Regardless of whether you’re moving your canoe 10 feet from the truck to the river, or spending days portaging through the Boundary Waters, proper technique is key to avoiding injury. C&K contributor (and certified Canadian) David Jackson shows his preferred trick for picking up a canoe without hurting your back.

Last year, Jackson canoed 2/3 of the way across Canada while photo-documenting the efforts of repeat cross-Canada voyageur Mike Ranta. Check out more of Jackson’s images from on-the-water adventures, as well as correspondence with a searing look into how paddlers protested at Standing Rock.

— Watch more on Portaging a Canoe, plus more Virtual Coach skill videos.

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