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My first wanigan experience

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Nice thread, I like that picture in post 2, reminds me of my wall tent trips to Lows Lake in NY ADKs.
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I really like my wanigan for all the reasons mentioned, but not being another piece of plastic puts it at the top of the list. When I “carried” around the upper dam at Lows the wanigan rode in this 18’ wood canvas canoe on my cart. Nowadays I don’t portage, so the wanigan is pretty much part of my kit.
Wanigans have many good uses,
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I recently added leather straps to my wanigan, one step closer to a wood, canvas, metal and leather outfit.
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Here’s a video of me building my wanigan, I’m no wood worker but it’s held up well for many trips.
 
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I replaced one of my Duluth packs with a Wannigan last seaon. I'm happy with it. Easier to organize, makes a good seat or stool if needed. Mine has a chess board on the underside of the top. I'm a fan.
 
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Back in the day using a wannigan we brought along a backpack frame with a shelf on it for portaging. It worked pretty darn good and when not being used it kept gear out of the bilge water.

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Back in the day using a wannigan we brought along a backpack frame with a shelf on it for portaging. It worked pretty damn good and when not being used it kept gear out of the bilge water.

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I got one of those from the same guy that i got the wannigan from, it's been hanging on the wall for almost 25 years, I guess I should check it out.
 
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