-- Last Updated: Jan-26-13 3:01 PM EST --
and I leave the gear in the boat. I'm all about the one trip portage or no portage concept if I can get away with it. I use the steel frames with the bicycle style wheels. Sometimes use one set, sometimes two sets on the canoe. Sometimes I paddle a kayak and skip most of the portage, for example just a short carry around Buttermilk Falls and paddling permanent rapids cut down on quite a bit. Years ago before it was designated NFCT I paddled the Moose and Westbranch, and Allagash Lakes. For me part of the enjoyment was running the whitewater but I did manage to twist up an aluminum canoe at the ledges at Seboomook once. I have fond memories of swamping out before reaching Brassua Lake on the Moose. Right now I'm focused on finishing section three (Saranac River, NY). I guess its time to get out the maps and guidebook and start plannin' for a NFCT trip for this summer.