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Wilderness Tripping - BWCA & Beyond New Topic Printer Friendly Version

  What's good for the goose,
  Posted by: FL-KeysPaddler on Aug-08-13 1:00 PM (EST)
 

is not always good for the gander.

I tip my hat to someone who wants to tackle a large river that can be slow moving and residential. You should certainly research all the campgrounds along the 330 stretch of river you want to paddle. Otherwise you'll have to ask the landowners if you can pitch a tent for the night.

I'm not sure what your motivations are... whether it's tied to emotional conquest, if you want to conquer a long paddle, or if you simply want to escape. For me, seeing houses on my long trips can damper the sense of exploration and seclusion. Facing rapids and getting out of them unscathed is another part of a trip that can be ridiculously fun, memorable and beneficial to your paddling skills.

Gaining 22 miles a day, that must be a pretty fast river. Our longest day last year was 17 miles on a slower portion of the James River - a lot of work for two people.

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