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Bell Wildfire (Royalex)

Blackhawk Ariel

Mad River Independence (sold)

Wenonah Prism (sold)
-cane seat installation
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Custom portage pads

Seat-mounted portage yoke

Outside canoe shelter

Inside canoe storage



BWCA - September 2010

Page 5: Lessons Learned
Equipment and Food Summary

Surveying the Wreckage

I find that we packed well.


  • One freeze-dried dinner (Mountain House Wild Rice Pilaf)
  • A few breakfasts (pre-packed granola)
  • One small bag of instant milk
  • Four ounces of beef jerky (good for the ride home)
  • Three packages of bannock mix
  • Three packages of pudding mix
  • One pint of stove fuel (out of two)
  • Three ounces or so of blueberry jam

Things I brought but didn’t use:

  • First aid kit
  • Filtration water bottle
  • One t-shirt
  • MP3 player
  • Spare glasses
  • Cold and blister treatments from my toiletry kit
  • Gloves
  • Extra batteries
  • Fire starters

I would bring all of these items on any trip regardless of whether I used them or not.

Things I wished we’d brought:

  • Down jacket (would have been nice on cold, windy days)
  • Both tripod chairs (brought only one)
  • Binoculars
  • Steve: warm hat, long johns and warm shoes

This trip is the first time I wet-footed. I learned a few things:

  • Wet pant legs are cold. It's better to roll them up and keep them try.
  • Water shoes collect sand and grit.
  • The anticipation of putting on wet socks is worse than the reality.
  • Putting on warm socks and dry shoes is truly wonderful.

Now to start planning for next May's trip down the Isabella River.



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