My Adventure Story
This trip was inspired from the Adirondack Paddler's Guide by Dave Cilley. After doing the Adirondack Canoe Classic last year (2009) it opened up the floodgates for all other things to be paddled. Once discovered, the Whitney Loop was soon on my radar. Well equiped, well trained and researched it had become time to do it !
Outfitted with a Placid Boat Works "RapidFire" 15' packboat (25 lb solo canoe) and a diy backpack portage device this became just the ticket for such an ambitious adventure.
After doing some last minute outfitting at Raquette River Outfitters I was to be out on my way. Last year, while researching and asking around, Dan from Raquette River Outfitter's suggested I start and end the trip in Tupper Lake. I really liked that idea and it became part of my plans.
I started this trip on 1pm tues and ended on 7:20pm thursday.
While this trip can be done in one loop, many of the parts can be done in shorter and easier sections. Ann from Raquette River Outfitters can set you up with boats and transport and has the gear that works for these types of trips.
I might add I did this trip much quicker than most would like to go. I am training for the Adirondack Canoe Classic (the 90 miler) race which is a 3 day staged race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Most would rather take a more comfortable pace and have nice campsites and enjoy the moment a bit more. There's lots of side trips, hiking and such and just enjoying the outdoors and listening to the Loons, and it was a cause to slow me down quite a bit! and of course there's plenty of picture taking along the way.
more to come later ......