Misery Paddle Tours

One of my favorite kinds of Type 2 fun is the humble Misery Paddle Tour.  I coined this phrase to describe any paddle trip that is far more worse than the average paddler would consider.  We're talking alder thickets loaded with spiders.  Currents pushing you backwards for miles.  Blow downs of unimaginable proportions.  Beaver dams.  Low water.  Rocks.  And of course, portages.  No two Misery Paddle Tours are alike, except for one thing: they are a test of both physical and mental endurance.  Adventurer beware: there is no greater challenge than traveling 0.25 mph by kayak when mosquitos are hungry.

To date I have completed six different Misery Paddle Tours, typically one a year.  Realistically this is all that most of my friends are willing to take in a given summer and not a lack of viable candidate rivers.  Each stream or river must have enough water to theoretically be paddleable, but not be so easy that people frequently traverse it - if ever.  I will utilize larger rivers that are popular paddle routes only if combined as part of a loop with more treacherous sections or as part of an extreme paddle challenge.  No cake walks.  If it's not miserable, it won't make the cut.

Snake River (2016)

Arnheim Ditch & Sturgeon River (2017)

Pike River (2018)

Trap Rock River (2019 & 2020)

Otter Traverse (2020)

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