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08/12/2019 04:50PM
Fellow paddlers, Nordstjernen and Kelso, smashed the fastest known record time this past May. Traveling 220 miles or so, Rainy Lake near International Falls to Grand Portage on Lake superior in 69 hours 25 minutes.

My paddling partner, Kendra, and I watched as they moved non stop knowing that for every hour they didn't sleep we wouldn't be able to in our attempt. For details, read Kelso's trip report. We really, really wished they would have slept! Suffice it to say that we are in awe of what they did and know how difficult it will be to match their effort!

Kendra and I are calling our trip "Just for Fun" as we are answering the challenge issued 51 years ago by Clint Waddell in an article he wrote challenging other canoe racers to try the route. See attached.

Weather permitting, we will launch this Thursday August 15th at 4:00 am. If you're interested, we will be using a Spot for tracking and the map can be accessed at this site:
WaterTribe Tracking Map
You will need to select "MNRR2019" under event, "BeaV" under challenger, and "Show Tracks, OK, Help and Current Waypoints" under display detail from the pull down tabs. Then hit the "regenerate view" button to see us moving along.

 
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missmolly
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08/12/2019 05:43PM
Clint was a heckuva writer.

Go, BeaV and KendrA!*


*When you paddle with the mighty BeaV, you earn an extra capital letter.
 
08/12/2019 06:36PM
We'll be watching with expectation, and cheering you on!
 
eagle98mn
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08/12/2019 08:50PM
Good luck! I appreciated all of your Grand Portage wisdom last year when I asked, and wish you all the best. I'll be entering on Sag on August 17th and will keep an eye out for the canoe with a wake! I suspect you will already be past us by then. :)
 
DanCooke
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08/12/2019 08:57PM
Best of Luck in your Paddle BeaV and KendrA. May the winds be at your back.
 
WhiteWolf
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08/13/2019 12:05AM
They both are more than ready. In their minds they have already met their goals. (Powerful). Now, execute and trust your training and prep. NOW the FUN starts!!!





 
WoolShirt
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08/13/2019 05:55AM
What type of canoe will you be paddling?
 
x2jmorris
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08/13/2019 07:01AM
Best of luck!
 
08/13/2019 08:14AM
missmolly: "Go, BeaV and KendrA!*
*When you paddle with the mighty BeaV, you earn an extra capital letter. "

Kendra's WaterTribe nickname is MAKK. With that meaning more fully understood, I am lacking in 2 capitals.
 
08/13/2019 08:17AM
WoolShirt: "What type of canoe will you be paddling? "
We'll be using a Wenonah MN 2 in a carbon fiber layup (black color aka night camo) with a blue partial spray skirt.
 
missmolly
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08/13/2019 10:55AM
BeaV: "missmolly: "Go, BeaV and KendrA!*
*When you paddle with the mighty BeaV, you earn an extra capital letter. "

Kendra's WaterTribe nickname is MAKK. With that meaning more fully understood, I am lacking in 2 capitals."


On your knees, Mighty BEAV, and bow your head.

(My sword touches your shoulders and scalp.)

Henceforth, you shall be known as BEAV.
 
paddlinjoe
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08/13/2019 01:50PM
Best of luck to you both. I hope you finish in the daylight on Saturday.
 
08/13/2019 04:24PM
Ya'll are crazy. I like it.

Paddle hard, be safe.
 
Grandma L
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08/13/2019 07:10PM
I already have a room reserved to be at the finish. Can't miss this one!
 
LindenTree
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08/13/2019 07:47PM
Grandma L: "I already have a room reserved to be at the finish. Can't miss this one!"

Cr@p, i'm gonna be gone.
I've been in the Duluth area for 2.5 weeks and I'm heading back to Detroit Lakes Thursday otherwise I would try to join you GrandmaL.

Happy paddles Kendra and Beav.
 
Grandma L
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08/13/2019 08:16PM
LindenTree: "Grandma L: "I already have a room reserved to be at the finish. Can't miss this one!"


Cr@p, i'm gonna be gone.
I've been in the Duluth area for 2.5 weeks and I'm heading back to Detroit Lakes Thursday otherwise I would try to join you GrandmaL.


Happy paddles Kendra and Beav."

Dang it - I would love some company. Knowing them, It should be late Saturday.
 
