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A summary of my experience using my home built cedar strip kayak for wilderness camping in Canada's Quetico Provincial Park.

You cram all of your camping gear into the hull or hatches of a kayak and paddle off to a distant remote campsite, then unpack, set up camp and enjoy the solitude. Pretty simple!

for more information: http://jimmar.hubpages.com/_3v4wkz561vqja/hub/Solo-Kayak-Camping

Step 1: Gear list – what did I take – where was it packed

Picture of Gear list – what did I take – where was it packed
At every portage this loose gear was removed from the forward hull and rear hatch or unstrapped from the deck, then placed in the army duffle. The portage yoke was attached to the kayak combing.

4 man tent – smallest I had – forward hull

Sleeping bag – packed in plastic trash bag and rubberized pack liner bag – forward hull

Light weight foam sleeping pad – forward hull

Clothing – packed in waterproof gear bag – rear hatch

Cook kit – loose in rear hatch

Coleman Dual Fuel 533 camp stove – loose in rear hatch

Small coffee pot – loose in rear hatch

Spare shoes – loose in rear hatch

Food bag – loose in rear hatch

Army surplus duffle bag with shoulder straps – loose in rear hatch

Katadyn Hiker water filter – loose in rear hatch

Rope for hanging food pack – loose in rear hatch

Portage yoke – strapped on top of hull

Fanny pack emergency survival kit – strapped on top of hull

Paddle float – strapped on top of hull

GPS – in deck bag

Camera and mini tripod – in deck bag

Tackle – in deck bag

Fishing rods (2) – strapped on top of hull

Water bottle for drinking – in cockpit

Compass and maps – in deck bag

Rain gear – in deck bag

Sponge – in cockpit
Reiff1 year ago
Bummer I'm still only 13. I would do that any day. Also where is that place, looks like a great place to have a canoe trip.
mph98 Reiff7 months ago
The quetico. It's in Canada. Just north of Minnesota. A great and beautiful region. Canoeing up there is amazing. The area farther north is actually even more amazing, it is referred to as the Crown Lands. It is even more untouched and beautiful. This past summer I went on a 30 day trip up there (22 days in the crown lands, 6 days in the quetico, and 2 days in the boundary waters), we covered a total 277 miles. It was an amazing experience. And don't let age get you down, I was only turned 16 in the middle of the trip. If you are interested in that kind of stuff look into a ymca camp called camp Widjiwagan.
jimmar57 (author)  mph987 months ago
Sounds like a great trip. I wish I had the free time to spend on a longer trip. I have to settle for one or two week long trips per year. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Great description! Do you have a description for building your kajak? What plans did you use?
jimmar57 (author)  boatwayupnorth2 years ago
I regret not taking photos of my kayak build. I lofted the plans from the tables for the Resolute in "Kayak Craft". I would like to build another someday - I WILL document the build with photos and an instructable.
Pitty that! I'll have to wait for the next one ...
Keep up the good work!

Someday I'll post an Instructable on the construction of my cedar strip kayak (it's only halfway finished at the moment, so don't hold your breath). If you want to see how the boats are built, I'd suggest checking out the forums at http://www.blueheronkayaks.com/phpBB2/index.php I learned a lot from the folks over there while I was planning my build.

jimmar57 (author)  LynxSys1 year ago

My second cedar strip kayak build is nearly complete. I plan to write and instructable when I am finished but in the mean time you can follow my progress on: http://jimmar.hubpages.com/

LynxSys1 year ago

What great photos; it looks like it was a wonderful trip! I appreciate that you mention leaving a float plan with a responsible person and trying to anticipate and prepare for possible emergencies. I have an additional suggestion regarding safety equipment: as a kayak guide, I always told people to consider carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), especially if they paddle solo or go beyond the range of cell phones and VHF radios. PLBs are about the same size as a large cell phone, are more reliable than cell phones, are very robust (waterproof), don't need any kind of service plan, and will give rescuers your precise coordinates. I always keep mine in my life jacket, and most open-water guides that I know do the same. Also helpful is a waterproof strobe to make you more visible when rescuers get overhead.

wleedham2 years ago
I wish i lived somewhere like this
loafers2 years ago
Brilliant job mate!
Awesome. Voting.
tpardue2 years ago
one tip the lessen the weight space. Instead of using a tent, sleeping bag, ground pad use a hammock ENO makes a great hammock that pack real small. its like $100 for the hammock and strap
tpardue tpardue2 years ago
Other wise it is a great list
HelmutHound2 years ago
Wow! Very beautiful photos and instructible!