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#204076 - 02/06/20 01:40 PM Any Canoe Campers Here?
Paddler Al Offline
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Registered: 02/04/20
Posts: 2
Loc: Inner City Warriors Mark PA
Hey all, I just registered. Anyone else here canoe camp? I backpack because I have to. It's the only safe way to spend time in the woods in the winter for me. I mostly go solo. My true love is canoe/kayak camping. Paddle, fish, camp, eat, nap, repeat! All of my gear crosses over from backpacking very well, but there is just more focus on waterproofing and if it's just a weekend trip, there may be an ice chest!

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#204077 - 02/06/20 01:58 PM Re: Any Canoe Campers Here? [Re: Paddler Al]
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Registered: 11/23/07
Posts: 666
Loc: Upstate NY
Yep!

For canoeing I use a Seal Line portage pack as it is completely water proof. I use a different pack for backpacking. For me, the only real difference between my backpacking gear and canoeing gear is the backpack, and paddling specific stuff, like pfd.
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#204089 - 02/12/20 11:01 AM Re: Any Canoe Campers Here? [Re: Paddler Al]
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Registered: 03/07/13
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Loc: NY
Here's one more canoe camper. These days I prefer to use my canoe over a kayak but other than that, paddling and camping remain two of my favorite past times. Add a little fishing and I'm a happy camper. Not trying to downgrade all the wonderful times I've had while backpacking but sometimes I enjoy the change of pace that comes with paddling in the back country.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

snapper

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#204092 - 02/12/20 12:37 PM Re: Any Canoe Campers Here? [Re: snapper]
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Registered: 01/16/13
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Snapper, if I may ask, and hoping the OP won't mind, as someone who would like to try paddle camping eventually, what are your reasons for preferring a canoe over a kayak? From naive observation on the sidelines, kayaks always seemed more maneuverable, sort of a sports car to a canoe's Lincoln, if you will.
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#204095 - 02/12/20 02:24 PM Re: Any Canoe Campers Here? [Re: 4evrplan]
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Registered: 01/26/11
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Loc: Torrance, CA
To answer the OP first: I love canoe camping and did it quite a bit when I was a kid. The opportunities are much more difficult here in the West where I live now, so I have not gone out in quite some time.

To 4everplan: I can't answer for snapper, but for myself there are some differences that might make some prefer a canoe: 1) Canoes are mostly for two people and kayaks are mostly for one, so canoes are a bit more social. Obviously there are exceptions to that. 2) Canoes are easier to load and unload gear, which can be advantageous for camping. Of course I would rather have my gear more securely stored in a kayak when going over a waterfall. 3) you sit higher up in a canoe, so you can see around more and they don't hurt as much when you hit a rock. the down side is that they are more tippy.

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#204105 - 02/19/20 12:40 PM Re: Any Canoe Campers Here? [Re: BZH]
Paddler Al Offline
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Registered: 02/04/20
Posts: 2
Loc: Inner City Warriors Mark PA
I have a solo canoe, a rec kayak and a whitewater kayak. The choice for me always depends on the river. Class 1+, solo canoe. Class 2+, rec boat. Class 3 is whitewater kayak only. But it also depends on the water and air temps. Sometime I'll risk a bigger boat if its warm and a swim is no big deal. The bigger the boat, the more comfortable you can be, up to and including even bringing a 40qt ice chest!


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