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09/21/2010 04:15AM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
New Trip Report posted by tg

Trip Name: Solo LIS River North.

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The Lorax
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09/21/2010 04:35AM  
Nice TR!
TuscaroraBorealis
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09/21/2010 06:37AM  
With the way the Vikings played, you shoulda stayed in longer;-)

Nice report & pictures. Thanks for sharing.

TB
09/21/2010 07:19AM  
TG - Thank you for the great report and photos. The Wildfire is a beautiful canoe and I understand why you get allot of compliments on it.
09/21/2010 08:33AM  
LIS is a beautiful area - was there just last week. Thanks for a nice trip report and great pictures!
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09/21/2010 08:41AM  
I wouldn't leave the BWCA for any football game! That's why they invented DVR's. Nice trip report!
09/21/2010 09:41AM  
Nice report tg. Took almost that exact route a few years back with the family. Camped on Con Island in Shell for a few days, bypassed Lynx and went straight up into Heritage. The crew almost mutinied on the portage over to Loon. If it wasn't for the wonderful beach and a cool down swim, they would have roasted me. The portage was a little longer than expected....(glad I didn't make a wrong turn on the SH Trail!) Camped a night on E. Loon bay on one of the "up high" sites. The pics of Devils Cascade brought back memories. Thanks for digging them up. Nice Canoe!
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09/21/2010 09:43AM  
Nice trip report. We will be up in that area next year. Can't wait.

09/21/2010 12:44PM  
thanks everyone for the kind words!

i normally wouldn't schedule a trip around a sporting event (going up for a few days in early october-sure to conflict with my twins in the playoffs) but this was not your average event. hindsight being 20/20 I would have been better off missing the game. but i did have to be in Duluth EARLY on Friday (conference started at 8am) so it wasn't just the game that had me coming out Thursday.

cowdoc-i can see where that one could lead to mutiny! fortunately on a solo there is no one to blame but yourself.

tg
09/21/2010 01:22PM  
Nice report, tg. You'd have loved the Moose River North - a perfect setting for your freestyle boat. Do you paddle the Wildfire level or heeled?
09/21/2010 03:12PM  
Koda-I have paddled the Moose River a few times and you are right it would be perfect for the Wildfire. I generally paddle with it heeled over a bit but still getting comfortable with the boat so I am far from gunnel on the water.

tg
09/21/2010 03:32PM  
quote tg: "Koda-I have paddled the Moose River a few times and you are right it would be perfect for the Wildfire. I generally paddle with it heeled over a bit but still getting comfortable with the boat so I am far from gunnel on the water.tg"

Last June I took my Mad River Independence (15'8" solo with some rocker) from LIS through LLC and out via Moose R North. I found that a heel angle of about 10-20* was enough to make it track comfortably. I also have a Wildfire, and it seems to want a little more heel to track equally well, with the gunwale about 3-4" from the water. I imagine this view got pretty familiar on your trip.

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09/21/2010 08:45PM  
tg-
Nice photos, It was fun to meet you. Sure made the last few miles go by.. Tell Tim L hi from me..
09/22/2010 04:08AM  
very familiar koda:)

ryan-i was just telling tom today that i was surprised i hadn't seen any posts from you since returning. nice to meet you too man!

Rich
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09/22/2010 10:07AM  
Another cool solo trip report that has me thinking about giving it a try in the near future.

Beautiful canoe!
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09/22/2010 01:31PM  
tg, thanks for the report. We briefly met at Wing Night while someone was holding court on how to properly use your paddle. I needed the advice.
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09/22/2010 06:01PM  
thanks for the report and nice pictures
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09/22/2010 08:11PM  
Hey Rich, nice report. It's nice to see that Wildfire being used. I miss it sometimes paddling my less flashy white one:) Did you get a good scratch or two in it yet?
09/22/2010 11:45PM  
Nice. One of my favorite EPs.
09/23/2010 03:41AM  
quote mwd1976: "Hey Rich, nice report. It's nice to see that Wildfire being used. I miss it sometimes paddling my less flashy white one:) Did you get a good scratch or two in it yet? " yeah put a couple nice scratches in it!
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09/23/2010 11:02AM  
Nice! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could be that organized!

What pack do you use? I'm looking at new ones and would love some feedback.
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09/23/2010 10:48PM  
Rich
Great report! Sounds like you had a good time exploring.
I called off my solo for now. It just didn't feel right, and a trip like that has to feel right from the start, or it seems that it's just not supposed to happen. Forcing it just means bad juju for a solo paddler.
Let me know if you're interested in a future hike or paddle in that area.
09/24/2010 02:52PM  
hey joe-i hear you-sorry you had to cancel the trip but understand. i would love to do a hike or paddle. let me look at my schedule.

7-for this trip i used a granite gear solo (on closeout now at Northwest Canoe) which is a really nice 4000 cubic inch pack-portagekeeper has one and likes his too but we probably pack lighter than the average bwca paddler. i also have a larger GG Quetico 5000 cube pack and a smaller GG Vapor Trail hiking pack (<3500 cubes) and really like them both. the Quetico is my go to tandem trip pack. the Vapor Trail is only for UL packing but I have done a short solo with this pack only. i am a huge fan of the comfort of the gg pack's framesheet and harness.

Rich
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09/27/2010 12:21AM  
I noticed that you scrapped the Lean2 in favor of a tent this time. Any particular reason?
SevenofNine
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09/27/2010 07:30AM  
quote tg: "hey joe-i hear you-sorry you had to cancel the trip but understand. i would love to do a hike or paddle. let me look at my schedule.


7-for this trip i used a granite gear solo (on closeout now at Northwest Canoe) which is a really nice 4000 cubic inch pack-portagekeeper has one and likes his too but we probably pack lighter than the average bwca paddler. i also have a larger GG Quetico 5000 cube pack and a smaller GG Vapor Trail hiking pack (<3500 cubes) and really like them both. the Quetico is my go to tandem trip pack. the Vapor Trail is only for UL packing but I have done a short solo with this pack only. i am a huge fan of the comfort of the gg pack's framesheet and harness.


Rich"


Thanks for the input on a pack. I think this time around I will buy a pack with some capacity. I appreciate your take on all three packs.
09/27/2010 09:54PM  
quote Ralphthewonderllama: "I noticed that you scrapped the Lean2 in favor of a tent this time. Any particular reason?"

well i didn't take the lean2+ but its far from "scrappped":) i find that setting up the lean2 does take the right space and a bit of time. i took the msr hubba because i wanted something really easy to setup and pitchable anywhere. weight wise the hubba and the lean2+ are comparable-size/space wise there is no comparison obviously.

tg
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09/28/2010 01:43PM  
Nice report Rich.
09/29/2010 09:55AM  
tg,

You describe a nice get away in your TR. The pictures and canoe are great. I also enjoy your equipment assessments/comments, thanks for sharing.
Boppa












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12/12/2010 04:32PM  
I'm always looking to pick up any kind of knowledge I can from these trip reports, and the TR responses. Plenty here. Thanks for posting.
12/18/2010 10:07AM  
I'm envious of your proximity to the BW that enables you to do trips like this. I am pretty sure I will be doing a solo w/dog large loop from ep 14 next Sept. so took some notes. That saw seems like it would make for a fine Fathers Day gift for me.

Also, I thought you were a Warbonnet Blackbird guy? Am I wrong about this?

12/18/2010 01:43PM  
Knowing TG, he's probably got one of those too! or else it's on his 'wish list' haha
 
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