I thought I would do something different and so I filmed a complete portage crossing from beginning to end.
This particular portage was 60 rods long. A rod is equal to 16 feet in length. This is one of the easier portages that we encountered.
Pardon my breathing, I was carrying two packs and this was my second trip across the portage that morning.
Portages are necessary to go around steep drops, waterfalls and/or lake to lake. Everything has to be carried over.