-"The Stuff"-

This page is dedicated to sharing the tools, gear and other stuff I use to plan and execute a trip. It's a perpetual work in progress.

The Boats

cedar strip canoe

14' Cedar Strip Canoe - We bought this canoe third-hand off Craigs List in 2016. It was cheap, and we were on the fence about starting down the road of another hobby. We both have done a fair bit of expedition sea kayaking (and I used to do quite a bit of whitewater), but it had been a while. We immediately fell in love! This canoe is heavy and not a model of craftsmanship, but she took us on several of our first canoe trips in Maine, including Lobster Lake, First Debsconeag Lake and the West Branch. We also have paddled and fished from her on numerous ponds and lake in Western Maine.

LL Bean tripper canoe

17' Royalex L.L. Bean Tripper - Knowing that we were hooked after a season using the 14' cedar strip canoe, we found an old 17' L.L. Bean Royalex Tripper on Craigs List and snatched it up in 2017. It was well-used and well-loved when we got it, and we've given it a lot more use and love! It's a fantastic boat that has opened up new opportunites and experiences to us.

Old Town Pack Canoe

12' Royalex Old Town Pack Canoe - I'd been looking for a pack canoe for a while, when this one popped up on Craigs List in New Hampshire in 2020. I drove down to see it, and it was in fantastic condition. I bought it on the spot and wasted little time outfitting it for tripping and getting out on the water.

-"My Kit (2021)"-

My goal is to carry a base kit that can be single carried on realtively long portages during solo canoe trips or carried in a pack for backpacking trips. Items with an asterisk are items that I usually bring but not always.


Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Tent: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 | This tent is a two-person tent that weighs 2lb 11oz.

Cooke Custom Sewing Silicone Tarp

*Fly/Tarp: Cooke Custom Sewing 1.1oz Silicone Tundra Tarp | This fly is a silicone coated nylon fly that weighs 22 oz.

Nemo Kyan Mummy Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag (summer): Nemo Kyan 35 Mummy Sleeping Bag | This is a synthetic sleeping bag rated to 35F (1.67C) that weighs 1lb 12oz.

Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Bag (shoulder season): Marmot Trestles Elite Eco 20 Sleeping Bag | This is a synthetic sleeping bag rated to 20F (C) that weighs 2lb 6oz.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm

Sleeping Pad: Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xtherm | This is an inflatable sleeping pad that weighs 18.2oz.


MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove

Stove: MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove | This is a canister (isobutane-propane) stove that weighs 2.6oz.

Toaks Titanium Windscreen

Windscreen: Toaks Titanium Windscreen | This is a windscreen for my stove that weighs 0.5oz.

Toaks 2000ml Pot with Lid and Bail Handle

Pot: Toaks 2000ml Pot with Lid and Bail Handle | This is a titanium pot that weighs 9.1oz.

Toaks 2000ml Pot with Lid and Bail Handle

Pan: Alpine Fry-Bake Pan | This is a frying pan/lid for cooking & baking that weighs 12oz (0.34kg).

Toaks Titanium Long Handle Spork

Cuttlery: Toaks Titanium Long Handle Spork | This is a combination spoon-fork that weighs 0.65 oz (19g).

PotGripz Pliers

Pot Grips: Marlborough Foundry PotGripz Pliers | These are food grade aluminum pot grips that weighs 4 oz (kg).

BearVault BV500 Bear Resistant Food Canister

*Bear Canister: BearVault BV500 | This is a polycarbonate 11.5 liter bear canister that weighs 2lb 9oz (kg).

Nalgene Bowl

Bowl/Mug: Nalgene with Screw Top | This is a 16-Ounce Nalgene container that weighs 4.8oz (kg).

Repair Kit

Speedy Stitcher

Speedy Stitcher | This is a sewing awl for repairing heavy materials such as webbing and fabric.

Fastex Buckles

Spare Fastex Buckles | These are spare buckles for backpacks, dry bags, etc.

Duct Tape

Duct Tape | This is duct tape...for everything.

Bailing Wire

Bailing Wire | This is a some heavy gauge wire.

Seam Sealer

Seam Sealer | This is a sealer for leaky seams and recently sewn repairs.


Zip Ties | Tese are several sizes of UV resistant zip ties.

Super Glue

Super Glue | This is a glue for repairs on both gear and people.

Spare Screws, Nuts and Bolts

Spare Screws, Nuts and Bolts | These are sized to fit seat and thwart hardware.

Short Metal Sleeve

Short Sleeve | This is a short metal sleeve to fix a broken tent pole.

Tenacious Tape Patches

Tenacious Tape Patches | These are patches for clothing, tents and tarps.

Aquaseal SR Shoe Repair Adhesive

Aquaseal Shoe Repair Adhesive | This is for repairing boots and shoes.

P Cord

P Cord | Small diameter cord.

Leatherman Skeletool CX

Leatherman Skeletool CX | This is lightweight multitool that weighs 5oz.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Trauma shears


CPR Face Shield

Irrigation Syringe


Oral Thermometer

Oral Thermometer


4x4 Gauze Pads

Rolled Gauze

Ace Bandage

Steri Strips

Band Aids

Second skin


Coban Wrap

Triangular Bandages

1" Medical Cloth Tape

Tincture of Benzoin Swabs

Povidone-iodine Solution

Antibiotic Ointment




*SAM Splint