Paddling Tips

Paddling Tips
  • Tip #1: Back person steers by ruddering with the paddle, front person paddles. So cuss the back person when the canoe won’t go straight.
  • Tip #2: If you’re the person in the front, turn around and check on the “paddler” in the back, make sure they are paddling.
Trash: Bring it back or burn it (if paper).
  • Tip #1: Don’t bring glass! It weighs you down, especially in low water, and Outpost staff won’t hararass you for being a Glasshole. Without glass, your trash will be safer (no broken bottles sticking out), your canoe will be quieter (glass bottles are loud rolling around in a canoe), and cans can be smashed to lessen the volume of trash.
  • Tip #2: Bring paper cups, paper plates, paper towels. Burn the paper goods so you don’t have to wash anything or tote it back in trash bags.
Skeeter Patrol
  • Tip #1: Saw this on FaceBook. Use Vick’s Vapor Rub. A dab on each wrist and each ankle and the skeeters will leave you alone. They don’t like the smell.
  • Tip #2: Dab a bit of toothpaste on the bite, will help the itching.
  • Tip #3: Backwoods Tip: Rub Dog Fennel or stand in the campfire smoke to keep the skeeters away.
Personal Hygiene
  • Tip #1: Bring a can of cheap shaving cream. Put a dollop in your hands and rub thoroughly. Wipe hands clean with a towel. Don’t have to worry about a bucket of water. Would work good for the little ones. Untried, read it in a book.
  • Tip #1: Bring some dryer lint in a zip bag for fire starter. Vaseline and a cotton ball works too.