Canoe Adventures

"Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe."   - Henry David Thoreau


There are times when a solo paddle, with no others around is what you need to refresh the mind and body. And yet, other times we need to meet up with like minded paddlers to share the moments.

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Gear for Your Camping

When you need gear there are many options. Many of these are on line, while other will be right around the corner. Finding the right gear in a timely manner and at the right price goes a long ways towards a happy and successful paddling adventure. And after you have the right gear for your canoe, you still need the right gear to camp and have fun.

Camping Gear

Included in your camping gear should be ways to prepare your meals and clean up. Your clothing and bedding needs are certainly not to be forgotten. Neither should an outing start without an adequate first aid kit. That all sounds simple enough until you start to take a look at all the possible ways to fulfill each task. What kind of meals and for how many people?

What are the weather conditions that you foresee during your trip, and even those that might be improbable but not impossible? Don't make your adventure turn in to a Gillian's Island event. As amazing as cell phones are, they don't always get coverage.

Start by making a list of the things you have and need and include a way to keep them all together. The list of haves should include items used and needed for personal and whole camp needs. It should include lighting, first aid, tents, sleeping bags and pads, weather radio, communication device such as walkie talkies with at least 10 miles of range. Your camp kitchen can be simply a stove and a few small pots or include a collapsible table (s) and multiple burner stoves complete with diverters to run off a single 5 lb propane tank. It should also have a garbage system and a cleaning area with appropriate soap. Many items can be burned if you are not in a burn ban area, however, don't only plan to burn your trash, plan to take it all back.If there is an opportunity to have a fire reduce the carry out that's OK, but don't burn your plastics and you should not have any glass, or Styrofoam.

Also remember that what goes in, must come out and that includes the food. Portable potties are a must in many locations and just the right thing to do. With an ever growing population of outdoor enthusiasts, we don't need to be setting up camp and some other folks cat hole.

Resources for Gear

Bass Pro Shops - One of the nations leading suppliers of outdoor gear.

Campacopia - Specialty supplier of light weight camping supplies and paddle gear. They also have some instructional videos on their site for the canoeist.

Mountain Sports - General supplier of outdoor gear for hiking, water sports, winter games, and camping.

O'Neill - Leading maker of wet suits, dry suits and other apparel for the paddlers and water lovers.

REI - Retailer / Coop for outdoor gear for hiking, climbing, paddle sports

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