Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Who is Thru Paddling now?

According to the registers along the trail (first one in Old Forge, PA), there are three boats ahead of me attempting a thru-paddle.

1.  Joe Peterlin in a kayak he built.  He also thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail NOBO (north bound) in 2008.
2.  A lady from Pennsylvania who built a beautiful canvas and wood canoe in Maine.
3.  Team E3, two ladies and a man (their given names all start with "E") in one canoe who according to Dave Cilley plan to complete the trail in 28 days (perhaps a record for a three person team?).

Checking Joe's website and Blog, it seems that problems with his wheels have taken him off the trail.  My comment posted on his blog "So far (200+ miles into the thru paddle), my Sea to Summit "Small Cart" has worked out. It is the weak link in my gear, but nobody has a perfect solution. I think that a muscular design that can withstand max abuse is best, even if other features are not optimal. Some portages beyond where you stopped are much more stressful on the gear (and paddler!). Wish you success on your next attempt."

On April 30, 2012 the following was posted on the NCFT Facebook page "Michiganers Brian Wolf & Mike Messink began an NFCT thru paddle last week. The wintry weather is keeping them challenged!"  Status unknown.

The status of the others is not known.

There is no easy way to find out who is behind me.


  1. Hello from a fellow (2011) through paddler. Am enjoying following your trip after discovering it via Joe's blog. Have learned that Brian and Mike had to stop after one of their sea kayaks were damage on rocks in the Nulhegan. Here's a link to their video diary:

    Best wishes as you head toward Fort Kent. Looking forward to reading more stories and observations.


    1. Hi Katina, stopped mid-portage and talked with Rick Tessier at Great Northern Moose Lodge. He mentioned that you had stopped there. Thanks for the link. The Nulhegan is pretty narrow for a sea kayak! So many beaver dams to get over as well.

  2. Glad I found this, looking forward to reading more entries. Safe travels, hope the bugs aren't to bad.