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Steep Canyon Ranger Joe Moerschbaecher’s Multisport Must-Haves

Joe Moerschbacher leads canyoneering trips in waterfall-rich gorges throughout Pisgah and the surrounding forests. His canyoneering trips are a mix of swimming, rock hopping, climbing and waterfall rappels that tackle familiar terrain in new, unique ways. We asked Moerschbacher to detail the gear he relies on day in, day out.

Adidas Terrex Solo ($120)

This shoe is great for water sports of all types. They’re breathable and quick draining, but durable enough to be used as a lightweight trail runner. What sets this shoe apart is the sole, which is made of 5.10 stealth rubber, providing you superior grip as you scramble and climb on and among wet boulders.

Native Eyewear Kodiak Sunglasses ($149)

These Polarized shades provide eye protection from the sun, and also come with interchangeable light and dark lenses. Put a pair of chums on them and the glasses wrap around the face enough to be kept on while swimming without having to worry about them slipping off. Native Eyewear also has a great lifetime warranty deal.

Patagonia Capilene Daily Boxers ($35)

Almost as comfortable when wet as dry, these boxers will help prevent swamp ass. In addition, they dry quickly, and like most Patagonia products, will last quite a long while.

Royal Robbins Diablo Chill L/S ($78)

The Diablo Melange Blend is a Beat the Heat fabric protecting from high heat, humidity and sun exposure. Equipped with Wick-ed Cool mesh lining on the upper back for moisture wicking ventilation and a built-in cooling agent. Light weight, quick dry and wrinkle resistant, this shirt is ideal for travel and trekking, fusing style with function.

Tenkara USA Rhodo Rod ($215)

This is a great, lightweight collapsible fishing rod by the company that introduced the sport of Tenkara fishing to the United States. It’s simple and easy to use, and the adjustable length option makes it perfect for fishing the tight creeks of the Southeast.

NRS Level 6 Canyon Shorts ($60)

Comfortable and practical, these shorts have zipper pockets on both upper legs so you do not lose any valuables while swimming, boulder hopping, or rock scrambling. The built-in buckle makes sure your shorts stay on when you swim, dive, or jump in the water. Editor’s Note: NRS discontinued the Canyon, and now makes the Guide shorts.

Hydro Flask 64-oz. Growler ($65)

Hydro Flask’s double wall insulation keeps every sip of your beverage as icy cold as when it was first poured (even if it sits in the hot sun all day). Plus, the streamlined handle makes the Growler easy to carry and even easier to pour.

Mountainsmith Mountain Shade Dome ($170)

The Mountain Shade goes up easily, has tons of space, and tends to be the congregation hall of the campground. At 10 feet high, with 100 square feet of floor space, it provides ample shelter from the rain and sun.

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