I’m sure this topic might make a few olden day French Canadian Voyageurs “roll” in their graves…I just read Cliff Jacobson’s p.com article on the use of tumplines. I like CJ’s books and respect his wealth of paddling expedition experience. But I can’t find any reason to bother with either tumplines, or installing such things as carrying yoke pads on my canoe–Or even to ever again bother with lifting a canoe/kayak above my shoulders for that matter(Except of course, to car top one.)
The last thing I want to do during or at the end of any paddling day while on a multi-day expedition( or even a day trip)is unload my boat of its gear, lift it above my head, and then schlep it. (Okay, so maybe there’s an impossible amount of rocks on a very steep slope, then I might not have much choice.) But generally these days, I’ve found my collapsible cart can take on even brush-filled trails with relative ease. Who prefers to still “grunt and bear it.?” (And don’t tell me about your 12 lb. high-end boat making it all just a breeze.) Maybe it’s part of my advancing age, but I’ll gladly sacrifice on-board stow space and take wheeling over lifting any day.