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Posted by: Big Flounder
Posted on: Feb 5th, 2020 at 9:50am
TomT wrote on Feb 5th, 2020 at 7:23am:
Welcome to the board!† I'm curious why you are fully outfitted yourself but have only been to the BW one time?† Where do you normally trip to?


Thanks for the welcome Tom!  I have all of the gear needed because I have done some backpacking in the past.  Actually, I've got enough gear that when my son in law goes with me this summer he won't have to buy or rent anything either.  I seem to have two (or three) of everything.  Drives my wife nuts.  Lol!

Only thing I had to use from an outfitter in 2018 was Rockwood's bunkhouse the night I arrived and the night before the drive home.  My one trip into the BWCA two years ago was the first time I've ever canoe...or in my case, kayak...camped.    Unfortunately northeast Indiana doesn't have a lot of places to paddle into and camp, but there are a couple and I plan to do some this year locally.  And, of course, get back up to the BWCA in June.  Fell in love with the place and think it'll be an annual (at least) trip from now on.
Posted by: TomT
Posted on: Feb 5th, 2020 at 7:23am
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Welcome to the board!  I'm curious why you are fully outfitted yourself but have only been to the BW one time?  Where do you normally trip to?
Posted by: Big Flounder
Posted on: Feb 4th, 2020 at 8:09pm
Old thread, I'm new here, only been to the BWCA once and don't have a lot of experience to answer these questions with but I'll give it a shot anyway to keep things going and kind of introduce myself.† Here goes...

Basics
Where do you live?† †Huntington, IN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe/kayak camping?† 6
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?† Have all my own gear
Preferred/Typical party size?† Solo or one other person
What length of trips do you do/available to do?† †6-10 days
Preferred season?† Early Summer
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?† 100% base camp
What difficulty level do you go for?† †Easy peasy until I get a Kevlar canoe
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?† †Iíve only been in off the Gunflint Trail (EP-47) and love it, however I would love to explore Quetico one day.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?† †Solo
What is your paddling rhythm?† Smooth and easy, Iím in no rush
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?† Beeline at a slow pace
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?† Iím comfortable in the high winds, but avoid it if possible
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?† Slightly better than average but could be improved upon

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?† †Double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?† On my back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?† I avoid them
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?† †It's part of the trip

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook
Fresh or dried foods?† †Fresh the first night, fresh fish when possible, freeze dried the rest of the time
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?† †Stove usually but a fire once or twice
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?† †Oatmeal or bars
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Three minimum
Hang the food pack or ground it?† Hang
Axe? Saw? Both?† †Sven Saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn?† Up at sunrise or earlier
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?† Right after sunrise

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? † As much as possible

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?† Arthritis in my back
Level of alcohol consumption?† None in the BWCA but a cold beer with dinner when I get back to civilization
Are you a smoker?† Nope
Is photography high on your list?† I enjoy it, but am not good at it
Do you like to go after pictographs?† Nah
Do you like to go after waterfalls?† Nah
Do you like to go after the northern lights?† Would love to but havenít yet

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? If theyíre real bad, yes
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?† Thunderstorms
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?† Discuss it
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?† †If black flies or mosquitoes are unbearable
Posted by: Outlander
Posted on: Sep 17th, 2017 at 8:17pm


Inukshuk Profile

Basics 
Where do you live? I live full time in an RV (40í motor home) so wherever the RV is sitting when the sun goes down is home. Winter in Florida typically. Summer of 2018 will be split between Gunflint Trail (mid-June to mid-July) and Ely from mid-July to approximately November 1st.

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
50+ but not for a few years. Last trip was a 4 day solo kayak the length of the AuSable river in Michigan. I was in the Army for 20 years, I am used to camping.

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter? At this time, fall of 2017, I have some gear. I will have all my own personal gear by spring of 2018. Do not have a canoe, plan on renting. I am fine with renting any and all gear appropriate for a fun, safe and enjoyable experience. Already have SPOT, GPS, etc.

