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Another easy method of access is via horse and wagon. In several areas of the Adirondacks, teamsters still haul hunters and anglers into remote camps with wagons fitted with boat racks. While motorized vehicles may be banned, horse drawn wagons are still permitted in most wilderness areas and along many Fire Truck Roads. Horsepackers are available across the park from Newcomb to Cranberry Lake and from Inlet to Paul Smiths. For information on teamsters' services in an area, contact a local Forest Ranger. They can usually put you in touch with such services.

Increasingly, mountain bikes are being used as well. Though bikes are banned in all wilderness areas, they have commonly been used on Fire Truck roads and along old railroad beds. Due to the advent of lightweight canoes and accompanying trailers, biking anglers are no longer limited strictly to inflatable boats. Now, they can tow a canoe into the ponds.

Since the earliest years of Adirondack adventure, the ease and portability of watercraft has been essential to backcountry travel. Due to the region's topography and it's endless web of interconnected waterways, lightweight and portable boats became a necessity.

Early travelers experimented with a variety of construction methods including skin boats, birchbark canoes, eggshell thin, cedar planked guideboats, canvas covered canoes and even wooden rafts such as the one used by the old hermit, Noah Rondeau.

In current times, small, portable boat construction has evolved with the discovery of stronger and lighter materials such as kevlar, carbon fiber and Cordura which are used to build solo canoes that weigh less than 12 pounds and tandem boats under 17 pounds.

Fortunately, most canoe outfitters in the park have a wide selection of these lightweight canoes available for rent.

Although lightweights, solo canoes are handy, there are still places where they can't be hauled, due to steepness of terrain or density of forest cover. Carrying a boat on your shoulders is nearly impossible through spruce thickets, tangles of blowdown or up steep, trailless peaks. Such situations require an inflatable boat that can be secured inside a backpack.

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