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    1
    carrying boats or cargo over land between two bodies of water

    Using a portage yoke allows a kayaker to distribute the weight of the kayak across both shoulders; this technique makes longer portages easier and reduces the strain on the body.

    Submitted by Nick N. Rowan from Russian Federation on 09/11/2011
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    2
    a place where portage is happening

    They made use of the waterways wherever possible and used portage paths to avoid rapids.

    Submitted by Nick N. Rowan from Russian Federation on 09/11/2011
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