|Alec and Keith strike a balance.|
|This shoreline is so remote, you're unlikely to see another paddler for days at a stretch.|
|Keith and Sharon on a windy day.|
- Expectations: distance per day, daily schedule, priorities.
- Logistics: shuttle, float plan, back country permits.
- Gear: from first aid and boat repair kits to stoves, water filters and bear bags.
- Emergencies: medical issues, medications, emergency contacts, extraction plan.
- Group sharing: medical conditions, phobias and insecurities (bears, snakes, hunger, baldness).
- Resources: maps, books, campsite info.
|Keith, John and Alec chill out around a campfire (one of our priorities).|
Ultimately, that's one of the main reasons why we chose to do this trip. Paddling requires a considerable amount of individual knowledge, judgment and skill; paddling in a remote place requires a level of self-sufficiency that puts all of these to the test; Pukaskwa offers the potential for big seas and bad weather along with stunning scenery and solitude; paddling with others adds a level of complexity. The process of planning and executing a wilderness trip with friends challenges and builds leadership and group awareness skills, and rewards that effort with the pleasure of sharing the experience on the water. Paddling Pukaskwa together was a culmination of all our effort to become good paddlers, good leaders and good friends. Doing so successfully validated all three and was a tremendous amount of fun.
|The four of us at Cascade Falls.|