Daily Photo: Gearing Up

“Since many of my trips involve paddling rivers in remote areas of the Far North, I prefer to tie my gear in. Glass filled nylon D rings are glued into the bottom of the boat, and nylon straps with Fastex buckles easily secure everything.

In the case of the photo below, it was the first day of a descent down the Finlay River in northwest BC. Even though we had several kilometers of Thutade Lake to paddle before the river began, we tied our gear in AND fitted spray covers. Although some might advocate that tying in is unnecessary when using a spray cover, gear in an upset canoe can damage the cover and present more of a hazard than letting the gear float free. It is important to secure the gear well enough that it won¹t come loose in an upset.” — Erich Volkstorf


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