Nordstjernen
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08/14/2019 08:27AM
Good Luck!!!
What you guys are about to go through in the next three days...
Even Peter and I have no idea. It's such a strange feeling with so much unknown ahead of you. My stomach flips thinking about it and I'm not even the one leaving this time. Haha. I know we'll be watching closely and cheering you guys on.
Just for fun!
 
WhiteWolf
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08/14/2019 08:23PM
Kendra and BeaV evening before Record Run attempt starts


 
08/14/2019 08:47PM
From Clint's original Just for Fun article: "Your goal is to reach Grand Portage on Lake Superior, 242 miles away, in 60 hours or less."

I used to think this was a typo... no way can anyone do that! Surely he meant 80 hours or less? But rereading this article, I think Clint wrote exactly what he meant. He believed that the human limit was 60 hours or less, and he wanted to see that limit reached.

I'll bet that BeaV and Kendra have set 60 hours or less as their goal, based on this challenge. If anyone can do it, it's them. Go get 'em!
 
Grandma L
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08/14/2019 11:03PM
WhiteWolf: " Kendra and BeaV evening before Record Run attempt starts



"

Jeff, I smiled that you posted this here. BeaV told me to post one of the more serious pics I just took at Sha Sha as they were unpacking and checking equipment.
This pic caught them "Just Having Fun"
 
WhiteWolf
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08/15/2019 04:26AM
They are off and moving!!! On a mission that is so meaningful to them that I can't explain it here. When Passion meets (equals) preparation and execution = watch out. Never seen personally a more driven team since my college days in sports. But this doesn't always = success in said goal. Many variables ahead. How they deal with them will determine their outcome. Good start- but many can start good. Will see how they are doing 24+ hours from now.
 
08/15/2019 06:44AM
How is the weather for them? Wind speed/direction could really help or hinder this. It's so cool to be able to follow this. I'm hoping they use a go pro to document the trip.

 
08/15/2019 07:48AM
TomT: "How is the weather for them? "

Last night White Wolf told me: "Southerly winds for most of their challenge. SW tomorrow - maybe slight Gusts in the PM but the further they go E tomorrow the winds should lighten and less chance of precip and coverage though they will likely get wet. Temps tolerable."

For those who would like to compare their progress to ours in May, I'll be periodically updating this map to give a direct comparison.
 
Grandma L
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08/15/2019 11:02AM
TomT: "How is the weather for them? Wind speed/direction could really help or hinder this. It's so cool to be able to follow this. I'm hoping they use a go pro to document the trip.
"

No Go-Pro - not even their cameras. every ounce counts. Hoping he will use his phone for a couple of "progress" pics. I did photos at the start yesterday afternoon before they went in for supper and sleep.
 
Mocha
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08/15/2019 11:09AM
very cool! how does a knot compare to a mile? love that photo
 
missmolly
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08/15/2019 11:40AM
Kelso: "TomT: "How is the weather for them? "


Last night White Wolf told me: "Southerly winds for most of their challenge. SW tomorrow - maybe slight Gusts in the PM but the further they go E tomorrow the winds should lighten and less chance of precip and coverage though they will likely get wet. Temps tolerable."


For those who would like to compare their progress to ours in May, I'll be periodically updating this map to give a direct comparison."


Thanks for that link, KelsO!
 
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08/15/2019 11:42AM
Mocha: "very cool! how does a knot compare to a mile? love that photo"

1 knot = 1.15 miles...….100 nautical miles is 115 statute miles.
 
WhiteWolf
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08/15/2019 11:46AM
Mocha: "very cool! how does a knot compare to a mile? love that photo"

1 nautical mile = 1.15 statue miles. ( What we are used to)

Doesn't sound like much, but it adds up.
 
GopherAdventure
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08/15/2019 02:12PM
I noticed that the route they’re taking is not the same as the Voyageurs Challenge. Does anyone know how many miles it saves to cut through Kabetogama and do Dawson’s Road portage? I see they’re on Dawson’s right now. It appears as though they’re making awesome time. Way to go!

Tony
 
08/15/2019 02:18PM
GopherAdventure: "I noticed that the route they’re taking is not the same as the Voyageurs Challenge. Does anyone know how many miles it saves to cut through Kabetogama and do Dawson’s Road portage? I see they’re on Dawson’s right now. It appears as though they’re making awesome time. Way to go!

