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The Meanest Link Part I

I'm off tomorrow morning early, heading up to Algonquin Park to secure our permits for our six man crew, then picking up our canoes and gathering together to sort and pool our gear.

Partial map of the "Meanest Link" canoe route - Courtesy of Algonquin Outfitters web site

Early on Sunday morning on July 10, we will launch from the Huntsville AO store as we begin our tough journey up into the Algonquin Park highlands. Our trip is expected to be completed in 15 days, terminating at access#11, Lake Opeongo. This is not the complete link though, thus the trip is named ..."Part I". Due to time constraints, the rest of the link past Opeongo and over the height of land into the Madawaska watershed and eventually onto the Oxtongue and back down to the Huntsville AO store will have to be completed the following year. That to me looks to be the easiest part of the trip.

For now though, we have the toughest part, the ascent up the Big East then up McCraney "crevice"...um, "McCraney Creek" actually, supposedly. We'll see.
I am looking forward to this toughest of all canoe roots and hope I can keep up with my counterparts. It is supposed to be hot and possibly quote buggy at times. Bring it on! Woooohoooo!


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