Enjoyed reading and viewing your trip report. You captured a lot of observations that make it a special experience. You handled the wet weather very well, considering how much rain fell, wow.
"Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a GIFT, that is why it is called the present".
Great report, I'm going to try to do the same thing with creating a report and embedding videos. I know you mentioned not doing another solo for various reasons, I made the same decision and have been on 3 or 4 since then. Looking at some of your pictures, if you decide to do another, I think you could cut way down on your gear to save yourself some pack weight.
Before fighting fire with fire, remember that the fire department usually uses water.
I try to go as light as I can. I even left the hammock at home. :)
The Eureka 2 man tent and also the basecamp thermarest take up a lot of space. I had a pretty large camera case too. I think an area I could cut back on is the fishing gear. Definitely a smaller tackle box and only 1 rod and reel would be helpful.
I really didn't have any luxuries besides the cameras. Oh, and the depthfinder. Yeah, that's a perk I don't need on a solo trip. My clothes were cut down from previous trips though.
Going solo can be rough physically. If I ever do it again and I'm sure someday I will (God willing), I'll try to go with a much smaller load. Maybe a new canoe too. :)
I ceratinly would not tell anyone how to solo. It is such a personal thing. But I will say that I too noticed the load you had. I love to see how other soloist do it. I will say that when I solo I have 2 packs - a camptrails canoe pack (probably the equivilant to a #3.5) and a daypack. I still have to double portage.
But one of the nice things about soloing is that you only need to please yourself. Take the gear you like using. Take the amount of gear you want. Solo tripping -- when you truly get to have it your way. :).
I agree Bannock, when you solo all you are doing is pleasing yourself.
I wasn't really covering a lot of ground over 5 days so I could afford a few luxuries.
I only made 2 camps. My new camera and the depthfinder added a lot of weight. Other than that I would say it was pretty light packing. I don't see how I could go for 5 days with one pack without being very uncomfortable. Don't tell me you guys don't bring a tarp?
I suppose those nice sleeping hammocks would be a nice addition. No thermarest or the bulk of a tent....
I bring a tarp, but it compresses to about twice the size of a softball. My sleeping bag compresses to the size of a loaf of bread, my air matress the size of a nalgene bottle, and my tent the size of a watermelon. The list goes on. If you wanted to, and you have the money, you can get gear that packs small. My tarp, tent, sleeping bag, and air matress takes up maybe 1/3 of my big pack.
I even take a chair and sometimes a refector oven. :)
My sleeping bag is down and rated to 10 degrees. A compression sack would be a good idea. I wouldn't compromise the thermarest basecamp. I love that thing and if I don't sleep well I won't have a good trip.
I noticed one thing I didn't need to bring and that was the big sauce pan. I didn't use it and brought it along as a reflex because everything else nested inside of it.
I'd probably get a lighter/less bulky tent for my next solo and leave the depth finder at home. Oh, and as painful as it would be I would get a smaller tackle box. :(
TomT, I really enjoyed your report. I came through from Crooked through Gun, Fairy, Boot, Fourtown to Mudro with my son in 2004, and in 2006 I made my first solo in at Mudro to Horse. I've been thinking about doing a solo up to Moosecamp in May or June, so your post is of additional interest to me.
Thanks Old Gent. I would recommend Moosecamp to anyone. I saw 2 moose and had a pair of loons nearby for the two days that I was there. Along with the 5 star site it is off the path a little so you should have some solitude.
Tom, This is an awesome trip report, thanks. I'm planning my first solo this spring in these lakes so it was good to hear about moosecamp and the river/creek. I think I'll avoid that unless the water is high. Thanks for the great pictures and videos. I think I'll try the Sheridan webcam thing too. How dod you know about that anyway?
It's funny how things work out but I never intended to take the river to Moosecamp. I met an older couple on the way to Fourtown on a portage and they had just come from the river and told me it was passable. I had thought the level would be to low at that time of year (Sept.)
So I changed my route and it was really great. Good luck with your trip!
i just watched your trip report again-yeah,this is going to be good
because i usually plan a loop on my solos,but then end up basecamping & being lazy-your route is like the "river of no return"-you can't go in without completing a loop-plus i do love those lazy slow rivers in bw-it mellows you out-the only thing is you always think the lake is right around the corner-your trip report gave me a time frame to go by so i will try to just relax & take my time,knowing the lake is going to appear eventually-i plan on camping on beartrap & gull or gun, so i can check out all the lakes in this area-we'll see how that goes-i'm fired up ready to go-of course, it's two months to go & i'm pacing back & forth in my basement watching the snow come down like it's never going to end-thanks for the great trip report,it has already been a big help-cheers
Great report, I definitely want to do a solo trip sometime in the next few years so I found your report enlightening. BTW, my boys and I and a friend and his son stayed at that Boot Lake campsite summer of `06. It is a great site. We stayed there two nights and had a pack of wolves howling both evenings straight across the lake and guessing 1/2 mile or so back in the woods. There was a big pile of wolf scat on portage landing from Boot to Fourtown on the way out. Anyway, when I do go solo I think I'll do Moosecamp.