Looks like I made the cut and the wife agreed to be my pit crew/shuttle bunny/tent setter upper.
Since it's my first attempt at this, I have a few questions that I'm sure the seasoned racers can answer.
Just want to get all my ducks in a row before hand.
Are there places during the day where my wife can stop and hand off food and water? Or should I plan on carrying enough for the day? It says they provide some pit stops, are these considered resupply stops to fill up a camelbak, or just grab a cup of water on the go?
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Posted by: Jeep_Gypsy on Aug-15-13 10:44 PM (EST)
I've got a 97 two day race two day race in less then a month.
On Day 1 there are several places|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-16-13 6:24 AM (EST)
the camp ground carry is an ideal place.
Thanks for the info.|
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-16-13 6:50 AM (EST)
Train hard, LOL, a bit late for that. I got what I got, whether its good enough is yet to be determined. What I have determined is that I'm still not as fast as I would have like to have been.
It varies Mike|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-16-13 9:53 AM (EST)
Any where from five minutes and more, depending on the roll call and conditions.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Aug-16-13 11:37 AM (EST)
Everyone needs the video|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-16-13 4:47 PM (EST)
We watched it the other night for the umpteenth time and got excited just seeing all our friends.
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-21-13 6:36 AM (EST)
So I think I'm going to go with a camelbak for a drink system. This should make portaging quick and painless. I have a few camelbak's so my pit can just hand me another one rather than refilling the bladder. And can pick the correct size for the upcoming distance.
Just a velcro strap|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-21-13 8:50 AM (EST)
securing it to a thwart, or one of your seat supports.
Posted by: roundsidedown1 on Aug-23-13 7:54 PM (EST)
I use a carabiner attached with a string to the thwart behind the seat. Clip it to top loop of the Camelback. Faster than velcro.
Paddlers guide ?|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-25-13 12:37 PM (EST)
did any of you get yours in the mail?
Posted by: yknpdlr on Aug-25-13 12:58 PM (EST)
Mine came several weeks ago.
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-25-13 8:07 PM (EST)
I got the yellow booklet the registration came with, but not a lot of detailed info in that? Hoping there is something with more info for my pit crew coming.
That is what I am talking about|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-26-13 6:17 AM (EST)
Other years we got a "Paddlers guide" long before now with detailed info in it including the final order of the classes.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Aug-26-13 4:52 PM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-27-13 12:35 PM (EST)
Mine came today. Lots of good information.
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-26-13 6:43 AM (EST)
I have a clamp on solo yoke with pads, but am looking for some alternate ideas.
Posted by: windwalker on Aug-30-13 7:02 AM (EST)
The long range forecast is looking favorable at this point. Getting pretty stoked.
It looks perfect !|
Posted by: JackL on Aug-30-13 5:54 PM (EST)
Hope it doesn't change.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Aug-30-13 7:04 PM (EST)
I've been paddling the 90 for 17 years. I can remember very few bad weather days. Usually I think it is too hot - and we have seen 90 degrees in the past.
Paddling C2 Stock|
Posted by: lauraellenm on Sep-02-13 8:24 AM (EST)
Hubby and I paddling the C2 stock class this year. It is only my second 90 miler. First one was in 2011. Didn't make the cut last year. We paddled C4 in 2011. Got 3rd. Loved it, in spite of the blisters. Have a new plan to prevent that this year. We did not have a pit crew then and won't now. Plan to carry all of our supplies with us. We placed bicycle packs on the thwarts to hold supplies. Electrolyte tabs and Motrin or Aleve duck taped to the canoe where we can easily reach it. Drink system is a half gallon cooler with plastic tubing and bite valve. Don't forget a cool hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. May be a good idea to have a small backpack size first aid kit tucked in somewhere. I remember the water and snicker at the portage. I was too dry to eat a snickers!!! Lucky me. I paddled with three men who told me. "Just run and get to the other end" while they pulled the boat across the portages. I only had to help on the one with the hill covered with many rocks and roots. Will be much harder for me this year. Good luck to you all in the 90. We are leaving for the ADK's today and will be at the eighth lake campground all week.