Tony"



They are following the exact same route as Clint Waddell and Verlen Kruger in 1968, and the exact route that Matt and I took in May. The Kruger Challenge route in September is actually 21 miles longer than this route (the Dawson Portage cuts off 12 miles, and the start at Sha-Sha Resort is 9 miles farther east). The route is even longer if Challengers opt to strictly follow the border instead of cutting through the Gold and Grassy Portages.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/15/2019 05:37PM
Why am I amped Up?! Lets Go!!!!!!!!!!
 
BuckNelson
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08/15/2019 08:41PM
Good luck BeaV!

And kudos to Kelso's sportsmanship, and thanks to him for the map comparing the two attempts.
 
WhiteWolf
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08/15/2019 08:43PM
Inside joke for those that have paddled and tripped with BeaV-



Kendra WAKE UP!!
 
Nordstjernen
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08/15/2019 09:30PM
They are exactly caught up with our pace now at crooked lake!
 
08/15/2019 09:41PM
Now will they take the lead and hold on to it? Exciting stuff!
 
JimmyJustice
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08/15/2019 10:09PM
Storms hanging to the north of them right how. Weather is such a dictator on a an adventure like this.

Kelso, thank you for the link and your support . Great camaraderie!

I feel like I need to go out for a paddle.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/15/2019 10:17PM
Looks like there is an ebb and flow with the Norwegian time right now. Maybe nap time for either BeaV or MAKK. Very exciting to follow.

Crooked lake at night...narrows...navigation skills will be at a premium, especially with little rest to this point. BeaV is second to none at navigating with a compass. Hope the moon light is out.

Kelso and Matt, what do you remember about this point of your trip?
 
08/15/2019 10:30PM
JimmyJustice: "Kelso and Matt, what do you remember about this point of your trip?"

Well I definitely remember getting stuck in a tiny bay of that little island, wasting time trying to find the channel in the dark. Looks like BeaV and Kendra have avoided that pitfall and pulled ahead.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/15/2019 10:44PM
Kelso/Matt

What was your sleep plan and how did it actually play out?
 
08/15/2019 10:47PM
Our plan was that neither of us would sleep at any time. In practice, we occasionally dozed off while paddling, and then woke each other up. I understand that BeaV and Kendra are planning to try taking turns paddling and sleeping in the bow.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/15/2019 10:56PM
Kelso: "I understand that BeaV and Kendra are planning to try taking turns paddling and sleeping in the bow."

They have practiced how to position each of themselves within the canoe for optimal rest, but as you know all too well...the situation will dictate the action.

Why do I feel like a looser telling myself its time to go to bed when BeaV and MAKK don't give one ioda about anything other than getting to the next lake?
 
WhiteWolf
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08/15/2019 11:35PM
I think they may have the bow person resting.... at least for a time. Splits have slowed ( last 4 splits being 2.94kts - 3.5kts - 3.41kts and 3.47 kts - this after most of the day being mid to high 4's and even low 5 ) and it makes some sense due to their location and (I think) being ahead of schedule. It's marathon not a sprint.
 
andym
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08/15/2019 11:45PM
It's amazing how close together the two attempts are at this point. Both are incredible.
 
08/16/2019 04:31AM
Still neck-and-neck on Basswood Lake after 24 hours, after an incredible night with flawless navigation across Crooked Lake. Looks like they holed up for a few minutes on an island for the rainstorm currently passing over them. The big question: How much do they have left in them for Day 2? This is where Matt and I started to slow down, and it's their chance to gain a significant lead.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/16/2019 05:24AM
White Wolf

The radar suggests that parts of the rain/storm passing over them could be more than light rain (some red). What do you see?
 
missmolly
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08/16/2019 05:41AM
So exciting. Once again in my life, I feel like a pygmy standing on the shoulders of a couple giants and enjoying the view.
 
WhiteWolf
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08/16/2019 05:55AM
JimmyJustice: "White Wolf


The radar suggests that parts of the rain/storm passing over them could be more than light rain (some red). What do you see?"


Yeah. They are getting it pretty good now. Hard to say - and IAM not at work to check- but probably some LTG , though probably not cloud to ground. I told them highest chances of precip between 6pm Thursday and 3 pm Fri. So this is about in the middle of that window. Should only last another HR or 2 , even though they are moving with it. Good news for them is that after this it should be the last significant weather of the attempt.
 
