Settling into the seat and back band after the carry to St Regis Pond, you allow yourself a grin. "Just like Nessmuk, 125 years ago," except he was a 100 pounder. You're twice his size with a week's gear aboard. The little pack canoe, SpitFire, ran as seakindly as a cork across the blow on Upper St Regis, and toted across the seven carries like a shoulder bag, hiked up on one shoulder, the rail on your pack strap.
Solo canoes designed for use with double-blade paddles were popular during the first blossom of recreational canoeing at the turn of the century. The double-blade paddler almost doubles the single-blade user's stroke-per-minute rate and increases speed. Double-blades allow smaller paddlers to keep up with, and even outrun, skilled single-blade users. Beginning paddlers can easily drive a canoe or kayak in a straight line with a double-blade paddle.