Gear We Packed for an Overnight on Ruby Horsethief

Gear We Packed for an Overnight on Ruby Horsethief

Are you figuring out what to pack for your Colorado River overnight trip?

Every year, CKS employees gather together for an end of season river trip. In this new post by CKS Online, paddling experts Victoria Ohegyi and Julia Perkshen share a gear checklist for an overnight river trip and some other helpful tips to ensure you have a good time out there on the water.

This packing list is based on a 6 person + 1 dog trip single-night trip on the Colorado River through the Ruby Horsethief (RHT) Section from Loma, Colorado to Westwater, Utah. 

RHT is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II rapids. For this trip, we brought 1 whitewater raft and 5 inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUPs).

We provided a basic checklist below, with our specific gear recommendations underneath. View all of our recommendations in a collection here. 

The Raft Rig:

  • 13' Boat
  • 3-Bay Raft Frame
  • Three 9.5' Oar Shafts
  • Three Oar Blades
  • Two Oar Mounts
  • One Captain's Seat 
  • Two Oar Tethers
  • Assorted Cam Straps

Pro Tip: Not sure how to size your raft frame for your boat? Check out our raft frame builder guide here

The SUP Crew:

  • 5 Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards
  • 8 SUP Paddles
  • Various Center + Click Fin SUP Fins
  • 5 Quick-Release Leashes

Packed on the Raft Rig:

  • 103 Quart Cooler
  • 4 Rocket Boxes (20mm Ammo Cans)
  • Camera + Protective Pelican Case
  • 2 Waterproof Sleeping Pads
  • 3 Six-Gallon Water Jugs
  • River Maps Guide to the Colorado & Green Rivers
  • Group Kitchen/Camp Gear
  • Canine Gear
  • 2 50-75L Dry Bags for Personal Apparel
  • Six Group Camp Chairs

Packed with the SUP Crew:

  • Personal Sleeping Pads
  • Personal 65-75L Dry Bag for Personal Apparel
  • Personal 50C Ammo Can or small DryBag (optional) for Personal Gear
  • 55Q Beer Cooler
  • 25L Drybag with Major First Aid

Pro Tip: If you're planning to cowboy camp (sleep without a tent), definitely set up your sleeping pad on your paddleboard! It will add 6 extra inches between you and the ground. 

Group Kitchen/Camp Gear:

  • Sand Mat
  • Cook Kit + Stove
  • Beer Coozies
  • Folding Table
  • Poop Tube

Canine Gear:

  • Dog Food
  • Canine Floatation Device (CFD)
  • Dog Bed

Pro Tip: If you want to protect your pup's paws from the heat, wet down a towel or tapestry to put over the sleeping pad that's rigged to the raft. This will prevent the plastic from heating up too much.

Personal Apparel:

  • Brimmed Hats
  • Costumes
  • River Shoes/Sandals
  • Zeal Sunglasses
  • Sun Hoodies
  • Bathing Suits + Swimwear
  • Paddling Shorts
  • Warm Camp Clothes

Personal Gear:

  • Type III or Type V PFD
  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Wag Bags + TP
  • Toiletries
  • Locking Carabiners + Cam Straps for Additional Rigging 

Pro Tip: Put items you really want to keep dry in separate sacks. when arming my way through my larger drybag, you only have to find your dry sack with your clothes in it to get what you need quickly.

Our Top Gear Recommendations

Check out this chair comparison...

Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair

Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair

$149.95

When you're used to camping in comfort, the Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair is your jam. Designed to help you relax, the Big Six has a tall back, wide seat and sits an accessible 20" off the ground. Camp chair setup is made easy with a shock-cord pole set, and it's packable enough for stashing in your truck, trunk, or travel bag for wherever you're going to need it.

Features

  • Relax in comfort at camp, on a scenic overlook, in your backyard or wherever life takes you
  • Extra height and width for ultimate comfort on the go
  • Fully shock-corded architecture for simple set up and break down
  • Color-coded frame for easy setup
  • Lightweight and compact size makes it perfect for base camp living
  • Patented hub-less frame construction for smaller pack size 
  • Enhanced comfort through pre-bent poles that create a wider, more stable seat
  • Stuff sack included

Construction + Materials

  • Lightweight nylon 100d Robic with a 300d polyester rip-stop for extra tear strength
  • High-tenacity Robic™ yarn that is lightweight and 25% - 30% stronger a regular yarn in the same denier
  • Waterproof UTS coating gives the fabric a soft feel and enhances tear strength
  • Lightweight aircraft aluminum pole system
  • Imported
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Build your raft frame!

