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ManAndDog
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05/14/2019 01:33PM
Last year my dog and I walked into some mud at the end of a portage and ended up sinking pretty deep into it, I was about waist deep and my dog was up to his chest. We both got out and were fine but it was a little frightening. I'm definitely going to be more careful where I step from now on.

Is sinking and getting trapped in mud or a bog a serious danger?
 
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Canoearoo
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05/14/2019 02:04PM
It can be. My dad shared with me some interesting story's about bogs on his farm growing up in the 1950s. They aren't something to play around with that's for sure.

We once came across quick sand on a trout stream in southern Minnesota, that is also scary.
 
inspector13
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05/14/2019 02:46PM

I found quick-mud on a canoe trip with the Scouts near where we camped for a night. It was on the bank of the Minnesota River somewhere between Morton and Fort Ridgely. It was quite viscous at first, but all the kids jumping in it loosened it up real good. No one sunk to their doom. All who partook in the fun were older strong swimmers. Once everyone got out it returned to look like a solid mud flat.

 
05/14/2019 03:03PM
If you go bushwacking across a bog, yes. It's a real danger and the bog could swallow you alive. Just depends on how deep it is under the bog and what the lake bed is like.
 
bwcadan
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05/14/2019 04:24PM
In the T-V wilderness shows, it has been shown by them that if you are going down in quicksand (in this case mud), you should bend at your waist about 90 degrees so that you are not a missile headed to your doom. The idea is to create a broad base of yourself and then dog paddle, grab, and kick your way to solid ground. Best to not get into a position where it actually makes a difference.
 
Zwater
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05/14/2019 11:38PM
mirth: "If you go bushwacking across a bog, yes. It's a real danger and the bog could swallow you alive. Just depends on how deep it is under the bog and what the lake bed is like."

We did a "bog walk" back in high school for our Outdoor Adventures class. Many of us fell through. No one got "swallowed."

Fell through a few bogs after that while duck hunting. Still here:)
 
dicecupmaker
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05/14/2019 11:53PM
inspector13: "I found quick-mud on a canoe with the Scouts near where we camped for a night. It was on the bank of the Minnesota River somewhere between Morton and Fort Ridgely. It was quite viscous at first, but all the kids jumping in it loosened it up real good. No one sunk to their doom. All who partook in the fun were older strong swimmers. Once everyone got out it returned to look like a solid mud flat."
Give me an e-mail! We need to talk sir! Mitch
 
missmolly
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05/15/2019 07:14AM
Mud scares me. It's so exhausting.
 
yellowcanoe
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05/15/2019 07:45AM
See my other thread re embarrassing moments. It is scary to sink in mud and possibly more. Yes it is possible. Since that event I check with paddle to evaluate the bottom before getting out. Or in.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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05/15/2019 08:01AM
Jitterbug Lake




Oyster river
 
Duckman
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05/15/2019 08:27AM
Ada Creek

Every person who has ever gone through it thought the first time that "I can float/line my canoe down that and save a lot of time."

Nope.
 
riverrunner
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05/15/2019 08:38AM
Not to dangerous with some one else along to help.

Can be real dangerous by your self.
 
05/15/2019 10:32AM
My first thought is that flight home from China will be expensive... haha. Never gone past waist deep. It’s when you lose your favorite boot that it gets interesting.
 
riverrunner
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05/15/2019 11:11AM
I have come real close to losing a hip boot
 
05/15/2019 11:43AM




it makes it interesting for sure
 
gravelroad
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05/15/2019 03:00PM
riverrunner: "Not to dangerous with some one else along to help.


Can be real dangerous by your self."


Well, sometimes both ways. This story has stuck with me for the last thirty years. I wasn't there at the time, but I have worked a SAR mission on this mud:


Turnagain Arm mud fatality
 
gravelroad
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05/15/2019 03:07PM
Rescue techniques used in AK at Turnagain Arm and some advice:

Mud Rescue Training with GVF&R
 
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