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Old 05-02-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Newcomb River to Newcomb Lake

We started at the boat launch on Harris, and just 4 miles of paddling, 7 carries and 10 hours later, we were on Newcomb Lake.
6 of us in the group, all wood strip canoes...unanimously decided this was a once in a lifetime experience.
Some photos here, more on the Picasa site, too tired to type anymore.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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We started at the boat launch on Harris, and just 4 miles of paddling, 7 carries and 10 hours later, we were on Newcomb Lake.
6 of us in the group, all wood strip canoes...unanimously decided this was a once in a lifetime experience.
Some photos here, more on the Picasa site, too tired to type anymore.
Ain't April grand this year? neat pics,SG looncry
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Old 05-03-2010, 08:30 AM   #3
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Very Nice! It's on my to-do list.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:23 AM   #4
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Nice photo's, how about the link to the rest of them on Picassa.

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Old 05-03-2010, 12:11 PM   #5
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10 hours!?
Am I ever glad I didn't take Sylvie on that one.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:33 PM   #6
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Ok, 1st things 1st...here's the missing link to some photos:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PfhDq9RcwSL1oZqf6

When I get home tonight I'll post more of them.
I can honestly say that I have never done such an arduous paddle/carry before, and I've been lots of places.
The way in is as pristine as if no one had ever been there before. The carries are thick, with tremendous amounts of deadfall, with not even a hint of a path of any sort. Honestly, we would have been better off carting in to Newcomb Lake directly, but I needed to answer the questions that smoldered in my mind for the last 2 years.

Now, I know.

We did see a bald eagle, on 2 different occasions, snatch something from the lake and fly off. That was cool. Other than that, lots of loons and coyote calls, owls throughout the nights.
And Justin and Jenny stopped by for a visit, he had way more black flies where he camped. Yesterdays warmer weather really got the black flies going, it's only going to get worse....I don't do black flies.

Anyway, keep checking the picasa link as I update it with more photos, definitely some calendar worthy stuff in there, I think.

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Old 05-03-2010, 12:49 PM   #7
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"A trip of a lifetime" - funny! I'm going to have to start using that to refer to "never again" expeditions.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:59 PM   #8
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"A trip of a lifetime" - funny! I'm going to have to start using that to refer to "never again" expeditions.
fisher-- it's "a once in a lifetime experience"

Emphasis on the once.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:15 PM   #9
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Nice photos. I would like to offer you a tip if you don't mind. I used Picasa3 Photo Gallery on my other "better PC." It had an edit feature that allowed you to straighten the photo. I used it a lot to staighten the horizon line on bodies of water where it's easy to see if a photo is out of level a bit. I don't know if that feature is in Picasa Web Albums or not. I am no professional, but I thought it made some of my photos a little better.
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Aw c'mon Mike. If you go back I'll go with you and I bet we can get the time down to 7 hours. Maybe after the 3rd or 4th try.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:59 PM   #11
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Great photos Mike!
It was great to meet you guys!

How did things work out for you on the way out?
Were you able to catch the horse carriage that was headed up to the lake that I past on my out?
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Neil,
I plan to go back with canoes again, but not quite by the same route...

Justin,
Same here, nice meeting you...you could have stayed for dinner or hung around the campfire you know. The way out was tougher on some than others. We saw lots of fresh manure, but no wagon. What a bummer, we would gladly have hitched a ride. We packed up the boats around 9:30 or 10:00 AM and took a while to get situated at the road side, so we probably missed the carriage by quite a bit.

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Thanks for the great pictures of your adventure.

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I hope everyone has enjoyed my groups suffering...
All this was inspired by the seemingly simple descriptions of this route in an 1876 guidebook by E. R. Wallace, and Bill Ingersoll's casual mention of a new trail to Newcomb Lake.
A link to the specific section of the book is here, just click on the page 176:

http://books.google.com/books?id=xUR...0river&f=false
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does anyone know where you can get info on the horse ride into the lake...dave
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does anyone know where you can get info on the horse ride into the lake...dave
http://www.newcombny.com/newhighpeaksstables.html
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Old 05-05-2010, 09:19 AM   #17
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Thanks, what Iam looking for is info regarding wagon rides where I can put a canoe or hornbeck on a wagon for the ride in....thanks dave
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Thanks, what Iam looking for is info regarding wagon rides where I can put a canoe or hornbeck on a wagon for the ride in....thanks dave
Dave,

Seems to me like what you need to do is contact the Bed and Breakfast, auntpollys@juno.com, since they seem to have a stable. If they don't do the wagon rides they may know the people that do the rides. I've been meaning to contact them myself for a couple of years but it isn't on the top of my 'to do' list.

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I will be up that way next week and will stop and see and let you know....dave
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Thanks, what Iam looking for is info regarding wagon rides where I can put a canoe or hornbeck on a wagon for the ride in....thanks dave


Yes, I realize that. There was a link on the main newcombny.com page that said "Take a horse drawn wagon to the Santanoni Great Camp and Newcomb Lake", so I just posted that link.

Anyway, apparently Aunt Polly's/High Peaks Stables doesn't do the wagon anymore, nor does the Ken Helms that's mentioned on the AARCH page. According to the person I just talked to (I was curious about their rates), the person to contact now is Dave O'Donnell (sp?) at 518-582-2360. When I just tried calling I got a machine, so I don't know anything more.

(Sorry for the threadjack, stripperguy. Looks like a tough but awesome trip!)
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