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Old 11-06-2014   #1
Colorado, Colorado
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Let's see your harness setups

Planning a paddling trip this winter that has a 9 mile hike in. I'll be carrying a large jackson karma (ouch!) and gear. I have a hunting backpack that's basically a frame that I plan on using. Does anyone have any other recommendations? I need all the stoke I can get for this... hahahaha

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Old 11-06-2014   #2
Colorado, Colorado
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scratch that. Hunting pack won't work. Just set it up with empty boat and it started to tear at the straps.

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Old 11-06-2014   #3
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Lots of different setups, from pool noodles to packs that are made. Here is an article showing one setup:

Where Is Baer ?: Hiking in sucks! How to build a kayak backpack system and a couple of fun New Zealand rivers.

Use the search for kayak backpack and there are a few more threads. I would be interested in any of the manufactured ones are worth it.
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Old 11-07-2014   #4
Salt Lake City, Utah
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I have an unused Yaksling (made by Yakworks about 6-7 years ago) that is comfortable and keeps the boat stable while scrambling around. PM me if interested and I'll send pix.
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Old 11-07-2014   #5
Colorado, Colorado
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Thanks, I think I either need to figure out a wheel setup that I can transport inside the boat (with a bunch of camping gear, so maybe a bad idea) or build some type of harness. I think a shoulder sling setup with 70lbs+ of weight and 9 miles of distance is a bad idea. So far the Salamander setup looks best but I think I can build my own for less than $100...

If anyone has any how-to links I'd love to see them.
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