Preferred/Typical party size?  4 or less
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Overnight to 14 days.
Preferred season? Summer and Fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Mixed - if the fish are biting why leave? 
What difficulty level do you go for?
Whatever it takes to get to where I want to go. I am 64 but and it sometimes takes me a minute but I am a Ďnever quití kind of guy. Prefer to do things in a steady manner but not afraid to do a major project. Ideally, I would like to start out with a 1 Ė 5 day trip in late June or early July from Gunflint and work up to a 5 Ė 10 day trip. I will be in Ely mid-July until approximately 1 November.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Itís new area to me. I am open to suggestions.   

Paddling 
Bow or stern preference?
I tend to prefer the stern but typically defer to experience. If the person I am with knows more about it then they get to pick. 
What is your paddling rhythm? Steady wins the race. I tend to paddle the same pace all day and donít try to kill myself.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Both. I have been on big water in bad weather.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I'm not a risk taker-in cold weather/water. I prefer a Ďwait it outí style. This is an activity being done for fun. Why endanger yourself unless there is an emergency?  I am not afraid of nasty water, I just prefer to make the best choice depending on the conditions.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Exceptional skills. Very experienced at Land navigation.

Portaging 
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
Have not done a lot of portaging.
Do you carry everything on your back, or a lot of hand carry?
I tend to have one single pack with everything in it. 
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
If I can go at my pace, I expect I will be fine. Again, not all that experienced at it so not wanting to promise something I canít deliver.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? You can always wash everything. You do what you need to do.

Camping Style 
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Either. I believe in doing my fair share and a bit more. If both people do that, things usually work out fine. I am comfortable cooking and cleaning is fine also.

Fresh or dried foods? Iím flexible. I typically go with freeze just for convenience since I am fairly cost indifferent.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
Fish on the fire. All else stove.  I am open to suggestions and comfortable either way.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Boil water for a freeze-dried meal or oatmeal, some fruit, maybe a power bar or something. Coffee in the morning is a requirement!

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
I can eat fish a lot of meals.   
Hang the food pack or ground it?
Hang seems to be the recommended method.   
Axe? Saw? Both? Saw only is what I have read as the best choice.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Evening meal clean up, set gear for the morning, a few minutes watching the fire and call it a night.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
Up early, coffee, eat, crap, clean. Rather spend the time fishing than laze around camp in the morning. Also up for *early* wake up, go fish, come back for a late breakfast/early lunch. 

Fishing 
How much time do you like to spend fishing? I want time in the BWCA/Quietco for two reasons: Fishing and being outside. I fly fish avidly. That doesnít mean I have to fish every minute of every trip but I doubt Iíd go on a trip without a fly rod unless it was a quick 1 or 2 day Ďout and backí to see something specific.

Which species do you like to go after? Normally I am a Ďcatch and releaseí only type of guy. In the BWCA I am a Ďcatch and filetí kind of guy. Not all that fussy about species.   
How much tackle do you bring?
2 rods/reels and a couple of fly boxes.
Are you good with a fillet knife? Oh my yes.
Misc 
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? I am 64 and a Type II diabetic. It is easily controlled with meds. I take pills in the AM and PM. Never had any problem with it, never stopped me from doing anything. Would have no qualms about a 14 solo trip.
Level of alcohol consumption?  If I took a 6 pack on a 10 day trip I would return with 5 beers. 
Smoker? Yes and I try and be considerate about it. I step away from common areas. I do NOT discard butts. I pack them out. 
Is photography high on your list? Somewhat. I have some DSLR gear I would like to take after getting a few trips under my belt. I would consider doing a photo trip and skipping fishing. Iím flexible about this.

Do you like to go after pictographs?  I will certainly check them out if I'm in the area. 
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  I am flexible 
Do you like to go after the northern lights? 
Seen them. I would wake up to view them. I am also OK with Ďif we see them, we see them. If not, thatís OK alsoí style. 

Personality 
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
Bug spray solves that issue.   
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Sudden violent thunderstorms. I tend to err on the side of caution about seeking shelter on land instead of racing a squall to the shore. That doesnít mean I paddle for the beach every time the wind blows, it just means Iíve been caught out enough to be alert. Riding a storm out on land doesnít bother me. Getting wet is just part of the experience. I like the German attitude of ďThere is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothingĒ.


