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    Boundary waters canoing

    Who has gone? We are taking a group of Boy Scouts up in a month. Our crew shirts just arrived.

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    What pictures and experiences do you have on extended canoe treks?

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    A guy that I used to work with at GM wanted to canoe the Boundary Waters after he retired about 12 years ago. He took a class at the local community college on canoe building, and spent quite some time build a very nice example. When he retired he took his homemade canoe up there and spent 1 1/2 months paddling about, fishing, and camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    A guy that I used to work with at GM wanted to canoe the Boundary Waters after he retired about 12 years ago. He took a class at the local community college on canoe building, and spent quite some time build a very nice example. When he retired he took his homemade canoe up there and spent 1 1/2 months paddling about, fishing, and camping.
    Now that would be awesome, definitely on my to do list.
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    Big bugs...even BIGGER Moose!
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    Boundary waters canoing

    We have our fingers crossed that the bugs won't be bad in early June. We are also hoping the lakes won't have ice on them

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    My dad and I did that for a few days one summer when I was home from college. It was pretty cool, though being a stupid kid, I spent more time wishing we had beer than I probably would now...or I'd plan better and bring beer. B-)

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    Boundary waters canoing

    My son that is going is 14 soon to be 15. He is not 100% sold on the idea. I think he is having a hard time wrapping his mind around it and seeing how it could possibly be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    My son that is going is 14 soon to be 15. He is not 100% sold on the idea. I think he is having a hard time wrapping his mind around it and seeing how it could possibly be fun.
    Get lots of bug spray....and maybe even those mosiquito net hats...

    Should be okay out on the lake but on shore at night???

    Don't forget about black flies as well.

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    It's awesome up there, lots of portage trails. Remember your fire starter, GPS and map, small hatchet and knife, extra underwear and socks, solid footwear... what am I sayin'? You're goin' with boy scouts, they're prepared.
    Honestly, it's awesome up there. I wish I had the time to disappear for a month or so this summer. I would bring extra paddles if you have a couple, they can split or float away too easily. Cool shirt too btw, but why is the guy blindfolded?
    No fuss with the MUSS

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    Cool shirt too btw, but why is the guy blindfolded?
    To keep us from seeing the price of the trip

    Thanks for the great tips. BSA has some extensive gear requirements and they make you buy what you don't have before heading out. I'm adding a few luxuries such as a solar charger for kicks.

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    Re: Boundary waters canoing

    I did three days there from the Sawbill entry point. I remember the loon calls closing out my first evening. I recall getting to Cherokee Lake late, and having to take the last available site. Saw a mink swimming right by my camp. A storm put me to bed early, and I was first on the creek in the am. A still morning, with an undisturbed film on the creek surface. I paddled along peacefully, cutting a path through the surface with my kayak. Before long, I paddled up on a large bull moose, eating his morning brekky off the creek bottom. Casually he ate, only peeking up at me periodically, and keeping tabs. I stayed still as I could for several minutes, watching and filming. Eventually I decided to pass him by, and slowly, gently, I paddled past. In a small and shallow creek, I was a bit uneasy passing the great beast, but he merely watched me pass, exiting the water as I paddled away.

    I would see another bull in the same creek, minutes later, and another female along a lake, but from a distance. Never felt more a part of nature. It's easy to remember those parts fondly, but forget the ~5 miles of portaging with almost 100 pounds of boat and gear, but that part's real too.

    Might be a different vibe on a group trip, but getting out on a small creek after first light seems like a good moose viewing opportunity, on a sample size of one.

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    Don't forget your Fire in a Can

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyall View Post
    My son that is going is 14 soon to be 15. He is not 100% sold on the idea. I think he is having a hard time wrapping his mind around it and seeing how it could possibly be fun.
    Let him work for 20 years, he'll understand then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    Let him work for 20 years, he'll understand then.
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    Go to the BWCAW every year.
    #1 you will over pack. (especially if you bring all of the crap suggested above)
    #2 bring bacon. they make that pre cooked bacon that lasts forever without refridgeration. get some.

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    the biting flies are immune to all the bug spray up there, I remember portaging with a pack on my front and back with the canoe over my head and blood running down my arms from those suckers

    regardless, I will keep returning, it's always amazing up there
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    3M Ultrathon bug spray. FTW

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    Been there. Had a great time.

    Be prepared for bugs. Long sleeve shirts and head nets. Have you experienced black flies??

    The wolves howling at night were something. Had a pack on the ridge on either side of us when we camped one night.

    Enjoy.

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    We had our last practice session today.

    I've configuring my GPS watch to maximize battery life while having it provide meaningful data.



    During practice, we did some solo paddling to work on strokes

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    And did some deep water canoe rescues

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    This is a nice shot of a beautiful, homemade canoe that one of the guys in the troop builds. It's his hobby. The person in the shot is the other adult going on the trip.

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    While on the water, we had a close encounter with a bald eagle.

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    Nobody was dragging a hooked bait behind them today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    Nobody was dragging a hooked bait behind them today?
    That fun will begin in just 5 days. The poles will be a hassle on the portages but it's going to be worth it. I sharpened my filet knife for the trip

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    Re: Boundary waters canoing

    It's on my bucket list.
    For many years a group of us would do river trips over Memorial Day weekend in northern ME on the St. Croix, St. John, Allagash, etc. and learned a few things that may improve your experience.

    The blackflies & mosquitoes WILL be fierce! Due to global warming they seem to emerge earlier each year.

    Go to an army/navy store, and buy an open weave cotton bug jacket, a bug helmet, and a bottle of 100% DEET. (Put the jacket into a 1 gal zip lock bag, douse in deet and seal the bag.)

    Cut the remaining DEET with isopropyl alcohol to make a 50% mixture. This will keep the bugs at bay without burning your skin.

    Have a great trip!


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    Much to be learned about fishing in the northern reaches of North America.
    http://www.ntier.org/filestore/North...deHandbook.pdf

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    That was last summer's trip. A lot cheaper than the BSA's offering, and the boys had a blast. Doesn't really matter if they aren't 100% excited about the trip, they will come away with experiences and stories they will be telling for decades. Take as much lightweight bug netting as you dare, it helps a lot. Deet works great for the mosquitos, but the flies, not so much.

    YOU WILL HATE THE LONG PORTAGES. They make everything else much more enjoyable.

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    It looks like Northern Tier is on Moose lake. I have been out of Moose lake a couple of times. How many days is your trip? Do you know which route you are taking? Are you going up toward Knife lake? Fishing is good on Ensign lake and Knife should have lake trout.

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