While recovering from my broken collarbone, I put the time toward preparing my boat, gear and body for the upcoming journey at hand. The overall goal of over 4000 miles seems enormous but when broken down to individual days becomes easier to comprehend. My buddy Mike and I got in a solid 2 day paddle on the Shenandoah where my Prijon performed flawlessly. Should I be concerned my phone wants to autocorrect it to prison? In the summer heat to come, I’m sure some days it will feel like one.

The final layout went well And I think I’ve got it all packed up just how I wanted. I’ll have to play around with trimming out the boat as the day goes on. Two extra extra food drops will be mailed ahead downriver as a treat. My first two weeks will be spent paddling down the Monongahela River to Pittsburgh where it joins the Alleghany forming forming the Ohio. La Belle Riviere. I have discontinued my phone plan so future posts will be over wifi and SPOT.

Gear List

· Bow Hatch

  • Kitchen

  • § Twig Stove (REBUILD)

  • § Fuel Stove

  • § Fuel Can

  • § Cup/Pan/Utensils/Scraper

  • § Spices (shrink/simplify)

  • § Food Backpack

  • § Hand Sanitizer

  • § Aluminum Foil

    Boat/Gear Repair Kit

  • § Gorilla Tape

  • § Needles/Thread/DentalFloss

  • § AutomotiveGoop

  • § SuperGlue

  • § Zip Ties

  • § Hose Clamp

  • o First Aid Kit

  • o Water Storage

  • o Electronics Bag

  • § VHF Charging

  • § Solar Panels

  • § USB/GoPro Related Items

    ·Stern Hatch

    Sleeping Kit:

  • § Sleeping Pad

  • § Down Sleeping Bag 25F

  • § Bed Clothes: Night Cap, Socks, sleep pants, shirt

  • § Hammock

  • § Headlamp
    Clothing Bag

  • § 3 Pair Underwear

  • § 1 pair Wool Sock

  • § 1 pair black ankle socks

  • § REI Heavyweight Base Layer

  • § Under Armour Pants Base Layer

  • § Tan expedition Shirt

  • § Columbia Convertible Pants

  • § Swimsuit

  • § Knit Cap

  • § Mountain Hardware Hat

  • § Mountain Hardware Rain Coat

    Paddling Gear

  • § Kokatat hydrus 2Top

  • · IN PFD

  • o Survival Blanket

  • o Mirror

  • o Whistle

  • o LipBalm

  • o VHF

  • o SPOT

  • o Phone

  • o Survival Rope w/flint&steel

    On Deck:

  • o Umbrella

  • o Paddle Float

  • o Pump

  • o Spare Paddle

    • Map Case Bag:

    • o Maps

    • o Compass

    • o Sunscreen

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