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September 2015 BWCA EP 33
by drewbsd

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/10/2015
Entry Point: Little Gabbro Lake (EP 33)
Exit Point: South Kawishiwi River (EP 32)  
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This was my first trip in 18 years to the Boundary Waters. My previous two trips were when I was in Boy Scouts at ages of 12 and 16. This was my wife's first time to the BWCA. We left Rapid City, SD on the morning of 9/8 and made our way to Minneapolis. We went to REI and picked up a few last minute items and then off to the Mall of America for dinner and some shopping. We arrived at River Point Resort on 9/9 and met with Jane. She was wonderful. We then went through all the gear and planned our route. We stayed the night at one of their beautiful Chalets before departing the following morning. You can also watch a you tube video of our trip. here is the link
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, September 10, 2015 We woke up after eagerly setting our alarm for 6:30. After a short breakfast and out last warm showers we loaded our bags and enjoyed a cup of coffee on the porch of the Chalet waiting for our transport to EP 33. At 8am we met with the outfitter and loaded into the van and off we went. It was a short 1/2hr drive to the EP 33 at Little Gabbro Lake. The real trip began with our first portage. It was 250+ rods with a canoe, 3 packs (we packed heavy), fishing gear, paddles and a canister of worms. It was a long but nice portage. It took three trips (two with gear) and about on hour. After a short break we were on the water by 9:45 and headed to find our camp site. I had done some research and wanted to base camp at camp number 2135 but it was taken. I had three other camps in mind that all faced west so we could enjoy sunsets together. After discovering the next two camps were taken we found a unoccupied camp (1715). When we arrived we seen trash littered around the camp and the fire grate had been removed from the pit. After picking up the trash we contemplated moving on or staying and cleaning up the camp site. We decided to say. We unpacked and set up camp for the next three nights. I rebuilt and fixed the fire grate and pit. We can't have a fire without wood so we paddled to an island across from camp and gathered enough fire wood for a couple day (so we thought!). I wanted to do all cooking over the fire and not use the camp stove for the entire trip. So we went through more wood than we thought we would. First nights dinner was steak, mashed potatoes and corn accompanied with a nice cup of Boto Box red wine.