Stuff to take to Bowron Lakes?
Posted by: gingernc on Jun-27-13 3:34 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I'm assembling the gear we're taking to Bowron Lakes. Going in on July 9.
PNetters, you were very helpful to me regarding what to put in my first aid kit(which is done) so now a couple of remaining gear questions.
Should we take:
A Sven saw
Mosquito sticks (same as coils but sturdier)
They recommend an axe, I assume for splitting down wood rounds to cooking size. I take a saw with me in the Southeast, but there may be no use for it there? And it's relatively heavy.
We are just one canoe, not a group, so maybe no throwbag?
Mosquito sticks worked great on Cumberland Island, GA. Might help us be able to sit outside at Bowron in the evening?
Please share your thoughts. Thanks!
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Not sure a throw bag is needed for its|
Posted by: g2d on Jun-27-13 3:38 PM (EST)
traditional role, but you never know when you'll want a whole bunch of extra rope.
Posted by: ppine on Jun-27-13 4:07 PM (EST)
Be ready for rain, mosquitoes, bears and some river currents. I would bring an axe, saw, tarp in addition to a tent, a pistol and a throw bag. Head nets, long pants and sleeves with velco closures and some cigars for really bad mosquitoes.
Transport Canada requires 15 of|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-27-13 4:15 PM (EST)
Thanks, all. And one more question.|
Posted by: gingernc on Jun-27-13 6:48 PM (EST)
OK, will take saw and throw bag, and the mosquito sticks don't weigh much, so them too.
You can carry your brandy in a Nalgene|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-27-13 7:09 PM (EST)
bottle..no problem. Some of them are sold in plastic bottles.
Well, OK, then!|
Posted by: gingernc on Jun-27-13 7:26 PM (EST)
Nalgene it is, with no worries.
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-28-13 12:23 PM (EST)
I would use a metal flask or water bottle. Alcohol can be a good solvent, not sure how much plastic you'd end up drinking with your beverage if you kept it in nalgene.
Nalgene works for Scotch|
Posted by: rpg51 on Jun-30-13 8:14 AM (EST)
trust me - lots of experience with this.
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-28-13 9:42 AM (EST)
never mind about the bear cannisters |
Posted by: Mattt on Jun-28-13 9:48 AM (EST)
Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Mattt you are mistaken|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-28-13 10:14 AM (EST)
bring a pistol he says...|
Posted by: cunningstunts on Jun-29-13 11:12 PM (EST)
A pistol is useful |
Posted by: rpg51 on Jun-30-13 8:24 AM (EST)
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jun-30-13 9:32 PM (EST)
and when you should ever decide to never visit Canada again...and spend a few hours chatting with the nice man at the border aboot it.
Posted by: paddlesheep on Jul-03-13 10:59 AM (EST)
Foreign visitors - exceptions|
Posted by: Mattt on Jul-01-13 8:53 AM (EST)
I didn't spend a lot of time looking, but see below - from the Transport Canada/Marine website
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-03-13 11:08 AM (EST)
I have been canoeing since 1971 in Canada and its pretty simple.
Bear lockers at Bowron|
Posted by: gingernc on Jun-30-13 11:54 AM (EST)
They say they have them at most portages. We plan to use them at campsites and at portages if we have to make two trips.
I hope you get to see lots of bear|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jun-30-13 12:08 PM (EST)
just being bear. When they are not bothering humans nor being stressed around humans, they are incredibly fun to watch.
Time. Take as much as you can.|
Posted by: WestCoastPaddler on Jun-30-13 9:06 PM (EST)
You can take up to 14 days to do the circuit -- I would suggest taking as many days as you can -- it's a beautiful place and you'll likely like to stay at a few locations for a couple of nights.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jun-30-13 9:34 PM (EST)
I think that they actually require one large axe, or two smaller hatchet/hand axes. I don't believe they "recommend" it. Might want to check on that.
Axe is not essential|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-01-13 9:01 AM (EST)
one per party is recommended.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-01-13 7:06 PM (EST)
The pre-trip information brochure says one axe per party..required.
No it does not|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-03-13 11:11 AM (EST)
Posted by: paddlesheep on Jul-04-13 11:23 AM (EST)
At Bowron the rangers stock wood at caches close to (but not at) the campgrounds. So an ax for splitting these pieces up will be more useful than a saw or a hatchet.
Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-05-13 4:42 PM (EST)
and they used to check each party for an axe or two hatchets before allowing them to start.
Swimsuit and/or wetsuit|
Posted by: Northyak on Jul-04-13 3:24 PM (EST)
Make sure to bring your swimsuit (or wetsuit if you prefer) for swimming. The water in Una Lake is quite pleasant, though the other lakes will be chilly.
Posted by: gingernc on Jul-04-13 7:32 PM (EST)
Yes, early start with a good cart. Great weather forecast for first couple of days. I'm outta here.
Posted by: ppine on Jul-05-13 3:26 PM (EST)
Sorry about the brain fart. Bear spray or a rifle/shotgun is a more like it.