How far can you paddle in a single day?
Posted by: old_user on May-29-11 2:50 AM (EST) Category: unassigned
What is the farthest it would be possible to paddle in a single day, with adequate training ahead of time? Would 30 nm be reasonable?
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Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 3:31 AM (EST)
On conditions, flat water or moving water, type of kayak paddled, your endurance and pain threshold.
Posted by: Kudzu on May-29-11 5:12 AM (EST)
Next time I go for a personal distance record I'm going to put some clear polish on my fingernails. We did a 36 miler at the NC outer banks and at the end of the day I had bruising under my pinky fingernails. I think they got soaked and softened and I was pulling too hard on the paddle.
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 6:09 AM (EST)
How long did 36 miles take you to paddle?
It Wasn't a Race|
Posted by: Kudzu on May-29-11 10:25 AM (EST)
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 2:52 PM (EST)
I'm impressed. Much further than I've ever gone in a day.
Posted by: Kudzu on May-29-11 7:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on May-29-11 4:29 PM (EST)
My wife and I did 27 last week in the|
Posted by: jackl on May-29-11 7:09 AM (EST)
"BGD" expedition tandem yak. We hope to work up to 50 in 12 or 13 hours
Posted by: radiomix on May-29-11 9:04 AM (EST)
Are they close by to nc?
The fifty miler is on the Suwannee...|
Posted by: jackl on May-29-11 10:30 AM (EST)
River, starting in Fargo Georgia and going to White Springs, Florida. They are adding a hundred miler to it this year
Posted by: darkstar on May-29-11 8:18 AM (EST)
we hope to do the general clinton 70miler in under 10hrs tommorrow! thats a tandem canoe, for the Yukon we plan on doing 160-180miles per day but there will be at least 5 of us in the canoe(hopefully 6!)
Posted by: radiomix on May-29-11 9:03 AM (EST)
On rivers with a general current on 2 mph or so, you can expect to do about 5.5 mph at a constant paddle pace with breaks. In a tandem I have done 100 miles in 18 hours. On lakes I have done 40 miles and that took about 9 hours. Without training much 20 miles is not really bad but it will hurt the next day.
Posted by: greg27 on May-29-11 9:10 AM (EST)
30 miles in a day with a couple of breaks shouldn't be that hard unless you have adverse conditions bigest problem is sitting in the boat for that length of time , focus on comfort and thigh support
Time in the boat|
Posted by: mr_canoehead on May-29-11 10:03 AM (EST)
The physics of how boats move through water dictates that going fast takes considerably more effort than going slow. As such, and I think this was Verlen Kruger's idea first, comfort is more important than an exceptionally sleek hull for making long distance days.
I agree on the seat|
Posted by: jackl on May-29-11 10:34 AM (EST)
It makes all the difference in the world
Then how many days in a row ...|
Posted by: Kocho on May-29-11 10:35 AM (EST)
Doing 30 miles for one day at top speed is one thing, doing it for 10 days in a row is entirely another.
Current and Wind|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 3:03 PM (EST)
When paddling against current and wind it can be less energy total to paddle harder.
100 miles - check this out|
Posted by: seadart on May-29-11 10:49 AM (EST)
Posted by: thebob.com on May-29-11 11:00 AM (EST)
Many moons ago, I did 37 miles in one day, in a solo canoe. Did it just to see how far I could go in a day. Have no doubt I could have done 40 miles if I hadn't gotten lazy.
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 8:13 PM (EST)
Farallone Island 46 Miler|
Posted by: uncleferdo on May-29-11 11:25 AM (EST)
Back in 1987 four of us paddled two Necky Tofino doubles from Pt. Reyes to the Farallone Islands off San Francisco, then in the Golden Gate, a distance of about 46 miles, taking just under 10 hours to complete. The Tofino was not a fast double but quite seaworthy, and we were trained and motivated. Conditions were almost flat (unusual for that area) and no boathandling was required. I remember being so tired afterwards that I almost fell asleep while driving home.
