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Old 11-16-2012   #1
RDU, North Carolina
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boat logistics for self-support multi-day trip?

I live in NC, and would like to get into doing self-support multi-day Western runs, but 1) I don't have the vacation time for 8-10 days of driving and 2) it is pretty tough to find outfitters that rent kayaks, and the boats available are usually not the best expedition boats (at best I can find a creeker, but not an XP or similar). What do people usually do?

thanks for helping a newb!

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Old 11-16-2012   #2
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No one wants to hear how sexy it is to IK, but ... I can fly my boat in one bag and my multiday gear in another bag. Southwest lets me fly 2 50lb bags with no baggage fees and often with curbside SkyCap bag n tag.

That's I how I do it when I boat in the SW from Seattle. I try to get a week on some desert creek each year.

Obviously not a great option for the High Sierra gnar, but for many of the western rivers it works great. Plus the gear capacity is quite a bit larger than a hardshell.

We usually drop ship a box with fuel, food, etc to a FedEx store near the airport for all the things we can't get through airport security (like stoves).

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Old 11-16-2012   #3
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Pack rafts seem to work well for people who want to travel and do multi-day self-support trips via airplane.... also, you could think about flying into Denver or Grand Junction and renting a car. You will be much closer to many more outfitters and I would be willing to bet you could find what you wanted for rent.
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Old 11-16-2012   #4
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If you can get to cascade Id, you can rent a vilian for $30 a day at the local boat shoppe, get a shuttle over lick creek to the SFS for $100. Float the sfs 2 to 5 days depending on where you put in and how many rapids you scout. Catch a plane out of mackay to McCall for $400 for up to 3 boaters and gear. And there you have it. your right back where ya started. Just a tought.
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Old 11-16-2012   #5
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What about flying your boat (probably doable on the right airline) or ground shipping it ahead of time?
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Old 11-16-2012   #6
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Contact CKS. I don't know when you are trying to do your trip but in the spring time they have a full fleet of crossover boats for demo .
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Old 11-16-2012   #7
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I think you would be surprised how many kayak shops rent out expedition kayaks. If you strike out there though, another option is to get an extra large creek boat. I did a 6 day self-support MF/Main trip this spring in a megarocker and kept up just fine with everyone in their fancy XP's and Fusions.
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Old 11-19-2012   #8
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I once (air freight) shipped a boat from SLC to Portland and back for a week long paddling trip. This was back in the days where a short boat was ten feet. It cost $30 going out and the logistics worked great. I assumed it cost around the same coming back but, was wrong. Delta wanted $150 to ship it back to SLC. The guys in the air freight office felt bad and so they logged my kayak in their system as a "blueberry container" to get the cost down to about $40. true story!
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Old 11-20-2012   #9
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Great, thanks for all the advice!
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If a local boat shop can't help you out, try calling the local college where you will be paddling and see if they have an outdoor program that rents equipment. The college in my town rents kayaks for around $10/day.

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