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    Portaging with a tumpline on yoke

    I was experimenting with a tumpline on my yoke today. I found that as weight was lifted from my shoulders the canoe wanted to swing forward causing the yoke to dig into the back of my neck. Are there any tricks with a tump or was I trying to move too much weight to my head?

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    The tump has to sit on your head not your forehead. Possibly this is hard to do with your boat not enough downward force so the above video might help

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      #3
      Getting a tump set up correctly on a canoe takes some time, but is worth it. I trip with tumps exclusively. My main canoe is a 15 foot prospector in wood canvas and is around 70 pounds with paddles, fish poles, dog matt and life jacket tied in. I tump that with a 30-35 pound pack on my shoulders first load, and take my second load at about 60-65 pounds, large canvas bag trumped.

      sounds like your tump may be a little short, not deep enough ... should not or barely hit you shoulders, really thwart should be much lower, just below or on your traps, when canoe is slid back a bit with tump on you.

      pm me if you have questions, every canoe I have had its own tump. It is a nearly lost art in my opinion,and if not done correctly can be painful and dangerous.

      Bob
      Last edited by Bob B.; 03-20-2020, 09:20 PM.

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        #4
        Well, puter issues again ... UGH! If you look at American trip reports, celebration day, you will see a pic of my canoe with tump attached.
        Last edited by Bob B.; 03-20-2020, 09:46 PM.

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          #5
          I use a tump on Wanigan, canoe and portage pack, the direction you roll the tump on the yoke is important in my opinion, you want the tump to be forward of the yoke, the distance from tempo to bottom of boat when you push down on the tump should be roughly one fist( five fingers). Like Yellow canoe mention you need to place it properly on your head, between ears and forehead.

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            #6
            Thanks for the info folks, I guess I need to do a little tweaking to get it right.

            Bob, it was your picture that prompted me to give it a try, (again) I also like that you turned your yoke around to face the stern, for soloing from the bow seat.

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              #7
              I use a tump the wrong way. When carrying my canoe with the front bar of the seat on my shoulders, I use a tump on my forehead to keep the canoe from slipping back. Only a small percentage of the weight is on the tump.

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