cold weather camping
Posted by: old_user on Oct-26-06 8:31 PM (EST)
your passage, while crammed with handy tips, has nothing to do with paddling in cold weather. the only references were to items a paddler has which then serve a dual purpose when camping, (dry bags and paddle).
as someone wanting to brave cold water in a touring boat with XL cockpit,i hoped for more apparrel and gear tips to combat the cold. what seat insulation is there, how should i layer, what works best to protect hands and feet, splash jacket/pants vs. dry suit vs. neoprene???
instead, title it "kayak camping in the cold", and write another that actually fulfills it's promise.
PFD's (Life Jackets)
Rescue / Throw Bags
Gedi Convertible Helmet
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Posted by: OpaStu on Oct-27-06 9:52 AM (EST)
Despite spychic's displeasure with not getting his interests met, I thought it was a good article about dealing with the cold when out "paddling" and, as he stated, in canoe camping. One suggestion regarding the tarps...when you use the clever two-paddle method, you have to take down the support when you want to go out for a paddle. Check out Dan Cooke's solution at www.cookecustomsewing.com where he has a collapsable center post and a reinforced method of securng the center post in the center of the tarp. It works great.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-03-06 9:29 AM (EST)
The tarp pole looks like a great idea. My wife had a laugh at your coment about needing a paddle while the tarp is up. That happened to us this past season - so I ordered the tarp pole for a Christmas surprise.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-03-06 9:33 AM (EST)
Good comment. Sorry about not having everything. I'll have to write another piece to include clothing and such.
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Posted by: old_user on Nov-04-06 8:33 PM (EST)
I like paddling the St Croix in cold weather. I've found I can go down river several miles and then find it frozen over for a half mile. So it really helps to carry a set of 12inch adapted ski poles. I can then sit in my solo Rob Roy canoe and move faster over the ice than I can paddle. Without picks, it is hard to get up on the ice, or safely get off the ice if the water has dropped and the ice slopes up to the shore. Going off ice into water is best done sideways, as a canoe supported only on both ends is obviously tipsy.