Pack right for fall, spring paddling

The 2011 paddling season is nearing its end in Wisconsin, but this article from Paddling Light contains a bunch of good tips and tricks for doing extended-season canoe camping, when rain, sleet and cold weather are possible, if not likely.

A few things caught my eye from the article:

  • Seat pads can provide an extra bit of warmth instead of a plastic, metal or wooden seat in your canoe or kayak.
  • An insulated mug is a great way to keep coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc. at the right temperature on a blustery day.
  • Carry two types of firestarter, since you’ll likely need to light a fire to keep warm or dry if off you take a dunk.
  • Proper clothing is key. Dress in waterproof, breathable pants, shirts, etc. (you might even consider wearing a wetsuit or drysuit), but be sure you have the proper clothes for dry days, too.

All in all, use common sense when you pack for paddling trips in the late fall/early spring. It’s a great time to be out on the lakes and rivers when you’re looking for some peace and quiet without the throng of other canoeists and kayakers.

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