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Some cool time lapse photography from the BWCA. Beautiful huh?
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Camping Tools - Mobility
Continuing theme of the tools that I used on my recent camping/canoeing trip to the Boundary Waters in the North Woods of Minnesota.
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1. Suunto M-2 Orienteering Compass - finally learned how to use a compass, missed the REI class but a little reading and I was good to go. They are absolutely necessary on a trip like this. With close to 40 miles of canoeing through a wilderness area that has no trail markings and no obvious geographical features (the North Woods are beautiful but everything looks similar) it would be easy to get lost or turned around. Some of the lakes get quite large, if you had to you could hug the shore to look for a campsite or a portage but it might take all day, it is much easier and safer to figure out exactly where you need to go. When I was on the water i tended to keep this around my neck and my maps easily with in reach in my daypack.
2. Voyageur Map 9 for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - We used two maps, map 8 and map 9 for this trip, our route took us between both maps. The scale is 1.5 inches for every mile (the gridlines match up to this). These maps show locations to camp, portages, elevations, lake depths, and fishing surveys for each lake from the Minnesota DNR. I can’t imagine how someone could have gone through without maps years ago.
3. Open Voyager Map 8 for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - The river on the bottom right was part of the early part of our journey, and the lake on the top right was one of our northern most destinations with the the BWCA. The middle part of our journey would be off to the right off the map which is on map 9.
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Camp Van Vac, best resort in Ely.
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Stopped by Fort Snelling on a bike ride yesterday and took this panorama.
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Spring is on the way (although you wouldn’t know it looking out the window this morning) and I am itching to get back to the northwoods. This video will have to hold me over for the time being.
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this lake can somehow turn everything from bad to good i swear to god
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