About a year and a half ago, I picked up my first canoe, followed almost immediately by his & hers kayaks. A handful of my friends also scooped up kayaks and we've been on a ton of trips since. You can see my blog (which I've neglected for more than a year because I get bored with things quickly) here:
But here's a time-lapse I took of a trip last weekend:
Living in central Florida, we've got no shortage of rivers and oceans to paddle. We started with a 2-day camp on an island out in the Atlantic near Kennedy Space Center, then decided we'd never do less than 3 days again. We do a lot of day trips but when it comes to camping, we decided 3 days, 2 nights is the only way to go. However, one of my buddies and I have decided we want to go a little bigger. We're planning a 5 day river trip with just the two of us.
I'm just looking for some general advice. We're pretty well equipped when it comes to standard, light gear. We'll probably end up bringing MRE's and a lot of light snacks (granola, jerky, etc). Water is out, so we'll have to filter and drink river water for the first time.
I guess I'm looking for advice on water filtration and gear that someone may neglect to bring on trips like this. Our plan is to cover 20 miles a day, so we'll be out early and up early, spending a lot of time on the water. I joined this forum to pose these questions because there have to be things I'm not thinking of.
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Water filtration is pretty easy|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-09-12 12:53 AM (EST)
Why is water out?|
Posted by: booztalkin on Nov-09-12 8:18 AM (EST)
Here is an obvious one: you will have to be paddling on fresh water if you are filtering. I prefer filtering if the water source is suitable, but lots of places, it's not. This may be because it is brackish, too silty, or polluted with industrial or agricultural run off.
Maybe we'll have to bring water|
Posted by: jaysun on Nov-09-12 12:19 PM (EST)
I checked out both of your systems and they seem rather expensive and complicated. To answer your question, I said water was out just because of the weight. We're trying to keep it as light as possible so we can cover more ground. Covering 20 miles a day on this river is going to be difficult, as it's a snake with a lot of obstacles and shallows, depending on the water level. We'll be doing the Peace River. It's 106 miles long from beginning to end, so we'll need to cover about 21 miles a day.
Posted by: sapien on Nov-09-12 7:36 PM (EST)
is it because of tannins from leaf decay? if so you may not be able to filter it out totally. it's like a natural dye (we call it Allagash tea!) in the water, but harmless to drink.
The Peace river...|
Posted by: tjalmy on Nov-09-12 7:52 PM (EST)
goes through a lot of cattle country. The tannins in the water from the oak leaves is the least of your concerns. I'd pack water.
Posted by: ppine on Nov-14-12 1:50 PM (EST)
Bring a quality filer. Add a pre-filter and settle water for silty streams. I have had bad luck with gravity filters. Bring iodine or Halazone as back up. Bring a large pot for boiling if necessary. Bring some bleach in a small bottle to diinfect dishwashing water (unfiltered).
Posted by: jaysun on Nov-15-12 10:02 AM (EST)
Well, we're making a 2-day test run this weekend. I think what we'll do is bring enough water for the trip, but also bring iodine tablets, a pot to boil water, and a filtration bottle, so we can test out whether or not we can make the water potable. Better to test it on a 2-day than a 5-day. I just picked up a cheapo filtration bottle from Walmart. I'm not sure how well it'll work. I guess we'll see. If this stuff doesn't do the trick, we'll look into a legitimate filtration system.
Posted by: adeanast on Nov-28-12 6:28 PM (EST)
We frequently do 3 - 5 days trips. We have always carried the Katadyn filter bottles - when we backpack or kayak tour. They have worked great and we have never had a problem. We boil water for morning coffee. We also have iodine tablets in the first aid kit.
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Posted by: ocala on Dec-04-12 10:30 AM (EST)
from White Springs down there is no reason to carry water there are plenty of places to get water every day. (River Camps, State Parks, County Parks, Outfitters, Suwannee River Rendezvous). I did a week long trip in 2009 & only carried water I would need for the day. Have fun!!!! KK