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whiteh20  
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03/08/2009 08:40AM
 
The water bottle light thread got me thinking about needs vs. wants. What does everyone bring along that is not needed, but makes your trip more enjoyable. Example- I have reduced the stuff I bring so I can get a full sized feather pillow in my pack. Camp pillows or stuff sacks work but not near as comfy!


"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
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knothead180  
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03/08/2009 09:13AM
 
Hammock!
Dodger  
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03/08/2009 09:29AM
 
This year I plan on bringing in a cot. Dodger
lorileinenkugel  
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03/08/2009 09:48AM
 
My GSI micro table. Its not a needed item but I wont go into the bwca without it. It fits over logs so I have a nice flat clean surface to cook on. I also use it as a writing desk since I like to journal while in camp. My Taj3 tent for just me. Its big and roomy for 1.
nolahlm  
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03/08/2009 10:41AM
 
Sleeping pad, not required but it is a life (and back) saver
Jimi  
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03/08/2009 10:49AM
 
Acid Blondie cigars.


Jimi
myceliaman  
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03/08/2009 11:02AM
 
My depth/fish finder. Some trips I bring my girlfriend.


There comes a time when the blind man says don't ya see..
gutmon  
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03/08/2009 12:43PM
 



"The trouble with the world isn't that people know too little, but that they know so much that just ain't so." Mark Twain
whiteh20  
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03/08/2009 12:55PM
 
Jimi,
I like acid blonde cigars as well. Good for a flavored cigar!!


"With an ax, you can build a life. With a stove, you can boil water. That is if nothing breaks and you don't run out of fuel." -Samuel Hearne
dogwoodgirl  
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03/08/2009 12:59PM
 
crazy creek chair....my aging back loves it!

Also an enthusiastic second on the GSI microtable.


~On to Fort Chippewan before the snow flies!
Blackstick  
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03/08/2009 01:18PM
 
Lawn chair! Dutch oven.
izzy  
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03/08/2009 01:31PM
 
Beer
snakecharmer  
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03/08/2009 02:18PM
 
I'm with izzy. A few beers always make it into my pack.


"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after"
~ Henry David Thoreau
andym  
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03/08/2009 02:38PM
 
Fabric kitchen sink and bucket. May add a second sink for rinse water this year.
Mongo65  
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03/08/2009 04:42PM
 
Camp Stool
Spice Kit

This Year

Cast Iron Skillet
GSI Micro Table
Utensil Roll



Sit back, relax, have a home brew.
Unas10  
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03/09/2009 04:06AM
 
Everything beyond a canoe and a paddle.
Minnesotian  
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03/09/2009 07:15AM
 
Thermos of wine and a couple cigars.
Ipod with some Beethoven symphonies.
A flask of whiskey.


"We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return - prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only as relics to our desolate kingdom." - Thoreau
Mad_Angler  
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03/09/2009 08:09AM
 
Let's see... I was going to start listing items but then I got to thinking about what defined "not required". Hum...

I've I had to list one luxury item, it would be my portable depth finder. It may not be required. But it makes fishing more fun for me and has helped me catch a bunch of fish. If it helps with fun and fish, is it really "not required"?


Fish where the fish are...
Mad_Angler  
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03/09/2009 08:12AM
 
Still thinking...

I guess I would like to take a minimalist trip. Something where I all take is one small pack with the essentials. Here is a thread about that from last year:

Minimal

Here is another thread questioning what folks would take if they could only take a bookbag worth of equipment:
Minimal



Fish where the fish are...
gutmon  
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03/09/2009 10:10AM
 
I had some friends that took a summer day float down one of our area rivers and they brought a generator and blender for on-river margaritas...cooler with some beer seems like a smarter choice to me.


"The trouble with the world isn't that people know too little, but that they know so much that just ain't so." Mark Twain
bdubber  
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03/09/2009 10:21AM
 
A chair, a couple of books, bag of wine and tobacco.
solotrek  
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03/09/2009 10:45AM
 
Folding Coleman beach chair. Although it's getting harder every year to get up outta that thing!


"It is in solitude, in quiet communication with nature that we reach most deeply into truth." Sam Campbell
Camp Cook  
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03/09/2009 11:05AM
 
I also take my full size feather pillow... would never sleep well without it.
heyrpm  
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03/09/2009 12:18PM
 
Walkstool, Its light and collapses down, I lash it to the side of my pack. Walkstool
Savage Voyageur  
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03/09/2009 05:45PM
 
Sorry knothead but my hammock is required. Some of the things that are nice to have are, GPS, GSI micro table, crazy creek chair, cast iron skillet,flask with booze, cigars,book, tripod. They are all going along in June


"So many lakes, so little time."
Itchy Menace  
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03/09/2009 09:20PM
 
I like having music, especially on solo trips it's nice to just chill out with some good tunes at night.
Merganser  
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03/09/2009 09:29PM
 
Required is an interesting term. For instance I "require" a camp chair. A sun shower is "nice to have" for me but my wife "requires" it.



"That sort of thing is my bag baby."
greenandblackplaid  
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03/09/2009 09:55PM
 
An expendable corncob pipe and some quality pipe tobacco - much more relaxing to me than a cigar, although good cigar every once in a while is nice, too.
tony  
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03/10/2009 02:36AM
 
1. chair
2. hammock
3. outback oven
4. solar shower
5. liquid pain killer
6. lantern (sometimes)


tony
andym  
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03/10/2009 04:08AM
 
I guess I really have a lot of items that are not needed but I think that is one of the allures of canoe camping over backpacking is the ability to take more weight and have a more luxurious camp. And that's the view from someone who single portages!
lostreef  
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03/10/2009 05:23PM
 
A secret rubber bear track stamp. Required, heck no. Nice to have around camp? YES, after everyone else goes to sleep. Made the trip immeasurably more enjoyable.







