Kayak Camping with Beckers.

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It has been a long time since I posted an outing thread. So here we go!

After buying a kayak a few weeks ago I was dieing to really test it out. So last week I went on a 3 day 2 night camping trip out of my new kayak. This was my first time camping out of a kayak and it will not be my last.

I paddled on Richardson lake and camped on two of it's 38 wilderness campsites.

It is by far the biggest lake I have ever paddled on at 7,751 acres. I maybe saw a third of the lake in my 3 day trip. All the more reason to go back.

I will let the pictures and the video do the talking for the most part. If there are any questions feel free to ask.

Freighted at the put in spot. Since the first campsite had no firewood to cut I had to buy some and get it there. The rear hatch is as full as it can get with wood. It weighed more than the rest of my gear and food combined. LOL

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On the shore at Spirit island.

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Put in was 3 miles that way.

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Tools for the trip. Not pictured is the BK-11 in my Dex leather sheath that is with me 24/7.

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My tent setup.

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Supper.

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Bad weather inbound.

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Only rained a bit and I was treated to a nice sunset and a great fire. It poured overnight though. Made for good sleeping.

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Day two: After drying things out from the overnight rain I packed up and paddled past my next campsite exploring everything I could.

I got close to a Bald Eagle in a tree but could not get a picture before it flew off. Saw a bunch of Loons. This lake has a very healthy adult Loon population. They have a hard time raising babies due to the healthy Eagle population.

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Then I paddled straight across the lake to check out middle dam. (no it isn't a god damn, I asked)

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I then paddled to my next campsite and gathered wood to make a fire, chilled out in the shade, and took lots of pictures and video.
 
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Some knife porn.

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My newest acquisition.

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Does anyone else pick up birch bark off the ground while in the woods for the fire? This is from one trip to the lake and back down a side trail. This stuff is invaluable.

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Put some garnish on the fire lay. LOL

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Two pieces of gear I thought I would hate but ended up loving.

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Some scenery pictures.

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I woke up the next morning with a nasty migraine. I had planned on doing some more bushcrafty things and exploring the lake more. But after laying around and puking my brains out for a few hours I decided it would be wise to head back to the truck. It was a long paddle back let me tell you.

Feeling like crap and not looking much better.

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Despite the last morning it was an awesome trip. Pictures, or my videos cannot replicate the feeling of being out there and doing it.

I plan on exploring this lake often and attempt to get more pictures and video of wildlife. There are some spots where moose are commonly spotted and where Bald and Golden Eagles frequent.

Here are two videos of my trip. The first one is experimenting with time lapse videos and the second is of the trip.



A video from a few weeks ago testing the kayak on some good waves on the same lake.



I know, I need to work on talking to the camera and editing.

Thanks for viewing.

Jeremy
 

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AWESOME! Nice looking Kayak :thumbsup::thumbsup: Looks like you had nice peaceful trip :thumbsup::thumbsup: Thanks for Sharing Jeremy ;)
 

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This thread is full of win. :thumbsup:

I looked at the photos this morning before work, and read it, but didn't get a chance to watch the videos until now.

Sick looking daizee blade. Really like the looks of that.

The time lapse is awesome. Funny what you really don't see until that happens. The slow motion on the second video of the fire was awesome. Loved it.

Is the axe a GB, or Wetterlings? Looks like a GB Carpenter's axe.

Hard to beat the ol' BK2. I really should use mine more.

Thanks for sharing man, awesome thread. ;)
 

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Beautiful pics! I hope you are feeling better. :thumbsup:
 
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This thread is full of win. :thumbsup:

I looked at the photos this morning before work, and read it, but didn't get a chance to watch the videos until now.

Sick looking daizee blade. Really like the looks of that.

The time lapse is awesome. Funny what you really don't see until that happens. The slow motion on the second video of the fire was awesome. Loved it.

Is the axe a GB, or Wetterlings? Looks like a GB Carpenter's axe.

Hard to beat the ol' BK2. I really should use mine more.

Thanks for sharing man, awesome thread. ;)

Thanks everyone!

It is a GB small forest axe.

That daizee knife is a dream come true of sorts. I saw one he made for himself at the first Northeast Beckerhead gathering and I finally took the plunge and talked him into making me one. No regrets here!

Hopefully there will be more trips like this one in the future. If you guys want I can post them here.

Jeremy
 

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Be careful about strapping too much weight on top of your yak. Makes it top heavy and easy to flip, particularly in a cross wind. Put all the heavy stuff down low. Learned this the hard way. Nice pics.--KV
 
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Be careful about strapping too much weight on top of your yak. Makes it top heavy and easy to flip, particularly in a cross wind. Put all the heavy stuff down low. Learned this the hard way. Nice pics.--KV

Thanks. It was not the ideal setup. With the rear hatch full of wood I had to use the deck rigging. After I burned all the wood my first night I was able to put everything in the hatches and drop a bunch of weight. The kayak felt MUCH better after dropping that weight.

Jeremy
 

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I didn't realize it the 1st time through, but I like the blade selection. I've been thinking what I want to bring on an upcoming camping trip with the fam, when I've been doing the solo thing mostly, and couldn't decide how many is too many while still making a good time of it. I doubt I'll be batoning logs since I think we're staying in a state park with established camp sites, but I'm going to see if they have any more rustic sites available. Mother and father in-law will be in the motorhome so we're not exactly roughing it, so probably more hiking and cycling needs than camp chores. Either way, your pic reminds me that I shouldn't feel the need to limit myself just to one or two, though one was certainly going to be a BK62 since it covers a lot of ground for sure.
 

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Looks a great trip ... I would cut off a finger for one similar about now.

Hard to beat the calm lake and a good fire as the sun sets.

great pics and video!
 

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I didn't realize it the 1st time through, but I like the blade selection. I've been thinking what I want to bring on an upcoming camping trip with the fam, when I've been doing the solo thing mostly, and couldn't decide how many is too many while still making a good time of it. I doubt I'll be batoning logs since I think we're staying in a state park with established camp sites, but I'm going to see if they have any more rustic sites available. Mother and father in-law will be in the motorhome so we're not exactly roughing it, so probably more hiking and cycling needs than camp chores. Either way, your pic reminds me that I shouldn't feel the need to limit myself just to one or two, though one was certainly going to be a BK62 since it covers a lot of ground for sure.

Yep. By my reckoning, Jeremy went with full scope and full redundancy there. Pretty much two of every category. I mean how do you choose JUST ONE anyway?!?
 
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Thanks guys. If this load was on my back I would have carried less knives for sure.

I knew the first night I would not need a knife very much. Unless I caught a trout. I took the Mora for that because It is sharp as hell, stainless, and easily replaceable knowing I would more than likely bet gutting the trout on the rocky shoreline.

The next night I knew there was plenty of wood to gather and I knew I'd be able to test them out.

You can't use them if you leave them at home.

Jeremy
 
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Great pics, sweet gear you have.
Very inspirational, have been wanting to do a kayak camping trip for ages.
Thanks fir sharing buddy.
 

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Great trip! Thanks for sharing with us. Sucks to get sick when out camping.
 
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