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In this part of the web page, I've tried to assemble various writings, equipment lists and informational articles that I've put together in my work in outdoor education ...

Helpful Information | Equipment Lists

Helpful Information    

The information, below, I've drawn from my books, papers, and articles. I wanted to share it here in case it might be helpful to someone:

Common Adventure Trips. This a wonderful way for clubs, schools and friends to run trips.  It's about sharing, cooperation and democracy. It's a powerful concept that few know about. 
Kayaks and Other Whitewater Craft. A primer on kayaks, whitewater canoes, inflatable kayaks and associated equipment such as paddles, flotation bags, helmets, spray skirts, etc. 
Minimizing Impact and Random Acts of Kindness for the Environment. Ways to minimize your impact on the environment.  Information for general camping, hiking, river running, climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, sea kayaking, horse packing and general wilderness travel. 
Planning Multi-day Rafting or Kayaking Trips. Some great hints: organizing your party, calculating trip costs, holding planning sessions, leading a trip and arranging transportation.
Pre-trip Meetings.  The best way to keep trips safe and avoid problems is to hold a pre-trip meeting.  It's one of the fundamental precepts of a Common Adventure trip.  Here's a brief list of topics to cover in your pre-trip meeting. 
Rafts and Drift Boats. Lots of information on: rafts, types of rafts, catarafts, dories, drift boats and associated equipment such as oars, paddles, pumps and waterproof storage bags. 
Seven Useful Outdoor Knots.  Seven versatile knots that you'll use time and time again. 
Snow Mounds, Thermal Shelters & Quinzees. Winter survival shelters: how to build them and helpful hints by master builder Allan Priddy. 
The Ten Essentials.  Don't leave home without them! 
Winter Camping: Preparing the Camp & Getting Through the Night. Lots of good advice: selecting a winter campsite, erecting the tent, preparing the kitchen, cooking, minimizing impact, getting water, dealing with cold boots, staying warm (yes!), and more. 

Equipment Lists


I think it was the time I forgot my sleeping bag on a cool, late fall backpack trip when I started paying more attention to lists.  The following are some equipment lists that I've put together. A number of these have appeared in past books that I've written, but others have been prepared with the help from friends.  I've credited their help in the introductions.



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