Thru-paddled in a kevlar wenonah Minn II
Posted by: cooper316 on Oct-18-11 4:40 PM (EST)
The water levels on the rivers were bony and I punched a hole in it on the Class 2 ledges in Plattsburg. (I can send you a photo, if interested.) Got it fixed in Burlington, VT at Canoe Imports and it lasted the rest of the trip. I really scuffed up the bottom and need to get the whole thing back in shape this spring. I had installed skid plates which I'm sure, saved me a lot more damage. Fast flowing, rocky rivers constantly kept me on edge--but it's weight was totally worth it. I avoided anything over Class 2. Will depend on your water levels. The Allagash was running at spring levels (1700 cfs) when I passed through in August and it was a dream to run, although I did not run the Chase Rapids when the ranger said "I wouldn't do it in a kevlar." In hindsight, I don't think it would have been much different than some of the other rapids you run farther downstream. Be prepared for your canoe to have more "character" afterwards.
Recreational Kayak Paddle
URCHIN Portable Anchor
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