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PostPosted: January 18th, 2010, 4:16 pm 
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hi there

any thoughts on the best way to pack for the bowron lakes trip.
do i need barrel or what size contaner will fit in bear cash. any help would be great.


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PostPosted: January 19th, 2010, 1:30 am 
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The caches are very large. No problem with a large barrel.

Barrels have the advantage with rodent control when not in the cache. They just never get smaller and you usually end up putting something else in there to take up space.

If packing for a large group, then I would say large barrel. On our last trip, my wife had the barrel on her kayak seat for the portage. It weighed right around 50lbs.

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PostPosted: February 19th, 2010, 2:16 am 
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As Ted says, the caches are large. I use barrels for food, and soft packs for everything else. My stove, fuel bottles and pots and pans eventually end up in the barrels. I usually figure 30 liters per person per week or 10 days on my trips, depending on the amount of fresh vs. freeze dried. The later takes up less space. A packed 60 liter should get you and your wife through the route nicely.


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PostPosted: February 19th, 2010, 7:10 am 
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Like Ted and Erich, we too used a 60 liter barrel. Our last trip we were not real light, but not too bad. On portages I carried the 60 liter barrel in a harness that contained our food, and nearer the end cookware too. My wife carried a 115 liter Sealine pack with most of our extra clothes, sleeping bags, and a few other camp items.

I find that many people just keep it all in the canoe to portage, but we found that carrying the weight we did over the portages was no problem at all, and the canoe was much easier to handle. It also causes way less stress on the canoe on the bumps as well.

The caches are large enough to stack stuff on top of the barrel.

Only 8 more days until I am on the circuit, getting a bit pumped. I just hope they have enough snow. :)

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PostPosted: February 19th, 2010, 1:18 pm 
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Jim, I couldn't find the name of the doctor I ran across. However, the guy at Beckers is Lothar Vollmer. He would know who it was I ran into in October. Good luck on you trip, I hope there is snow, and ice on the lakes. The doctor said Issac had holes the times he did it.


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