One of the greatest aspects of canoe camping vs backpacking is the ease of carrying supplies. When I go on a backcountry hiking or backpacking trip each item is carefully considered by weight and size. the total gear should fit in a pack obviously. Since I need to actually carry the pack on my back it can't weigh too much more than 45 lbs. So I am limited in what and how much gear I can bring. On a backpacking trip you need to compromise gear and comfort for mobility and weight. A canoe camping trip by contrast is luxurious. Floating over water is easier (and faster) than trudging over a trail. We use Old Town brand Discovery 17 ft canoes. These are rated up to 750 lbs. After subtracting the weight of two paddlers we can easily fit another 350 lbs of gear! A canoe camping trip can have so much more comfort, so much more gear, and so many more supplies than a hiking trip. These canoe camping trips are meant to be comfortable. We are not out here roughing it, hunting our own food, walking around naked, and building our own shelters. On a canoe trip we can bring some comforts: Comfortable chairs and tables. Tents, sleeping bags and pads, and even pillows. Plates, mugs, bowls, and silverware. We bring coolers, ice, fresh vegetables and real coffee and real milk. I want my guest to be comfortable and enjoy the trip. I want everyone to eat well, gain weight, sleep well, and come back to town well rested and refreshed. All the tours are four days and three nights. All the tours are fully outfitted with all gear, equipment, food, and me as your guide :)
As always if you have questions or ideas about the trips shoot me a message here w the contact form or on Instagram under bd_markey
See you on the river!