Portaging a Canoe

| June 11, 2012 | 1 Comment More

This is good form on how to get a large canoe onto your shoulders.  Use your legs!

One its up on your shoulders, nestle the contour of the carrying yoke in to the most comfortable place, then you’re off!  This is a great way to carry canoes for longer distances.  Canoe Portages are typically measured in “rods”.  This is an Old English measurement that conveniently is about equal to a canoe length.  16 1/2 feet.   Our portage this day was about 50 rods to the roof of a gas guzzling machine.  Historically used to measure land, 40 rods are equal to 1 furlong!  A furlong was considered the distance that oxen could plow a field without taking a rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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