Trip Report: Killarney Canoe Trip

Killarney canoe trip sunset

My first official guiding gig with Wild Women Expeditions!

Preparations

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I benefitted when another guide had a conflict in her schedule and had to bow out of the Women & Girls weekend. A year and a bit after finishing my training at Algonquin College, after going back and forth with myself over whether I had the personality to guide trips, I got my chance. I supported long-time WWE guide Jenny Martindale who graciously packed the Killarney canoe trip for our three mother-daughter pairs. From a preparations perspective, all I had to do was show up Saturday morning at the Bell Lake Access Point with my own gear.

Equipment

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  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs, safety gear, maps
  • Tents, tarps, camp kitchen, toilet kit
  • Food, water filtration, waterproof barrels
  • Rainy day games
  • Expedition first aid kit

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  • Tent, fly, poles, stakes, and footprint
  • -10 degree Celsius sleeping bag, fleece liner
  • Emergency tarp, Thermarest

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  • 1 set of long underwear, wool socks, and fleece jacket
  • Camp pants, rain jacket, synthetic fill ‘down’ jacket, running shoes
  • Buff, wool hat, splash pants
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (running capris, tech tee, rash guard, baseball cap, sunglasses, KEENS)

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  • PFD, whistle, multi-tool, pigtail, throwbag
  • Map, compass, DeLorme inReach personal locator, cell phone
  • Headlamp, waterproof matches, extra paracord
  • Small first aid kit

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  • Trail mix, CLIF bars
  • Starbucks VIA instant coffee
  • 3-1L Nalgenes, Aquatabs

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  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant, sunscreen

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  • DSLR, Pelican Case, Gorillapod
  • Lenses, spare battery, and spare memory cards
  • Write-in-Rain notebook and pencil

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Daily Log

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Wow, was the Bell Lake access parking lot ever FULL. I had to park on the side of the road. Joys of launching a trip at 10am on the Saturday of a long weekend.

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We knew at the start that the day had the potential for iffy weather.

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We dawdled a little, slowly tearing down camp, enjoying the return of the sunshine and delaying the inevitable.

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

Travel happy. Outdoors professional. Writer. Photographer. Educator.

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