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chrisstratton
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08/09/2021 11:15AM  
New Trip Report posted by chrisstratton

Trip Name: Hog creek to Isabella.

Entry Point: 36

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straighthairedcurly
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08/09/2021 01:26PM  
Sounds like a rough go with the low water. Glad you were able to make it through. You sound like a solidly stubborn tripper...that's a good thing in my book.
08/09/2021 11:15PM  
Hopefully you weren't discouraged by the slog. Most years aren't this bad. Water levels make a big difference. Entry points also. At least you made it through and have a tough trip to compare future trips to. It's always nice to think "at least it's not as bad as Hog creek" when a portage is kicking your behind.
gravelroad
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08/10/2021 09:23AM  
Wow. This was even worse than I first imagined when you started discussing your plan to do the traverse to Isabella. Anybody thinking of this route this year would be well advised to choose something else!
chrisstratton
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08/10/2021 10:07AM  
Thanks :)
chrisstratton
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08/10/2021 10:07AM  
While Hog Creek was annoying - in and out of Perent could be an option for someone wanting to base camp there. Honestly - best bet - if possible, would be Isabella Lake EP (35?) to either base camp on Isabella, or hit the one great campsite on Boca, in my opinion.
gravelroad
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08/10/2021 11:43AM  
chrisstratton: "While Hog Creek was annoying - in and out of Perent could be an option for someone wanting to base camp there. Honestly - best bet - if possible, would be Isabella Lake EP (35?) to either base camp on Isabella, or hit the one great campsite on Boca, in my opinion."

Since I don't have any plans to go there soon, I will second that latter recommendation. :-)

08/10/2021 12:03PM  
Congratulations on being able to push through! That is one tough trip for your first BWCA paddle. Despite the hardships, my biggest regret for you is that after the trip you didn’t get to sit somewhere having a beer, and have those 4 young guys come in and ask you how far you got before you turned around!
chrisstratton
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08/10/2021 12:07PM  
Thanks - yes, can be stubborn. Not that I was ready for a "Deus Ex Machina" :)
chrisstratton
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08/10/2021 12:08PM  
Love it!
 
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