The clothing and other gear that you wear can make a huge difference in your comfort and the enjoyment of your time on the river. Clothing is your first defense against the flora, the fauna, and the elements. Get it right and your chances of being successful are good. Get it wrong and you will need a lot of perseverance.
That being said, almost everyone agrees that a portage cart is an important piece of equipment for the Source to Sea trip. There are more than a dozen portages on the upper section. I have made no secret of my disdain for portaging, so my kayak cart is something that I have given a lot of thought to.
As much as I love Tsu, the adjustable backrest is one of the few features that did not work well for me. My main complaint is that the high backrest makes it difficult for me to get my spray skirt on the the cockpit combing. Other than that, the backrest works well and it's comfortable.
We have another little gem of a stream called Rook's Creek. It is a tributary of the Vermilion River and just like the Vermilion, it flows from South to North.