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08/16/2019 06:50AM
Kelso: "TomT: "How is the weather for them? "


Last night White Wolf told me: "Southerly winds for most of their challenge. SW tomorrow - maybe slight Gusts in the PM but the further they go E tomorrow the winds should lighten and less chance of precip and coverage though they will likely get wet. Temps tolerable."


For those who would like to compare their progress to ours in May, I'll be periodically updating this map to give a direct comparison."


Peter - Thank you for providing and keeping this link updated. It is exciting to watch. I can't believe how similar the times are so far. I don't think I am going to get much done today at work...lol
 
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08/16/2019 09:59AM
Looks like ideal conditions today! Mid-60s to low 70s, partly cloudy with a slight tailwind. They have slipped a little behind our time on knife (only a couple miles) , but this is where they can really put the pedal down and get past us with some daylight on the granite chain! They should pick up a few hours on us there.
Tommorow looks like it will be a little rough with the temps getting towards the 80s and no clouds. No headwind tho. We fought a headwind on our third day, so as long as they get some good miles in today, tommorow they will just have to hang in there steadily and sweat it out.
 
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08/16/2019 10:25AM
Goose bumps every time I check their progress.
 
08/16/2019 10:47AM
I'm in Awe!
 
JimmyJustice
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08/16/2019 12:16PM
They are approaching the short portage into Ottertrack. BeaV has his own portage, not used by many. If they use it in the daylight, they should be fine...at night you can swamp (right WhiteWolf)?
 
missmolly
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08/16/2019 12:28PM
To paraphrase Joe Frazier: "Lawdy, lawdy, they're great."
 
WhiteWolf
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08/16/2019 12:43PM
JimmyJustice: "They are approaching the short portage into Ottertrack. BeaV has his own portage, not used by many. If they use it in the daylight, they should be fine...at night you can swamp (right WhiteWolf)?"
Yep. And find a hornet's nest!!!
 
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08/16/2019 01:33PM
They have closed the gap to a quarter mile now. We took a short break on an island before tackling sag.
If they don't do the same I suspect they will pass us for good now. They are on pace for a good amount of daylight on the granite chain.
 
08/16/2019 01:47PM
Wow....this is pretty amazing to keep track of.
 
Nordstjernen
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08/16/2019 02:05PM
They have officially passed our ghost again on the entry to sag. If they keep it up I am guessing this time it is for good.
 
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08/16/2019 02:14PM
Nordstjernen: "They have officially passed our ghost again on the entry to sag. If they keep it up I am guessing this time it is for good."

I don't know, exhaustion breeds confusion. They are looking really good right now though. I am rooting for them to beat the record but I am also rooting for you and Kelso to keep it...lol I am confused, I need a nap! I don't suppose anyone would be happy with a tie?
 
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08/16/2019 02:17PM
Selfsuffi: "Nordstjernen: "They have officially passed our ghost again on the entry to sag. If they keep it up I am guessing this time it is for good."


I don't know, exhaustion breeds confusion. They are looking really good right now though. I am rooting for them to beat the record but I am also rooting for you and Kelso to keep it...lol I am confused, I need a nap! I don't suppose anyone would be happy with a tie?"


Yes. they still have to stay up for another night. I keep forgetting how hard that was. We are cheering for them to set the bar higher.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/16/2019 02:20PM
Selfsuffi: "Nordstjernen: "They have officially passed our ghost again on the entry to sag. If they keep it up I am guessing this time it is for good."


I don't know, exhaustion breeds confusion. They are looking really good right now though. I am rooting for them to beat the record but I am also rooting for you and Kelso to keep it...lol I am confused, I need a nap! I don't suppose anyone would be happy with a tie?"


I think Selfsuffi summed up most everyone's feelings on this subject. Glad the Norwegians took it upon themselves to test their skill and endurance to achieve the unthinkable. Supper happy for them (and impressed). Also rooting really hard for my friends to do the same!

Matt and Kelso's sportsmanship certainly adds to this torn feeling. Kinda wish they were jerks.. :) but they are not.
 
missmolly
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08/16/2019 03:07PM
JimmyJustice: "Selfsuffi: "Nordstjernen: "They have officially passed our ghost again on the entry to sag. If they keep it up I am guessing this time it is for good."



