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Northern Tier 2012 - Quetico
by KentuckyScouter

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/23/2012
Entry & Exit Point: Quetico
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 9
Trip Introduction:
Took two crews of 9 from our Venture Crew into different parts of Quetico. Our crew consisted of 5 girls 14-16 and three adult advisors plus the Northern Tier interpreter (guide). Most of our equipment was provided by the Northern Tier base outside of Atikokan, ONT. We paid the upcharge for the kevlar canoes and it was worth it. The girls planed the route with the interpreter, deciding on their trip route, etc.
Day 1 of 6
Saturday, June 23, 2012

Entered Quetico at Batchewaung 21 after puting in at Nym. We had a late put in, after lunch, due to a blown tire on the canoe trailer. The put in boat ramp was a fairly busy place, but the lake itself was virtually empty of boats. After put in we fought a stiff headwind all the way across Nym and Batchewaung. It had been a couple of months since our prep trips, so it took about an hour to end the zig-zag canoeing patern. The ½ mile portage trail from Nym to Batchewaung had a BSA Order of the Arrow crew doing work on it and the result that we saw was a portage trail akin to an interstate road!

  Finally put into an early camp that is listed as UM. Tenting was a little tight, and rocky, but it had a nice breeze across it. We caught a nice 17" Bass on the second cast off the point. There were several piles of human feces and TP on the ground about 100 feet from the campsite...welcome to Quetico! Thankfully this was the only time that we saw this and the Bald Eagle that watched us for a couple of hours was worth it. A heavy storm blow through overnight and soaked through my tent since the sight was so rocky I couldn’t stake out the front of the fly.