Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

My 1st Canoe
by Dbldppr1250

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/05/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
This winter I decided to take the plunge. Buying my first canoe from Bob LaTourell was fun, and I was about to pick it up and this trip would be my first with it. I have been visiting the Boundary Waters for ~10 years now, and most of my trips have been with middle school aged students from my school. We have always used LaTourell's and go into Splash, tripping around Ensign and day-tripping through Ashigan to Cattyman Falls or day-trip looping through Ashigan around through Boot and back. This time I wanted to fish in my honey holes on Ensign and Splash, but also visit Frog and Trident. I chose to set up a tow to the portage between Sucker and Birch, and then paddle Birch-Frog-Trident-Ensign-Splash and tow back. I planned a 5-6 day trip on the water with a couple layovers. I was hoping one of the three campsites on Frog or Trident would be available the first night to stay for a couple days, and then I would do my thing around Ensign and Splash for the remainder of my trip.
Day 1 of 6
Sunday, June 05, 2011 - Pack Day.

This day was the wrap-up of my packing. I am really bad about packing too much gear, so I decided this time to weigh everything and then my future trips can be tweaked so that I can reduce how much I pack. I finished with a total of 147 lbs in my canoe. 6 lbs of tarp pole, rods, and paddle 21 lbs of blue barrel with food 25 lbs of personal pack 11 lbs of tackle box 45 lbs of gear crate 39 lbs of gear pack
My goal this solo trip is to triple portage instead of my normal quadruple portaging solo trips.

New gear for this trip includes a beautiful paddle my school gave me after my 40th year of teaching (10 at The College School), a canoe Crazy Creek, a few new fishing lures, and a tarp pole that I rigged up from a painter's roller pole and tennis ball.

I got my food packed, trying to keep the meals simpler this time. I'm trying the Mountain House freeze-dried for dinners when I don't catch fish. Simple peanut butter & jelly with tortillas, lots of oatmeal, some pancake mix with dried blueberries and syrup, Tang, fish breading from a recipe I got off this site, lots of trail mix, some hot chocolate mix, and some oranges.