I don't know, exhaustion breeds confusion. They are looking really good right now though. I am rooting for them to beat the record but I am also rooting for you and Kelso to keep it...lol I am confused, I need a nap! I don't suppose anyone would be happy with a tie?"



I think Selfsuffi summed up most everyone's feelings on this subject. Glad the Norwegians took it upon themselves to test their skill and endurance to achieve the unthinkable. Supper happy for them (and impressed). Also rooting really hard for my friends to do the same!


Matt and Kelso's sportsmanship certainly adds to this torn feeling. Kinda wish they were jerks.. :) but they are not."


I hardly ever +1, but ^this^ is so good, I gotta: +1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
08/16/2019 05:15PM
Aw, thanks JimmyJustice and MissMolly. :)

They've successfully reached the Granite Chain well before dark, a crucial part of their plan which will allow them to gain a solid lead. In the dark and fog, Matt and I were crawling along. Go Kendra Go BeaV!!!!
 
WhiteWolf
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08/16/2019 05:39PM
Good stuff here. Matt and Peter are class acts. After finishing last year in 98 hours (longer course) they both came out to welcome us as we finished (BeaV's group) the next day. (a full day behind).

The Granite River going the direction this challenge dictates is imo- the toughest part of the challenge. I can't imagine doing it in the dark. A few choice words has usually been mentioned about it from team mates as we enter into Magnetic.
 
missmolly
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08/16/2019 05:41PM
I curtsy and say, "As it pleases you, Paddle Lords NordstjerneN and KelsO.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/16/2019 05:50PM
I saw what you did there missMolly
 
08/16/2019 05:54PM
So why DOES BeaV spell his name that way???
 
WhiteWolf
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08/16/2019 05:55PM
Kelso: "So why DOES BeaV spell his name that way???"

nickname- something to do with beavers and his first letters of his first and last name. BWCA SHEPARD knows the story.
 
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08/16/2019 08:12PM
I have been doing my tracking job through all of this. Kendra and BeaV are managing to maintain an average of 4+ mph. Hope the night and Pigeon River cooperate. The fatigue must be running high to say the least!


 
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08/16/2019 08:35PM
Jimmy Justice and SelfSuffi hit it on the head. I hate to see Kelso and Nordstjernen's record get beat, but I also want to see B & K do well. They are being really great sports. I guess I should expect that though. They're two great guys. Yeah, if only they were jerks....... Go BeaV and Kendra, raise the bar !!!
 
08/16/2019 10:18PM
I can only imagine the fatigue they must be going through right now. Here's hoping they stay safe!
 
WoolShirt
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08/16/2019 10:21PM
This is crazy.....I'm supposed to be sleeping! I know I'll check in the middle of the night.
 
Grandma L
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08/16/2019 11:07PM
I am anxious for tomorrow and Sunday's conversations when I met them at Grand Portage. I have a list of question, just hope they get some rest and are prepared to share. Their trip report should be really interesting. It is like waiting for the release of a new best seller only this is a true story.
As for the Peter/ Matt - BeaV/Kendra discussion. All 4 have been great sports at every turn! - cheering for each other. A fine group of athletes! They are humble, hard working, kind and actually hope the best for their fellow paddlers. Good sportsmanship personified. I am proud to call them all "friend".
 
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08/16/2019 11:39PM
Lori-
you better have your bags packed and get some rest so you can get early start to GP.
They simply are not slowing down- early/mid afternoon arrival looking more likely.

EDIT- looks like bow person is resting/sleeping on South Lake. Probably more like after 3-4pm.
 
WhiteWolf
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08/17/2019 05:11AM
They have once again picked up to a pace of what is expected ( for them) at this juncture. Even though it's certainly very difficult to do. ( even for them to pick it back up after said "rest" if that is the case) It's almost like at South Lake and Wednesday Bay of Crooked that they were extremely confident that even by resting (if that's the case) they would make their goal. Almost like it was planned? Prior extreme training and preparation is obvious at these locations of "rest". It's not like they don't know where they are at compared to time taken / effort given and effort / time needed to finish with their goal time. It's extreme high mileage canoeing/portaging calculated right down to the brass tacks. Did those reading expect anything else?


