Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

who tells you
portaging is fun
is either a liar,
or crazy,
or maybe both.
  -- Bill Mason



The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.



By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on October 13, 2004

Contents of page

   Canoe tripping gear
      Paddling gear
      Rescue gear
      Repair kit
      Car-topping gear
      Survival gear
      Camping gear

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[  ] Canoe

[  ] Heavily padded portage yoke

[  ] Thwart bag for easy access to small items on the water

[  ] Map case

[  ] Primary paddle

[  ] Backup paddle

[  ] Pad for seat

[  ] Life vest with pockets for survival gear and crotch straps to keep vest from riding up while in the water

[  ] Whistle on life vest zipper pull

[  ] Large sponge with short lanyard

[  ] Bilge-water bailer (large round bleach bottle with bottom cut out)

[  ] Wood saw mounted for easy on-water access

[  ] Two water bottle parkas mounted for easy on-water access

[  ] 25-foot 2000-pound-test floating bow line

[  ] 25-foot 2000-pound-test floating stern line

[  ] Front and rear portage packs

[  ] 50-pound-test 1/8-inch cordage for tying in portage packs

[  ] Knee pads glued on hull



[  ] Rope throw bag with 75 feet of rescue-grade rope--4,000-pound-plus test

[  ] Three rescue-grade carabiners, preferably big gate paddling ones

[  ] Two rescue-grade pulleys

[  ] Three prusik loops (5' pieces of 1,700-pound-plus test 5-6 mm rope)

[  ] 6-foot piece of 4000-pound-test tubular web strap

[  ] Z-drag crib cards

[  ] Small stuff sack to store small items above



[  ] Leatherman multi-tool

[  ] Screwdrivers to fit screws

[  ] 50-foot chunk of 1/8-inch lashing line

[  ] Small spool of wire

[  ] Small role of duct tape

[  ] Two extra-long bolts (with washers and nuts) for replacing seat and thwart hardware



[  ] High-quality, double-wide locking canoe racks

[  ] Four, strong 12-foot tie-down ropes or straps

[  ] Four, strong bow & stern tie-down ropes

[  ] Canoe lock cable with two keys



See backpacking equipment gear list page for information




See backpacking equipment gear list page for information


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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