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  Well, the best input that I could give..
  Posted by: CoffeeII on Jul-15-11 9:13 AM (EST)

Is cut down on the gear weight/Quantity. Do everything you can to dissipate that.

As a avid soloist and lightweight hiker, My gear weight is 47.265 lbs (I am 158) & my dogs gear weight is 21.876 lbs (She is 162).

Sounds strange to some, but-

"ounces = pounds over distance".

The same is true for dimension-

"size = mass over area"

Get rid of anything that is equal to surface area. ie: wrappers off canned goods (identify with a sharpie), take items that are in a cardboard box out & put into zip-lock bags (unless already bagged in the box, then just discard the box). Get rid of "redundant equipment". Carry "multi-use" items. Only take the maximum cookery (do you really need three different pans and 5 different pots? Learn the "one/two dish cooking method). Etc. Etc...

This should open a DRASTIC amount of room in an existing canoe & save $$$$.$$ in the long run.

Just for alittle example, I use a 9ft kayak if I am by myself. I also use a 16ft canoe if it is me and the dogs (162lb English Mastiff & 48lb English Bulldog). And no boat at all if it is just me & the Mastiff hiking. So you see, my two dogs = you... I = your brother & the gear = about 1/2 yours, all in a similar boat. LOL

Paddle easy,


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