Re: Experienced thru-hiker, in-experienced thru-paddler, with basic questions…

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Kalmia
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I am aware of three instances (over ten years) of through paddlers reporting having gear stolen on the trail. Two of these were in the Adirondacks, and one on the Nulhegan River in Vermont. All three involved drybags and other gear being stolen when left unattended along portages. I don’t have more details. My guess is that the risk is greatest when gear is visible and close to a road or other motorized access. I don’t worry myself about a hiker or paddler running off with my lumpy and ungainly drybag when I am two carries and ten miles from a road. In places where someone might be tempted to toss my gear in a truck and drive off I try to leave everything out of sight in an unobtrusive spot in the woods. In a couple of towns there are conveniently located paddler-friendly businesses where you might ask to park your gear while you shop and re-supply. – K