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Grandma L
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09/02/2017 03:51PM
This year I am lucky enough to be one of the support volunteers for the Kruger/Voyageurs Challenge which was organized in former years by a group called “Water Tribe”. This year, our very own BeaV has taken on the organization of this event. You may have read BeaV’s earlier thread announcing the Challenge, setting perimeters and encouraging paddler to join. And, thus the story begins!!!

BeaV - 2017 Kruger Challenge

Muddyfeet-2017 Kruger Challenge

Mzee-2017 Kruger Challenge

PaddlinJoe-2017 Crane Half Challenge
 
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09/02/2017 03:56PM
is there a website with tracking feature so we can follow along?
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 03:59PM
Yup, Just getting it all ready to post for you to watch. Most of the Challengers are carrying a SPOT or InReach. I am working to get pics and info up.
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 04:02PM
Here is the introduction to the "cast" of this adventure!

BeaV, Muddyfeet, PaddlinJoe

Mzee, Mrs, Voyager, Mr. Voyager, Larry




These photos were taken at our send-off dinner Friday evening September 1, 2017, at the Chocolate Moose in Ely. But, the story started before then.

Early this past spring, BeaV put out the invitation to any and all interested paddlers. Many voiced interest in this 250+ mile - 8 day Challenge. Some made commitments to participate, some hoped to arrange schedules, some needed family and jobs to cooperate, and then life happened.
In the end, 6 paddlers made it work!

Three are doing the Kruger Challenge - following Verlin Kruger's record setting route from International Falls, MN to Grand Portage and Lake Superior. BeaV, himself, is planning to take the International Falls border route with more (and bigger) open water through Rainy Lake. Mzee and Muddyfeet are taking the International Falls route through some of the bays to get to Little Vermilion Lake and the start of the BWCA. All three need to cross into the BWCA (entry point #12) by midnight Sept. 3 (permits)

The other three Challengers are doing Half Challenge routes. Due to life situations allowing for time or stamina restrictions to do part of the Challenge, PaddlinJoe will be doing the border from Crane to Moose Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Voyager will be paddling from Moose Lake to Grand Portage.

Born of necessity, this half Challenge is new this year. Since the group is independent from an oversight organization, this flexibility is possible. The group has been formed of "like-minded paddlers" who are sharing shuttles, ideas, information and a schedule to make it all happen.

The Challengers have a variety of paddling backgrounds as well as reasons for doing the Challenge. Of the 6 who finally were able to plan, prepare and actually make the adventure happen, 3 are experienced retired paddlers, 2 are strong paddlers and family men and last but surly not least, one is a high level experienced paddle adventurer.
There was intense physical training done by some Challengers and minimal by others. Each set their own pace and crafted their own preparation techniques.
So - there you have it - this years group of Challengers -

Grandma L
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09/02/2017 05:18PM
Sorry to be slow in getting the links posted. It has been a long and very busy last few days.

Thursday, I met Mzee (from Connecticut) in Grand Portage to drop off his vehicle and transport his canoe back to Ely. On Friday, after PaddlinJoe did a few hours for some final paddle training, we shuttled his vehicle to Moose Lake and returned just in time for our supper at the Chocolate Moose.

After supper, we moved canoes, got them loaded on the trailer and vehicle, and safely parked at Larry and Jackie's house. (My son and daughter-in-law who live in Ely). Everyone was off to get some sleep and final re-think of the plans.
09/02/2017 05:45PM
Thanks, GrandmaL, and good luck to all!
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09/02/2017 06:50PM
Good luck to all!
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 07:39PM
I would have posted this sooner but, the WiFi at the motel was not working.
So here goes. you can watch them by clicking on the links.
BeaV - 2017 Kruger Challenge<

Muddyfeet-2017 Kruger Challenge

Mzee-2017 Kruger Challenge

PaddlinJoe-2017 Crane Half Challenge

I did not forget Mr. and Mrs. Voyager - they chose not to carry a SPOT.

The plan is for the Challengers who finish in Grand Portage to meet for supper on September 9. One of the paddlers hopes to "beat" me to G. P. I plan to drive there on Thursday. We will see!!
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 08:14PM
So, I feel like I just wrote my term paper for my very favorite class.

As the Challenge Volunteer my job has been to assist with some of the necessary paper work, gather and share pertinent information and stats to help the Challengers, coordinate and drive some shuttles, be available in case I am needed by a Challenger during their journey and monitoring the tracking.

I would like to thank White Wolf for being willing to help me better understand what the paddlers are facing, giving me advice, explaining the Pigeon River and the flow data, and sending us our very own personalized, up to the minute weather report. ( BeaV read it to the group at supper on Friday night.)

Now BWCA.com friends - PLEASE
Cheer them on.
Post comments for them to read when they are finished and back to the "real world".
Post your questions for them.
Start making plans to join the Challenge next year.


09/02/2017 08:18PM
do we have a list of distances between major lakes? thanks for all your help with this challenge! i bet it's fun running logistics!
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 08:24PM
Oh, Mocha - of course I do - I will post later tonight.
WhiteWolf
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09/02/2017 08:59PM
At roughly 8:40pm of the first day--- MZEE and Beav are within visual distance of each other but probably don't realize it because of it getting dark..... Both are still moving and taking advantage of the nearly calm winds, nearly full moon and likely excellent paddling conditions. *** edit *** looks MZEE has pulled up on Your Island on the E side of Namakan ---
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09/02/2017 09:04PM
this is fun to track and watch! Thank you!
airmorse
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09/02/2017 09:53PM
Anyone doing this solo?

Thanks for posting the links. I am thinking of doing this next year.

Good luck and safe travels to all.
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 09:55PM
PaddlinJoe had a good day - about 24.7 miles - more than I am interested in doing.
WhiteWolf
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09/02/2017 11:45PM
Beav burning the midnight oil... He is about to enter the BWCA at entry point #12 Little Vermillon ---- albeit after starting in International Falls earlier today. I wonder when the last time that an individual hopped in a canoe near the location of Rainy Lake Houseboats and canoed all the way to the BWCA in the same day??
Grandma L
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09/02/2017 11:52PM
Hey WW, nice to see I am not the only SPOT watcher up tonight. I am waiting to see if he (BeaV) gets to the BWCA line at the north end of the Little Vermilion Narrows at the stroke of midnight to make his 9/3/2017 permit valid.
The conditions here in Ely are perfect for a night paddle with a bright full-ish moon, almost no wind and mild temp.

Yup, the post just came through - 12:09 AM, 9/3/17 - at the BWCA line.
That makes approximately 63 miles in about 15 hours - give or take a couple of minutes. He left International Falls at 9:05 AM
Grandma L
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09/03/2017 12:18AM
quote airmorse: "Anyone doing this solo?

