I'm going on a three day trip in the Grand Canyon. I've never even seen it, much less backpacked there. I've done some reading, got my permit for April 24 to 26, down South Kaibab, two nights and a day at Bright Angel Campground, and out Bright Angel Trail the third day.
Instead of buying a steel mesh food bag I'll never use again, I'm figuring I'll take my shorty Bear Vault canister. Besides putting me in the category of backpackingheavy, would it keep the birds and rodents out? Seems like it should if it keeps bear teeth out.
Also, at that time of year, would we need metal spikey things to put on our shoes for ice on the trail at the top?
Any other special gear tips? Or water quantity tips?
Thank you for your assistance.