I have a question about overnight camping on Twin Island in Indian Arm. I went there last Thursday and had a great time (I was alone on the island almost all the time) except for one small thing. I had chosen to stay at the campsite facing west,i.e. the one which is farthest from the dock and arrived at about 8PM when the tide was already quite high.
I pulled the kayak out of the water about 1 meter above the water - it was quite a job since the kayak (12.5ft 23Kg) was loaded for 3 nights (additional 17-22kg).I was lucky since I had a long towing rope (about 25 meters), so I had to tie the bow to the tree and lift the stern, after that tie the stern to the tree and lift up the bow and so one - the rope was a great help because the kayak was extremely unstable on those rocks.
Over the time I had to move the kayak higher again since the water was coming very fast
after that - again and eventually I ended up having it almost on the island - the picture was taken next morning - only then I realized how high I had to drug the heavy kayak:
So, this was the main challenge. In the morning I had to do the same work in reverse order to put the kayak in the water. When I had inspected the kayak later, of course, I found a lot of deep scratches and cuts - I don't know what would I do if I had a fiberglass or a Kevlar kayak but one thing is very certain - I would want to avoid drugging those types of kayaks over sharp rocks.
So, now is my question: what is the easiest way for a solo kayaker to secure his kayak for overnight staying in similar conditions (high and steep banks, lack of help, necessity to move it up to 2m above the water line, high depth close to the shore and as a result almost impossible to unload the kayak in the water etc)? I must admit I was quite tired after pulling the kayak out of the water and even had some real back pain - it would be nice to avoid all those things.
Other than that everything was merely perfect. Here is some pictures:
a)almost ready for the night:
b) 5.30 AM - a local crow has stolen the plastic bag shown on the picture ("made in nature") and started hammering it with its beak. BTW, the bag was hidden under the rainfly but it did not stop the clever bird. It contained a long piece of back paracord, therefore as soon as the crow made a whole in the plastic and pulled out first 2 inches of the paracord, the bird began to make a lot of noise probably believing that it is going to get the longest black worm in its live. I tried to ignore the crow for some time but it became clear very soon that I better wake up since it was not going to stop by itself.
All in all - very nice place to stay for a night!