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Old 10-05-2012  
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Most invaluable piece of gear...

The launch date for my trip (Nov. 3) is fast approaching and the pre-trip stoke is starting to emanate more and more each day.

Well Buzzard's I pose to you this question:

What is the single, most invaluable piece/item that you would bring on an early winter Grand trip? (Besides a drysuit.)


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ok, I'll bite...but maybe some more info on your trip would help? If your going to be paddling that little yellow yak you won't have much room.

How about someone cute snuggly and warm?
Lots of alchohol
a flashlight and a good book (if #1 is unavailable)
A bigger boat would help.....
more snow = more water
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Good whiskey.
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A good Coleman Thermos to keep warm drinks accessible all day long. Oh and oversize muck boots that your down booties fit into. I was real happy last winter with both of those.
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Good whiskey.

November isn't that cold.
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A permit
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Insulated overalls for camp
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Drysuit if you're in a kayak.
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Avatard cracks me up. Besides the permit - a jet boil. Have it accessible - makes warming up after a swim much easier. Makes coffee happen faster in the morning too!
If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh
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Oarframe, little bit more information on the trip. It's a 21 day, 13 person trip. For me this is my first Grand trip, but I have done many overnight rafting trips in my career.

I'm pretty much set on the typical gear list, but I posed this question to the lurkers of the Buzz to see if there is one super,must have luxury item that you folks would stash in your drybag. I do like the muck boot idea and the thermos.
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