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MNIIHON  
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11/28/2011 03:25PM
 
New Trip Report posted by MNIIHON

Trip Name: A Month in Quetico-October 2011.

Entry Point: Quetico

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buz  
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11/28/2011 03:48PM
 
great adventure, great TR, great pictures, great perseverence, great on you three for committing to a pretty wild trip.
MagicPaddler  
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11/28/2011 04:44PM
 
Thanks for the report I enjoyed it.


The question of the day is Freedom or Socialism?? MagicPaddler
quark2222  
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11/28/2011 06:38PM
 
Wow! What a great adventure and photos! I hope you don't mind, but the sunset or sunrise photo is my new desktop wallpaper. I won't transmit it to anyone else. Nice beards too. Go Badgers!!! My son went to Madison (Class of 2008). He's been to the BWCA several times with me.


Definitely one of the best reports and trips!


Tomster
ducks  
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11/28/2011 07:10PM
 
wow! is right. I only had time to skim it. Can't wait to read your report.


Pura Vida
PineKnot  
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11/28/2011 07:26PM
 
That was a fun read...thx for taking the time! Amazing tale of portaging through an active fire area. I was on the McNeice to Kahs portage a couple years ago. Hard to believe it was hit by fire again...



Do what you can, with what you have, where you are -- Teddy Roosevelt
luft  
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11/28/2011 10:03PM
 
I have been waiting for this report ever since you put the word out for a sixth paddler to join your crew. Secretly, I wish I had been able to join the group. Sounds like the adventure of a lifetime!


Great read... so jealous.
Savage Voyageur  
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11/28/2011 10:30PM
 
Very nice report. I really like your slow motion shots. What an adventure!!!


"So many lakes, so little time."
AdamXChicago  
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11/28/2011 11:00PM
 
Awesome is the word that comes to mind. As previously noted, the pictures and text are truly inspiring - makes me wish it was May already!
BWPaddler  
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11/29/2011 01:58PM
 
Green green green with envy... you have a gift with words and I love the pics and time lapse lighting, what a great place to play with that.


Thanks for "taking us along" by replaying it in a story. What a great time of year to do that paddle and see that change from the woods. Thanks!


Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau
boonie  
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11/29/2011 08:31PM
 
Great trip! Loved the report! I wish it had been a whole book. The experience and the learnings from this will inhabit your spirit and inform your life for its remaining years.
kanoes  
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11/29/2011 09:22PM
 
nice! id have to cache a lot of vacation time for that.


bigfoot is blurry...
AndySG  
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11/30/2011 09:53AM
 
Incredible adventure and STUNNING photos. Thank you!


"I rather paddle in ignorant bliss than be arrogantly informed." ~ Kenneth Martenson
PaddleAway  
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11/30/2011 11:22AM
 
"What the !@#$% are we doing out here?”.


This phrase or a cousin is when we know we're really having fun.


Great trip report, I'm hugely envious of getting to spend that much time in canoe country, especially that late in the year. Thanks for sharing it.


The pictures are fantastic. What kind of camera do you use?
Beemer01  
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11/30/2011 12:35PM
 
Outstanding report and many of these pictures should be entered into our picture of the month contest. I'll echo the question - tell us about the camera, tripod and glass you used.


"You're not serious about wearing sandals on this portage.... are you?"
HenryParsons  
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12/01/2011 11:07AM
 
Great report and man, those photos are something else! Well done, sir.


"The Green Hornet has caught more fish than you've lied about Gustafson!" -Walter Matthau
nojobro  
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12/01/2011 11:32AM
 
I didn't have time to read everything, but just have to comment...what a fabulous adventure! I will be back to read it another time. Thank you so much for those marvelous pictures...they made my day.
Ho Ho  
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12/02/2011 11:28PM
 
Epic trip. Epic report. Fantastic photos. I am officially jealous.


I did a trip of this length in Quetico when I was 13. I'm now 51. It may be time to try again. I like your idea of stopping in town for a day or two a couple times during the trip.


If you ever get to Fauquier again, there is another site just across from, and a tiny bit north of, the portage from Dumas. We stayed there in September when the sun was also blazing, just like it was for you in October. The steep south-facing site where you stayed seemed less inviting under those conditions.


Thanks again for posting the great report!
TomT  
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12/03/2011 07:40AM
 
Great adventure! To do it in October takes balls. I'm sure you will remember this trip all your life.


The pics were really great but I wanted to see more. I wanted to see camp shots and the gear you guys were using. Hell, I even want to know what liquor was drunk.


I also love the idea of resupplying in town although shipping a box of supplies to a nearby outfitter might be a better option than hitting the grocery.


The part about the fire and the pics was simply amazing. I went over the McNiece to Kahsh portage in September and actually videotaped it too. I guess it won't look like the way I saw it anytime soon.


Thanks for posting!
SunCatcher  
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12/03/2011 08:18AM
 
All I can say is Spectacular!
What a neat thing for you all to experience, the fire, well that was quite the experience. I have been close, but not THAT close to fire.
The best part is the pictures, you are wondereful photographer's
SunCatcher


Dad Always said "We don't Always catch fish...but we ALWAYS have a good time"
bojibob  
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12/03/2011 10:13AM
 
Incredible trip. This has to be the trip of the year! You did more in one trip than many will do in a lifetime of traveling to the quetico. I big tip of the hat to you!


"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
MNIIHON  
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12/03/2011 11:16AM
 
Thanks to everyone for the compliments and encouraging words, it has started the wheels turning towards maybe doing something more/bigger with the experience and pictures. As far as the pictures are concerned, I shoot a Nikon D90 and am obsessed with my wide angle lens and tripod. I love shooting long exposure shots since I feel like it gives me the opportunity to put my own twist on reality. It also gives the most vivid colors. Quetico is by far the best place to shoot the night sky. Most of the trip was shot with a Tokina 11-16mm lens, with help from my Nikon 55-200 zoom. Anybody interested in more pictures can check out Facebook Pictures Sorry Facebook is not the best medium for pictures, but its as far as ive gotten.
2K10  
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12/04/2011 10:21AM
 
What an epic trip, and FABULOUS photos!! Thanks for sharing your journey, it was a great read. I lost track of how many pics I said, "I'd love to have that framed!".


"Live in the Moment: You can't change yesterday, but you can ruin today worrying about tomorrow"
Woodtick  
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12/17/2011 09:38PM
 
Thank you for sharing your trip with us!


Get off the road!
GeorgiaCoast  
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01/20/2012 01:18PM
 
Superb trip report! You three have my admiration and envy. That's a trip to hand down for generations.


In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing. - Norman Maclean
MNIIHON  
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02/27/2012 02:00PM
 
For anyone who is interested a manuscript of this trip will appear in this falls Boundary Waters Journal
wildernessfan2  
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03/02/2012 01:06AM
 
Great Report! Thanks for sharing!


Freshwater is delicious! Saltwater not so much..
boonie  
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03/02/2012 07:55AM
 
quote MNIIHON: "For anyone who is interested a manuscript of this trip will appear in this falls Boundary Waters Journal"


Thanks, I'll look forward to it.
dicecupmaker  
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03/05/2012 04:15AM
 
Holy Ned! What an adventure. Thanx!


Joy is a great teacher, but so is dispair. Wonder is a great teacher, but so is confusion. Hope is a great teacher, but so is disillusionment. And life is a great teacher, but so is death. To deny yourself any of those in any aspect is not experiencing life totally.
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