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ericinely
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08/29/2021 03:05PM  
Right before the first BW closure of the West side of the BWCA, I decided to take a quick weekend trip to see how many miles I could paddle in a 24 hour period. My longest day trip up to that point was a fairly respectable 40 miles, but I knew if the goal was mileage, I could do better. Luckily, I had a paddling partner who had experience with these kinds of trips.

Adam from Piragis agreed to come along. Yes, the same Adam who earlier this year made an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for fastest canoe descent of the entire length of the Mississippi River (2318 miles). He and his team of 3 others fell just short, having to bow out for safety reasons (dangerous weather) less than 50 miles from the end after 18 consecutive days of paddling (they were ahead of world record pace). For those of you not so quick at math, that is an average of 126 miles/day, which is bonkers, even with the current and the extra paddler(s).

With no route or plan, just a goal of covering as much ground as possible on our weekend, we set out from Little Indian Sioux North after work on a Tuesday and paddled nonstop until we reached Knife Lake just under 24 hours later. We traveled just over 80 miles and saw the BW from an entirely different perspective. We paddled the length of 3 of the 5 largest BWCA lakes, paddled through the sunset on LLC, navigated to bottle portage using only a map, headlamp and the full blood-moon, saw the earliest stages of the forest fires on the Canadian side of Crooked Lake, watched the sun come up over Friday Bay and crammed as much in to 24 hours as most people do on multiple week-long trips.

Of course, once we got to Knife Lake there were no campsites available...so we continued on to Portage Lake, crossing a new BW lake off each of our lists. Enjoy the fun!



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tumblehome
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08/29/2021 04:55PM  
That is crazy awesome. You gotta do that schtit when you are young cuz it only gets harder to do.
I can do 20 miles with full packs and portages but I'm spent when done.

Really, congratulations on your successful adventure.
Tom
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08/30/2021 08:08AM  
Congrats., that's an awesome day! Bottle portage was hard for me to find in the dark last year. It may have been the lower water, the area just looked different to me.
08/30/2021 09:29AM  
Awesome
ericinely
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08/30/2021 10:28AM  
Voyager: "Congrats., that's an awesome day! Bottle portage was hard for me to find in the dark last year. It may have been the lower water, the area just looked different to me. "

It couldn't have worked out more perfectly for us. It was really tough to navigate that big water around warrior hill at night so we just went for it and followed that blood moon all the way to the portage, occasionally checking the map along the way. The moon guided us right to the portage...it was a surreal experience
cyclones30
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08/30/2021 10:39AM  
Nice! Looks like weather cooperated. We did LIS N to Snow Bay on a fully loaded first half day. The wind was getting nasty on LLC though so that's where we stopped for the day around lunch.

Oh...and the mention of PP site at the end haha
08/30/2021 10:16PM  
That’s what I’d do... grab up Adam! Best I get outta him is to load me up with canoes from time to time. Haha! Nice job guys!
08/31/2021 07:14AM  
ericinely: "...I decided to take a quick weekend trip to see how many miles I could paddle in a 24 hour period..."

Certainly not my way of enjoying a canoe trip, but everyone has their own definition of "fun". Hope you had a good time.
08/31/2021 08:24AM  
Thanks for the video trip report. That was an epic paddle!
Grandma L
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08/31/2021 04:49PM  
Great adventure! Good mileage and nice to have been able to get in before the closure! Congrats!
ericinely
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09/04/2021 06:14PM  
Yea, it was perfect timing. I haven't been in since early July...I am really looking forward to getting out after the busy holiday weekend. Still no campfires, but I can live with that.
muddyfeet
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09/05/2021 09:01PM  
Awesome!
There was a feature article years back in BWJ about somebody attempting to see how far they could paddle in 24hrs. It was a soloist in a canak, and I forgot where or how far they went, but reading it was the first I had ever thought about distance paddling in the BWCA. It’s great to hear about these trips- you never know who or what you might inspire!
Speckled
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09/07/2021 09:36AM  
That's a push for sure...especially considering you paddled through the night. My longest day was 34 miles and it took us about 10 hours. I can't imagine holding that pace for about 12-14 hours and through the night.

Fun adventure - i'll have to watch the vid later when i have time.
YaMarVa
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09/07/2021 12:30PM  
Great video, it reminds me of some of my trips in my 20s when pushing our strength and endurance were a core part of our trips. Now, I enjoy watching others face these challenges. Thanks for sharing the video, you've got a great channel.
 
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