If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
Discuss it. I doubt much could come up that could not be worked out.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Hmm Ö. Thatís a puzzler. Probably not much. Maybe a paddling companion that doesnít respect the environment or repeatedly does dangerous things like try and pet a bear.  Iím pretty flexible so Iím not sure of what might be bad enough to cause me to pull the plug on a trip. Certainly not typical events like wet, cold, wind, rain or such. Maybe a major wildfire? I havenít really thought this one out. 
ADDED BY ME:
Additional info: Spending time in the BWCA and Quetico areas appeals to me on a deep level. Going solo doesnít bother me but the wife is not happy about such an idea and a 2-person trip is usually more enjoyable. The first thing I think of is taking turns paddling while the other guy fishes. At age 64, I am retired, an experienced outdoorsman and frequently described as a Ďhandy guy to have aroundĒ. I am a very experienced fly fisherman.

The money for food and renting gear, tows, drop offs, etc. doesnít concern me much. Iím not looking for a full-blown guide. I am however looking for someone with experience and my budget allows for me to cover, within reason, whatever expenses occur. I understand some folks are on tight budgets. Maybe there is someone who has experience and time but is limited by budget. A situation like that could benefit both of us. They get to do more and/or longer trips than they would normally and I get someone to go with. Again, going solo doesnít bother me but Iíd rather go with someone.  Just trying to make it as much fun and as safe as possible. Maybe some young flat belly with time who wants to go but must watch pennies. Maybe some experienced old fart that realizes his budget for a 3-day trip can turn into a 10-day trip if we go together. Iím flexible and I am going. Maybe we should talk?
Posted by: SunCatcher
Posted on: Jul 14th, 2011 at 3:52am
Basics
Where do you live?
Norfolk, Nebraska
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 20
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
I have everything. and enough for 6-8 others
Preferred/Typical party size? prefer solo, but like trips with my sons.
What length of trips do you do/available to do? usually 6-7 days.
Preferred season?  August or September, as that is when work allows me the best get away time.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? I prefer to move almost everyday but have based camped (fishing)
What difficulty level do you go for? not an issue
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Been to BWCA 2x WCPP once.  so not that familiar.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? Always Stern
What is your paddling rhythm?  dont know that I have rhythm,
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  shoreline solo, straightline tandem
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I have been in some bad stuff tandem, but take few risks solo, as I plan on making it home, and no one is there to save your butt.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes compass and garmin and topos, and park maps

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?always double sometimes triple the short ones.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
On my back, I like my hands free except for Nalgene of water
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I go at a slow pace and then it works out well for me on the beasty portages.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? They suck!!!

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Both seems like I do all the cooking and dishes
Fresh or dried foods? fresh in groups, dried on own.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? oatmeal and cocoa with schnapps
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
in 7 days a couple
Hang the food pack or ground it? bear vaults solo, CCS food pack hung with group and bear vaults
Axe? Saw? Both? Both plus a Knife
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)  ALWAYS have campfire and get up before the sun
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Seems like I am always up about 5 but don't get on water till about 7:30

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? I love to fish, but not necassariy while canoeing, lots of other stuff to see and enjoy.
Which species do you like to go after?  WALLEYE
How much tackle to you bring?  Not much one little box
Are you good with a fillet knife?  better then average

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? bad knee but I just am careful and pace myself
Level of alcohol consumption? solo not much in a group, I PARTY
Are you a smoker? a has been smoker
Is photography high on your list?  yes and video
Do you like to go after pictographs? yes
Do you like to go after waterfalls? never have
Do you like to go after the northern lights? would be nice but have not

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  NEVER i take bug dope and a thermacell.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
High winds to me are a bummer
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Always discuss it
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Other than illness or injury Nothing would make me want to quit a trip and go home.
Added question, do you take your dog?  I am going to take my lab Molly on my next solo (so is that a solo?)
Posted by: SaltedLeech
Posted on: Feb 9th, 2011 at 8:04pm


Basics

Where do you live? Burton, MI

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 50

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? †Have the Gear

Preferred/Typical party size? 2 to 6

What length of trips do you do/available to do? 6 to 10 days

Preferred season? Spring/Fall

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? varies usually move camp 4 times for 7 day trip

What difficulty level do you go for? Depends on the group. I am up for all levels

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Northern part of Quetico . †Exploring is Great

Paddling

Bow or stern preference? Stern

What is your paddling rhythm? Steady when traveling

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Both

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? †High winds and rain...we call it Canurfing!