Thanks for posting the links. I am thinking of doing this next year.

Good luck and safe travels to all."

This year 4 out of the 6 Challengers are solo - 1 tandem couple.
WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 12:55AM
Beav checks in at BWCA border and and is still going........ as of 12:41am---- and then shacked up on a point campsite on Little Vermillion Lake. Almost positive his goal was to make the BWCA the first "day". Well done Beav!!!! That is an incredible avg speed at over 4 mph for 16 hours or so in am guessing not the best conditions on Rainy.
WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 03:08AM
Where will Beav end up tonight? My guess is a Basswood or just W of there. That long Basswood port from the river to lake would be hard to find at night. But-- The conditions will be prime and knowing the man - he will milk it for everything knowing it can all go downhill fast. And it may on Monday but be favorable with a NW wind and favorable for those that have planned accordingly.
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09/03/2017 04:40AM
Looks like everyone had a good first day. Very impressive.
WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 05:53AM
Beav up and running (over the water)---- he is "free" and will really make some distance today. Verlon Kruger / Clint Waddell are watching...
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09/03/2017 08:40AM
This is super! Thanks for sharing and good luck crew!
Grandma L
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09/03/2017 10:18AM
I have to get a life - outside of the Challenge - well, maybe next week.
Watching these guys is like reading a good book and you can't put it down until the end of the chapter - just long chapters!

Go guys - go - paddle safe!
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09/03/2017 10:43AM
Wow! Thanks for letting us follow along. That Beav guy has, as a friend of mine once described it, transmission fluid for blood.
09/03/2017 01:39PM
they are all making great progress but Beav seems to have revved up the motor. with the full moon coming on will they plan to paddle all night?
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09/03/2017 06:36PM
As White Wolf predicted, Beav is closing on the river portages to Basswood. Be interesting to see if he takes a rest or makes to tackle those at night... still a ways off, but he really goes!
Grandma L
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09/03/2017 07:34PM
BeaV is a seasoned Challenger. He has made this crossing several times but this time he started farther west and is looking to decrease his time.

I am closely watching Muddyfeet who is new to the Challenge. He has recently done some river canoe racing on the Mississippi so he knows how to push and work.
I sort of compare this Challenge to a marathon foot race. Just having the bragging rights to say you "did it" is a huge accomplishment.

They might be getting thunder storms tonight and it is cloudy so the moon will not help with the night travel. Be safe guys!

WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 07:53PM
I know when I have been "up there" I have wished I could see a radar -- or at least when I get home. And then forget about it. Well -- the challengers can look when they get home. Cold front is causing the precip and isolated lightning strikes. 7:44pm radar time.



09/03/2017 08:35PM
thunder and lightening in Ely right now so i bet they are getting hit with something.
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09/03/2017 09:49PM
BeaV,

I just linked this thread to the Alaska Outdoors Forum canoeing thread, where you are still a legend. Hope you don't mind and hoping a few of your old contacts will follow along and post. Here is what I posted.

Many of you remember BeaV, the guy who paddled 5,000 miles from Washington down the Yukon and around the Bering sea, into Anchorage.

BeaV, and his new challange.

You can watch his progress from this website.
BeaV organized a paddling challange in Northern Mn. He is halfway done on this 250 miler from International Falls to Lake Superior, following the French Voyageurs fur trading route. BeaV is solo, and paddled 64 miles the first day.
One poster stated he has Transmission fluid for blood.

This route comes with the historic Grand Portage, 9 miles, a little leg stretch for BeaV.
Cheer him on, he still follows this website but rarely posts, I'll tell him I entered it in a thread to make sure he does.

BeaV's thread I started in Alaska Outdoors Forum/canoeing.
WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 10:12PM
Hey now!!! The GP is actually closer to 9 miles with GPS tracking!!! :O)


LindenTree3
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09/03/2017 10:26PM
quote WhiteWolf: "Hey now!!! The GP is actually closer to 9 miles with GPS tracking!!! :O)



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Correction made, (In the above thread but I cannot go back and change it in the Alaska Forum, you only have about 45 minutes there, until you can no longer edit)
I just figured BeaV did a couple miles of bycycle kicks, with a shirtless back lying on Granite, to warm up for the portage before actually starting it ;-)

Ps: I'm sure most of you have never followed the Alaska Outdoors Canoeing Forum.
If you are so inclined, do a BeaV search on it.
It is interesting to read from the Alaskans who (a few) warned that he was canoeing into emenint death.

PSS, congrats to Whitewolf and everyone's accomplishments last year.
Hope to join the fun next year with my folding "Ally" canoe.
WhiteWolf
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09/03/2017 11:04PM
Seems Beav is resting at the Lower Basswood Falls portage above the falls. If that is the case- he will not be there long. Probably a nap and he will be up very early in the morning in hopes of getting across Basswood ASAP due to any potential wind issues.
WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 05:54AM
Little longer "rest" then I thought--- come on "Beav" :O)

All seriousness-- those ports he is doing in the dark are no joke especially in the dark. (at least the Wheelbarrow Falls one) I can't imagine. The take out and put in of that one in particular is not easy. Take your time-- be easy etc.. only goes so far. I have a hard enough time in the daylight. Can't imagine doing it with a headlight.

Looks like others are up and moving this early AM. Way to go!!! I'd still be in the sack sad to say.
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09/04/2017 08:59AM
Cheering for everyone to finish strong! My main focus is on Muddyfeet, he's one of my closest friends. We're all stoked that he took on the challenge! Myself and another buddy wish we could be there to cheer him on as he finishes but we will be lazily relaxing somewhere in the Fourtown area when Muddyfeet should be exiting;)

Safe travels to all involved with the challenge including the shuttle drivers.

Thanks Grandma L for getting this thread going!

PS- is the BeaV even human? That guy is a machine! Very cool that Muddyfeet got to finally meet him. We're both fans of his Alaska trip from a few years ago.
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09/04/2017 09:00AM
Wonder if the moon light was enough for the night paddling of if any of the challengers had luminents? I know WW, BeaV and I joked about it last year and pined how a light bar on the bow would be helpful.
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 09:05AM
BeaV is at a spot (Ottawa island) here he could take a bit of a short cut. Wonder if any of the challengers will make that diagonal jog rather than the longer 90 degree route. Compass skills and map reading ability is helpful in that area.
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 09:11AM
WW,

Mzee looks like he is on the portage to Bottle Lake and might be double portaging for a portion. I don't recall (repressed memory), is that the portage that starts in an actual campsite?
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 09:15AM
quote JimmyJustice: "BeaV is at a spot (Ottawa island) here he could take a bit of a short cut. Wonder if any of the challengers will make that diagonal jog rather than the longer 90 degree route. Compass skills and map reading ability is helpful in that area."

