Canoe trips sure are enjoyable, but the tough part of this adventure is transporting your canoe otherwise known as portaging. There is a need to learn safe portaging ways so that you can transfer the boat into a secure and appropriate place. Learning proper portaging techniques will help in ensuring your trip to float your canoe is a pleasant one. Honestly, not everyone should try carrying a canoe, especially people with hip or serious back complaints. While learning to port your canoe may be difficult; it truly pays off to be in the know how. Here are few tips for traveling with a secured canoe:
Use Proper Padding and Yoke
If you are planning to transport a rented or borrowed canoe, ensure the yoke is sturdy, and the portage pads are stable. Some canoes feature carved wooden yokes, and they contour your shoulders as these wooden yokes feature a curve. However, for longer transporting requirements, having numerous portage pads will ensure comfort.
Organize Your Stuff Before Porting
Before you start moving with the canoe, it is important to tuck away the loose ends to help make the dismount easy. Just before you start moving the canoe make sure you put away your sunscreen, tackle boxes, snacks, water bottle, and anything else accumulated along with the paddle, into bags. If you are carrying an excessive number of bags, consolidate them as this helps in making the trip faster. In fact, in canoe porting-etiquette, being efficient with your transport is looked to be a positive sign.
Focus on Breathing and Balancing
Carrying a heavy canoe is, and there is a need to focus actively on breathing evenly, relaxing your shoulder muscles, and in balancing the boat so that you are comfortable. Of course, this does not come easily and needs a lot of practice. Only after you gain experience, you may try balancing the boat with one hand and have a hand free to swat mosquitoes, take pictures, or carry your things.
Drop Off in an Orderly Stack
It is always easy to unload randomly. However, when your things are scattered all over, you may not be able to juggle everything and end up losing something along the way. The best thing to do is to drop off or unload in one spot so that it is in a single heap and even provide space for other paddlers arriving at the same location. Make sure you carry things in order and unload in the same order, so you don’t forget anything.
Follow Appropriate Techniques for Lifting and Lowering
If you follow improper or poor techniques of lifting, there is a risk of getting injured. Following the right technique helps in lifting the canoe safely and successfully. The process of lifting is based on technique more than strength. Thus, using proper lowering and lifting techniques keeps you controlled and careful. Control the way you drop your canoe and always cantilever when you lift or lower. In fact, it is beneficial and safe if two people are raising the canoe. You can take the assistance of your paddling partner in lifting the boat, as doing it solo means you would need more control than you have.