe a breakfast granola bar instread), early day snacks (a few strips of jerky and 1 granola bars with peanuts, or just a handful of peanuts), lunch (sandwich and a bit of jerky and a candy treat), afternoon (a few more pieces of jerky or some gorp or another granola bar with peanuts, maybe a small package of oreos), dinner (one 2-serving mountain house) and desert (a candy treat and some gorp). Eat a bit every 2 hours, you might be resting anyways.
Protect your food at night and don't leave it behind if you dayhike. Ravens and squirrels when there's sunlight, mice where there's not.
Hermit gets quite a bit of sun mid day, so bring sunscreen and a hat with a good brim on it. Sunglasses are typically worn. Make sure you can carry enough water - I'd recommend a 3 liter camelback plus perhaps another 1 liter carrying capacity (nalgene, bottle) for a total of 4 liters for this trip since Boucher and Hermit creeks should both have water. Start early on your first and last days to beat the heat.
Water Filter - you mentioned there will be group filters.
So you've got your basics covered - the big 3 plus food and water.
Other items to bring - extra gallon ziplocks for trash, 3+2 days worth of toilet paper (in ziplock bag), a spork to eat your dinner. Maybe some hand cleaner (the type with alcohol). Hermit creek has a composting toilet, but I don't think there's anything at Boucher so someone will want to have a small trowel. Haven't checked out either beach yet.
You may want a hiking pole - some bring 2, but I think 1 is the correct number to bring.
First time backpacker things to know - change of underwear and socks for each day (or at least one extra for each day you can't wash them), also buy a small pack of baby wipes or other type of paper towel type wipe made for outdoor stuff. You may want a toothbrush and toothpaste - go travel size. Deodorant will help you tolerate each other. Maybe an extra layer like a midweight full-sleeved shirt for early morning/night activities. If you plan to get really dirty you may want to have a separate pair of lightweight clothes to sleep in, rather than getting your bag dirty. With the creek and river though I imagine you'll be able to clean up.
If it rains, ponchos are cheap and light.
Enjoy your trip!
hippiepunkpirate wrote:Earlier this week I committed to my first backpacking trip. A friend of my dad had a spot open on a permit for a 2 night trip on Boucher/Tonto/Hermit (April 16-18) and my dad offered to help get me outfitted so I figured I better jump at the chance. I've hiked with my dad's friend before, he is an experienced Grand Canyon backpacker, and is very level-headed and responsible, so I feel reasonably comfortable taking on this trip having no backpacking experience prior. Before this thread turns into an all-out hammock fest, I must say that I'm basically broke and don't really have $ to go spending on ultra-light gear or luxury items. Basically, right now I'm just looking for a list of bare, absolutely essential items that will get me through my first three days as a backpacker. I looked at the gear list article here on HAZ, but it looks a little too comprehensive, so I'd like something a bit more pared down.
As for what I already have, today, my dad helped me out on an internal frame pack (Mountainsmith Lariat 65), a Thermarest mattress, and a new pair of Vasque boots (for better ankle support than my low top Ahnu boots that are about to die anyway. I have a friend at a outdoors shop that gave us a nice discount on that gear thankfully. Additionally, my dad is letting me borrow a 15 degree REI sleeping bag and a small propane stove. I'm not planning on taking a tent, but will have a tarp with rope to use as a shelter if need be. My friend at the outdoors shop will sell me his used mesh bivy for $20, but it has no rain-fly so I would need a tarp anyway in case of rain. I don't really have money to buy a tent otherwise anyway. That's basically all I've got, I just want to know what essentials I'm missing and what I can leave at home. Also, my company on the trip is planning on rehydrating freeze-dried food for pretty much the whole the trip, just wondering what you all would recommend along those lines? I also don't mind taking cans of soup, or easy snack foods (granola bars, peanut-butter cracker packs I both have at home). I'm not really a ramen person though. I would just like an idea of how much food to bring without running out but not over doing it. Hopefully, my first trip will be an absolute success, and I can eventually become a hammock-toting, raging ultra-lightaholic (or something like that), but for now I just need a bit of help identifying the essential items on an extreme budget.