Minimalism seems to have different meanings in different aspects of paddle sports. I’m getting old enough that I’d have to add a waterproof notebook to the list so I could remember all that other stuff. Then I’d probably forget the notebook.
I don’t mean to make light anyone though - I’m sure those really are essentials for sea kayaking, but it sure seems like a lot to a river rat.
Even the boat… A few years ago a friend and I were eating a shore lunch on our local river in mid-summer. It was about 10 miles between landings on that stretch. Along comes this guy going downstream. Just a guy. Alone. No boat. He had on a PFD and was towing a largish dry bag (looked like maybe a NRS Bill’s bag) presumably with 9, 10, a compass, hiking shoes, maybe a camera in it. He hiked the islands, waded the shallows, swam the channels and repeated as necessary. He Doan nee no steeenkin boat… A true minimalist.
I may try that this summer. Looked like fun.