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  Posted by: plaidpaddler on Aug-16-13 11:37 AM (EST)

What class are you paddling? What boat?
For your first time pit crew the best advice is follow the crowd to the necessary carries. There will be time from your start for your pit crew to pack up camp and meet you for resupply. As JackL said, on day two there is no place till about the 3/4 point at Axton's Landing/ Stoney Creek outlet that your pit crew can reach you without a long hike to Raquette Falls. We take 3 liters each and resupply at Axton's Landing. On day 3 we go all the way on 2 liters each. Day one has the most opportunites for resupply and being first time you should plan on using them. As much for things you may have forgotten or just found out you need or want; like rain gear or sunglasses. The first carry at Inlet going between 5th Lake and 6th Lake is soon after the start, but we always try to have our pit crew meet us there to check if we forgot anything or broke anything.
It has been sunglasses more than once when we started in cloudy or foggy weather and weren't thinking of sunglasses. The pit crew finds out what we need and can get those things to us at the 8th Lake carry or Brown's Tract Carry. Brown's Tract Carry is our scheduled water drop. The pit crew is waiting near the end of the carry where we have to stop and take off the wheels. That saves us from toting the canoe and full hydration bottles over the carry. We get cold liquids for the last half into Blue Mountain Lake. The last opportunity for your pit crew is the bridge at Raquette Lake village. They can drop things into your boat as you go under the bridge. The Marion River carry has an official pit stop with cups of water and candy bars and fruit. No walk-in for pit crews only officials.
The paddlers guide coming to you in the mail will explain a lot of this. And others in your class will help answer your questions as you go. Both you and your pit crew will make new friends. That's one of the nicest things about the 90 Miler. The official song puts it well;"90 Miles of hard work and 90 miles of water. 90 miles of family and friends."
See you, JackL and Nanci,Red Cross Randy,Gearwoman,Vitamin Ray, and hundreds of other 90 Miler Family in Old Forge.

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