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes

Portaging

Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? †Depends on Group Size Double and Triple has been the most common

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Mostly on my back try to limit loose items as much as possible

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? One Step at a time

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? No Problem

Camping Style

Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook

Fresh or dried foods? Combination

Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove. The consisten heat makes for better meals

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Cook

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Normally we have fish for dinner and somedays for lunch. Even Brakfast occasionally

Hang the food pack or ground it? Ground

Axe? Saw? Both? Both

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) both neither every night and morning

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Depends on the amount of water and number of portages

Fishing

How much time do you like to spend fishing? Quite alot

Which species do you like to go after? Normally I don't target a specific species but focus on structure shore line and sunken reefs. Most trips we hit 3 to 4 days worth of Grand Slams.

How much tackle to you bring? Too Much

Are you good with a fillet knife? Yes I always clean the fish Y bones in northerns are no problem

Misc

Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? NO

Level of alcohol consumption? None

Are you a smoker? No

Is photography high on your list? Yes Fishing and Photos make Fish Storie Real

Do you like to go after pictographs? Not Really they are not impressive. Indian Graffiti

Do you like to go after waterfalls? Falls are awesome and usually good fishing

Do you like to go after the northern lights? Have done that yet but would like to

Personality

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? None

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Bury it

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Nothing I can think of
Posted by: ProRecreator
Posted on: Jan 6th, 2011 at 9:57am
Note:  This is cut and pasted from the Inukshuk Forum.  Not sure if it contains all the details that some other posts have.  Am interested in potential solo partners for a September, 2011 trip in the BW.

Basics   
 
Where do you live?   NEAR BOULDER COLORADO
   
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?   
ABOUT 100.  HALF IN BW, HALF IN THE Q. 
   
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  I HAVE THE GEAR.   USE OUTFITTER FOR TOW OR TO RENT A SOLO, IF NEEDED.
   
Preferred/Typical party size?   4 OR LESS.   
   
What length of trips do you do/available to do?   8-12 DAYS.   
   
Preferred season?  MID MAY TO EARLY JUNE OR LATE SEPTEMBER, OR AS ADJUSTED DUE TO RECENT WARMER TEMPS.   
   
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  THAT DEPENDS ON THE ROUTE AND OTHER PARTY MEMBERS.  WE'VE DONE BOTH.   
   
What difficulty level do you go for?  HARD ENOUGH TO GET AWAY FROM MOST PEOPLE.   
   
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?   RECENT TRIPS HAVE BEEN IN KNIFE/KEK/OGISH/THOS/FRAZER/INSULA AREAS.  IN THE Q, A FEW TRIPS TO MCINTYRE AND TWO N/S ROUTES FROM BEAVERHOUSE AND CLAY LAKE TO ELY.  WANT TO DO THE HUNTERS ISLAND ROUTE BEFORE I GET TOO ANCIENT.
   
Paddling   
Bow or stern preference?  STERN ONLY; TOO TALL FOR BOW.   
   
What is your paddling rhythm?   SLOW AND STEADY (LIKE GUMBO).  POWER AS NEEDED.
   
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? GENERALLY STAY AS CLOSE TO SHORE AS REASONABLE.  WILL BEE LINE ON THE WAY IN.   
   
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? BEEN SCARED ENOUGH TIMES TO UNDERSTAND THE RISKS.  ITS BETTER TO BE LATE THAN WET OR DEAD.
   
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? YES, ALTHOUGH ON TRIP LAST MONTH I USED MAP AND COMPASS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVERAL TRIPS (GPS BELLY UP) AND I WAS JUST A TAD RUSTY.
   
Portaging   
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?     THE OLDER I GET, THE MORE TRIPS I MAKE.  IT'S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS.
   
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? MOSTLY ON  BACK, AND HAVE DEVELOPED A WORKABLE SYSTEM FOR CARRYING A FEW THINGS IN HAND.
 
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I CAN DO THEM.  I HANDLE THEM BEST WHEN THEY ARE IN THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR.   
   
