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When It All Goes Wrong

As well as making sure I have all the necessary safety kit (PFD, helmet, throw line, whistle, pin kit) I like to have a range of kit with me that can be used in emergency situations. If a trip were to turn into an epic it is possible that someone may have been injured and/or we could be stuck out in the middle of nowhere.

Therefore my kit centres around three key elements/purposes:

I like to carry a range of kit that will help keep me and/or my paddling buddies warm and offer a little shelter.
If someone gets injured I’d like to go someway to help patch him or her up.
I’d like to ensure that morale stays high.

I have to weigh all of these needs against what is practically possible and the weight I can actually carry in my boat. Regardless this kit needs to be carried in my boat or on my person and needs to be kept dry. I am currently using an Exped Cloudburst dry sack for the bulk of the emergency kit that I carry. It is based around a traditional roll top dry bag but it has straps so that it can be used as a rucksack. It has a volume of 15 litres which means it is big enough to hold the essentials but will still fit in the back of my Liquid Logic Stomper.

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Spinnaker Tarp

This is one of the tarps I have made using superlight spinnaker material. I managed to get an end of a roll of fabric that would have cost over £70 per metre.

The choice of colour makes this a really light and airy spinnaker tarp.

Spinnaker Tarp

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I wrote about carrying a bothy shelter as part of my When It All Goes Wrong kit a few weeks ago. I have a 2 man and 4 man bothy at the minute but have been on the look out for a larger version. Sportpursuit have listed 2, 4 and 8 man versions of the Lifesystem Adventure bothy. All around 1/2 of the normal price. I have used one of the older Lifesystem shelters in the past and they are a cracking bit of kit.

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