Claire is thrilled with her new Marmot Limelight 2P, which she and Rylea will be sharing for the duration of the expedition, while Kendra will be hammocking in either her Lawson Blue Ridge or her Hennessy Expedition.
Both of Kendra's options have some pros and cons, so check back soon to see what she decides!
Gear: The Big Stuff
Whichever option we go with, we're probably looking at synthetic fillers, since down-fills (while getting better!) don't do so great around water and we're going on a canoe trip after all.
Of course in order to canoe across Canada, we need a canoe!
Specifically, we need a really very big canoe, since we want to paddle all three of us in one boat, plus our gear.
We'll be travelling in a Wenonah Minnesota 3 from Wilderness Supply. Details here!
If you're interested in the details of how we made this decision and the factors involved, check out our relevant blog pages by clicking here!
The Byway Babes are a proud owner of an MSR Dragonfly Stove, a classic for durability and long hauls.
Having potable water will be essential on our trip and we're not going to be leaving anything to chance. We have a pump filter (MSR's MiniWorks) for during the day or small amounts, a gravity filter (a Katadyn Base Camp) for camp, a UV light to help prevent viruses, and tablets in case of emergencies.
We have two 6L Dromedary bags and a personal bottle each for water storage.
Should be covered!
Sleeping on the trail for so long a stretch presents some interesting challenges. We'll need to be comfortable enough to get some decent sleep over the course of a rather large range of temperatures and weather conditions.
We'll likely want a sleeping mat and either one or two sleeping bags.
One option is to use a single (lighter) bag and create a range of temperature 'ratings' through the use of layering clothes and/or bag liners. The other is of course to have a bag for colder temperatures and another for when it's warm.
Petzl headlamps for all and flashlights, plus phones in a pinch, should cover it!