Snowbank Lake - June 2006
by gshaw

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/09/2006
Entry & Exit Point: Snowbank Lake (EP 27)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
It's always great to get another person addicted to the BWCA. Last June we hooked Scott, so this spring we'll be going back in search of great fishing and camping. With two weeks until put-in, though, Ryan had to bail due to his father falling ill. In his place, Tom, a BWCA rookie, answered the call on short notice. It's always fun getting a newbie fitted and learned for the woods! The intent was to enter on Snowbank and check out the fishing/scenery as we headed to Disappointment, where we'd base camp.
Day 1 of 5

Off-Season Acquisitions:
Big Agnes Insulated Air Core REM Sleeping Pad
MSR Whisperlite Stove and Fuel Bottle
Katadyn Hiker Water Filter
Sea Line Waterproof Bag
Granite Gear Food Pack to accomodate 15gal Bear Barrel
Generic Backpack for Fishing Tackle / Day Pack
Campmor Nylon Tarp
Permethrin Clothing Spray - giving it a try for the first time.

The drive up to Ely on Thursday took longer than expected due to road work, but we still arrived in 7.5hrs. Upon arrival at Ryan’s we were bombarded by mosquitoes, giving us good reason for concern regarding the upcoming four days. After a short search for the gear needed to compliment our supplies, we loaded up Ryan’s canoe then met up with Lynn at VNO. She set us up with a bunk and another canoe, and we promptly headed to the Ely Steakhouse for some food and brew. Once our appetites were destroyed by a late dinner, we retired back to the bunk to repack all the gear and food. When all was said and done, everyone was asleep by midnight, ready for the excursion into the Northwoods.