Quality track management on Beav's part. He shaved off a few unnecessary strokes by tracking diagonally (SE) past Ottawa Island rather than continuing south and then east. The other challengers would be wise to do the same thing.
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 09:15AM
quote JimmyJustice: "BeaV is at a spot (Ottawa island) here he could take a bit of a short cut. Wonder if any of the challengers will make that diagonal jog rather than the longer 90 degree route. Compass skills and map reading ability is helpful in that area."

Quality track management on Beav's part. He shaved off a few unnecessary strokes by tracking diagonally (SE) past Ottawa Island rather than continuing south and then east. The other challengers would be wise to do the same thing.
09/04/2017 09:22AM
This is really great to follow along with! Thanks Gramma for providing support and links. Thanks to others involved and their commentary.
Does the tracking device automatically send out their location at certain intervals or times? It's amazing to watch the progress and imagine what they are going through. I wonder how the wind is today?
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 10:18AM
Zulu

Yes the devises send out updates are specified intervals. I am not sure what intervals they are though. I do not know how they are managing the checkpoints this year. In years past, you would have to wait a mandatory period of time at each of the three checkpoints (15-20 min) to ensure that the upload went through.
WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 12:02PM
quote JimmyJustice: "WW,


Mzee looks like he is on the portage to Bottle Lake and might be double portaging for a portion. I don't recall (repressed memory), is that the portage that starts in an actual campsite?"


That is the mile or so long port that BeaV did earlier today that brings you to Basswood Lake from the River.
09/04/2017 12:19PM
from LindenTree: Ps: I'm sure most of you have never followed the Alaska Outdoors Canoeing Forum.
If you are so inclined, do a BeaV search on it. It is interesting to read from the Alaskans who (a few) warned that he was canoeing into emenint death.

i tried doing that search but it won't work. does a person need to be a registered member? i remember reading the threads on that forum back when BeaV was doing his AK trip but it would be interesting to re-read them.
09/04/2017 12:32PM
this is so fun following along, trying to calculate their mileage. it would be a blast to be at Grand Portage when they all get there to hear all their stories.
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09/04/2017 12:49PM
quote Mocha: "from LindenTree: Ps: I'm sure most of you have never followed the Alaska Outdoors Canoeing Forum.
If you are so inclined, do a BeaV search on it. It is interesting to read from the Alaskans who (a few) warned that he was canoeing into emenint death.


i tried doing that search but it won't work. does a person need to be a registered member? i remember reading the threads on that forum back when BeaV was doing his AK trip but it would be interesting to re-read them."


Mocha,
I logged out and found them, they are on page 9 of the canoeing Forum under
"Bering Sea West, Alaska Coastline"

Grandma L, hope I'm not hijaking your thread, if so advise me and I will delete my posts. Linden



Bering Sea West, Alaska Coastline.
09/04/2017 02:43PM
quote Grandma L:

"Watching these guys is like reading a good book and you can't put it down until the end of the chapter - just long chapters!


Go guys - go - paddle safe!"


You nailed it with this thought!!!!!

I find myself taking many (unnecessary) breaks in my day to check the paddlers progress!

GO! Beav
GO! Muddyfeet
GO! Mzee
GO! PaddlinJoe
GO! Mr. and Mrs. Voyager

GO! GO! GO!
YOU CAN DO IT !!!!!

09/04/2017 04:04PM
Quite the stamina and drive! My best to all of the paddlers.
09/04/2017 04:34PM
well, i just spent the past 3 hours reading that AK forum to the final entry. some good conversation in it and links to the videos and his blog for that trip.
09/04/2017 04:36PM
for this Challenge, is there a date when all participants need to be to a certain point to be able to finish by the 9th? do they need to just keep going no matter what or if they know they won't make it they can exit wherever or choose to keep on until GP?

it's amazing to see how far ahead BeaV is from the rest of the crew. i would bet he tries to make it to the east end of gunflint or north lakes tonight.
WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 04:38PM
Pretty much a tail wind for most today. Wind has been NW sustained around 10 with gusts near 30mph. Beav is about to hit SAG and if it was anyone else it would probably shut them down.

Past 6 hours of wind from the Ely airport. The wind is first group after AUTO---

for example this --

KELO 042133Z AUTO 29013G18KT--- winds at 4:33pm coming from 290 degrees (WNW) 13 knots gusting 18KT's. Remember a knot = 1.15 statue miles so 13KT's = 15mph etc... FYI-- the LTG remarks after 2pm are bogus for the most part as the automated LTG detection system is garbage.

KELO 042133Z AUTO 29013G18KT 10SM SCT100 15/08 A2973 RMK AO2
KELO 042113Z AUTO 30005G17KT 10SM SCT100 14/08 A2974 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW
KELO 042053Z AUTO 29009G15KT 260V330 10SM SCT049 SCT060 13/09 A2974 RMK AO2 P0001
KELO 042033Z AUTO 31014G21KT 10SM SCT030 BKN046 BKN050 13/08 A2975 RMK AO2 P0001
KELO 042013Z AUTO 34006KT 10SM SCT048 SCT060 SCT110 13/08 A2974 RMK AO2
KELO 041953Z AUTO 01005KT 10SM SCT050 SCT065 13/08 A2973 RMK AO2 P0002 LTG DSNT S
KELO 041933Z AUTO 31005KT 10SM -RA SCT090 14/10 A2973 RMK AO2 P0001
KELO 041913Z AUTO 28005KT 10SM SCT033 SCT046 BKN090 13/08 A2973 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S
KELO 041853Z AUTO 28015G26KT 7SM RA SCT030 BKN046 BKN065 15/08 A2973 RMK AO2 P0001
KELO 041833Z AUTO 28011G22KT 10SM SCT085 SCT110 17/09 A2972 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S
KELO 041813Z AUTO 28010G17KT 10SM SCT100 18/09 A2973 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N AND S
KELO 041753Z AUTO 29011G19KT 10SM SCT035 SCT100 17/09 A2973 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT N
KELO 041733Z AUTO 32010G15KT 10SM SCT035 SCT050 BKN095 16/09 A2975 RMK AO2
KELO 041713Z AUTO 32010G19KT 290V010 10SM SCT033 SCT040 17/09 A2975 RMK AO2
KELO 041653Z AUTO 31009G18KT 280V340 10SM SCT027 BKN036 16/09 A2977 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW
KELO 041633Z AUTO 29014G19KT 10SM SCT025 BKN036 16/10 A2976 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT NW
KELO 041613Z AUTO 29009G15KT 10SM SCT025 15/10 A2977 RMK AO2
KELO 041553Z AUTO 30007KT 280V340 10SM SCT025 SCT031 14/10 A2978 RMK AO2
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09/04/2017 05:34PM
Perhaps slightly off topic but still quite relevant. The book "All things are possible" is an in depth look at the paddling life of Verlen Kruger. Amazing read, amazing man.
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09/04/2017 05:57PM
BeaV is certainly on a roll.