We are C-2 Stock also|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-02-13 9:08 AM (EST)
Will you guys use wheels or will hubby be carrying it ?
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-02-13 2:39 PM (EST)
It was nice to meet you!|
Posted by: lauraellenm on Sep-09-13 10:08 PM (EST)
So nice to meet you, Nancy and Red Cross Randy. Hope to see you again next year. We went up on Monday and spent the week at 8th Lake Campground. Returned home today. As much as I love the Adirondacks, I am sure glad to be sleeping at home tonight. I was glad to see that you did well in the race. An unfortunate navigation error cost Mark and I first place by 2 minutes. The competition was tough. There was absolutely no room for error. Hope to get together a C4 women's team for next year.
It was nice meeting you also|
Posted by: jackl on Sep-10-13 6:19 PM (EST)
We'll be back next year ("The good Lord willing, and the creek don't rise!")
Kudos to you|
Posted by: lauraellenm on Sep-12-13 8:53 AM (EST)
for getting back in a canoe on Monday. We will get out for a couple of hours of paddling practice today. Spent the past three cleaning the camper, doing the laundry, canning the tomatoes and apples that were ripe and awaiting our return. Seems as though the work is never done. Vacation ends on Monday.
That was cool!|
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-09-13 12:19 PM (EST)
It was tough, fun and rewarding all at the same time.
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-10-13 6:35 AM (EST)
Posted by: jackl on Sep-10-13 6:44 PM (EST)
I just finished watching it.
Saw it on Facebook|
Posted by: lauraellenm on Sep-12-13 8:47 AM (EST)
Great video. Congratulations on your win. See ya next year?
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-12-13 8:17 PM (EST)
I can't stop thinking about it.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-12-13 9:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-13-13 6:50 AM (EST)
Next on my list is the Clinton.
You ought to head down to ....|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-13-13 9:10 AM (EST)
the Suwannee river next month and do the 52 mile challenge.
That looks cool|
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-15-13 5:40 PM (EST)
But it's a long way from Pa. I think if I went to Florida to paddle I'd rather do it in January when it's ugly around here.
Posted by: Hanz on Sep-13-13 9:29 AM (EST)
Well done. Sweet looking canoe you have.
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-15-13 5:41 PM (EST)
Posted by: coldfeet on Sep-15-13 10:01 PM (EST)
Just watched the video, great pics. wondered about life jackets? Some wore them, others did not. Guess it wasn't required. I'm supposed to go up there next weekend for a Placidboat gathering. Wish I could put together 30 miles in 3 days, need to work on my strokes. I would love to just enter the race and finish it. I need to get a few injuries fixed and maybe I can join in on the fun. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-15-13 11:13 PM (EST)
You will find the majority of paddlers do not wear PFDs, but all are required to have them readily handy and not tied in the boat. Interestingly, a high percentage of the non-competetive open touring class with a correspondingly higher percentage of inexperienced paddlers, actually do wear their PFDs.
POFD wearing varies|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-16-13 7:03 AM (EST)
It is up to the discretion of the race director.
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-16-13 7:54 PM (EST)
I have always worn my PFD 100% of the time. And it never bothered me in the least. When I started getting ready for the 90, some of my paddle days were in the mid 90's, so I left my PFD sit behind me. I couldn't get over how free I felt and how much cooler I was.
Posted by: JackL on Sep-17-13 6:41 AM (EST)
When are you going to fix it so we can edit our title if we make a mistake?
Posted by: coldfeet on Sep-17-13 9:10 PM (EST)
Just curious, if the weather turns bad and it starts to rain, not to heavy but continues through out the race do you use a bailer at times or you bail it out when you have to portage? just thinking thanks.
Cut Off times|
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-17-13 9:44 PM (EST)
Each day has cut off times at different points on the course. If you don't make the cut off time to the checkpoint you are pulled out at that point and taken to the finish line. You can start the next day in Open
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-17-13 10:18 PM (EST)
There are two potential problems with the cutoff times.
