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street
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It appears that many regulars here prefer the 1650m Hamlow shortcut to the 3.6k road for getting to the Sturgeon. We all know, however, that there are many 500m portages in the area that are substantially tougher than 1k portages due to the relative ease or difficulty of the trails in question.

So, how would you compare the degree of difficulty of the 1650m Nastawgan trail to other well-known portages in the area? Is the trail more akin to the Helen's Falls "Platinum staircase" or the Obabika to Obabika Inlet "highway" (we would all agree that the former is far more difficult despite shorter length)? Is it a close call as to whether to slog through the 3.6k in order to portage down the road? How much more difficult is the Nastawgan trail than the road? Finally, has anyone done both and concluded one way or the other as to which is preferable?
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brian
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Post Number: 1340
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Comparing Helen's to the Hamlow Shortcut is like comparing apples and oranges. Helen's is in a different league. Except for one gradual rise about 1/3 of the way from the north end, when heading south, the Shortcut is fairly flat and an easy walk. Don't recall even any rocky sections. You could run some stretches if you are into that.

The nastawgan is not more difficult than the road it is easier. I have done both and will never do the road again.
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street
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Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 12:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Brian, once again, you have shown why Ottertooth is the best. Thanks, much.

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