Wilderness Canoe Expedition Semester Gear List


•  Broken in footwear. Must be good for walking.

•  Sandals or water shoes (can be old sneakers, but these dry slowly)

•  Knee-high waterproof boots (when the weather is cool)

•  Sleeping Bag: rated to 40 degrees

•  Sleeping Pad (foam pad or Thermarest)

•  Tent – Be sure you set it up and stay in it a few times before arriving, and that it has noseeum netting

•  Long Pants

•  Underwear, T-Shirts, shorts, etc.

•  Bathing Suit

•  Other clothing that can get dirty and beat up.

•  Towel

•  Rain Gear, including rain pants (no ponchos allowed in canoes) – should be sized to fit over cold weather clothes

•  Hat with wide brim (for sun and rain protection)

•  Sun Glasses

•  Personal Toiletries, washcloth, biodegradable soap, etc.

•  Head Lamp or flashlight

•  Cup for Hot/Cold drinks (unbreakable, travel mug-style)

•  Plate, bowl, fork, spoon and net bag to hold them (similar to a laundry bag)

•  Cook pot with a bail handle (Mors Pot, 16 cm Zebra pot, coffee can with lid or something similar). Will be used for cooking food and boiling water in the field, so don’t get one that’s too small (because it’s a pain to boil drinking water a pint at a time).

•  Water Bottle with wide mouth

•  Orienteering compass

•  Notebook and pen/pencil

•  PFD – Personal flotation device, also known as a life jacket. Get one sized to fit you.

•  Extra closed-cell foam pad (aka camping pad, sleeping pad) – For use as a pad when kneeling in the canoe.

•  Dry Bag – To hold your gear when canoeing. There are lots of options here. The best long-term option is a rigid container, such as this 60 liter barrel from Amazon.com for about $80. Other options include: canvas pack with waterproof liner, commercial dry bags, army duffel-type bag with waterproof liner, pack basket with liner, or any sack lined with a garbage bag. What you need is a way to keep things dry. If you have any questions on this, don’t hesitate to call or email.

Tool List

•  Sharp Knife, fixed blade (non-folding) – We recommend the Frosts Mora #2 in carbon steel, available from Ben’s Backwoods

•  Axe with Sturdy Leather Sheath (no hatchets) – handle should not be shorter than 25″. Contact Pole And Paddle Canoe for old, high-quality axes

Optional Gear

•  Fishing Gear
•  Camera

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