Ode to my P&H Cetus MV

After two years of a good relationship, I’ve decided to part with my Cetus MV. It belonged formerly to my friend, Christopher, with whom I’ve done some great trips with the boat. Most notably, this boat has been to the North Peninsula of Newfoundland and visited the relocated community of Harbour Deep. Material: composite construction with Diolen (high modulus polyester) …

What’s in the Bag: Comfort Kit

A complete group first aid kit is an essential bit of kit for longer journeys in the wilderness. But for most day trips I feel confident with a smaller bit of baggage that I call the Comfort Kit. I bring this kit on longer trips as well so I don’t have to pull out and dig through the full monty …

Gear Head: Spring Gear Tune-up

Are your drybags water-tight? Are you sure? When did you last test them?  Are the medications in your first aid kit expired? What about your sunscreen? Especially for leaders, it’s important to tune up your kit before you hit the water this spring so you and your crew can be safe and comfortable on your journey. 1. Deck lines and bungees …

What’s in the Bag: Ditch Kit

The most common and likely kayaking accident that will occur on the sea is a capsize. As the group leader, you are responsible for the safety of your crew as well as yourself. The Ditch Kit is a collection of gear for dealing with cold water emergencies. In the spring and early summer, sunny days will bring the comfort of …