My First Winter Camping Experience
by nolahlm

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 12/28/2009
Entry & Exit Point: Other
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 12
Trip Introduction:
Well, we went through the BW a bit, but slept on Moss lake just outside the BWCA
Day 1 of 2
Monday, December 28, 2009 After we finished packing and putting on snowshoes, the hike along West Bearskin Lake began. It was probably 15 or 20 degrees, and I got pretty warm from pulling the sled across the lake. Photobucket The snowshoes we used gave everybody trouble. The small crampons on the bottom collected a large ice ball, and the straps couldn’t get very tight. More on them later. The portage form West Bearskin into Duncan was a breeze, and provided a few nice pictures.

Photobucket We crossed through a bit of Duncan, to the portage into Moss, which was not so much of a breeze. It was pretty hilly, which is not very easy to do pulling a sled. My calves burned, but I made it to Moss Lake. Moss Lake has some very beautiful rock faces.Photobucket

We snowshoed to a campsite on Moss Lake and trampled out a spot for our tents. Photobucket

We then had to take off our snowshoes. The straps froze and were almost impossible to get off, but they came off with the help of a pocket knife used as a chisel. The sunset was very beautiful. Photobucket

We cooked alpine spaghetti, which is pasta with some cheeses in it, and it tasted great. Photobucket

I woke up in the middle of the night, and the stars were the brightest I have ever seen. I didn’t even need a flashlight to go to the bathroom.