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First solo BW trip

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Ok it turns out my huge group for a early September BW trip has fallen apart. So I'm looking for people to join me or for some tips on running solo.

My thinking is to rent a Prism solo canoe and head out for 4 days. Not make my first solo trip too long but long enough to get out and enjoy.

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Had the same thing happen to me a few years ago. What started as a large party ended up being only me. I borrowed a solo from a friend and put in at Beaverhouse and came all the way through to Mudro and the Chain Saw Sisters. Great time. If you don't have any luck with finding a partner, it'll still be a fantastic experience!

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Even though you are going up in early September, be prepared for any type of weather. I awoke to this sight on May 16th this year.

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My one major tip for going solo would be to make sure you tie your canoe to a tree in camp even if it is all the way up on shore. I was up there during some major wind, heard trees (BIG trees) falling down quite frequently. Even with the canoe tied up, she wanted to take to the air during a couple of gusts.

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The thing that bugged me the most about going solo for the first time was the overwhelming silence in camp. I brought along a little radio to hear some voices that weren't the ones in my head. wink

Here is a self-portrait of me listening to Twins give up another walk-off victory to the Yanks. shocked

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I went for three days and kept to smaller water, ice was just out a couple weeks prior. I found myself very conscience of taking any risks. I also brought my cellphone and was able to get coverage within a short paddle of camp.

I'm booked for early Sept, and have a trip planned for Oct up there or else I might've joined ya. Good luck, have fun, and let us know how the trip went once you return.

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WHen in early sept? I was thinking about my first solo this fall too, but I haven't put anything together yet.

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I was thinking labor day week or somewhere around there. I need to check a few things. If you want to go let me know. I just don't feel like taking a bunch of greenhorns.

My last trip up was 9 days of me with 2 greenhorns. One read a book or two on the region thought he knew everything. Ended up getting lost, damaging gear, or causing injuries every day. My ankle ended up swelling to a softball for a few hours in the middle of the trip with several 1k portages still ahead.

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Labor day weekend we have reservations in duluth with my family, but if its days around there let me know.

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Powerstroke- if your serious about headin up, email me and we'll discuss it. I'm flexible with the dates. mikelandscapeguru@gmail.com

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