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Bell Wildfire (Royalex)

Blackhawk Ariel

Mad River Independence (sold)

Wenonah Prism (sold)
-cane seat installation
-thwart replacement

Custom portage pads

Seat-mounted portage yoke

Outside canoe shelter

Inside canoe storage



BWCA - June 2010

Page 5: Lessons Learned - Equipment and Food Summary


Surveying the Wreckage

I find that I packed well.


  • Two freeze-dried dinners (8 oz.)
  • Three breakfasts (pre-packed granola, 1.2 lb.)
  • One small bag of instant milk (6 oz.)
  • 4 ounces of beef jerky (good for the ride home)
  • 6 ounces of orange marmalade
  • 2 precooked bannock, still in their vacuum-sealed bag (1.2 lb.) (only one piece out of the other 6 developed any mold to speak of)

Total weight of leftovers is about 4 pounds.

Things I brought but didn’t use:

  • First aid kit
  • Filtration water bottle
  • One t-shirt
  • MP3 player (forgot the earphones)
  • Spare glasses
  • Bug dope
  • Cold and blister treatments from my toiletry kit
  • Bandanna treated with permethrin
  • 2 pair gloves
  • Extra batteries
  • Fire starters
  • Folding trowel
  • 8 Esbit fuel tablets (out of 13)
  • Baseball cap with integral heat net
  • Bug shirt

I would bring all but the last two items on any trip regardless of whether I used them or not.

Things I brought and used but didn’t need:

  • 2nd long-sleeve t-shirt
  • 2nd pair of liner socks
  • NRS Boundary Socks (they kept my feet clean but not dry due to sweating)

Things I brought for the first time:

  • Bear Vault 500 (very convenient, 2.5 lb.)
  • Alite Monarch chair (1.5 lb. but less versatile than 3 lb. tripod chair)

Things I wished I’d brought:

  • Down jacket (would have been nice on chilly days but not really needed)
  • Tripod chair (more upright posture than the Alite Monarch)
  • Blueberry jam (in place of half the marmalade)
  • Earphones for MP3 player and as antenna for weather radio
  • Tarp pole(s)
  • Binoculars


Now to start planning for the September trip to Snowbank Lake.



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