I have searched the Challenge threads to find out what he is paddling and his outfit. Also how old is he? Any info would be appreciated!

Following BeaV's progress has been fun. I've been over all of the route. I can imagine him now heading into a night run threading the islands of Saganaga.
WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 06:12PM
quote sedges: "BeaV is certainly on a roll.


I have searched the Challenge threads to find out what he is paddling and his outfit. Also how old is he? Any info would be appreciated!


Following BeaV's progress has been fun. I've been over all of the route. I can imagine him now heading into a night run threading the islands of Saganaga."


Wenoah Voyager. Tundra Tarp (I believe) --- age-- not touching that one! :O)
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 06:30PM
Assuming they all paddle for at least one more hour:

Mzee will need to paddle more than that to make Basswood. Not sure what camp site situation is on the stretch he is on now. But it will take him more than an hour to get to Basswood from where he is currently at.

PadlingJoe, is pot committed to get around US Point. I hope the wind is calm for him as visibility will become an issue soon.

MuddyFeet, should make Knife.

BeaV, well he wont stop, but Saga is right in front of him. Heck he might paddle straight across it.

WW, on what day did we hit SAG last year? Day 3?

Jim
WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 06:35PM
WW, on what day did we hit SAG last year? Day 3?--

YEP-- rained and thundered across SAG- I fell in the drink at Horsetail Rapids. I hate that portage. Light rain/ mist all the way down to Devils Elbow where I think Beav is trying to shack up tonight. He's is going to beat us easily and -60 miles in the hole. I think that was his plan from the start....
JimmyJustice
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09/04/2017 06:50PM
WW,

I forgot about your slip and fall. (LOL). If BeaV makes it to Devils Elbow, he already passed and paid homage to Ben Ambrose (think Dorothy Molter of the east BWCA) and will be camping in familiar territory.

09/04/2017 07:20PM
it looks like he passed by Bennie's homestead around 4pm, so he's well past that point.

since you two were in on the Challenge last year, do you have any idea if the participants need to just get to GP by the 9th or if they know they won't make it they can still continue or exit along the way?

WhiteWolf
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09/04/2017 07:29PM
quote Mocha: "it looks like he passed by Bennie's homestead around 4pm, so he's well past that point.


since you two were in on the Challenge last year, do you have any idea if the participants need to just get to GP by the 9th or if they know they won't make it they can still continue or exit along the way?


"


GrandmaL would be able to answer that better.
Bamthor
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09/04/2017 08:32PM
They are all pretty impressive. I can't imagine what their shoulders and knees must feel like. Good luck to all of them.
09/04/2017 09:02PM
This is awesome. Thanks to Grandma L, WW and others who are serving as support. My son and I are strongly considering doing this after he gets out of grad school next year, but not the challenge, although such is in our blood. We both ran cross country and track in high school and college.
Grandma L
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09/04/2017 10:30PM
quote mastertangler: "Perhaps slightly off topic but still quite relevant. The book "All things are possible" is an in depth look at the paddling life of Verlen Kruger. Amazing read, amazing man. "
Kruger is in part, why BeaV is pushing so hard. He said at dinner the other night that he wanted to dedicate this year's Challenge to Kruger's memory.
Grandma L
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09/04/2017 10:33PM
quote sedges: "BeaV is certainly on a roll.
I have searched the Challenge threads to find out what he is paddling and his outfit. Also how old is he? Any info would be appreciated!

Following BeaV's progress has been fun. I've been over all of the route. I can imagine him now heading into a night run threading the islands of Saganaga."


I will let BeaV answer most of those questions for himself (age) but I can tell you he is almost 20 years younger than I am. He left with one pack - a new CCS, paddling a new Wenonah Advantage solo canoe and is using a Tundra Tarp. He is trying a different approach to food this year. I am anxious to hear his thoughts.

MuddyFeet is the only one using a hammock system, of his own design and making. Mzee and PaddlinJoe are using light weight tents. The each had about a total of gear, canoe, food and personal stuff of about #65 leaving the start.
Grandma L
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09/04/2017 10:45PM
quote Mocha: "it looks like he passed by Bennie's homestead around 4pm, so he's well past that point.

since you two were in on the Challenge last year, do you have any idea if the participants need to just get to GP by the 9th or if they know they won't make it they can still continue or exit along the way?
"

There is a Challenge shuttle schedule they are all working toward.

The goal for Mzee, MuddyFeet and BeaV is to complete the International Falls to G.P. route by Saturday evening, Sept 9.
Mr. and Mrs. Voyager should also finish their "half" Challenge from Moose to G.P. on the 9th.
PaddlinJoe will be completing his "half" Challenge at Moose Lake. he may finish early and just hang out in the area depending on his finish time.

The G.P. crew are meeting a shuttle back to Ely. Though there are some arrangements for late arrivals.

Tomorrow I will leave Ely and head to Grand Marais and on Thursday to G.P.
I closely monitor and document their routes and will be at the end. If they need to leave the Challenge, they have ways to contact me so i can meet them at pre-determined points. Though, I don't think any of them will need me unless there is some type of accident or illness and then meeting them will be tricky.
They are basically, on there own!

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09/04/2017 10:58PM
quote Zulu: "This is really great to follow along with! Thanks Gramma for providing support and links. Thanks to others involved and their commentary.
Does the tracking device automatically send out their location at certain intervals or times? It's amazing to watch the progress and imagine what they are going through. I wonder how the wind is today?"

Their SPOT or InReach sends a contact point about every 20 minutes. And, I get other updated as they start, stop or pass pre-determined checkpoints.
Grandma L
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09/04/2017 11:05PM
quote crumpman: "This is awesome. Thanks to Grandma L, WW and others who are serving as support. My son and I are strongly considering doing this after he gets out of grad school next year, but not the challenge, although such is in our blood. We both ran cross country and track in high school and college. "
I want to strongly encourage you to do the Challenge!
It is sort of like the Boston Marathon. The pro-runner come, fly through the race, set records, then there are the serious seasoned non-pro runner, and then the "thank heavens I made it" group. Everyone has a place in the Challenge!
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09/04/2017 11:21PM
the "pro" runner is still running at 11:22 pm in an area I have nightmares about doing it in the dark.... Imo-- this is most impressive thing yet I have seen following this challenge.
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09/04/2017 11:54PM
I've long felt that the only true competition is against ones self and agree that everyone can have a place in a challenge like this.