 
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08/17/2019 06:24AM
Woke up. Made coffee. Opened Google Maps Link. Spit coffee all over screen. DAAAMMMMNNNNN...
 
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08/17/2019 06:34AM
They are about to pass our favorite White Pine on Mountain Lake. Hopefully they will give it a nod and it will provide them with a fond memory and a bit of energy. Lets Go!
 
08/17/2019 06:38AM
WhiteWolf: "It's not like they don't know where they are at compared to time taken / effort given and effort / time needed to finish with their goal time. It's extreme high mileage canoeing/portaging calculated right down to the brass tacks. Did those reading expect anything else?
"


Yeah, I'm looking forward to the trip reports and the backstory of the prep that went into this.

I would have to believe there will be quite a gathering waiting for them at the finish line. I'm hoping that no one decides to do the Grand Portage along side of them. It's going to be good theatre. Please shoot video if you can.

 
08/17/2019 07:10AM
With perfect wind conditions, a full moon, and cloudless skies last night for navigation (not jealous at all, haha!)... oh yeah, and with flawless planning and execution (WOW!!!!)... they are well on their way into history. Hammer this one home!

EDIT: Added more exclamation points to WOW!
 
JimmyJustice
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08/17/2019 07:15AM
Dollars to donuts one of them is saying it and the other is seeing it.


 
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08/17/2019 08:09AM
I just got up and checked their progress. Whoa!!! I agree with Kelso, a new record is going to be set unless they take a "quick" break at a portage and pass out for several hours. What an awful thought.
Look on the bright side, both teams will be record holders. One as a coed team, the other not. :)
 
missmolly
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08/17/2019 08:45AM
scotttimm: "Woke up. Made coffee. Opened Google Maps Link. Spit coffee all over screen. DAAAMMMMNNNNN..."

Ha!
 
missmolly
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08/17/2019 08:46AM
Kelso: "With perfect wind conditions, a full moon, and cloudless skies last night for navigation (not jealous at all, haha!)... oh yeah, and with flawless planning and execution (WOW!!!!)... they are well on their way into history. Hammer this one home!

EDIT: Added more exclamation points to WOW!"


You're all demigods and we mortals are duly impressed.
 
LindenTree
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08/17/2019 09:30AM
I'm leaving Duluth in a few hours to see them finish.
Good Luck Kendra and BeaV, see you this afternoon Lori.
 
Marshamallow
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08/17/2019 10:25AM
Where are they right now? On the Water Tribe map, it gives me a new time but keeps showing the location on N Fowl Lake where they were an hour ago. (10:20am). Not a good time to not be able to track them.
 
Marshamallow
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08/17/2019 11:22AM
Phew! Their SPOT is tracking again. Without the SPOT, there'd be no way to verify their times. All this would be a practice run and they'd have to do it all over again. Just kidding. :) I'm amazed how fast they're moving along. They will be done well before bedtime, so we can get to sleep earlier tonight.
 
andym
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08/17/2019 12:22PM
I feel that the only true competition is against yourself. Regardless of who holds the record all 4 of the border runners have won that competition. Big time.
 
08/17/2019 12:42PM
andym: "I feel that the only true competition is against yourself. Regardless of who holds the record all 4 of the border runners have won that competition. Big time. "

To do this route on little to no sleep is what’s so impressive. Also navigating in the dark. Not to mention at the end having to do the Grand Portage. That’s an exclusive club.
 
Grandma L
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08/17/2019 02:16PM
I am the back up for verification. I put them in and meet them at the end and also have back up tracking. We are not messing this up with a technology failure.
 
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08/17/2019 02:21PM
andym: "I feel that the only true competition is against yourself. Regardless of who holds the record all 4 of the border runners have won that competition. Big time. "

+1
 
JimmyJustice
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08/17/2019 02:22PM
If I remember correctly, Matt and Kelso did the Pigeon in the dark!
 
Trix
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08/17/2019 03:18PM
This has been so exciting watching their progress! I am in Awe and bow down to both of them! Lori, I really considered coming up there to see them at the end. Now, i wish I would have!!!
 
WoolShirt
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08/17/2019 05:02PM
Any news?
 