Posted by: old_user on May-29-11 11:38 AM (EST)
I'm just starting out and go about 10 miles at 3.5 mph with one or two 5 minute breaks. I usually feel like I could go further but at that point one of my knees is starting to ache. :(
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 3:00 PM (EST)
I went for a 4 hour paddle with a friend a couple years ago. When we landed, I found my knee had seized and I literally couldn't move it. My friend had to help slide me out of the kayak. Fortunately it never happened again.
If you are a beginner and you are|
Posted by: jackl on May-30-11 10:28 AM (EST)
going 10 miles at 3.5, that is great, but you are probably bracing too hard on the foot pegs if your knees are hurting.
Posted by: old_user on Jun-01-11 1:38 PM (EST)
It's only one knee the other one feels perfectly fine after while the other I can barely stand on it because of the pain. 15 minutes later of "walking it off" it feels fine again.
Many many variables - 40 - 50 miles|
Posted by: willi_h2o on May-29-11 12:00 PM (EST)
I've paddled 40 to 50 miles in a day a few times.
170 kms Non-stop|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-29-11 3:47 PM (EST)
Here's a great read for all you long distance armchair paddlers... like me :D
Many Years Ago|
Posted by: dougd on May-29-11 6:43 PM (EST)
Hal and I in solo rec canoes made it a habit of hitting off 15 to 25 mile days on a long trip. First few days was like trying to get out of a coffin in the morning but ya get used to it after a while. I think our top day was around 30 miles and we were hauling around 110 pds of gear each. Still get a s&^t eating grin on my face thinking about those days.
24 miles in 4 1/2 hours|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on May-29-11 6:54 PM (EST)
Is what I did last fall at Raystown. Only made a couple pit stops, and once to fuel me up with food.
Posted by: ScupperFrank on May-29-11 11:37 PM (EST)
I'd think that'd be completed rather quickly...
Posted by: Al_A on May-30-11 12:15 AM (EST)
to see how far I could go in a day. Many years ago a buddy and I, with no training but in pretty good shape, entered a downriver canoe race on a small class one river--long dead pools and short riffles. We were in a 17 foot Grumman that had seen better days; the bottom was wavy and had a lot of "reverse rocker". Horrible boat to try to paddle fast. We did 21.5 miles in 3.5 hours. I believe, given how I felt at the end of it, I could have paddled at half that speed for ten hours in that boat, so I figure 30 miles a day in a well-designed boat on that kind of water would be absolutely no problem if you're in decent shape.
Posted by: paddletothesea on May-30-11 9:59 AM (EST)
the current world record on flat water is i think 261 miles in 24-hours.
Not as hard as you would think|
Posted by: captainsmollett on May-30-11 10:29 AM (EST)
30 nautical miles (roughly 34.5 miles) isn't bad.
Hard to Believe|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-30-11 3:06 PM (EST)
261 miles = 450 kms
24-hr World Record|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-30-11 3:20 PM (EST)
Curious, I looked it up.
So moving water record is 261 miles|
Posted by: captainsmollett on May-30-11 4:47 PM (EST)
whats the flatwater record?
Posted by: WaterMark on May-30-11 5:37 PM (EST)
You had the # right. It was a lot more than I had thought. 450km in one day... crazy.
Posted by: mtuguy on May-31-11 12:32 PM (EST)
According to guiness it's 150.34 miles in 24 hours on flat water. Almost 242 km for you metric folks.
Thanks for looking that up :)|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-31-11 3:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on May-30-11 12:12 PM (EST)
In 2009, with heart disease and not having been in a canoe in about 30 years, this old fat guy (me) and his wife took a canoe 26 miles in 6 hours. We went DOWN the Rifle River (and "only" turned over 4 times.) You really need only paddle to steer. ;)
Posted by: paddler098 on May-30-11 9:08 PM (EST)
hane done 70 miles 20 times shortest time 8 hours slowest 12. in the 90 the first day is 35 miles about 6 hours.
Posted by: mikeynj on May-31-11 4:58 AM (EST)
My personal record is 26 Miles in 3 1/2 hours, including a quick lunch break. We did have a little help from moving water though :-)
Ultra marathon training tips|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-31-11 3:08 PM (EST)
Posted by: JaybirdNC on May-31-11 4:03 PM (EST)
My longest day of pure paddling is 50 miles in about 12.5 or 13 hrs. From the 50 mile mark I popped up a downwind sail and paddle/sailed another 35 or so. Total time was just under 22 hours.
flat water record|
Posted by: paddletothesea on May-31-11 8:01 PM (EST)
Brandon NElson use to have the record of 141 miles in 24 hours on flatwater but it may be broken.
