This time the trip will be through the Whitney Wilderness Area, plus a few other additions. It’s a little cooler this year than when I did this last year, so that will be different, plus there’s no moon to help shine the way for night paddling. It’ll also be a couple of days longer than last year with the addition of the Oswegatchie River and Cranberry Lake parts, including a three mile portage, twice what I’m used to. I weighed my gear this evening and gear, food, and boat weigh in at 73 lbs but not including any water. That I’ll filter as I go along. For these portages I’ll only carry just enough to get me to the next spring, brook or whatever clean water source I choose, at least it’s all fresh water! (I’m used to the salt water environment where I got to carry all my drinking water, sometimes up to 8 gallons! 8.3 lbs/gallon x 8 = some heavy stuff!) Anyway, I will be toting 75 lbs of boat and gear on a pack and while there’s that 3 mile portage, there’s plenty of shorter portages to really give me a work out. There’s also the “floating bogs” to be careful of. I’ll try to video that because you’ll just not believe what this really is! I’ll have my spot tracker on so follow the link from my website to see just what kind of trail and waterway adventure I’m in for. I’ll be taking off in the morning and will be out of contact until I get back. On a Wilderness scale of 10 this is labeled as a 10, just the way I like it!
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