I always carry a light ax and if the weather is cold I put a blanket in my packsack.
Mason paused halfway in the act of strapping on his packsack.
Then he let his hands drop, walked over and began to put on his packsack.
Dragging the skiff well above high-water mark, I stacked my stuff in it, shouldered my packsack and climbed the levee.
Once our group was out of sight of the ship, Mason threw down his packsack, sat down on a boulder and lighted a cigarette.