How to Pick up your Canoe (the Right Way)

Regardless of whether you’re moving your canoe 10 feet from the truck to the river, or spending days portaging through the Boundary Waters, proper technique is key to avoiding injury. C&K contributor (and certified Canadian) David Jackson shows his preferred trick for picking up a canoe without hurting your back.

Last year, Jackson canoed 2/3 of the way across Canada while photo-documenting the efforts of repeat cross-Canada voyageur Mike Ranta. Check out more of Jackson’s images from on-the-water adventures, as well as correspondence with a searing look into how paddlers protested at Standing Rock.

— Watch more on Portaging a Canoe, plus more Virtual Coach skill videos.

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