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OldGreyGoose
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10/04/2018 11:57AM  
New Trip Report posted by OldGreyGoose

Trip Name: Return to Agnes, Sep. 2018 solo.

Entry Point: Quetico

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OldGreyGoose
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10/04/2018 12:00PM  
Looks like something happened and the report starts with Day 9...
Will try to fix, but here is text for Day 1:

Quetico Solo Day 1
Thursday, Aug. 30

Pete drove my towboat from Moose Lake to Prairie Portage. Very chill on the half hour ride with my fleece under the PDF. On the Ranger Station before they opened at 7:45.

Headed across Inlet Bay for the Yellow Brick Road portage to Burke a little after 8. Snack at a campsite at the US/CAN pinch point. (Lots of motorboats on the US side!) Crazy tailwind across Burke. Beaver dams and low water in the no-name lake. (Levels may be a foot lower than in 2016.)

On North Bay (Basswood Lake) there’s more cross/tailwind. Found a campsite and sent my SPOT message at 12:30. SPAM wrap/fruit snacks lunch. Nice 180 degree view here with plenty of shad, shelter and trails. No one else camped nearby! Clear/cool morning then mostly cloudy then clear again at supper. NOAA: 50% rain tomorrow. Little buggy here.

Good first day!
user0317
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10/04/2018 12:14PM  
Great report. Good job on the pictures
callofthewild
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10/04/2018 01:32PM  
A very nice report. A great way to spend my lunch hour! Happy Paddling!!
joeandali
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10/04/2018 02:27PM  
Nice report. I have looked at that area for a trip.
cyclones30
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10/04/2018 10:01PM  
Great report! What's a pace meal?
Driftless
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10/05/2018 09:11AM  
Awesome report and photos!
OldGreyGoose
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10/05/2018 09:21AM  
cyclones30: "Great report! What's a pace meal?"

Look for "Pace" or "Prego" brand microwave meals in the grocery store. (Kind of like MREs, but meant to microwave or heat in pan of boiling water.) Kind of small servings, but great as is for car camping, or home-dehydrated like I use them on canoe trips.
GraniteCliffs
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10/05/2018 01:28PM  
Great trip report! The pictures were awesome. I have traveled those lakes and campsites many times so was able to follow along based on your descriptions and photos. Most of the campsites I had stayed at.
It was a great read! Thanks
Northwoodsman
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10/05/2018 04:36PM  
Very nice trip report. Well documented with photos. A few years back I "built" a gravity filter system using a Sawyer Mini filter. On my trip a few weeks ago it started running slow and several back flushes didn't seem to do the trick (it was on it's 3rd season) so I took replaced the Mini with the Sawyer Squeeze filter that I had along for a back-up. Wow what a difference, the water filtered through it by the gallon.
OldGreyGoose
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10/06/2018 10:07AM  
Thanks for the nice comments!
--Goose
10/06/2018 11:00AM  
Fun read and love the photos. You look like a real bad-ass in that blue du-rag.
OldGreyGoose
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10/06/2018 02:04PM  
Jaywalker: "Fun read and love the photos. You look like a real bad-ass in that blue du-rag. "
A favorite piece of gear. Maybe change my name to OldGreyBadAss? Lol.
10/06/2018 08:38PM  
Real nice report and well done with the pics. I was in at the same time (8/27-9/7) but north of you around Burntside, Sturgeon and Lonely Lakes. I was remembering the weather I had as you described each day. Yes, low water and very little bugs!

I actually think you experienced more rain than me. And there was the heaviest morning fog I've ever seen on 9/5. I had a layover as well that day on Lonely Lake. It got real breezy later on and quite chilly. Like you, I was glad not to be paddling that day.

I'm curious why you didn't keep going south on Agnes through Sunday Lake? You could have stopped by Louisa Falls for lunch too.

10/07/2018 06:51AM  
This was a very enjoyable report to read and I loved your pictures! Thanks for sharing.
OldGreyGoose
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10/07/2018 10:26AM  
TomT: "Real nice report and well done with the ...
I'm curious why you didn't keep going south on Agnes through Sunday Lake? You could have stopped by Louisa Falls for lunch too.
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OLD AGE. --Goose
10/07/2018 02:16PM  
OldGreyGoose: "TomT: "Real nice report and well done with the ...
I'm curious why you didn't keep going south on Agnes through Sunday Lake? You could have stopped by Louisa Falls for lunch too.
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OLD AGE. --Goose"


You must mean the 2 Meadows portages. They do kinda suck. I'm just one that doesn't like backtracking. Were you going into a headwind down Agnes? I had those conditions in 2016. I went from Silence Lake, busting butt into a headwind to the Meadows portages and camped on Sunday Lake. I was pretty exhausted after that.



OldGreyGoose
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10/07/2018 03:21PM  
TomT: Yes, the Meadow portages. I know better than to even try them ! If tandem, with my 40 year old SIL carrying the canoe I would probably be ok. Did Badwater portage last year with packs okay. --Goose
 
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