1 What do you need, really, to live for a few days away from it all? Less than what you see here, no doubt. But here, in this section of the gallery, is our inventory of the 'essential' gear that we are accustomed to using.
2 We've been packing it in and out with two canoe loads. What's most necessary coming in isn't necessarily the same as what you need to the end, especially if you separate the trips by some time, or even by one night, as we like to do.
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4 Our beautiful TrailHead4 tent from The North Face
5 The TrailHead4 is the best tent we've ever had. Tall enough for me to get dressed standing up.
6 This is no pup tent, so sometimes it's hard to find a spot big enough for it. We forgot our landscape cloth groundsheet this time so had to make do with a tarp.
7 When you've camped with just thin foam pads to sleep on, this seems luxurious, even though its only two inches thick, fully inflated. We're careful only to roll them up for transit and they have never given us any trouble.
8 Two of these, linked together with special straps, serve as our sleeping mattress.
9 For many years we have shared the warmth of a matching pair of these rectangular sleeping bags zipped together. The usual differences in temperature requirements can be accomodated by spooning, unzipping a side, and of course by adding clothing. I'll let you guess who's needs what.
10 Ages ago, we simply sewed two flannel sheets together into a bag just slightly smaller than our sleeping bags. This inner sheet keeps our sleeping bags clean, adds warmth, and is a nice light cover when it's too hot to be fully insulated.
11 We actually forget these one year and didn't like the alternatives (stuff sacks). Comfort is critical.
12 This Coleman stove is our second (the first was a Primus). It gives high heat and adjusts easily to simmer. With two burners it does real meals well and rarely uses up more than the five pounds of propane in our tank on one trip.
13 Doesn't pack nicely with the stove. Wouldn't want to forget this one.
14 A five pound tank (good for ~ a week of cooking) and disposables for the lantern, fire-torch and for backup
15 This recent purchase would be good for travelling light, though we would miss having two burners, and we'd need close to one butane cylinder every day, and some kind of shield would be necessary on windy days.
16 This set of three aluminum pots and pans is still good after 32 years.
17 Six in one
18 These get used all year round so need to be added each trip.
19 Flexible and lightweight plastic
20 Hard plastic and Corelle Ware for a classier setting
21 We could easily halve this by taking turns to eat.
22 Pick and choose according to what's cooking for the trip.
23 Rubbermaid storage containers with lids to store cooking utensils that might have odours.
24 If we were really going light we'd leave the Rubbermaid dishpans behind and take this . . .
25 . . . because it's so compact and light.
26 When we carry in our drinking water (by the gallon) we'll take this (empty) to scoop up lake water for washing.
28 Hand towels, tea towels, j-cloths, oven mitts, trivets
29 The taller water bottles with the straws are best for in the tent because they leak very little when knocked over. Theyr'e not so good as the others for gettting a good gulp.
30 This takes care of the nitty gritty issues. The box and wipes stay in the tent. A part roll of paper is small enough to get sandwiched (in a baggie) under the lid of the privy.
31 Miscellaneous stuff, including the proverbial roll of duct tape. Toaster, roasting sticks and mosquito coils are definitely optional. Fly swatter not.
32 Garbage bags, ziplok bags, foil, clothes pins, and a mesh bag to hang fruit and vegetables for airing.
33 The old fashioned, heavy black flashlight is on its way out. All the others are LED, including one wind-up for when all batteries fail and one headlamp to keep the hands free. Don't forget extra batteries.
34 We're not big on campfires and tend to take firewood with us, so this gets used mostly for just driving and pulling stakes. But you never know.
35 Used mostly for prying out stones and levelling a spot for our tent. We've never had to dig a privy yet.
36 Water tight bailer, whistles, bow and stern painters (rope). This stays in the canoe.
37 Tie down straps, end tie down ropes, car rooftop pads and pipe grips (to slip over rope handles). When used to carry the canoe on a roof, hooks are needed to attach ropes to the front vehicle frame - left and right sides
39 When the tents retire, the stakes keep going. Plastic stakes are good for setting up in sandy soil.
40 Miscellaneous hardware, straps, repair kits, mantels all stored in a lunch bag
41 Quarter inch braided ropes for shelter construction and food hoisting. The best quality rope I have is the one I bought 35 years ago.
42 Miscellaneous ropes for guy lines and lashing. This is only part of my collection.
43 This ~ 6'x8' piece of landscape cloth goes between our tent bottom and the abrasive Canadian Shield. Won't trap water between itself and the tent like a tarp would.
44 Lightweight vinyl fly, with lots of grommets and ties, for covering in the canoe and on the campsite
45 Our 32 year old vinyl fly - not so good anymore, but we're reluctant to put it out to pasture
46 The fly from a discarded tent - good backup value for its weight
47 Cheap polyethylene tarps for general use: ground sheets when packing, mats outside the tent and under the hoisted food, gear covers when raining
48 Two enormous dry bag packs, used in transit and to hoist food into the air
49 Used during transport to safeguard the more precious cargo against the canoe tipping (which hasn't happened in 32 years)
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