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Planning a canoe trip and I don't know how many miles to do in 4 days?

Asked by Jonathan_hodgkins (387 points ) July 25th, 2011

I’m leading a canoe trip with several friends into the Adirondacks.
The problem is that I don’t know how many miles I should plan for a four day trip? We are all relatively fit males in our late 20’s/ early 30’s. Do you have a suggestion for the amount of miles and do you have a suggestion for a route?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Here’s a couple of really good publications to check out: Adirondack Life, and Adirondack Explorer. What area of the Adirondacks were you starting from?

Jonathan_hodgkins's avatar

Thinking about the the St. Regis Canoe area

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I would play it a little conservative in that area and not push it. Plus it’s beautiful country to enjoy. Check out the Adirondack Explorer archives. The publisher is a big canoe enthusiast.

Coloma's avatar

I’d say that a lot of your mileage will be contingent on the currents if you are traveling a river.
I’d also say to take into account any white water. I live on a premiere river and canoes do not do rapids well at all. A few riffles yes, big white water, get ready to capsize.

Also it will depend on the shape of the oarsmen, paddling is hard work and takes a lot of upper body strength.

Our river is running very high, very fast and very cold this year from an abundant snow pack in the mountains. It’s at peak danger zone this year because of these conditions.

Be sure to pack a good first aide kit, and wear life vests.

Have fun!

Coloma's avatar

P.S. Do not forget to have a check in date with friends or family and let them know the general area you will be traveling. IF, for some reason, you fail to check in within a designated margin of time, say 6–8 hours of your estimated check in, they will have that info. to pass on for a search party.

Also, carry a couple of flares in a waterproof bag, just in case you have an emergency.

Pack a snake bite kit too.

Not to sound paranoid but, I have been a river girl for most of my life and one must take seriously a trip like this.

I work in a river store amongst a lot of rafting companies and just yesterday I once again, had to deter some amateur rafters from not going out with a guide.

People under estimate the dangers on this river, we have already had a handful of drownings in recent weeks, including a Kayaker that went out alone into one of the class 4 rapids, capsized and got slammed into the rocks and drowned.

Have fun but be smart, a wimpy little human body is no match for rough water.

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