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Enhance your next canoe or kayak journey with quality camping gear When it comes to adventure, I’m lured by the freedom of canoeing and kayaking—descending wild rivers, exploring wilderness lakes, and feeling tiny against the vast horizons of the sea. I’ve lived most of my life in the North Woods, adjacent to the Great Lakes, where paddling is the best way to navigate the watery backcountry. While backpacking is a minimalist’s pursuit, paddle-packing provides the luxury of space. Enhanced by quality camping gear, journeys by canoe, kayak, and raft foster a sense of living, rather than merely surviving, in the outdoors. KONDOS Outfitter Special pack A canoe trip often involves overland travel to avoid unnavigable rapids or to link nearby lakes, so it’s best to store gear and food in backpacks. Regular hiking backpacks work, but dedicated portage packs lack rigid frames and thus fit better in canoes—and hold way more stuff. Handmade in Minnesota’s canoe country, the 85-liter KONDOS Outfitter Special pack includes a supportive hip belt, a sternum strap, and a padded back panel. $245, kondosoutdoors.com OHM sleeping bag Might as well take advantage of the extra space to add some comfort to a paddling trip. The […]

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