Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Jan-01-13 10:38 PM (EST)
Other than my heavy whitewater days, where I always paddled with experienced clubs, I have spent most of my paddling days alone. I still do in my late 60's.
If you have the proper skills for the waters you are paddling, the proper preparation, the right gear and tools, and most of all GOOD JUDGMENT, you can enjoy solo tripping without worry.
Having rope is always good. I'd much rather be looking at rope than for rope when out paddling and camping. The painters can be used to tow your boat through shallows or, using your good judgment, to line your boat from shore through a steep pitch. It can also be used to pull your boat up, or lower it down, steep banks.
And the rope is always handy around camp for a clothesline or whatever.