Molokai World Championship|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-31-11 8:21 PM (EST)
Is 32 miles, or 51km, from one hawaiian island to another.
ok im quiting|
Posted by: luvtokayak on May-31-11 8:27 PM (EST)
or at least feel like it i can barely paddle 5 miles a day. im ashamed to admit this
Why be ashamed?|
Posted by: WaterMark on May-31-11 10:39 PM (EST)
What's more important, that you love getting out on the water and paddling, or that there's someone in the world that's faster than you?
guess thats true|
Posted by: luvtokayak on May-31-11 10:52 PM (EST)
one day i almost went 10 and really felt i was going to die.i always forget i still have to paddle back.its amazeing how far some of ya all go
20 miles/day is not normal|
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-01-11 12:39 AM (EST)
so much variety in paddling|
Posted by: jcbikeski on Jun-03-11 5:21 PM (EST)
Are going to do the same tomorrow?|
Posted by: dave54 on May-31-11 11:01 PM (EST)
There is a big difference between what you can do in a single day of all out effort, and what you do when you are going to do the same thing tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, etc.
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-01-11 12:40 AM (EST)
Posted by: PJC on Jun-01-11 12:57 PM (EST)
Comfort in kayak|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Jun-01-11 1:34 PM (EST)
I've spent 6 hours straight in my Artisan. It originally came with a back band, which I found uncomfortable. I switched it out to a fibreglass seatback that I got from ONNO. It's attached to the seat. The seat itself swivels on two pins on either side of the seat support. That allows for some change in position.
Posted by: mister123 on Jun-01-11 1:42 PM (EST)
The key to lots of mileage is long days. If you paddle at 3.5mph, which is very do-able then ten hours will get you 30 miles. I scanned this thread and I didn't see anyone mention weather. It's one thing to do 30 mile in a day if it's calm and you have a tail wind but it's a whole different thing if you have to contend with a head wind or cross wind. It's still do-able but it will take more time and more effort. Wave can also be an issue even if the wind is light. Conversely Iíve averaged over 4mph downwind with a sail and basically no effort.
Posted by: WaterMark on Jun-01-11 4:42 PM (EST)
Krugers are comfy|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Jun-01-11 6:41 PM (EST)
Thats why you can do the distance you can in them. My personal best was 136 miles in 21 hrs in mine. I am sure I could have gone 150 or a bit more if I hadn't stopped for a nap.
Posted by: paddletothesea on Jun-01-11 6:47 PM (EST)
That 24 day record by Kruger was shattered about 12 years ago by 6 days. Bob Bradford and Clark Eid paddled the entire length of the Mississippi in just over 18 days.
Tour du Teche 2011|
Posted by: whiterocknavy on Jun-01-11 8:23 PM (EST)
If anyone's interested in three long distance days join us at the Tour du Teche in October. Day 1: 40 miles. Day 2: 60 miles. Day 3: 33 miles. Not the longest race but it will be on was that's not really moving. The great thing about this one is the party they have planned at the end of each day. Those Cajuns know how to do that part of it right!
toure de touche?|
Posted by: baldpaddler on Jun-02-11 10:23 PM (EST)
Hey how about some more info on the three day race and Party!
Heard the record was broken|
Posted by: PJC on Jun-02-11 10:45 AM (EST)
but not by who or what they were paddling. But I didn't research it either... Bob Bradford was Kruger's partner in the 01 race, wasn't he? Back in the '01 race I recall that lots of folks thought the "Double Helix" kayak would give them strong competition. There certainly are kayakers who can stay comfortable and effective over those distances - but they are perhaps a little rarer than those who do that kind of distance in a canoe. The rarest of the rare...
Kruger + found record for 24-hour|
Posted by: paddletothesea on Jun-03-11 5:05 PM (EST)
Here is the 24-hour World Record: