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Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?

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Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?

We are all very fair.

Told a hat is a must...... .MUST it have a wide brim? --- seems like if the brim was too wide, it might blow off??? What do you recommend?

Also - LONG sleeves or SHORT sleeves?

Seems like it'd be gawdawful hot....but were wondering, due to the sun factor, if we should be wearing special long sleeved types --- might they wick away moisture? or just not worth the long sleeves?

What shoes to wear? and don't we want to change into flipflops for all things at the bottom/Phantom Ranch?

Do we bring TWO changes of clothes? -- one for at the bottom, after a shower -------- and one for the next day? or is that really just ONE outfit we need there? ;)

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1. Re: Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?


If you read the thread "What should I expect on an overnight mule trip to Phantom Ranch" under the Top Questions, you will get some really great suggestions and answers!

If you are fair of skin then a wide brim hat and long sleeves should be a must. A ball cap will not protect the back of your neck! You will need some kind of tether on your hat so that if the wind does take it, it'll just remain around your neck!

One change of clothes will be sufficient. You can wash out the other set when you get down to PR for the next days ride up. They will dry quickly if hung up!

You will definitely want another pair of shoes to change into. Something like a Teva that's a little more then a flip-flop!!

Enjoy your trip


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2. Re: Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?

Wide brim hat that will shade your face and neck. Neck strap definitely required.

If you have pale skin you will have 2 options. Long sleeves (lightweight fabric - wicking preferred) OR short sleeves and you will need to LATHER ON lots and lots and lots of sunscreen!!

If you are not comfortable changing into flip flops, wear some other lightwight sandal - teva or crocs or similar. Flips flops will suffice though.

Shoes for riding the mule - athletic shoes work fine for most people, or a lightweight hiking type shoe. Don't go out and buy a brand new pair.

You will only need 1 change of clothes. Bring along another t-shirt (this you can use for jammies to sleep in) and clean undies, and a pair of shorts.

Remember your plastic bag is only about 20" x 12" and you will need to leave 1 to 2 inches at the top so they can roll the top over to stuff it in the saddle bags.


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3. Re: Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?

Never done the mule train trip but passed plenty whilst hiking. Unless you are near the front of the train, make sure you have a bandana to tie around your mouth and nose. The dust is awesome.

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4. Re: Muletrip: Hats? Shirts? Chg Clothes? Shoes?

Long sleeve shirts are required as well as a wide-brimmed hat. Your had must have a chin strap or they will tie it on with string. A cotton shirt that holds some moisture is actually cooler. It's not like hiking where the shirt weighs you down.

No need for clean clothes for the ride up, just wear the same ones you wore on the way down. The mules won't care.

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