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Quetico Trip - Nym, Jessie, Sturgeon, Pine, Pickerel Narrows back to Nym
by HighnDry

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/31/2013
Entry & Exit Point: Quetico
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
This is a relatively early-season trip report because it falls at the end of May into first week of June in Quetico. It's essentially a solo paddle to meet up with a group of 4 doing there separate trip for a couple of days before solo looping back to EP (Nym)
Part 1 of 5
Part 1: The Adventure in the Rain Friday May 31: The good part of this portion of the trip was the lack of bugs and the beauty of both Nym and Batch in the light misty rain. I set out Fri. AM from Nym and shoreline hugged to the east all the way down to the portage because I was a bit apprehensive in a new 18 footer Champlain (it was new, used boat) and didn't want to get blown around. I loaded down the bow and stern with about 70 pounds of ballast in water jugs in addition to my own gear. It seemed to work pretty well although it took my 3 or 4 times longer to reach the portage! Not a recommended approach unless safety (yours) is required.

The portage itself was in very good shape and well maintained at this point however the sky unleashed a torrent of rain and lightning so I joined a father/son group and paddled west to the point where two campsites are located and bedded down until the next day. Not a very productive first day out but given the cold water temperatures, better than dumping in the cold, chop of Batch.