There’s no need to carry a big stick when you’re paddling and portaging in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area but you should probably think about carrying a Big Six Camp Chair made by Big Agnes. This big and comfortable high back chair was by far the favorite on our recent canoe camping trip with Matt and Cassidy.
Camp chairs make life around camp so much more comfortable. Sitting on the ground is fine when it’s dry and warm but in the chill of spring or fall sitting on a chair is much nicer.
We’ve tried a large number of camp chairs over the years of owning Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Crazy Creek, Alps Mountaineering and even the two-legged Alite Monarch chair have all been into the BWCA with us. There are many comfortable and lightweight chairs on the market these days and my favorite is Helinox Chair One. It has accompanied me to baseball games, into the Boundary Waters and even into living rooms for extra seating.
I actually never got to sit in the Big Six chair because we only had one along on our trip and someone was always sitting in it. It has a tall back, sits 20″ off of the ground and is much larger than the Camp One by Helinox. Helinox has a high back chair option too, we just didn’t have one of those on our trip. I think I know what I’m getting Mike for Christmas this year.
Big Agnes used to sell Helinox chairs but something must have happened because they now have their own line of chairs. They look exactly the same as the Helinox so I’m guessing they are. It probably doesn’t matter what brand or style of chair you choose as long as it’s lightweight, breaks down to a small size and makes camp life more comfortable.