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    I'm still 50/50. Still trying to get vacation approved plus there are some personal obligations that may come up around that time. I'm trying hard though!!
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    Count me in as a definite, most likely, 97% participant. I might have to paddle the skinny boat this time to keep up with the "yakkers".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcaron View Post
    Count me in as a definite, most likely, 97% participant. I might have to paddle the skinny boat this time to keep up with the "yakkers".

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    No worries on keeping up, I plan on slowing up frequently and side tripping on occasion to explore and get shots, photos not mixed alcohol.... Jager Bombs every km now that would be an endurance test and we’d be “yakkers” for sure! I’ll probably be behind the group and catching up most of the time.
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    Hey guys,

    I wouldn't worry too much about speed. If we head out together, with all of the portages, we'll likely keep pretty closely bunched. No really long stretches of uninterupted paddling and mild portages should make for a good trip. The Ragged to Big Porcupine feels a bit long, but no worries.

    Even this far out, we're getting close to nine. A second permit looks quite possible!

    Incidentially, in the long dispute between Kayaks and Canoes, a little context is always helpful...(Probably don't remember this scene do you?)
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    So I had the hardest time last year canoeing, never done it combined with programmers back and the fact I haven't seen a chiropractor in a couple years had me kissing the ground when we landed.

    How is this trip compared to last years? I have been hitting the gym a little more regularly but I still think my back is pretty weak. I may have to try out renting a kayak (I feel the constant Left/Right motion is a little more balanced on the back, maybe?)

    Also I am thinking of bringing a friend, any objections? She is just getting into hammock camping (aka she wants to go camping with me and all I have is a second hammock setup so she is stuck with it) and is interested in going on a canoe trip. I'll see if I can get her to make an account on here :P

    So I should be in, I don't see why not, at the end of September there isn't much going on in terms of school but we'll see.
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    There are more portages and shorter time on the water from the sound of it. Chard and others can confirm. Don't know how that would be on the back but maybe the more frequent changes would be better than the longer paddling of your spring trip.

    With regards to you bringing someone, she would be welcomed I'm sure. Being stuck with a hammock set up to go camping is not the worst thing for her.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kasuko View Post
    So I had the hardest time last year canoeing, never done it combined with programmers back and the fact I haven't seen a chiropractor in a couple years had me kissing the ground when we landed.

    How is this trip compared to last years? I have been hitting the gym a little more regularly but I still think my back is pretty weak. I may have to try out renting a kayak (I feel the constant Left/Right motion is a little more balanced on the back, maybe?)

    Also I am thinking of bringing a friend, any objections? She is just getting into hammock camping (aka she wants to go camping with me and all I have is a second hammock setup so she is stuck with it) and is interested in going on a canoe trip. I'll see if I can get her to make an account on here :P

    So I should be in, I don't see why not, at the end of September there isn't much going on in terms of school but we'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasuko View Post
    So I had the hardest time last year canoeing, never done it combined with programmers back and the fact I haven't seen a chiropractor in a couple years had me kissing the ground when we landed.

    How is this trip compared to last years? I have been hitting the gym a little more regularly but I still think my back is pretty weak. I may have to try out renting a kayak (I feel the constant Left/Right motion is a little more balanced on the back, maybe?)

    Also I am thinking of bringing a friend, any objections? She is just getting into hammock camping (aka she wants to go camping with me and all I have is a second hammock setup so she is stuck with it) and is interested in going on a canoe trip. I'll see if I can get her to make an account on here :P

    So I should be in, I don't see why not, at the end of September there isn't much going on in terms of school but we'll see.

    Well, I've always felt that the Tom Thomson route was a bit gruelling. It's a really long stretch of paddling from the first portage by the dam into T.T.Lake.

    I have a feeling that the route I'm suggesting for the fall will be better all around. We likely won't be on the water for much more than a hour at a time, and portaging will give your upper body a chance to recharge.

    For your back, I used to use a velcro back support belt, and I've seen many people use of one of those folding pad with backrests. Frequently switching paddling sides is also helpful, although, to be honest, I usually spend 80% of the day on one side.



    As far as bringing a friend, that would be great! Dude!!! That's the whole point of these crazy Hangs; the more the merrier and Fall in Algonquin is probably the best place to be. If you wanted, I'm sure we could give you a quick primer on steering strokes that would serve you well on flat waters, but on anything rough, I'm sure we'd all agree that it's safety first. Fortunately, unlike the Spring, the water won't be deathly cold at the end of September.

    Are you guys all set up with a second set of gear? Does your friend have everything she needs (e.g. hammocks, suspension, tarps, etc...?) If not, maybe the group can help.

    Anyway, let's hope the both of you can join us. It should be a good time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kasuko View Post
    I may have to try out renting a kayak (I feel the constant Left/Right motion is a little more balanced on the back, maybe?)
    NOOOOO....reference the above picture to see what type of characters kayak!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcaron View Post
    NOOOOO....reference the above picture to see what type of characters kayak!
    Canoeists are a much friendlier breed.
    Yes but according to the prophecy, we bring balance to the force! Canoeists are so “One Sided”?

    Hey Kasuko, if you haven’t been in a kayak before, you probably want to get out a few times before you commit to a multi-day trip, kayaks are fast and definitely fun but tend to be unforgiving at times and will also limit the amount of gear you can manage.
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