Canoe Country Camping: Wilderness Skills for the Boundary by Michael Furtman

By Michael Furtman

Canoe Country Camping is an entire, enjoyable, and updated consultant that offers you the knowledge you would like for a secure and enjoyable canoe trip.

First-time campers will locate solutions to all their questions about the place to head, the right way to pack, and what to do. pro campers will locate important the way to streamline their making plans and make their subsequent journey greater than ever.

Prepare for the entire demanding situations of the barren region from the most obvious to the unforeseen. Michael Furtman, skilled Boundary Waters and Quetico canoeist, is helping you: plan your experience, decide your apparatus, pack for the portage, paddle successfully, and get ready a comfy camp.

Canoe Country Camping is chock filled with convenient checklists, valuable charts, and distinct drawings. Use it ahead of you cross. Take it alongside on your pack for speedy reference. Then get in the market with self belief, sit back and revel in your trip.

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The surest way to guarantee a newcomer to camping will never again want to go is to let him or her get cold, wet, or hungry. If having someone special enjoy the canoe country is important to you, make sure the person has good gear. This is true for adults as well as children. For me, the biggest advantage to down is its compressibility. Our two summer-weight down bags, in a compression stuff sack, are about the size of a single loaf of Wonder Bread. Obviously, no matter how you pack, this savings in space is wonderful, but especially so if you are striving to single portage by getting the gear of two people into one pack.

Axes and saws are matters of great debate, but your rule here should be simple. On short trips, less than a week in length, an ax is hardly worth the weight. Carrying fuel for your camp stove will be easier and lighter and will allow you to cook even on days when dry wood is hard to find. In most instances you'll be able to gather enough dry wood without needing an ax to split it. Using a folding saw, or just leaning the pieces against a log and stomping on them, will reduce wood to usable lengths.

I would always opt for a canoe with some rocker over a straight model because of this versatility. The little bit of speed lost is compensated by the ease with which the canoe can be drawn sideways into landings, and ferried Keel line influenced tracking Q Straight line—fast, tracks well Q Moderate rocker—a good balance of speed, tracking, and maneuverability Q Extreme rocker—slower, turns readily 39 CANOE COUNTRY CAMPING (moved sideways while moving forward) across rapids or windy bays and by the sheer fun of paddling such hulls.

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