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Posted by: windwalker on Apr-01-13 12:27 PM (EST) Category: Destinations
I want to try the 90 miler this year. But looking at the dates my wife/shuttle bunny, won't be able to make it. Is it possible to do the race without a support person/vehicle? I'm thinking it would greatly complicate things?
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- 90 miler - windwalker - Apr-01-13 12:27 PM
Fresh Water at 8 lbs a gallon|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-01-13 1:42 PM (EST)
How much drinking water do you want to stow ?
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funny. The 90 miler takes place on |
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-01-13 3:06 PM (EST)
some pristine lakes. Just dunk a cup.
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Posted by: madmike on Apr-01-13 3:01 PM (EST)
Mike, you just need to find a little help. I will be in the area, but I can't crew for you full time. We could get your truck to Saranac Lake.
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Posted by: Jackl on Apr-01-13 3:09 PM (EST)
Brian will announce at the start of each day if any one needs a driver, and normally there are a few people who are willing to do it for a slight fee or whatever
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It is possible|
Posted by: yknpdlr on Apr-01-13 7:58 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-01-13 8:00 PM EST --
While possible, it is quite unofficial. You will have to count on the generosity of a stranger from another crew, and luck to drive your vehicle, or shuttle you to fetch it. Having said that, it is a very common thing to do. You just have to make yourself known early to Brian (the race director), and to make the rounds of the other hundreds of paddlers and pit crews. In past years the race committee provided transport of camping gear, but no more.
If you haven't entered the 90 before, be sure to get your application in as soon as it comes out, usually around the 3rd week of June. Entry for newbies is by lottery. Last year the DEC allowed Brian to increase the number of entered boats from 250 to 275 for the first time. Even so, he had over 325 entry applications, and some had to be sadly turned away.
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Posted by: windwalker on Apr-01-13 8:22 PM (EST)
I have an e-mail into Brian.
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Going without pit crew|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Apr-02-13 10:32 PM (EST)
A few questions. 1)Are you staying in motels or campinng? 2) Will you prepare your morning and evening meals or eat out?
Going solo and camping and cooking your meals means you will have gear that needs transportation from the start each day to the finish each day. You will need to arise early to cook, eat, and break camp before the paddlers meeting. At the end of each day you will need to find your gear, set up camp, cook your meal.
Staying in motels and eating in restaurants simplifies the mornings, but still requires getting from motel to restaurant to start line.
Either way you will need someone to transport your gear for you; whether it be camping gear or just your clothing. Finding someone to drive your vehicle each day with your gear makes it simple for you, but is a big imposition on others.
Having a pit crew makes life so much easier. You really need to line up a pit crew beforehand or at least a driver. At everydays finish there are those wet tired paddlers trying to hitchhike back to the start line to retrieve their vehicle and gear. And its a long walk.
In the early days there was a gear truck for those going unsupported and a shuttle from Saranac Lake back to Old Forge for people to drop vehicles at the finish line on Thursday night. Those days are over.
For your first time you might want to partner with someone who can provide a pit crew and is missing a partner. Portaging a tandem boat and gear with two people is easier than a solo boat and gear alone. A
C-4 is even more fun. 2 people with an empty boat, two people with just gear.
If the logistics look daunting, ask the Voyageur crews if they'd like another paddler, some are looking for paddlers even after registration. Its
good to do your first 90 Miler with someone or a crew that's experienced.
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Posted by: windwalker on Apr-02-13 12:13 PM (EST)
How many hours does that take you?
I've done a few 50 mile days, but that was on rivers where the river helps out. Lake paddling with portages would slow things down for me.
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