08/17/2019 05:10PM
They are past the Cowboys Road on the Grand Portage, not quite half way. I predict a 7:00-7:30pm finish. Amazing accomplishment!
 
airmorse
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08/17/2019 05:19PM
Wow!!!
 
08/17/2019 05:30PM
Is the Grand Portage relatively flat and easy to do besides the length of it?
 
08/17/2019 05:36PM
TomT: "Is the Grand Portage relatively flat and easy to do besides the length of it?"

It depends. It is mostly downhill or flat for them, with a few climbs. Conditions vary greatly. In the spring it was very muddy and slippery, with 100+ downed trees blocking the trail. By now it should be more dry and the trees should be cleared.
 
08/17/2019 06:42PM
Thanks Kelso. It looks like they will finish right around dusk. How big is the welcome party right now? Can you post a pic?
 
08/17/2019 06:56PM
Sadly, I was unable to be there. Besides GrandmaL, I don't know if anyone else is there. :(
 
WhiteWolf
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08/17/2019 07:01PM
Pretty sure one of Kendra's daughters and her husband. handful of bwca'.comers too- I think.
 
08/17/2019 07:08PM
Glad to hear it!
 
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08/17/2019 07:14PM
They Made it! Was talking to my Brother-in-law on the phone when he spotted them. Way to Go Sister! (And BeaV!)
 
WhiteWolf
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08/17/2019 07:19PM
63 hours and change..... Wow! Congrats to BeaV and Kendra and to Matt and Peter for setting the bar so high and being class acts. Thanks to Grandma L also for her time and dedication - without her- the logistics would much more difficult.
 
missmolly
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08/17/2019 07:19PM
sleepnbag: "They Made it! Was talking to my Brorher-in-law on the phone when he spotted them. Way to Go Sister! (And Beav!)"

HOORAY!
 
WoolShirt
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08/17/2019 07:22PM
Congrats!!!
 
08/17/2019 07:23PM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
 
08/17/2019 07:26PM
Great job!
 
Nordstjernen
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08/17/2019 07:46PM
Congratulations! Incredible time!
 
voyager
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08/17/2019 07:51PM
Great job! And now just for fun turn around and go back to Sha Sha! Well, maybe a short nap first.
 
Marshamallow
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08/17/2019 08:08PM
Congratulations! You two made it look so easy. Watching your progress next month is going to be so different.
 
BuckNelson
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08/17/2019 08:10PM
"63 hours and change..... Wow! Congrats to BeaV and Kendra and to Matt and Peter for setting the bar so high and being class acts. Thanks to Grandma L also for her time and dedication"

My sentiments exactly. Incredible feat by all four paddlers.
 
Trix
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08/17/2019 08:16PM
Congrats!!!! So proud of both of them!!!!
 
08/17/2019 08:45PM
Congratulations! You two are super human! It must have been brutal! Calories and sleep will be nice I bet!
 
WoolShirt
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08/17/2019 08:52PM
Hope to read the story in the BWJ.
 
08/17/2019 08:58PM
Wow - just wow. Love the ability to follow along, and feel that small connection.

You are both inspiring; Cheers!
 
DuluthPak
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08/17/2019 09:00PM
Congrats!!
 
08/17/2019 09:18PM
Well done!
 
cyberia34
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08/17/2019 09:31PM
Congrats BeaV and Kendra. That is quite an impressive feat.
 
08/17/2019 10:38PM
Again, I am in AWE!
 
LindenTree
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08/17/2019 10:57PM
Since no one has posted a pic yet, I will.
Kendra's husband, one daughter, myself and grandmaL welcomed them at the finish line. Muddyfeet greeted them at old Hwy 61, before the finish.
Congrats to the two of them.

 
08/17/2019 11:14PM
A couple of tough cookies right there. I can't wait for the details.

 
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08/18/2019 01:04AM
OMG, amazing! Can't believe I missed watching this progress. We were off grid since the 8th, busy crashing thru the Hairy Lake PMA. We just left the Gunflint Trail this afternoon and if I had known I would have tried to convince my family to go up to Grand Portage. Wow! I am in awe.
 
JimmyJustice
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08/18/2019 01:24AM
Kendra and BeaV,

Thank you for allowing us to live vicariously through you for 63 hours. #nowords.
 
missmolly
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08/18/2019 08:14AM
All hail, the four record setters.*





*And now I hope they leave the record be as the potential for someone getting seriously hurt or seriously dead increases with each new record.
 
