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  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.

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  Cold Weather Paddling
  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 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.
Now, how 'bout some more canoe talk ???
  tarp pole
  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.
  kayak camping?
  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.

I do kayak, but much prefer to canoe. It's what I know best. A kayaker should write about some of the issues you discussed. Can you add some points here on the discussion forum?
  Paddling in Cold Weather
  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.

Also, I no longer mess with tents. A sleeping bag or two in the Rob Roy on a thermo pad is always warm, even if I have to break ice to move in the morning (sometimes I sleep on shore on car top pads under the canoe). I have a canopy fastened to the canoe that breathes well, although if it is not raining or snowing, I prefer the open air. Even in snow, the canoe is is dry and warm. If there is a enough snow, I use the canoe as a sled behind my skiis and winter camp with it. (I guess that is still canoeing?)

The Mississippi in Minneapolis gives open-water canoeing at some point of every month of the year. Traffic in January is never a problem.

Another tip: a cheap foam mattress pad in the bottom of the kayak or solo canoe really helps keep legs and feet warm.

Another tip: Using a double paddle and sitting down on the bottom of the canoe (or kayak, of course) is much more stable and thus safer.
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