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Old 03-02-2010   #1
Boulder, Colorado
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Boat backpack???--any advice appreciated

Anyone out there have a positive experience carrying their medium-heavy kayak (say, an RPM: 8'11", 39 pounds) from, say, South Rim to Phantom Ranch (Grand Canyon)? I'm about to do this and need any advice on useful gear, technique, etc. I've portaged Waterton, but this seems like a bit more terrain to cover...

Any advice/ideas would be fantastic.

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Old 03-02-2010   #2
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Just have the rafts carry it for you. If that isn't an option I would say shouldering it would be a good bet, the boat is long which carrying it difficult due to a lack of clearance with the ground. This is also made worse by the fact that you will be going down hill. Shouldering it is way less complicated than a backpack, I've found the only reason to use a backpack is when carrying long distances with a loaded boat. This is just my two cents, if you want an easy fix just rig a kayak back from old should straps and a hip belt; its cheaper than buying one and you can customize it.

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Pack style

Salamander yak pack. Big fan. Tried the NRS one but gave it away and went back to my ratty old Salamander. Takes a bit to get the balance right but its a dream after that. Lot of hike ins in the spring so it gets some use. Descending isn't too bad on a trail like that. The only issues I have with the pack is in overhead brush. Bummer there but otherwise a shoulder saver. Weight on the hips.
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See if the mule train will take it for you.
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