"I listened very carefully for any hint that they were getting in canoes to paddle over. If they had, I would have hid in the woods with my pocket knife and paddle. Sounds silly, but they out numbered me and were large."Hello all!
I've enjoyed reading the boards, but I have a question to which I've not been able to find an answer. I'm hoping that you might help - with honesty.
I am a middle-aged woman without a paddling partner. I am so very tired of being confined to campground camping and I'd like to venture out into the backcountry. I've been paddling for about 35 years so I have "some" experience. Most of my canoeing has been flatwater solo. Based on past experience, my ideal distance is 10-15km/day.
I've been camping for about as long as I have been canoeing - but only on car-based campgrounds. My usual preference is for quiet northern parks and walk-in sites.
I have most of my gear - save for that specific to backcountry and canoe (need dry-bags and food pack-hanging technique).
I have only portaged once - a 59-pound 17' canoe from Smoke Lk. back to the Portage Store. I used the tripod method to get it onto my shoulders.
My question is two-fold:
Can I, as a woman traveling solo, reasonably manage this trip (i.e. what is the likely harassment factor from other travelers, am I likely to be hassled)? Where would be a good place to start, to avoid problems with those lacking etiquette?
Is it insane to try and plan to do a first-time backcountry trip solo?
Any ideas and advice is most welcome!
Those dickheads across the lake, drunken or not, would have seen you differently if you had been waving a seriously large knife around while chatting with them earlier. Even a little old lady looks different with one of these suckers.
Crazy behavior also helps... maybe keep repeating "REDRUM" from time to time while making that all-important first impression with morons.
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