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
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.
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"?
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.