The center of the area of big Pines (McNeice, Shan Walshe) burned in the 2011 fires. Many trees survived but there are areas cleared of timber. The portage between McNeice and Kahshahpiwi has become quite challenging as the resurgent forest has grown in thick and the stalks of burned trees have blocked the trail (trunks are big enough that trail is relocated rather than relocating the logs)- Yum Yum might be the "easier" trail. Get a Chrismar Map for accurate location of the portages. I was last through this area a few weeks ago.
The south portage out of Kahshahpiwi (into unnamed on the way to Side Lake) is difficult due to a recalcitrant beaver failing to maintain a consistent volume in its pond.
Fortunately most lunatics don't have the vigor of Charles Manson.
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