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-17-13 11:29 PM (EST)
While we didn't have any rain to speak of, I carry a sponge. I set it in front of me and it catches all the water from paddle drips on their way to the center. Every once in awhile I fling it out. I like to keep a dry boat. This works well in a light rain also. I had a bailer along in the gear bag, if there would have been a strong chance of rain I would have taken it in the boat.
Last year we got caught ..|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-18-13 5:52 AM (EST)
in the heaviest rain that I have ever paddled in when we were in the Raquette river. We had a Susquehanna with a bailer, and even with it open, I had to keep sponging while the bow paddler, (my wife) paddled.
The first cutoff|
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-18-13 8:40 AM (EST)
Posted by: coldfeet on Sep-18-13 7:37 PM (EST)
Thank you for sharing all that information. I think with continued exercising and more paddling I would like to go and try it for "fun". I would be one of those guys floating around listening to conversations and watching all the cool stuff going on. I'm not a racer but I would just like to set a goal of finishing the course. Hey, if you get a patch or a sticker for finishing I'm in! Thanks again, be well. Can't get up there this weekend but going up there for a fall foliage weekend trip in mid October, time to start training! Hmmm, maybe next Spring :)
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-18-13 8:33 PM (EST)
If you are in open touring and want a "paddler" award, you must purchase that separately.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-18-13 10:09 PM (EST)
The award for finishing is a very nice metallic pin with the 90 Miler logo and the mileage printed on it. The first 9 years are round, then at 10 its more of the shield shape. At 20 you get a gold canoe. Two more to go to reach the gold canoe for me. Its sort of neat to see 1620 miles on a pin on my hat and realize that in the 90 miler I have gone far enough to do the entire Northern Forest Canoe trail round trip. I am not a big gun racer; the biggest joy now is getting new paddlers into the race and thru their first 90 miler. We have had a new paddler in the C-4 5 of the 8 years we paddled it. The 'family' part of the 90 miler is a fact; you meet people each year, see people you met before, and talk to people you got to know over the years, from Maine to Hawaii.
The best award|
Posted by: JackL on Sep-19-13 6:15 AM (EST)
Posted by: windwalker on Sep-19-13 9:49 PM (EST)
I've done a lot of racing in my time. I have boxes of trophys, medals and plaques.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-20-13 9:25 AM (EST)
The most cherished pieces of pine in my house are the simple pine plaques from the C-2 recreation class in the 90 miler. They are a reminder of when it was a big class, broken into 3 gender classes and each of those into 3 age classes. It was when people did the 90 miler in the canoe they had at home and used for fishing, tripping, and racing. There were Mohawks, Mad Rivers, Old Towns, Sawyers, Grummans, Colemans. There were glass hulls, royalex, aluminum,plastic, wood. People lugged heavy boats over the carrys and beat the water with straight wooden paddles. The survivors from that class are now mostly in open touring. C-2 rec has fewer total boats now, than the number of womens entries at the turn of the century.
Posted by: yknpdlr on Sep-20-13 12:42 PM (EST)
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Sep-20-13 9:47 PM (EST)
There have always been aggressive types in the 90 miler. Most used to be in C-2 amateur, now lots of them have moved to C-4. We did the race in 2003 in a 20' Grumman War Canoe; were in last place, due more to a crew that never sat in the canoe together till Thursday at Old Forge, than it being the shortest canoe in the class with the bluntest bow. We did make the biggest wake and do the best in Brown's Tract. From 2005 we have campaigned a Minnesota IV. There were only a handful of C-4's and we started with the War Canoes back then. There were not too many serious racers in C-4 then, but as C-4 got more serious, more C-4 teams moved to Open Touring. Logic was if you don't have a chance at the podium, why not leave earlier and have clear water in front of you and no crowds at the carries. We are sure to see more evolution in the future, we aren't paddling Rushton's anymore.