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Old 02-23-2021, 09:47 AM   #44
montcalm
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Originally Posted by DSettahr View Post
  1. Person A takes the canoe to the mid point of the portage, drops it there, and then returns to the start of the portage. Person A then takes their gear to the end of the portage.
  2. Person B takes their gear to the end of the portage, drops there gear there. Person B then returns to the midpoint of the portage, grabs the canoe, and returns to the end of the portage with the canoe.
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I'm glad someone finally got this 6th grade math problem correct.

I've heard people explain this many different ways, and in solo context, but I could never understand how they were gaining anything.

It only works this way.

I'm not sure you gain a lot like this though. I think the best method for a tandem paddlers is the heavy/light gear split:

Paddler A carries the canoe and a "light" pack.

Paddler B carries the "heavy" pack.

The idea here is to distribute the load between each person, and depending on their strength/endurance.

If you get to the point where you have too much to where the "light" load is too heavy, then you resort to the above, or a good old fashioned double carry (sometimes Paddler B can't carry the canoe).
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