Do I really need a carabiner?

By Krystal • April 15, 2019

Carabiners are very handy on the river! We recommend bringing 1 – 2 as they are often used to clip your water bottle and other items to the rafts. This helps to keep them secure and easily accessible throughout the day.

A good size to bring is one that is 3 to 4 inches long – the carabiner just needs to be able to clip through the loop on your water bottle and the 1-inch strap on the raft. This will make it easier to access your water bottle throughout the day.

They do not need to be heavy-duty climbing carabiners. Additionally, you probably do not want one that has a twist lock or sleeve on it because they can be a hassle to open and close.

Carabiners can be found online or at outdoor retailers such as REI. Our sister company, Grand Canyon Whitewater, also sells carabiners in their online store.