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Old 02-23-2021, 10:15 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by Wldrns View Post
DSettahr's tandem portage plan is a good one, but it does have one disadvantage and a caution. Especially when solo and double (really triple) traversing an unfamiliar trail with a canoe overhead, the question may be, "do I carry my gear first or the canoe first"? The answer, especially on a complex or unfamiliar trail, is to go first with gear, so that you can clearly see to navigate, see any obstacles, familiarize yourself with the trail conditions, and make note of the difficult portions before you get there with a canoe over your head. If there happens to be a branching trail, you wouldn't believe how easy it is to take the wrong branch with a heavy canoe blocking your view.
I agree with Wldrns, definitely the gear first. Like anything else, the initial trip will give you the advantage of having been through it once already.
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