Sure, why not.
Posted by: Glenn_MacGrady on Dec-16-12 10:59 AM (EST)
"Wilderness tripping" doesn't necessarily mean multiple-portage-a-day routes. I've primarily been an open canoeist and have always tended to avoid those.
Joe O'Blenis paddled and portaged across Canada in a decked canoe, which isn't that much different from a big cockpit kayak.
I have done overnights in my kayaks as well as my outrigger. Everything has to packed in small packages. I carry those small packages in a big mesh backpack, like scuba divers use. It can be rolled up small.
Shoulder carries are the pits, so make sure you have a 30 lb. kayak. Alternatively, there are portage yoke gizmos that can elevate the kayak hull over your head while you carry a backpack, and which can even be secured to a frame pack.
Kayakers who want to go on "wilderness" trips, just remember that "portage" is an ancient French word that simply means "I have planned my trip poorly." But get a canoe just on general moral principles, anyway.