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I am going on a 10 day trip in Algonquin. I have not been there before, but I have tripped in Temagami. I was wondering, in general of course, what the portages are like (I don't know the route yet).
Also, I was wondering about footwear. I have Chaco Sandles, Neo socks, Neo booties, MEC high waterproof booties, and hiking boots. Any suggestions on which to use or something I haven't mentioned.
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Posted by: meat094 on Feb-15-11 11:11 PM (EST)
I'm going in early August, probably paddling my Wenonah Solitude, and would like to portage one trip. But I'm going with a group, so I don't have all the details yet.
They are rocky and rooty|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-16-11 12:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: ByronWalter on Feb-18-11 5:35 PM (EST)
...good luck with Salomon TechAmphibian shoes, which can sometimes be found on sale for < $50.
Tevas. . . .|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 9:36 AM (EST)
. . . Keens and such are too bulky plus anything with elastic is likely to be sucked off your foot in deep mud. Lost a nice pair of Keens in loonshit. Tevas have Velcro which keep the shoes on in deep mud.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 12:33 PM (EST)
I would go with something more protective than sandles, like the hike boots that were recommended. Sandles are ok for camp. In addition to stability, if you hit one of those wet, windy, 55 degree days; or worse, three days in a row; your feet may get chilly with sandles. And the loon sh** mentioned, ya, forget the sandles.
Did about 15 portages . . .|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 9:42 PM (EST)
in 15 days. Never found the need for more toe protection than was offered by Tevas. Got it down to a science. The most difficult leg is carrying the boat. Any shoe is gonna get filled with mud. Any shoe that can be sucked off will be.
15 portages in 15 days???|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-23-11 7:42 AM (EST)
In Algonquin you would do 15 portages in three days..sometimes two.
"In Algonquin you would do 15 portages|
Posted by: chodups on Mar-08-11 9:32 PM (EST)
.....in three days..sometimes two."
No front pack!!!|
Posted by: meat094 on Feb-22-11 12:10 AM (EST)
I agree, I don't like the idea of not seeing in front of you. Although I'd like to single pack portage, I still can hear Cliff Jacobson in my head telling me to double. We'll see.
Great comments everyone...|
Posted by: meat094 on Feb-23-11 8:30 AM (EST)
Thanks everyone. I'm starting to lean toward a boot, and I'm thinking maybe taking a pair I have and making them more drainable. Maybe holes in the soles and some more suggestions or comments?
Chota Quetico Trekkers|
Posted by: Jsaults on Feb-25-11 9:09 AM (EST)
Sort of a light hiking boot, light, drain well, and through adding or subtracting innersoles can accomodate drysuit booties, neoprene cock-foot mukluks, or wool socks. I give 'em two thimbs up.
Shoe and overboots|
Posted by: bryanhansel on Mar-01-11 6:12 PM (EST)
If it's still cold like in spring or fall, consider tennis shoes with Tingley overboots. Your feet will stay dry and warm and the overboots have enough traction for slippery portages.
Posted by: meat094 on Mar-27-11 10:41 PM (EST)
I found a pair of NRS Work Boots for a price I couldn't pass up. I will report on how they perform as soon as I'm back from the big trip. Thanks for all your input.
Just an update...|
Posted by: meat094 on Apr-28-11 9:19 AM (EST)
After a little difficulty (wrong size shipped, backorder) I recieved the NRS Workboot. It is a very nice boot, and everything that NRS says it is. I however had an extremely difficult time getting the shoe on and off. It is the type of boot you put on in the morning, and leave on until you absolutely have to take them off. This is not what I wanted. So I bit the bullet, and my credit card, and stepped up and bought the OTB Ohdin boot instead. I will report when I recieve them.