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Entry Point 29 - North Kawishiwi River

North Kawishiwi River entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 15 miles. Access the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake using two portages.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1249 feet
Latitude: 47.9543
Longitude: -91.5641
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outdoorguy54494
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08/13/2009 03:34PM
 
New Trip Report posted by outdoorguy54494

Trip Name: First Solo Lake One #30.

Entry Point: 30

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jfred17
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08/13/2009 04:22PM
 
I have heard other people talk about making meals in zip lock bags, sounds like a great idea but just a warning: http://tinyurl.com/yh4rob
outdoorguy54494
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08/13/2009 05:16PM
 
I never even thought about the plastic bag, something to think about.
I kinda cheated on the freezer bag meals. Since I had the boiling water in the pot, I just whipped everything in the pot. The Apple pudding one is the only one I actually did in the bag. It was late and I didn't want to wash anything.
outdoorguy54494
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08/13/2009 05:20PM
 
I do have more pics in the members photo gallery. The panoramic pics turned out really cool.

jdevries
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08/14/2009 11:04AM
 
Glad the three of you enjoyed your first solo. Loved the Wilson picture.
nojobro
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08/14/2009 12:35PM
 
Love your sense of humor! ;-) I'm sorry you missed your tripping partner, but glad you didn't let that stop you. (I think 5 days would be more than enough for me, too...)

As for the plastic bags...there probably is a risk of some chemical leeching, but keep in mind that freezer bag cooking is NOT boiling things in the bags. Boiling water is added, but it is not sitting in boiling water. I normally try to be careful about unnecessary chemical exposure as I am very sensitive (for example, I don't cook on plastic at home, ever, and I make all of my own cleaning products), but I am going to be doing FBC in the BW. I figure it's 5 days of my life, some of them use cold water, and the heat of the boiling water is only there a very short time; not like putting it in a pot to cook inside the bag.

I don't really like using all the plastic, either, as I try to be kind to mother earth, but for this, convenience is winning.
Ho Ho
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08/14/2009 12:46PM
 
That's an entertaining report, and sounds like a successful trip. As a first solo, four nights out seems pretty good. Your meals like couscous with jerky and cheese on the side looked pretty creative and a lot better than the freeze dried crap we eat for dinner yet easy to make. Thanks for posting!
outdoorguy54494
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08/14/2009 03:44PM
 
I think the trip was a success. That couscous thing I found at an Amish store, they had quite a few different things that you just add water to.
karenmb
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08/14/2009 06:09PM
 
I loved your tr. The food pics were great-- for my recent trip, my food was pretty mundane so your creativity is inspiring.

I want to do a solo trip too some day, maybe October. thinking of just going in for one night for my first one. I have done a lot of solo camping, but it has been a long time since I did anything that took me so far from civilization, though it sounds like your trip was kind of crowded for your taste.

Too bad about the ex.

Cheers, Karen
outdoorguy54494
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08/14/2009 07:38PM
 
Thanks Karen!
I didn't see a lot of people from my camp. It was after a day or so that I was looking at the map and looked at how many campsites were around, and that's when I thought about so many people around. I have gone in on #37 $ #39, I really liked that area, I think that is where I would try a solo again. October wouldn't be bad anywhere.

As far as the ex, I have been burnt, and like a forest fire, better things grow from the ash. A new beginning.
But, I do really miss her.
Rich
ducks
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08/15/2009 07:42AM
 
Great report. I love your sense of humor and outlook on things. Thanks for sharing.

Ride EZ
outdoorguy54494
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08/16/2009 06:31PM
 
I'm glad everyone enjoyed the t.r. And I just want to thank everyone again for the pre trip help and support.
karenmb
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08/16/2009 06:36PM
 
btw-- where did you get those foot gloves? and the hammock with the tarp over it looks like the cat's meow. I showed the pics to my daughter and she agrees they are a must for our next trip. K
outdoorguy54494
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08/16/2009 07:55PM
 
The hammock is from Gander Mountain, an Eagles Nest Outfitters double nest. VERY comfy. vibramfivefingers.com for the footware, but I bought them at canoecopia in Madison 2 years ago. I didn't see them there this year. They are great, nice rubber sole, and packs well, really nice for around camp. Once you get use to them, its like walking around in bare feet.
bojibob
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08/17/2009 07:50AM
 
I'll be right back I need to go eat...those pics of the food made me hungry! Nice report :-)

"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
Bog
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08/17/2009 10:25PM
 
Great report. Except I get confused reading all these trip reports. I start thinking that I have done these trips.
fcrugbyhooker
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08/18/2009 07:53AM
 
Great report. My 4 buddies were the ones who passed you with the sails. I was in the third canoe without. There was a lot of mixed reaction to those, but it kept some less experienced guys busy. Thank you for the picture of the rock too, I was able to show my children what we were jumping from.
TomT
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08/18/2009 05:53PM
 
Nice report. That WAS a long day trip to do. I stayed on williamson Island for two nights (11th and 12th) and jumped off the Rock on the morning of the 13th.

You did real good for your first solo. And I agree, basecamping is not the way to go on a solo.

I say guys with aluminum canoes and sails on northern Insula. They were doing pretty good and even tacking into the wind.

Can't beat the weather we had eh? Too bad the water wasn't a little warmer. Thanks for posting the report.

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
outdoorguy54494
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08/18/2009 07:23PM
 
Sorry I didn't meet up with you TomT. On Mon that camp on williamson island was empty, it looked like a nice camp as long as the wind didn't come from the east, my camp was on the east also, I had no wind problems the whole time. The weather wasn't bad at all,just some gloomy drizzly stuff to deal with. The water was quite chilly when I decided to take a swim. Totally weird summer this year. With the fishing, I don't think the fish knew what time of year it was. Really hit and miss.

And to the sail guys.......ya kinda surprised me when I first seen you. Thought there was a sail boat out there. Took a couple of pics. You guys did a nice job moving around with them. Very impressive.

Rich
Koda
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11/02/2009 12:10AM
 
Hi Rich,

Just picking up on your trip report. Very nicely done. I know what you mean about missing your old paddling partner. That was a theme for a few of my solo trips in northern Wis. I've worked out the bugs to the point where my 10-day BW solo trip in Sept. '09 was a success. It was a mix of travel and layover days. Check it out here if you're interested.
Maybe a few of my experiences will have something to offer you.

Koda
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