But I am mind blown by BeaV's nighttime travel.

BTW, used to go to the Boston finish line back in college. Very fun to watch everyone from the pros to the pack.
09/05/2017 12:00AM
I hope the moon is bright for them tonight!
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09/05/2017 12:03AM
The weather service says - rain coming for him (30 miles N of Grand Marais) in the next hour - thunder and rain here in Ely.
No new signal for about an hour -SPOT shows him on a peninsula at 11:30 pm at Granite Lake. I wish he would stop for the night. This Grandma could worry. He must be past exhaustion and running just on nerve.
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09/05/2017 01:43AM
quote Grandma L: "The weather service says - rain coming for him (30 miles N of Grand Marais) in the next hour - thunder and rain here in Ely.
No new signal for about an hour -SPOT shows him on a peninsula at 11:30 pm at Granite Lake. I wish he would stop for the night. This Grandma could worry. He must be past exhaustion and running just on nerve.
"


Still going as of 1:30Am--- will be on Gunflint Lake shortly. Just some passing light showers up there right now. Officially Beast Mode.
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09/05/2017 02:37AM
I'am getting tired just watching......
WhiteWolf
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09/05/2017 03:47AM
Beav just put in a 22 hour "day". At least I think he is stopping.
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09/05/2017 04:56AM
Yup, my electronics started making noise - he checked in and was at the check point on Gunflint Lake - 3:41 am.

And WW, are you working overnights?
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09/05/2017 05:08AM
quote Grandma L: "Yup, my electronics started making noise - he checked in and was at the check point on Gunflint Lake - 3:41 am.


And WW, are you working overnights?"


getting ready to. Staying up late to prepare for them and watch the Challenge-- and the Hurricane.
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09/05/2017 05:51AM
Beav is an animal because Kevin is killing it and he's a day behind.
It looks like BeaV crossed Sag in 2 hours which is mind boggling after what he already paddled that day. I'm pretty sure I'd die.
09/05/2017 06:16AM
WOW!!!!!

Impressive!

Great job guys!


09/05/2017 06:38AM
amazing!
WhiteWolf
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09/05/2017 06:40AM
Beav takes 2+ hour nap or so and is up and Adam and moving at 6:35am. Roughly 5pm today would be the fastest any "team" has ever done it documented. (80 hours) That was a tandem of Verlon Krueger and CLint Wadddell and I believe they went the other direction. Whatever happens- pretty sure Beav will have fastest documented solo time. Simply NUTS.
09/05/2017 06:59AM
quote Mocha: "it's amazing to see how far ahead BeaV is from the rest of the crew. i would bet he tries to make it to the east end of gunflint or north lakes tonight."

incredible. although paddling gunflint overnight during a full moon is probably more fun that during the daylight. i'm going to have to come home during my lunch to check on the challengers progress...8 hours from now it could be almost over for some!

wonder how long it takes to get the mind and body to work as one... blocking out everything else but movin that canoe forward.
WhiteWolf
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09/05/2017 09:07AM
Pretty sure it was cloudy. Full moon little of any help.
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09/05/2017 09:10AM
Mocha wrote- "wonder how long it takes to get the mind and body to work as one... "
A lot of intense training. It don't come easy. But more a mind game. The mind usually goes before the body does.
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09/05/2017 09:46AM
What kind of tracker if muddyfeet using. Is that an inReach.
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09/05/2017 09:53AM
That is my understanding. Grandma L will know for sure.
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09/05/2017 10:09AM
quote airmorse: "What kind of tracker if muddyfeet using. Is that an inReach."

Yes, he is using an InReach.
09/05/2017 10:58AM
Good luck to everyone in the challenge, awesome to follow, next year hope my shoulder is better, think I would like to try it solo. Beav is a man on a mission.
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09/05/2017 11:18AM
Wonder if PaddlinJoe is second guessing himself on where Ottawa Island shortcut is. The spot has him moving horizontal between islands. Hope all is ok.

Mzee is about to turn the corner at US Point. Keep your head down and paddle hard!
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09/05/2017 11:33AM
FWIW--- no updates/weather on the Challenge for sometime. CAT 5 Hurricane IRMA takes too much time away. But go Challengers!!!
09/05/2017 11:56AM
i am stunned! it looks like Beav did the long portage from rose to rove in under an hour?
is his plan to get to the south fowl/pigeon river area tonight?
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09/05/2017 11:59AM
Pigeon River is definitely a possibility for him. Will he navigate it at night...I don't think so, but...

What I know for sure is, that



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I am super impressed with all the challengers. Working their butts off to accomplish a goal. Fantastic! Envious am I.
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09/05/2017 12:06PM
quote Grandma L: "quote sedges: "BeaV is certainly on a roll.
I have searched the Challenge threads to find out what he is paddling and his outfit. Also how old is he? Any info would be appreciated!


Following BeaV's progress has been fun. I've been over all of the route. I can imagine him now heading into a night run threading the islands of Saganaga."



I will let BeaV answer most of those questions for himself (age) but I can tell you he is almost 20 years younger than I am. He left with one pack - a new CCS, paddling a new Wenonah Advantage solo canoe and is using a Tundra Tarp. He is trying a different approach to food this year. I am anxious to hear his thoughts.


I thought that looked like an Advantage in that picture. You can really move out in one of those.
JimmyJustice
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09/05/2017 01:02PM
Mzee and PaddlinJoe are very near each other. Based on their location updates, my guess is the weather has turned on them. Their respective distance traveled between each update has diminished quite a bit. If it was just one, I would say possible sight seeing, fatigue or injury, but with both loosing distance to the clock, it suggests (to me) strong winds.

If that is the case, I hope they remember safety first.
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09/05/2017 01:44PM
Different league. All the challengers.
Beav's alaskan thread is wild. Hard core Alaskans telling him that he will surely die. Great video of the trip.
Transmission fluid for blood. That's good. And spot on.
09/05/2017 01:47PM
I just checked for the first time since the challenge started and I'm blown away at where BeaV is. Looks like taking a breather on Mountain Lake? My guess is this time tomorrow he'll be at Ft. Charlotte. Maybe sunrise Thursday at Superior?
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09/05/2017 02:51PM
Is Mzee ok? Why would he go so far inland?
BeaV is crazy I did that Rose Lake long portage last year in 3 hours as a double and it sucked because the beavers had flooded it. So for him to brute it out in an hour at this stage in the game is true guts and determination. I swore the MN2 had a rock on it. I cannot imagine how tired they must all be.

