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Chuck & Tia's 2018 Quetico Adventure
by TrailZen

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/25/2018
Entry & Exit Point: Quetico
Number of Days: 10
Group Size: 2
Day 6 of 10
Thursday, August 30, 2018: Delahey, Conmee, Brent 7.5 miles, 6 portages, 1 beaver dam

Coffee! Breakfast! On to the Death Marches! Our memories of the Death March portages from '88 are not good—that adventure included a search for the portage trail on the Delahey end, having to push our canoe through an evergreen deadfall then crawling under the tree, being lost in a bog and using map & compass to figure our way out, etc. This year we hit the Delahey end of the Death March portages at 9:00 and had our loaded canoe in Conmee just before 11:30! Very distinct trail, great footing no deep bog segments, etc. There were several bear scat deposits on the portages, including the dessicated example by the size 12 portage boot, below. (In Ely after our trip we learned that the portages were relocated to higher ground several years ago.) Conmee was windy, and the wind increased when we hit Brent, with whitecaps visible down the lake. We found a nice campsite—one we'd visited last year--near the top of Brent and called it a day.