Desert Gear: Kelty Noah's Tarp

Everything you need to plan the perfect Grand Canyon summer escape

    Photo: Courtesy Kelty

Summer rain in the Southwest comes rarely, and in bursts, so (at warmer low elevations anyway) a tent is an unnecessary burden. Instead lay this two-pound, 12-by-12-foot tarp down and live on it (it has plenty of room for two). In the event of rain, make a burrito with yourselves as the filling. And if there are no trees around, use the integrated guy lines to tie it to trekking poles for a shady shelter. $70

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