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PostPosted: July 18th, 2007, 1:08 pm 
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I have seen in books (maybe Cliff Jacobson's Expedition Canoeing) a technique where you do an eddy turn by releasing the stern line as the canoe starts to enter the eddy. The line just floats along. I have never tried it, but it makes sense. I would be afraid that the line would get entangled, but Cliff has done it way more then I have.

I was looking for some info on this and found his directions for installing lining holes:
http://www.piragis.com/cliffjacobson/cliffjacobsonnotesv33.html

Kevin Callan also has an article on how to line:
http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?224

edited to add the two links.


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Yep, lining and tracking are great ways to get past rapids you don't have the balls to run, but don't want to portage around. Laura likes to do them occasionally on rapids she doesn't feel comfortable running. I find that I get more scrapes lining than running most rapids.

There is a wealth of info on lining out there, especially in older canoeing books. It's one of those skills that many paddlers skip these days... much like poling.

So I see your from Ypsi, who do you paddle with, and where do you paddle?

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Just a few more points to consider

Try team work. Strategically placing people along the shore and passing the boats down from person to person can save time and skulls when the shoreline is short on good footings.

The importance of communication when lining cannot be overstated. Make sure you have a plan, a loud voice and keep an eye on what your under-caffeinated partner is doing.

Don’t get complacent; shit happens, especially when under-caffeinated. Personally, I make sure the gear is tied in to avoid searching for the stuff (like rented satellite phones) downstream. I’ve also found that a swamped loaded boat is lighter and easier to manhandle.

Finally don’t get addicted to lining. If you have to line more than 50m the portage (if it exists) is often safer, quicker and easier than you think.

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PostPosted: November 27th, 2007, 11:50 am 
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Swine Rodent wrote:
Finally don’t get addicted to lining. If you have to line more than 50m the portage (if it exists) is often safer, quicker and easier than you think.


So long as a portage trail exists.

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