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Place your backpack in a large lightweight waterproof duffel-like bag, of the kind you'd use to avoid problems with straps getting caught in conveyor belts when checking in large rucksacks. I remember seeing Dutch backpackers use this method, and they had a lightweight cover/bag designed specifically to contain and protect their packs.


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Use a rain cover. They are basically nylon or alike fabric sheets, with a bit of sewing on the corners and have elastic sewn on the outer edge, which will tighten it around your pack. Covers are available in a wide range of sizes and it does not matter if the fit is not really close, as long as the bag is covered and the elastic can reach the back. It does ...


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Weather etc I don't know - my experience go back to a 13th July in the eighties. I remember that the north rim is ~200 meters higher that south. Got a room in a Flagstaff motel. First day> Near sunset I went for an helicopter trip, used 3 rolls of slide film. Great! Second day> Went from Flagstaff to south rim at he beginning of the Bright Angel trail. Hat, ...


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I've lived in Calgary all my life, and I can tell you that although it's a beautiful country, I do not recommend you come now; wait until summer. Winters here can be extremely cold (it hit - 35C here yesterday), and it would suck if that ruined your trip. This suggestion of course doesn't apply though if you like skiing/snowboarding, as BC and Alberta are ...


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March and April are interesting times in Canada. Much of the country is still very cold. You will find snow in most of the country in March except the very temperate parts (which is essentially the extreme West coast). Even in the warmer parts like Toronto the temperature averages around 10C in April. There might well be snow. In the central cities like ...



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