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  1. Black_Fly

    Pack Weight Ratios

    Hard not to take a chair. I’d be miserable.
  2. Black_Fly

    Pack Weight Ratios

    Hmmmmm….
  3. Black_Fly

    Pack Weight Ratios

    How much portage weight do you carry (with and without canoe)? How has it changed over the last decade?
  4. Black_Fly

    Arthritis is Handy

    Yeah, fighting wind and fast water obstacles is a trigger for sure. My little river doesn’t have any long peaceful stretches. Lots of sweeping, prying and bracing. Probably be the same on big windy lakes, I imagine.
  5. Black_Fly

    Arthritis is Handy

    YC - Abdomen not my strong suit right now. Looking at a 2nd surgery there, but having an instructor give feedback about my stroke sounds helpful.
  6. Black_Fly

    The digital future of canoeing?

    Got to be a numbing boring game. Maybe there’s a non-violent quest involved. I’m not interested, probably (hopefully) won’t live long enough to get into it.
  7. Black_Fly

    Arthritis is Handy

    Saw a doctor. Extensive testing to insure it wasn’t shoulder or neck issues prior to my recent shoulder surgery. Carpel tunnel and arthritis is the diagnosis. CT surgery is a looong recovery and won’t relieve all symptoms. I’m thinking most of the pain and cramped fingers is arthritis, while...
  8. Black_Fly

    Arthritis is Handy

    I’m getting arthritis in my hands. Cramps up and hurts when paddling. Anyone got this? Whatcha do on long paddles?
  9. Black_Fly

    Recycling Plastic Watercraft

    Well said, Ucanoe
  10. Black_Fly

    Finally: Civilization Comes to Camp

    That’s common in MN too, but I’d have mine hooked up to a filtration system and radiate it too. Cabin septic systems lined up right beside the hoses. Giardia ain’t fun. E-Coli even less.
  11. Black_Fly

    Finally: Civilization Comes to Camp

    Hadn’t thought of the giardia thing. Strange because my pet peeve is when people claim to drink directly from lakes in canoe country.
  12. Black_Fly

    Introducing myself and a new canoe shop - White Rose Canoe.

    Looks nice, good luck!
  13. Black_Fly

    Finally: Civilization Comes to Camp

    I know we covered this a couple years ago. Someone stole my idea.
  14. Black_Fly

    Onboarding from Wisconsin

    Welcome.
  15. Black_Fly

    Ranting

    I hurt myself handling yaks. Just had double hernia surgery 8 months ago. Lifting those heavy yaks on top of my Explorer was too much. Don’t think I can go again until the pain subsides, and then only to Subaru height. Plan was to use the yaks in the low poopy Ohio waters, canoe in the...
  16. Black_Fly

    Recycling Plastic Watercraft

    I’ve heard of that, but keeping micro plastics from leaching into the environment is not well served by spreading them across the surface, open to elements.
  17. Black_Fly

    Recycling Plastic Watercraft

    Where do old plastic canoes go when they die? Anyplace useful, just a landfill? The outfitters go through them like water. Some are sold, but they don’t live forever. Always wonder when I see a new spring fleet lined up at one of the liveries. Seems like the poly canoes could be made into...
  18. Black_Fly

    Maine somewhere.

    I’d go but we have 3 dogs. They’re like big children, demand attention, want to be involved with everything, Hard to travel with, why we have a cabin now. Sound like a great adventure. Always wanted to go to Maine.
  19. Black_Fly

    What was the first river you ever paddled?

    Miami Whitewater River in Indiana.
  20. Black_Fly

    The first canoe you ever PADDLED and the circumstances

    A 13’ fiberglass Verity (I think).
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