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09/05/2017 03:04PM
BeaV is napping.
Muddyfeet is bushwacking
Mzee is backtracking, and
PaddlinJoe looks to be going in a circle.

Hope all is ok.
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09/05/2017 03:09PM
edit. BeaV is back at it.
09/05/2017 03:10PM
quote Bamthor: "Is Mzee ok? Why would he go so far inland?

"


I saw that too! Hoping he's ok and it was just a long walk to the latrine!



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09/05/2017 04:21PM
quote Mocha: "i am stunned! it looks like Beav did the long portage from rose to rove in under an hour?

Mostly an old railbed, I ran it once with a pack on.

Daniel
09/05/2017 04:40PM
Beav is in the fowls, what an animal, wish I had his drive.
Wow
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09/05/2017 05:26PM
Holy crap! Is Beav human?!
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09/05/2017 05:48PM
Are they now 80 hours into this?
09/05/2017 05:49PM
what is the elapsed time so far?
is BeaV trying to beat some time from a previous trek?
it's light til, what? 9pm? is there camping available along the pigeon river?
is it possibe for BeaV to get through the river to Ft Charlotte tonight?
i can't imagine it... the water level higher than normal so the pigeon must be going pretty good?
i feel like i didn't accomplish much of anything at my job today compared to what he and the others have done on the water.

Safe journies, guys!

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09/05/2017 05:51PM
quote Wow: "Holy crap! Is Beav human?! "

Beaver assisted?
09/05/2017 05:55PM
so, i see muddyfeet has a '3' at the east end of gunflint lake. is that his goal for today?
anyone know what the wind conditions were today? the radar showed an amount of scattered rain move across the BW near the other two guys. it must be windy if they've been sitting since 1-2pm. too bad they don't know how close they are to each other, it might be nice to paddle with someone for awhile. looks like one of them maybe paddled into the bay by mistake and decided to take a rest.

is it against Challenge rules to get off the border and travel through smaller lakes? more portages to slow you down but if it's safer due to wind?
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09/05/2017 06:05PM
quote Mocha: "what is the elapsed time so far?"

If I'm reading it right, start time was Sept 2, 2017 9 AM?

So, 81 hours as of 6PM.

Daniel
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09/05/2017 06:14PM
quote Mocha: "so, i see muddyfeet has a '3' at the east end of gunflint lake. is that his goal for today?"

I believe he entered the check point spots on his route. So that is in theory check point 3.
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09/05/2017 06:23PM
Disregard, BenSki got the post straightened out.
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09/05/2017 06:53PM
quote Mocha: "what is the elapsed time so far?
is BeaV trying to beat some time from a previous trek?
it's light til, what? 9pm? is there camping available along the pigeon river?
is it possibe for BeaV to get through the river to Ft Charlotte tonight?
i can't imagine it... the water level higher than normal so the pigeon must be going pretty good?
i feel like i didn't accomplish much of anything at my job today compared to what he and the others have done on the water.
Safe journies, guys!
"

I don't want to put out any stats just in case there is and error but you can go to the tracking site and check his start and current posts. His start was 8:27 am , Saturday, Sept 2. and he is still going. The other "record setters" were tandem.
There is no official camping on the Pigeon. he would have to do a make-shift, bush wack site. My guess is with the rain we have had up here on and off for the last several days, the river is up. But, that means so is the mud on the portages.
My professionally - unprofessional opinion is that BeaV will make it to Charlotte before he stops - if he stops.

I think Mzee and PaddlinJoel are wind bound. They both stopped at about the same time. Muddy should is making great time cross Gunflint as he heads to the check-point at the last camp site on the lake. I think the wind that has stopped the other 2 is pushing Muddy along. he is strong and has trained well - he is doing a great trip.
09/05/2017 07:02PM
thanks, Lori! i'm full of questions! what is the Kruger time for this trip? was that solo or tandem? is that what BeaV has in mind?
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09/05/2017 07:05PM
quote Mocha: "thanks, Lori! i'm full of questions! what is the Kruger time for this trip? was that solo or tandem? is that what BeaV has in mind?
"

BeaV was kind of quiet about his personal "goal". you know just in case he didn't make, he didn't want to set expectations. Kruger was tandem. I think the "goal" time might be "less than" 100 hours total. Remember, Kruger did it 2 guys, East to West and with a heavier boat. So, it is sort of like comparing apples and oranges.

Grandma L
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09/05/2017 07:09PM
All the participants are so courageous to even try this. I hope others join next year! Personal best - personal Challenge and paddle against the clock or just managing to complete the route is a huge accomplishment.

Very few of us are the super paddler that BeaV is but we can take his example and apply it to our own situations. Commit, set your goal and do your personal best! Just getting to the starting line is sometimes a hard journey.
09/05/2017 07:57PM
Looks like Mzee is on the move again, taking advantage of calming winds to get to some smaller water, perhaps? and what a huge day he has planned for tomorrow to get to his checkpoint #4 at Ft Charlotte!
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09/05/2017 08:48PM
quote Grandma L: "All the participants are so courageous to even try this. I hope others join next year! Personal best - personal Challenge and paddle against the clock or just managing to complete the route is a huge accomplishment.


Very few of us are the super paddler that BeaV is but we can take his example and apply it to our own situations. Commit, set your goal and do your personal best! Just getting to the starting line is sometimes a hard journey."


+1
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09/05/2017 09:36PM
Thank you for all the updates, Grandma L! Could well be that Beav will be sitting there with a grin, when you get to the fort.
JimmyJustice
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09/05/2017 09:57PM
Mzee on the move again.
BeaV looks to be at Fort Charlotte or very close. One nine-mile portage (5 hours) and he is crossing the finish line! #insane, #nuts, #wow
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09/05/2017 10:03PM
I am in Grand Marais and I am debating heading to the G.P. Fort to take his pic as he finishes. I am only an hour away - if he keeps going, I will have to keep and eye on him so I don't miss the finish line!
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09/05/2017 10:19PM
quote Grandma L: "I am in Grand Marais and I am debating heading to the G.P. Fort to take his pic as he finishes. I am only an hour away - if he keeps going, I will have to keep and eye on him so I don't miss the finish line!"

I know if it was me, I'd really appreciate a kindred spirit to share the moment. It would be a really nice gesture. I'm in awe, to be sure.