NRS Spare Oar Keeper
NRS Spare Oar Keeper

NRS Spare Oar Keeper

$24.95
Aire Tributary 14 Self Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 14 HD Self-Bailing Raft
Aire Tributary 14 Self Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 14 HD Self-Bailing Raft

AIRE Tributary 14 HD Self-Bailing Raft

$3,199.00
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft

AIRE Tributary 13 HD Self-Bailing Raft

$2,899.00
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft
AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft

AIRE Tributary 9.5 HD Self-Bailing Raft

$1,849.00
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair
Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair

Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair

$149.95

When you're used to camping in comfort, the Big Agnes Big Six Camp Chair is your jam. Designed to help you relax, the Big Six has a tall back, wide seat and sits an accessible 20" off the ground. Camp chair setup is made easy with a shock-cord pole set, and it's packable enough for stashing in your truck, trunk, or travel bag for wherever you're going to need it.

Features

  • Relax in comfort at camp, on a scenic overlook, in your backyard or wherever life takes you
  • Extra height and width for ultimate comfort on the go
  • Fully shock-corded architecture for simple set up and break down
  • Color-coded frame for easy setup
  • Lightweight and compact size makes it perfect for base camp living
  • Patented hub-less frame construction for smaller pack size 
  • Enhanced comfort through pre-bent poles that create a wider, more stable seat
  • Stuff sack included

Construction + Materials

  • Lightweight nylon 100d Robic with a 300d polyester rip-stop for extra tear strength
  • High-tenacity Robic™ yarn that is lightweight and 25% - 30% stronger a regular yarn in the same denier
  • Waterproof UTS coating gives the fabric a soft feel and enhances tear strength
  • Lightweight aircraft aluminum pole system
  • Imported
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AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft Orange
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft Orange
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft
AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft

AIRE Sabertooth 12 Cataraft

$3,399.00

The AIRE Sabertooth, or as we like to call it - the Slaybertooth - is quite possibly the finest paddle cat on the market. It's fast, nimble, and tracks like it has 4-wheel drive. At home in Class IV & V, this boat pushes paddle raft performance to the edge of what's possible, and is extremely forgiving to guide. The capability of the Sabertooth is unmatched in our opinion.

Known for its superior performance as an R2 'shredder', the Sabertooth is also a blast to throw a small frame on and row with 8' shorty oars. Whether you are rowing or paddling, this boat serves up plenty of face shots since it lacks the spray guard that is common with other paddle cats. 

They say money can't buy happiness... whoever said that hasn't paddled a Sabertooth! 

Key Features:

  • Mesh floor provides superior bailing vs. other designs
  • Integrated foot cups
  • Grab handles on the interior of the thwarts for easy carry and portage
  • Aggressive tube rocker that slices through all but the biggest holes and waves
  • 3 D-rings on each side for rigging grab-lines
  • D-ring at either end of each tube - ideal for trailing lines
  • Ideal for two paddlers, but can accommodate up to four
  • Single thwart included
  • Lace-in thwart for superior fit and comfort
  • Zipper system for easy access to internal air bladders
  • Made in the USA
  • AIRE's 10 year No-Fault Warranty, yes you read that right... 

Specs:

  • 12'10" long
  • 5'8.5" wide
  • 20.5" tube diameter
  • 29" rocker (bow / stern rise)
  • 74 pounds
  • 4 T-shaped internal air chambers + 1 thwart chamber
  • 1670 Denier PVC @ 37oz/square yard

Stocking Colors: Call us for inquires on non-stocking colors - AIRE has a wide variety they offer! 

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Lime
  • Dark Green
  • Blue
  • White
  • Grey

We highly recommend picking up 2-4 AIRE thwart Handles with this boat to give yourself some interior D-rings for clipping gear or throwbags. The interior of this boat has few places to secure gear without them. 

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