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PostPosted: July 18th, 2017, 2:38 pm 
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No need to start working out months in advance if you live in the middle of it
and the canoe is used daily .... way more then the car :)


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 8:57 am 
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Ok now before you read this article, I fully understand that life & "stuff" happens, not to mention genetics :D

I think mindset is one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle and you don't have to go to the extremes.

In the last couple of years I have also found out that alternating exercise/activities worked best. Even though my injury slowed me down a touch, it was probably a good thing to help me work on my patience and slow down for the recovery period.
I friend of mine who recently had a serious heart issue and bypass surgery has/is also learning this.
He really understands his "second chance" and wants to get back out in the boat and in the woods.
He was training for a trip of a lifetime when the incident happened so he has some good goals to keep him motivated.
I also invited him to come along on my "seniors" trips when he is able :)

One of the tricks to keep going out is to collect a base of activities to keep you in the good, just the same way you build bush and paddle skills to stay safe in the woods.

https://www.climbing.com/news/chuck-ode ... ent-at-61/

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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 9:06 am 
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Found out that at 71 my stamina isn't as good as before and a long period of inactivity post knee replacement ( I hurt the other one and 12 weeks of rest was needed)
That I still could do a 2400 meter portage with full pack a couple of weeks a
Just do it

I was also afraid of kneeling on the ground and sleeping on the ground which I hadn't done in a year. Turned out to not be a problem


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PostPosted: September 6th, 2017, 9:57 am 
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Just noticed this thread. Nice!
I have passed the 60 barrier and still do enough things to be fairly fit, as long as I keep dong stuff. But it gets harder to be consistent, and a few days off makes a bigger difference than it used to. Two weeks on vacation can take a bit of recovery - walking about as a tourist is not really what I need!

Did a short solo trip in Algonquin a few years ago and as I was checking in the desk clerk told me of the older man who had checked in the day before - and pointed out his 2-week route up into the trees and rocks and lakes. Said he was doing that trip for his 14th year - and he was 82. So I take heart that I can do this for a while yet!


All that said, I am realizing that I have to get serious about fitness because it just makes life easier. One of my neighbours, a tennis instructor who is just a few years younger, developed for himself and now sells a "fitness in 10 for men" program for busy guys over 40. I think I now have to become one of his customers -- or pour him enough beer on my patio to get a freebie!

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PostPosted: September 11th, 2017, 8:57 am 
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Thought this was worth the share and hopefully inspire people not to give up their paddle life!
It pays to develop a good team.
From Liquidlogic Kayaks Jefe​
Nearly 10 years ago Remy Bernier had a brain aneurysm that left him Hemiplegic. He still gets after it!
So this is Class II and a bit of III.
The surf in the hole you might find a little un-nerving.
But great team support

Jeff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOJoy8VpqDU


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PostPosted: October 21st, 2017, 9:42 pm 
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Ok here is a little inspiration, running yes,
I can't run anymore, knees could not take the pounding many years ago.
But I can still ice skate and play hockey :thumbup:
And I can paddle and bike so all is still good!
I think finding "stuff" that works for you is still the key.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/2017/10/ ... athon.html

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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 7:32 am 
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Although not as old as some of you, I am a firm believer in its the miles and not the age. And a lot of those miles have been hard. A fractured back, up wards of 28 broken bones, major head trama and arthritis in most joints. Do I still paddle ..... yup, canoes, kayaks, and have started rowing as well.

For me I dont need to get as far anymore, and it does not have to be fast water or portages. I choose easier routes, sleep on a cot, bring a good cooler with home raised steaks, sausages, and gardened veggies, and I enjoy. Paddle, rest, snooze, fish, cook, eat enjoy the time.

Tia Chi, biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, walking, paddling, home gym, rock and ice climbing, and skating help to keep me moving. Yup I am still carrying too much weight....I just cant seem to loose the damn middle anymore...... and yes I weigh the risks and outcomes a lot more now a days.... waking up in the hospital to "welcome back you should be dead" seems to have that affect on a person..... but I have found I look at things differently than I did in my teens, 20's, 30's, and 40's. I do not need to conquer routes anymore or to be the first over a trail, I just need to be out there enjoying what I can. In the winter I no longer cold tent, I built a hot tent to stay warm and comfortable, it works great in the spring and the fall to. I guess my point is as we get older we need to adapt as individuals if we are to continue to enjoy our life. Life is too short not to have fun.....and wear crazy socks!