08/18/2019 09:34AM
missmolly: "
*And now I hope they leave the record be as the potential for someone getting seriously hurt or seriously dead increases with each new record. "


I agree with this but know it won't happen. For me, I do very poorly when extremely fatigued and combine that with no sleep would be very dangerous.

I was getting concerned about these two. It doesn't take much to break an ankle or hit your head on a rock up there. I'm so happy all appears well for them.


 
Mocha
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08/18/2019 12:39PM
Well... they look like they are just getting ready to hit the trail! What amazing paddlin skills. It’s hard to find the right partner to perfect that paddle rhythm
 
08/18/2019 08:42PM
Simply amazing; congrats!!!
 
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08/18/2019 09:43PM
Congratulations to BeaV and Kendra. Tenacious to be able to tackle this in this time!
 
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08/18/2019 10:06PM
Congrats! I was following along with the record trip this spring. I missed the details of this one, was this the same route as that trip? I see everyone is comparing the 2 times.... (in general, I'm sure there are small variances in the route)
 
MNGreene
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08/18/2019 10:12PM
cyclones30: .... was this the same route as that trip? I see everyone is comparing the 2 times.... (in general, I'm sure there are small variances in the route) "

Yes, you got it.
 
BWPaddler
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08/19/2019 08:19AM
The trip report from Matt and Peter had me in tears last May, and I have to admit the same in reading this thread. Such an accomplishment! The trip may have only taken 63 hours, but the effort and events leading up to it took much longer. Super glad that everyone is safe and cannot wait for the full trip report!

I echo all the comments people made about good sportsmanship among paddlers. Class acts all the way!
 
schuetpa
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08/19/2019 04:09PM
Congrats Kendra and BeaV on an amazing accomplishment. I am in awe of you guys for setting forth to do it and beat the record set this spring. I paid attention to both runs and have nothing but made props for all groups that attempt it. One day I might have to do the full trip not necessarily in a speed version but like paddle the entire distance to gain even more of an appreciation for the feat. I have a ton of questions and peppered Kelso and Nordstjernen a bit as well but I will try and contain myself to just a couple.

How did the two of you become canoeing partners as I would have guessed a husband and wife duo would make sense but you two are not as Kendra's husband met her at the end of the run. Just curious on the story there as you two obviously are an unbelievably talented team and wanted to know how you becoming canoeing partners.

Kendra and BeaV what do you eat while on the trip to keep the endurance and energy high to sustain the entire trip? I remember Kelso and Nordstjernen talking about how the one in the bow was larger in size and built for paddling like crazy but needed a constant supply of calories to keep going. Where the one in the stern was the navigator and required less food? Just curious on you guys as Kendra you look strong but more petite and Beav you look like you are from a western movie and could rope some cattle. Obviously the smaller person in front worked great for you just curious.

Thank you for inspiring a bunch of people and even if you don't get a ton of recognition outside of the BWCA paddling world your accomplishment is right up there with something like Free Solo. Keep living the dream.
 
08/19/2019 06:56PM
Nice job! Couple of tough cookies for sure!
 
08/19/2019 07:37PM
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin' I'd definitely attend a seminar with you two (or even adding Kelso + Nordstjernen) as highlight speakers at the Midwest Mountaineering Expo!

That would be a presentation to not miss!

 
Grandma L
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08/19/2019 08:00PM
A new record was set! 63 hours 16 minutes. Dove point, Sha Sha Resort, Rainy Lake to Lake Superior at Grand Portage.







 
schuetpa
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08/19/2019 09:43PM
Grandma L I just looked at your profile and saw a Douglas Wood Quote there. That is awesome he is a great man. Have you heard him speak or listened to him play music?
 
missmolly
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08/20/2019 07:37AM
Grandma L: "A new record was set! 63 hours 16 minutes. Dove point, Sha Sha Resort, Rainy Lake to Lake Superior at Grand Portage.







"


"Each summer a great Rendezvous was held on these grounds...," says the sign, as two more Voyageurs arrive to a great Rendezvous.
 
arctic
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08/20/2019 08:38AM
WOW! What a great feat!
 
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08/20/2019 08:53AM
Crazy reading through all this. Congrats!
 
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