S-W-T
TomT  
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03/10/2009 06:30PM
 
That is hilarious. Where did you get that?
Mongo65  
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03/10/2009 09:36PM
 
Lostreef. That fake bear paw is low-down, sneaky, devious and downright underhanded.


Where do I get one?


Sit back, relax, have a home brew.
lostreef  
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03/10/2009 10:01PM
 
I borrowed it from Kanoes!


S-W-T
buz  
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03/11/2009 08:54AM
 
Wow, I need one of those. The boy scout troop would never camp again in tents after I got done with that thing, lol.
Savage Voyageur  
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03/11/2009 09:41AM
 
Wow I need that rubber bear track stamp, my friends will go nuts when they see tracks all over the place. Too funny. Where can I get one?


"So many lakes, so little time."
Wolf0503  
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03/11/2009 12:28PM
 
Do they have a wolf stamp as well? That & the Bear would be too much fun.
bdavid1157  
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03/11/2009 12:43PM
 
Wild River State Park has them maybe they can tell you where the got them. The number for the visitor center is 651-583-2925. I thought we purchased ours here years ago.

http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/Mammal-Track-Molds-C703.aspx?UserID=17066907&SessionID=0I9Xycn59oHnsU0TOMEV

I only see the female molds but you could fill the mold up with chaulk and make your own male stamp.

gutmon  
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03/11/2009 12:49PM
 
Why not go all out...


"The trouble with the world isn't that people know too little, but that they know so much that just ain't so." Mark Twain
lostreef  
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03/11/2009 03:25PM
 
So much for plausible deniability, here you go.


http://www.acornnaturalists.com/store/Track-Replicas---Positives-actual-casts-C48.aspx


S-W-T
buz  
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03/12/2009 08:29AM
 
Wow, nice selection lostreef. There will be all kinds of new species spotted in the BW/Q this year i'm sure, lol. I think near my campsite the wolverine and grizzly are going to make a comeback to Minnesota! Ever seen a pronghorn antelope in the BW? Maybe this year. Or was that a jackalope, lol.
sandhog  
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05/20/2009 07:57AM
 
I am in the aforementioned group that lostreef speaks of....and yes the prints looked realistic.
bmac78  
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05/20/2009 10:01AM
 
those rubber bear prints are just wrong in so many ways :)


Are those Whitecaps ?
Richwon4  
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05/20/2009 10:40AM
 
Bleacher Seat & sleep pad.

Love the Bear Tracks!!! I'll save the idea for when my wife and kids go up with me.
Wolf0503  
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05/20/2009 12:39PM
 
those are so wrong in so many ways, but they may have made a sale
urbanflyguy  
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05/20/2009 01:56PM
 
My aquavu and vexliar, and my float tube
mc2mens  
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05/20/2009 02:44PM
 
camp chair, bag of wine, something to smoke.


"Big fish eat little fish."
Les Ismore  
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05/20/2009 11:51PM
 
wow, wish i had saw that bear print before tonite, i leave in two days so i wont have a chance to get one before the trip...damn....
but as for nice but not necessary? i'd say my canoe partner. he filets the fish, so it's nice to have him, but i could probably get by with out him...


Build a man a fire, keep him warm for a night; set a man on fire, keep him warm the rest of his life.
Voyageur  
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05/21/2009 08:53AM
 
Half my fishing lures. More likly 80% of my lures. A table. Not needed but really convenient.


Remember this is fun... and your having it.
CaptnDan  
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05/21/2009 03:20PM
 
Very interesting discussion! Two years ago, I took a solo trip and tried very hard to minimize pack weight. I wanted to be in the low 30#. I put together what I thought was a nice, light pack; over 50#.No go! It took a lot of work (and leaving my Duluth pack home) to get down to the eventual weight of 36#. All my food was "boil and dump", Steri-pen for water, Jetboil as total cook set (there was a fire ban on), titanium spork, and no footprint. But I still had sfety gear, a tent, sleeping pad, a small book, journal and pleanty of fishing gear. With the prism, I could single portage, but it was still rough on a little old man like me.
This year, I'm going up to 45# and forget single portages.
As many have said, "required" is a relative term.


If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else- Yogi Berra
buz  
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05/22/2009 08:42AM
 
Good man Capn'. Slow down, bring a chair, enjoy the walks thru the woods.
richard tucker  
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05/23/2009 03:16AM
 
I take a small radio with an ear phone, I like tocheck the weather the last day so i can get through Basswood without getting wind bound.
I take extra rope way more than I need.
I take climbing pulleys that work so easy that I can pull myself up with the food pack so the bears or my wife can't get me.
I take two different custom blends of pipe tobacco, one for mosquitoes and one for black flies.
I take along paper bags to store my wet ones in so they can dry faster to be burned.
I take an extra thermarest 3/4 by 2" for my dog, plus his blanket.
When it works out, load wise, I take a 9x9 canvas baker tent with a screened front, so I have a comfortable place to put the lawn chairs.
I no longer take newbies, they are to hard to portage, and their crying in their tents at night keeps me awake.
Captn Tony  
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05/23/2009 08:26AM
 
My wife


You're going to HELL and you're going to drag me with ya!! -Gunsmoke
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