How to Class Up a Canoe Trip
If you think about it, canoeing is really just the upgraded version of hiking. You don’t have to deal with the heavy backpack thing, and being off your feet keeps blisters at bay. But the thing that sold Bridge & Burn founder Erik Prowell on exploring his native Oregon with oars? "You have more space to pack more creature comforts," he explains. Erik grew up boating and camping at Sparks Lake near his hometown of Bend, Oregon (it’s still a favorite destination), and he designs very good-looking outerwear for a living—so it’s not surprisingly that his gear game is strong. Here are the six things that he won’t leave shore without.
A LITTLE SOMETHING TO SIT ON
"It's not fun to sit on the ground. A friend who works for local accessory designer and manufacturer Wood & Faulk makes these classic wood and leather Camp Stools.”
"I've really been enjoying hammocks lately for reading and relaxing in the morning, so I always bring one when I go into the woods for a pre-canoe hang. The Escape Collective Razzle Dazzle Hammock comes with a versatile system to tie it up easily. You can also get Kammock Python Straps that give you more options if the trees have large trunks or are far apart."
THE PERFECT POCKETKNIFE
"I always bring a folding Gerber Paraframe I Knife because you just never know when you’ll need one. It is the brand I grew up with—my dad is a big fan so I have a couple he gave me."
AN ALL-PURPOSE SCARF
"A kerchief is great because you can wrap it around your neck or head to keep the sun off or dip it in the lake to keep cool. The ones I've been using are by Portland-based Kiriko Made (I am a fan of my neighbors, obviously) because they have different patterns than your traditional bandanas."
A COFFEE-AND-COCKTAIL SETUP
"I have a Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle thermos with a mug that I love because it's good for hot drinks in the morning and cold cocktails in the afternoon. Morning pour-over coffee is made in a Collapsible Coffee Drip from Snow Peak. And later in the day, I like to mix tequila with orange San Pellegrino."