The answer was clearly to check out the new products from Decathlon. Personally, I found it reassuring that we could find all our equipment in this shop. Decathlon and I already had a long story together in sport. And I have always been pleasantly surprised by their innovations and the way disciplines become more accessible every time this company takes an interest in them.
The obvious choice was an Itiwit3 inflatable kayak, because the ease of transport would be very helpful in our adventure. I contacted Itiwit on Facebook for some advice. They put me in touch with Claude, who had already crossed France on an Itiwit inflatable SUP last summer, taking in the Rhône river on his trip. He was very helpful and gave me some tips on how to make a success of our adventure, while enjoying ourselves at the same time.
Here is the list of the equipment we took with us:~
- one ITIWIT3 inflatable kayak / two two-piece collapsible paddles / one 2.6L double-action hand pump.~
- two 50N+ buoyancy vests.~
- two Quechua hiking bags, protected by rubble bags. (would we regret not taking real watertight bags with us?)~
- wet weather clothes, plus one spare set.~
- one Arpenaz two-man tent, which never let us down under any circumstances and two Forclaz 10° sleeping bags and one Quechua 120 inflatable mattress.~
- two headlights, two backup lights, one very practical Quechua cookset, plus a few kitchen utensils.~
- one large picnic rug for the evenings and some supplies: tinned food, rice, pasta and plenty of chocolate and biscuits.~
- one large painter’s tarpaulin to protect everything against the rain.
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