The last update was custom, so I'd guess he's found the trail-head, in the moonlight.

Daniel
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09/05/2017 10:27PM
Well, he stopped - how long? My phone will sound when he starts again - sleep fast!
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09/05/2017 11:24PM
My mind is blown. I agree, if you can be there for his finish he may appreciate sharing that moment. But then, he is clearly a bit different than the rest of us.
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09/06/2017 01:53AM
And he's back at it. And perhaps for a little while now as he is halfway down GP at his first spot location. Either some locations are missing or this one is off. I suspect the former.
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09/06/2017 02:03AM
quote andym: "And he's back at it. And perhaps for a little while now as he is halfway down GP at his first spot location. Either some locations are missing or this one is off. I suspect the former. "

Yep- I think it's the cover of the trees that is not allowing the signal out. I just woke up GrandmaL here 10 minutes ago and she is on her way to meet him. He will send a "OK" signal when he finishes in an open spot.

Lets not forget MZEE who paddled/portage till just after midnight. Hearty souls!!!!
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09/06/2017 03:17AM
Impressive. How do you paddle at night and not hit a rock? Grand Portage in the middle of the night - aren't there ghosts and stuff out then? I'd be hiding in my tent. Wow.
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09/06/2017 03:25AM
Yep, trees will do that. No fix since then. He may be finishing about now.
09/06/2017 03:59AM
Did he finish?
andym
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09/06/2017 04:14AM
No new fix. Might have taken a rest partway. That would be perfectly reasonable. Also impressed by the others. This is not my style of tripping but it is interesting to ponder.
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09/06/2017 04:35AM
Beav finished at 4:00am. GrandmaL drove up from GM around 2am and just found him. Excellent work by GrandmaL.!!!! She is my nomination (if she wants to do it) to be in charge of this again in future years, Just as dedicated as the challengers. WHo gets out of bed at 2AM to do that???

No idea why Beav spot has not sent a "Iam OK" signal but Beav has completed it in 91 hours. Sack out Beav and get some Grub-- or the other way around.
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09/06/2017 05:07AM
Simply amazing.

Many kudos and good karma to Grandma L for going to meet Beav at the finish.
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09/06/2017 05:38AM
quote NotLight: "Impressive. How do you paddle at night and not hit a rock? Grand Portage in the middle of the night - aren't there ghosts and stuff out then? I'd be hiding in my tent. Wow.
"

no ghosts - just old voyageur spirits cheering him on!
Grandma L
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09/06/2017 05:40AM
I sure hope the others come in at a more easily accessed time.
Muddy and Mzee have worked hard against some strong winds - hope they can get a good day tomorrow. Come on guys - we are all cheering for you!

BeaV actually looked petty good - but so very tired!! And he was still cheerful - a little blurry eyed but good! I think his SPOT was too deep in his pack and it could not get out a signal. It was still glowing and winking at the fort.
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09/06/2017 05:41AM
Congrats BeaV!!!!!

Good fortune to the other challengers.
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09/06/2017 06:16AM
Congrats Beav, very impressive trip!
09/06/2017 06:17AM
Congratulations BeaV!!! You are an inspiration to many! Your tenacity is incredible!



Grandma L ,thank you for taking care of the BeaV! (That sounded like June Cleaver! hahah) You definitely know what teamwork is! You’ve done a fantastic job so far and I’m confident you’ll finish this Challenge without a flaw in the plans.

WhiteWolf-- thanks for all of your input as well! Again, teamwork makes things happen!
09/06/2017 06:20AM
that guy has one strong will. congratulations to you, BeaV!
09/06/2017 06:23AM
the other guys are moving, too! such determination in this Challenge.

thank you, Lori, for being there for BeaV and the next guys that get to Grand Portage.
09/06/2017 06:25AM
Congrats to Beav and everyone in the challenge, thanks grandma L for all she has done to. Next year dam shoulder.
09/06/2017 06:55AM
Way to go beav and keep it up the rest of you. Fun to follow along!!!
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09/06/2017 07:04AM
Wow! Way to go BeaV!
09/06/2017 07:34AM
Dig, dig, dig, Joe, Moose is only a few paddle strokes away!!!!!

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09/06/2017 07:36AM
Well done BeaV!
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09/06/2017 07:42AM
Here he is - start - Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 9:05 am

Grandma L
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09/06/2017 07:47AM
And the finish - 4:00 am, Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - (Full Moon)


Note the mud on his pants legs - almost knee high on the portage.

On his way into the Casino to get a room and some sleep.

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09/06/2017 07:59AM
What?!?!
BeaV sleeping in a hotel bed and not on a rock down by the marina...lost all respect. :)
WhiteWolf
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09/06/2017 08:16AM
quote JimmyJustice: "What?!?!
BeaV sleeping in a hotel bed and not on a rock down by the marina...lost all respect. :)"


+1. And if he didn't canoe from the Fort to the Hotel on Superior, all is lost. :0)
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09/06/2017 08:21AM
Absolutely amazing. My family have all been following this, trying to guess when he'd finish. I figured for sure he'd start the Grand Portage with daylight.

And those still out there are doing some pretty great work too, keep going!
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09/06/2017 08:25AM
Well done BeaV, you would make any Voyageur Proud. Thanks to Grandma L for keeping us updated.
09/06/2017 09:03AM
Congrats paddlinjoe ! You met your goal! A job well done!

BenSki
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09/06/2017 09:08AM
Good job paddlinjoe!
09/06/2017 09:09AM
I'm curious to know how Mr. and Mrs. Voyageur are doing....
JimmyJustice
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09/06/2017 09:15AM
Outstanding PaddlinJoe!
1bogfrog
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09/06/2017 09:45AM
Well done BeaV and Paddlinjoe! You gentlemen are incredible! My fingers are crossed for the other participants, and I wish them well in their finishes. I've been following this since the beginning (at the expense of many other things I should be doing) and have been just enthralled! Is there any cause to hope that this year's participants would get together somewhere and do a presentation for the rest of us once its all over and they've had time to rest? I have so many questions and I know others must too. And the stories they must have! I imagine a ton of good ones will be coming out of this adventure!
09/06/2017 10:11AM
quote 1bogfrog:

Is there any cause to hope that this year's participants would get together somewhere and do a presentation for the rest of us once its all over and they've had time to rest? I have so many questions and I know others must too. And the stories they must have! I imagine a ton of good ones will be coming out of this adventure!"


MN Wingnight is coming up soon! In the past a few of the Challenge paddlers have been there sharing stories! It would be wonderful to have them attend again!


