I'm sure that we will hear much more from Sarah Hartman about her recent adventure on the East Arm of the Great Slave Lake. She has a standing invitation to do a presentation at the 2012 edition of Canoecopia, for example. Just to tantilize us, Sarah sent the following dispatch, likely composed during her long flight back from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories via Toronto. Consider it a preview of coming attractions.
- It's ok to be by yourself. Just be smart about it.
- It's easier with others though because you can split up the work (and/or have somone to chat with on the weather days).
- I'll for sure go solo again.
Gear I'm expecially glad I had:
- Silk Coccoon sleeping bag liner. Worth the price!
- Storm Cag: great wind breaker for around camp and also to protect the dry suit from rough rocks while doing the morning cooking.
- Dry suit: It was really too warm most days but a wet suit would have been too cold.
- Detailed topo maps to fill in the missing info on the nautical chart of the East Arm and the Snowdrift and Reliance area maps.
- A fleece layer for wearing around camp.
Gear that I wish I had brought:
- Toe nail clippers will be added to the kit
Gear that I forgot that I wish I hadn't:
- Thermos for hot water. (Have no idea how I forgot that one but I felt not quite properly equipped without it.)
New piece of gear that I tried and liked:
- Liqui-Bait Wallet by Plano. Less expensive than a Pelican case and just as water proof.
Paddle hard, learn well, follow your passions wherever they lead.