Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Winter to Spring - Preparation

Over January to May, we built our boat - an 18' 6" EM White Wood/Canvas Guide Canoe at Island Falls Canoe Co. in Atkinson, ME (www.islandfallscanoe.com/) Jerry Stelmok and the rest of the gang at the shop worked with us from start to finish and it turned out to be a thing of beauty. When we get access to a decent computer with a quick connection, we will post a short film of this process - it is pretty neat!

Additionally, we looked at the trip as a whole. Our first step was to order our maps (www.northernforestcanoetrail.org/) and organize our gear. Basically we squeezed everything down into two packbaskets, a duluth pack, and a seal line dry bag. This allows us to portage everything (boat included) in two trips and we are able to camp in relative comfort. Not too shabby.

Again, we have excel spreadsheets of gear lists and trip prep info that we will post once we have access to a faster connection - stay tuned for more info! Here is a link to a local newspaper article about it all: http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/sports/stories/4999842.html


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