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Old 05-21-2017, 12:00 PM   #1
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An exercise in the long carry...

A 6 mile carry in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park

May 15 - 17, 2017 I head out for a 2 night stay on Pillsbury Lake located in the West Canada Lake Wilderness. I end up having to carry all my gear in for 6+ miles as the seasonal road gate was closed. I fished for brook trout (unsuccessfully), carried over to Cedar Lake for some exploration, enjoyed the eerie calls of the loon, and the solitude of this wilderness setting.

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Old 05-21-2017, 12:33 PM   #2
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Another great video!

Bummer about the gate.
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Old 05-21-2017, 12:59 PM   #3
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good job , a lot of work .
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:27 PM   #4
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Bugs didn't look too bad....
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:36 PM   #5
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Bio,
You are the man!!
That's quite the carry, must have been a bummer to see those cars there.
A few years back, my nephew and I cleared much of that old trail from the Cedar Lakes side to the beaver flow (midway). We got to within 0.25 mile from Pillsbury when we ran out of time. I would imagine all that we cleared has long since filled in again.
We lost much time and the old trail as we neared Pillsbury.
Fantastic video, it really showed the efforts you put in to reach the lakes.
Very cool.
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Old 05-22-2017, 07:19 AM   #6
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Cool vid Bio, thanks for sharing.
When DuctTape & I walked the Pillsbury-Whitney-Cedars paths last fall they were pretty clear, but it obviously it dosen't take long for mother nature to start covering them back up again. We had also lost the trail for a bit after crossing the beaver meadow. Sure is some thick bushwhacking through there! I couldn't imagin trying it while carrying a canoe.
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A few years back, my nephew and I cleared much of that old trail from the Cedar Lakes side to the beaver flow (midway). We got to within 0.25 mile from Pillsbury when we ran out of time. I would imagine all that we cleared has long since filled in again.
We lost much time and the old trail as we neared Pillsbury.
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We had also lost the trail for a bit after crossing the beaver meadow. Sure is some thick bushwhacking through there! I couldn't imagin trying it while carrying a canoe.
Stripperguy, I did read a previous post by you about your trail work and it was noticeable, thank you for the efforts. The trail from Pillsbury to the intersection to Cedar Lake trail is discernible one just needs to pay attention for old trail clues.

Justin, on the return from Cedar Lake to the beaver meadow I discovered where the trail actually comes into the meadow. Heading to Cedar Lake from Pillsbury I should have traveled further north along the western edge of the beaver meadow and I might had found the trail head but based on the an older topo map I figured I'd hit the trail with only a short bushwhack heading NW from the beaver meadow. What I subsequently discovered is the trail from Cedar Lake to the meadow is now an "L" shape so I ended up bushwhacking a little longer than I anticipated.

I GPS marked the trail heads on Cedar Lake, where it enters and exits the beaver meadow, the turn to Pillsbury Lake, and Pillsbury Lake trail head. I did try tracking my progress but with carrying the canoe my GPS ended up being in my pocket most of the time.

Here is a map of the GPS coordinates: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B8...Ao&usp=sharing

Thanks for everyone's comments.
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Old 05-22-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
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Justin, on the return from Cedar Lake to the beaver meadow I discovered where the trail actually comes into the meadow. Heading to Cedar Lake from Pillsbury I should have traveled further north along the western edge of the beaver meadow and I might had found the trail head but based on the an older topo map.
We did the same, and actually found a few of the old paint blazes from the old route, even though there were no traces of the old path. Having been through there multiple times I was surprised to have been fooled once again.
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very nice video and commentary, thank you for sharing!
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What canoe is this? That you're carrying so effortlessly with just two fingers?
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What an ordeal...oops....adventure

Great video! I am impressed by your fortitude.
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very nice video and commentary, thank you for sharing!
Thanks for watching.

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What canoe is this? That you're carrying so effortlessly with just two fingers?
Placid Boatworks, 13' Spitfire, with XLT trim... total weight 20 lbs.

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Great video! I am impressed by your fortitude.
Thanks for the positive comment and watching.
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