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  Packing ibn an NDK boat
  Posted by: Celia on Jul-02-13 9:56 AM (EST)
 

The 10 inch rounds do alter things that work in other boats. I found that when I went to an NDK boat from a boat that had one oval hatch.

So - use lots of smaller dry bags and throw a canvas bag on top to put all the little bags into to carry to the camp site. Get stuff sacks for all the soft goods - sleeping bag, tent if possible. Break up the bigger nested cook kit into two parts, or better yet just bring the smaller inside pieces. If you don't have one of those remarkably tiny camp stoves, get one. Tent poles go in separately from the tent. Go with a good ground cover (I think they are often called footprints) for the tent, and that will let you use a smaller thermarest pad without having totally chilly and wet feet in the morning.

If you can filter water that will help a lot.

It is surprising how much space you can get with the above techniques.

Now, back to the compass thing. I personally agree with others above that having and being able to use a chart and compass is not at all optional for a trip like this. No matter that someone else has the stuff - every paddler in the group should be able to manage at least basic how-to-get-to-land navigation. And in certain conditions, say thick fog, it is not possible without a functioning compass. Also - colder water and air temps tend to take out battery life much faster than when you are getting used to the device in your living room. We spend part of each summer in Maine, in water that is not as chilly and damp as Georgian Bay can get (except the last few days....), and battery life is probably half of what we get at home.

It doesn't take a huge investment. I am talking a strap-on compass or even a hand held compass with a decent size readout, and nosing around on the internet for charts you can print out. Then laminate them or get a chart case. You already know where you are going, so you should be able to find ones well-tailored to your needs.

I didn't catch it above - are you carrying a spare paddle?

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