09/06/2017 11:09AM
Congrats to BeaV and Paddlinjoe, and good luck to those still out there.
andym
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09/06/2017 11:33AM
Mzee and muddyfeet are both making good progress today and, hopefully, the Voyagers are doing the same.

Congrats to Paddlingjoe on finishing up his goal. And to BeaV for making 91 hours. That's almost 3 mph average, including what little sleep he got!

Very impressed with everyone's performance. Which we get to admire thanks to GrandmaL.
Bamthor
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09/06/2017 12:54PM
Congrats on a great job
Krista
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09/06/2017 12:59PM
This is so fun to watch! Great job you guys, you're getting close!! Go Muddyfeet! Go Mzee and Mr. and Mrs. Voyager! Can't wait to hear all the great stories after. I am so impressed by this group of challengers.
golanibutch
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09/06/2017 01:12PM
Any more news on the couple? My wife and I have our best fights tripping. How are they making out?

Thanks for sharing grandma.
09/06/2017 02:56PM
Amazing! Congrats to all & I hope everyone else finishes safely.

I look forward to joining you all next year!
HighPlainsDrifter
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09/06/2017 03:01PM
Another amazing trip well done. Congratulations Beav and congratulations to all that took on this adventure.

So, I am wondering how many miles did Beav paddle in 91 hours ?
09/06/2017 06:51PM
wondering if mzee and muddyfeet have ever been on this next leg of the route?

BeaV looks great in those photos! not even toooo tired.
09/06/2017 08:11PM
Congratulations to BeaV! You have superhuman endurance and mental toughness! So do the other guys! What an accomplishment! Thanks guys for sharing and being an inspiration to all who take on a special journey! Thank you support staff!

I hope you got a great days sleep and all you can eat buffet at the Casino. I thought that electrical tape on your fingers was some of those new black composite finger rings popular now.
andym
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09/06/2017 09:12PM
Looks like Muddyfeet is set up to finish tomorrow. I'm impressed by his mileage. He cut it short at 32 miles today but that might just be to rest up for the big finish tomorrow.

Based on some finger measurements on the map, it looks like mzee is about 3/4 of the way along. It looks like he is on track to make supper, too.

Very impressive.
paddlinjoe
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09/06/2017 09:13PM
Thanks everyone for all the encouragement and warm wishes. It is fun to read your comments and guesses as to what was happening at various times. Looking back at the SPOT tracking I see that Mzee and I were very close together, but I was not aware that he was on the same lake (Basswood just prior to Bayley Bay). The wind and waves were getting my full attention.

I'd also like to thank GrandmaL and her family in Ely for their warm hospitality. It was a pleasure meeting them and I really appreciate their help. Whitewolf too, for the forecast, logistics and oversight.

For me, this trip ended to soon, but I am very glad I was able to at least have had the time to do half of the route. I don't know if I'd have finished by Saturday night, but I'd have loved trying. I certainly learned a lot for future years.

People have asked about the Voyagers. They were not carrying a GPS, so until they come out, we won't know where they are. My hats of to them, a lovely couple, I can't imagine my wife wanting to take a trip like this 20 years from now (3 was enough for her, and that was over 20 years ago), they are gamers. I know we each only are doing half the route, but I think their half is definitely the harder half with all the additional portages. My hats off to them.

Regarding BeaV (Congratulations on meeting your goal in the challenge.), to me, he has a capacity to imagine the unimaginable, and then has the tenacity to go do it. He appears humble and unassuming, and I appreciate that he extended this invitation to do the challenge. It inspired me to give it a try. (Side note, BeaV caught up to me around Warrior Hill a mile or two before Bottle Portage, 30 hours into the challenge. I'd worked steadily to go 45 miles, he'd done at least 105.)

To Mzee and muddyfeet. Good luck finishing. Looks like you are both going at a great pace and are likely to. I hope you both do.



Grandma L
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09/06/2017 10:03PM
quote WhiteWolf: "quote JimmyJustice: "What?!?!
BeaV sleeping in a hotel bed and not on a rock down by the marina...lost all respect. :)"



+1. And if he didn't canoe from the Fort to the Hotel on Superior, all is lost. :0)"

I confess - I strongly encouraged him to go to the hotel. He was about to just sleep on the grass outside the fort - no tent - no bag - just on the grass. But, he did the ceremonial "walk through the gate" and paddle to the marina this morning.
Grandma L
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09/06/2017 10:07PM
quote WhiteWolf: "quote JimmyJustice: "What?!?!
BeaV sleeping in a hotel bed and not on a rock down by the marina...lost all respect. :)"



+1. And if he didn't canoe from the Fort to the Hotel on Superior, all is lost. :0)"

Yup, he completed the tradition!
Grandma L
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09/06/2017 10:11PM
quote Kendra: "I'm curious to know how Mr. and Mrs. Voyageur are doing....
"

We are watching for them. BeaV thinks he passed them along the way. They might have yelled and waved. he wasn't sure if it was them.
Grandma L
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09/06/2017 10:14PM
quote 1bogfrog: "Well done BeaV and Paddlinjoe! You gentlemen are incredible! My fingers are crossed for the other participants, and I wish them well in their finishes. I've been following this since the beginning (at the expense of many other things I should be doing) and have been just enthralled! Is there any cause to hope that this year's participants would get together somewhere and do a presentation for the rest of us once its all over and they've had time to rest? I have so many questions and I know others must too. And the stories they must have! I imagine a ton of good ones will be coming out of this adventure!"

Just check on the envelope under my name and send me an e-mail with your questions -
That goes for all of you. I am trying to get the group to put together some info-tips to share. It might be easier for others to do the Challenge if the guys can share what they have learned. It might take me a while to compile the info but we have a year to prepare.
Grandma L
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09/07/2017 09:27AM
Both Mzee and Muddy started at about 8:00 this morning. I hope to see Muddy for a late supper if all goes well. It is over case and a drizzle now and then. But, pretty calm waters. I will have to pay close attention to the tracking today so I can be standing there as he comes down the trail.
paddlinjoe
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09/07/2017 09:57AM
GrandmaL,

It is really nice of you to ensure that there is a friendly face greeting people as they finish. Enjoy the celebration!
09/07/2017 10:03AM
Looks like both Muddy and mzee are still going strong! Keep it up guys! You are doing awesome!!!!

09/07/2017 10:03AM
Yes GrandmaL really embodies what Grandmothers are about. Being there for others and caring.
09/07/2017 11:45AM
Muddys almost to the Grand portage, go man go your doing awesome, mzee is getting closer to gunflint lake, giver hell your doing awesome to.
BenSki
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09/07/2017 12:23PM
Lets go Muddyfeet, you're almost there!
Grandma L
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