Planning Paddling Times

  

Planning Paddling Times or Trip Math (in Miles)

 

How fast can You Paddle

         5 mph Strong Paddlers In Good Physical Condition going down stream

         3 4 mph Average (also depends on boat)

         1 -2 mph Out Of Shape Paddlers Or In Poor Physical Condition

 

Determining Your Travel Time (assuming down river and easy portage)

         Water Travel = 1 - 3 miles per hour

         Single Portage = 2 miles per hour (all gear & boat in one trip)

         Double Portage = 1 mile per hour (1 trip for boat & 1 trip for gear)

 

Travel Time Formula (Average)

         Water Travel

o        River Down Stream  No of Miles ___ 3 = Hours on the Water: _____

o        Lakes or Ponds   No of Miles___ 2 = Hours on the Water: _____ 

o        River going Upstream  No of Miles ___ 1.75 = Hours on Water

         Single Portage

o        Number Of Miles ____ x 4 = Hours on Portage: _____

         Double Portage

o        Number Of Miles ____ x 8 = Hours on Portage: _____

 Note: These formulas take into consideration, a reasonable lunch and rest breaks. You will also need to consider time for breakfast and breaking camp in the morning as well as supper and setting up camp at the end of each day.

 EXAMPLES:

I have a 50 mile river trip that has 4 portages (2 portages are mile, and 2 portages are 1 mile).

      Down river of 50 miles 3 = 17 hours

      Total Double portages (carry) @ .5 miles x 8 = 4 hours

      Total Single portage (using a cart) 2 miles x 4 = 8 hours

      Trip total is 29 hours.  At 10 hours paddling/portaging a day this is a 3 day trip.

 

I have a 80 mile river trip that has 12 portages (8 portages are mile, and 2 portage are 2 mile.

      Down river of 80 miles 3 = 27 hours

      Total Double Portages (carry) @ 2 miles x 8 = 16 hours

      Total Single Portages (using a cart) @ 4 miles x 4 = 16 hours

      Total Trip is 59 hours.  At 10 hours paddling/portaging a day this is a 6 day trip.

 

Planning Out a Paddling Trip Math

 

How Fast can You Paddle

         5 mph Strong Paddlers In Good Physical Condition

         3 4 mph Average (also depends on boat)

         1 -2 mph Out Of Shape Paddlers Or In Poor Physical Condition

 

Determining Your Travel Time

         Water 1 - 3 miles per hour

         Single Portage = 2 miles per hour (all gear & boat in one trip)

         Double Portage = 1 mile per hour (1 trip for boat & 1 trip for gear)

 

Travel Time Formula

         Water Travel Number Of Miles _____ - 3 = Hours On The Water: _____

         Single Portage Number Of Rods _____ - 990 = Hours on Portage: _____

         Double Portage - Number Of Rods _____ - 330 = Hours on Portage: _____

 

Portages

Portages can be measured in rods.

 

What the Heck Is Rod

         One Rod = 16.5 Feet

         One Mile = 5, 280 Feet

         One Mile = 320 Rods

 

For You City Folk think of those portages in terms of familiar distance for walkers. There are 26 Rods in a city block.