Portage around the Third Falls on the Kopka Gorge. Counter-clockwise from top left: Chuck Barnes, BC Powell, Matt Busenhart, Matt Robbie, Eric Dietrich, John Lofberg. 

"At the end of the portage  [shown here] there is an eight to nine foot shear drop, followed by a very steep slope for 30 to 40 feet made up of loose dirt and rock. Some Outward Bound types have tied a climbing rope down the whole thing. The whole section needs to work together to get the loads down. Usually two guys up top lower the loads down the cliff with a rope one-by-one. Everyone else forms a line to hand everything down the slope, which is too steep to walk easily with a load. It's actually quite fun and the usual campsite is only a 50-foot paddle from the end. It's a scenic site with high cliffs and a waterfall."

     Dave Chapin



Photo: Dave Chapin

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