Solo Kayak Camping

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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!

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

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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
Reiff9 months 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.
wleedham11 months ago
I wish i lived somewhere like this
boatwayupnorth11 months ago
Great description! Do you have a description for building your kajak? What plans did you use?
jimmar57 (author)  boatwayupnorth11 months 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!
loafers11 months ago
Brilliant job mate!
Awesome. Voting.
tpardue1 year 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
Other wise it is a great list
Wow! Very beautiful photos and instructible!