Sunday, September 8, 2013

Packing for the Boundary Waters

The first time we went to the Boundary Waters, we didn't have a clue what we were doing.  We took way too much gear and I'm not even sure what we packed it all into.  The only thing I remember is that we had too many bags that were difficult to carry across portages.

The second time we went canoe camping wasn't much better.  That time my memory is of a hotel room with all of our stuff spread wide out on the floor and trying to figure out where to put everything.  There's an actual photo somewhere, but know that it was way worse than this one.

Most of the fights we had in those early BWCAW years were about packing, before we had even left our driveway.

However, in the almost twenty years since we started going canoe camping we have gotten a lot better at packing for it.  First of all, my honey has a list which helps us both.

Also, over time we have acquired some really excellent gear that helps us with packing.  This is our granite gear pack and we have a great Duluth Pack with a basket. Plus, there's seat bags and map cases.

I guess that it all helps, an organized list, the right packs, and lots of experience.  With all that going for us, it's been years since we had a fight over packing. (Hope that doesn't jinx us next time!)

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