The equipment we use has been selected for quality, durability and light weight features. In some instances one value is more important than another, and we select what we hope will work best for all of us.
Eureka tents are made in a commercial model with the extra heavy duty floor material that is wrapped up on the sides. We always upsize them when figuring how many you need and what size they should be. In other words, if Eureka says it is a 5 person tent, we put 4 people in it, partially because everyone has a personal pack in the tent also.
We offer both Royalex and Kevlar canoes. The Royalex are Old Town Penobscot models. They weigh about 68# and are reasonably tough and durable. The Kevlar are Mad River, Souris River, and Wenonah- 16', 17' and 18' lengths. They weigh about 45# and paddle very fast, but they also need quite a bit of TLC, as they do not fare well on the rocks at the portages or in rapids. All of these canoes are nice and quiet in the water in contrast to aluminum. We have the commercial models of the Old Town canoes with the additional floatation in the seats for extra safety.
PFD vests are type 2 with two buckles (three on extra large). These are paddling style vests that are open under your arm so they are comfortable to wear when paddling. They fold up nicely at night to use as a pillow.
Paddles are made by Carlisle and come in a variety of lengths. Our cook kits are simple, but have pots in all sizes and you are welcome to whatever you like. Griddles are the normal cast aluminum for light weight, but a susceptible to warping if they are abused. You are expected to return with clean pots and pans. Our first aid kits are reasonably complete with band aids, gauze, tape, ace bandage, aspirin, antiseptic wipe, tweezers and burn cream.
Our packs are custom made Duluth style packs, or Granite Gear packs. On complete outfitting everyone gets a #3 personal pack for their own gear, sleeping bag and pad. The packs are all made of cordura nylon and do not have any leather parts. Quick release buckles are used throughout. A velcro pocket is sewn into the top of each pack for convenient access to small items during the day--lotion, maps, a snack, etc. Our food packs have special pockets build in to them to hold foam sheets to protect the foods, and to keep everything cooler. The frozen food we send out with you lasts an extra day in this style pack. The food packs have a hanging ring built in to them.
Sleeping bags are long rectangular ones with a full zipper down one side and across the bottom end. Your sleeping pads are therm-a-rest brand and are 3/4 length - the longer of their two models. We also have
X-Large sleeping bags available for anyone needing a longer sleeping bag.
Gas stoves are provided to all parties on complete outfitting for the coming paddling season, so you can get started faster in the morning, and have your bases covered a bit more if you have rainy days. We use one and two burner propane stoves, so you do not have open containers of white gas to be concerned about from a safety perspective.
These are our main items of equipment, but we have lots of other gear on hand. Just ask us if you have other needs.