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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 8:50 am 
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I came across this thread at a great time for me. Thank you all for the discussion. I am looking at my 64th birthday next month and have been thinking of myself as "too old" and that I have to "give up" the wilderness trips. Not anymore. Thank you to those of you sharing your ages!

Two things I have found helpful (in addition to all the other suggestions like lightening the load, fewer portages, etc.)

1. Exercising on a trampoline...a big one. I got a 16 foot diameter trampoline. It is so wide that I can't fall off and I don't do much more than jump in place, a few exercise/yoga/dance moves to vary. Listen to music and look at the trees and the birds. It builds up my endurance, improves flexibility and is good for my joints (arthritis) according to my PT.

2. Using a hiking pole. When carrying a pack, I cannot negotiate some tricky up and down slopes, swampy areas, rocky stream beds, etc. A hiking pole gives me the extra stability over areas that would no longer for me to be safe to traverse.

Now to plan a new solo trip for next summer. I am thinking back to La Verendrye to start.

Erica


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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 9:58 am 
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Here's an idea, sacrilege to some perhaps, but more fun than a moped. I built a square stern canoe last year, it's actually a John Winter's design. Bought a 2.5 horsepower suzuki. I have't had this much fun since high school. With just me and a small load, I can hit 13k and hour. Granted, it is a beast on the ports, coming in at over a hundred pounds, but for trips with just short ports, or no ports at all, it is very groovy. Paddles quite nicely too.
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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 10:15 am 
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It is a sacrilege AND it is something I have considered. Especially for the Ten Thousand Island area in south florida, where the wind and waves can get severe and where the noise seems to vanish into the air. I'd have a more difficult time taking it into the quiet woods...

Is that boat one that paddles particularly well, and if so, what is it?


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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 10:37 am 
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My wife and I have paddled it, mostly up and down a winding creek leading into one of our favourite fishing spots. It tracks well and has excellent turning abilities too. The design name is the Nipissing, by J. Winters. Not built for commercial sale, as far as I know. However, Clipper makes some nice square sterns.
https://westerncanoekayak.com/mac-sport ... ern-canoe/

Here's another shot of mine with my mighty 1.5 horse power Johnson, from 1971. It will push me along at 8 k and hour, with a tailwind. On the other hand, 500 mil of gas will get me over 10 k.
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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 11:42 am 
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Thanks! I will continue to entertain this idea for the Gulf.


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PostPosted: November 27th, 2017, 1:52 pm 
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ericalynne wrote:
It is a sacrilege AND it is something I have considered. Especially for the Ten Thousand Island area in south florida, where the wind and waves can get severe and where the noise seems to vanish into the air. I'd have a more difficult time taking it into the quiet woods...

Is that boat one that paddles particularly well, and if so, what is it?


Erica, being in Florida check out the Gehnoee. They are a square back fiberglass three stage hall that will take a small motor, paddle and pole with ease. Virtually non tipable and float full of water. Mine is 30 years old and I love it. I set mine up to take two oar stations this year and row it with my wife or son as well. They are built in Titisville(sp) Florida so should not be far from you.

If you are interested I will try to put some pictures up for you.

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PostPosted: November 29th, 2017, 2:29 pm 
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Dan,

Good point! My husband has a gheenoe...he takes out for fishing in fresh water lakes, but he tells me it does not carry enough weight for a week trip. I took his word for it and have not personally researched weight limits, or if it will take the high wind in the islands. People use the gheenoe on Fisheating Creek, but the creek is impassable now due to all the trees blown down by Hurricane Irma.
Erica


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PostPosted: November 30th, 2017, 4:26 am 
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Erica mine is a 16 foot. We have fished with 3 adults and the dog and had lots of room. I have also camped 14 days at a time out of it with another adult and had no problems.


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