- Oct 11, 2020
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My tripping partners and I have been using DIY carry straps on our bear resistant canisters.
Personally I think up top would be the best location, I'll often flip an extra pack up on top when portaging and find it quite easy to carry a heavy load like that. Plus I don't like anything to interfere with the view of my feet.
Don't forget to take them off the canister at camp. Otherwise a bear may take them on a little trip. We met a guy in Alaska whose canister disappeared one night. He figured the bear had batted it into the river, adding straps would make it even easier for Yogi to pick up the load.
with 60 years of portaging under my belt, I tend to agree with BV, I stopped carrying anything on my front except maybe a mapcase or a few small emergency supplies about 40 years ago, simply because my back/ hips can carry far more weight safely than my abs, especially since that forward weight can make it easy to overbalance and your view of the footing immediately under your feet is obstructed, doubling the hazard. it also restricts the movement of your arms by preventing you from reaching across your chest when there are times that you need a two-handed grip on a sapling on a steep pitch.I can see that putting the canister on top would interfere with carrying a boat as well. You’ve obviously developed a very efficient portaging technique.
If by preference you mean a decision that I have arrived at by empirical observation over 25 years of paddling well I guess that what it is. I find I can carry more weight, more safely in this way. We have found that carrying gear in our hands to be the most tiring of all and except for paddles nothing is hand carried.