Cross Continent Canoe Safari (CCCS) 1971
 
The CCCS was Verlen's first major paddling trip. Following a route sometimes called the Fur Trade Route, he and CLint Waddell paddled a tandem canoe from Montreal to the Bering Sea. No one had ever managed this 8,000-mile trip in less than a year due to annual freeze-ups along the route, but Verlen and Clint made it in 176 days. Instead of waiting for the ice to break up in Montreal, they portaged their canoe and gear 40 miles miles to reach open water.
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