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? BEEN WET UP TO ARSE MORE THAN ONCE.  NOT MY PREFERENCE, BUT IF THERE ARE FISH OR OTHER SIGNIFICANT ATTRACTIONS INVOLVED, I CAN BE PERSUADED
   
Camping Style   
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? WILLING TO DO EITHER AS LONG AS THE PARTNER WILLINGLY DOES THE OTHER.   
   
Fresh or dried foods?  PREFER FRESH.  DON'T LIKE FREEZE-DRIED MUCH, BUT OTHER DRIED FOODS WORK VERY WELL.
   
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  STOVE(S) ONLY 
   
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?   USUALLY BOIL WATER FOR INSTANT CEREAL.  ONCE OR TWICE PER TRIP HAVE PANCAKES.   
   
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? THREE OR FOUR   
   
Hang the food pack or ground it?  I AM A RECOVERING HANGER.  NOW I AM A CONFIRMED HIDER.
   
Axe? Saw? Both? NEITHER
   
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) EARLY RISER.  MIGHT STAY UP LATE IF SKY IS CLEAR.
   
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.   
   
Fishing   
How much time do you like to spend fishing? IF WE ARE GROCERY FISHING, AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO ALLOW TIME FOR CLEANING, ETC.  OTHERWISE IT'S THE MAIN ACTIVITY, BUT NOT MANDATORY EVERY DAY ALL DAY.   
   
Which species do you like to go after? THE BIG FOUR, WHATEVER IS BITING.   
   
How much tackle to you bring? A MANAGEABLE AMOUNT.   
   
Are you good with a fillet knife? PRETTY GOOD.   
   
Misc   
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  OTHER THAN THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF LIVING IN A GRAVITATIONAL FIELD ALL MY LIFE, NONE   
   
Level of alcohol consumption?  A MEASURED RATION (3 OZ OR SO) PER DAY.   
   
Is photography high on your list?  YES.   
   
Do you like to go after pictographs? THE ONES I'VE SEEN (ONLY A FEW) DON'T STRIKE ME AS WORTH GOING OUT OF THE WAY.   
   
Do you like to go after waterfalls? AGAIN, IF THEY ARE ON THE ROUTE, GREAT.  THEY CAN BE VERY FISHY.
   
   
Do you like to go after the northern lights?   NOT SURE HOW TO DO THAT, EXCEPT TO GO NORTH.
   
Personality   
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? I PREFER TO TRAVEL AT TIMES WHEN BUGS ARE FEWER OR ABSENT.
   
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  COLD AND RAIN TOGETHER.  WOULD RATHER IT JUST SNOWED.
   
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? BETTER TO TALK ABOUT IT.
   
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  GIVEN THE EFFORT TO GET AWAY AND GET UP THERE, VERY FEW THINGS THAT I CAN IMAGINE.   
   
Other pertinent info?  I'M INTERESTED IN FINDING COMPETENT SOLO PARTNERS FOR A HUNTER'S ISLAND LOOP IN THE 2012-2014 WINDOW.  I WILL LIKELY BE IN ELY SOMETIME IN SEPT 2011 AND WOULD WELCOME THE CHANCE TO MEET POTENTIAL PARTNERS.  WILL POST AGAIN BEFORE MY NEXT TRIP.
Posted by: MichiganMan
Posted on: Nov 5th, 2010 at 9:24pm
Where do you live?    Cadillac, MI
   
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 
About 75

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Got the gear

Preferred/Typical party size? 2-6
 
What length of trips do you do/available to do?  Full week
 
Preferred season? Mid to late May

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  I like a mix, I need at least a few camp days to fish

What difficulty level do you go for? I'm ok with difficulty if there's some good fishing to be had

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?   I'm most familiar with the northern and eastern portions of the Quetico.
   
Paddling 
Bow or stern preference?  Stern, especially when trolling.  Then I can control speed and location.

What is your paddling rhythm?  Strong and steady!

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  Depends on the lake or situation.  If fishing, the definitely the shoreline.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Don't mind some waves, but not going to take unnecessary risks.
 
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  Yes, I can read a map pretty well.
 
Portaging 
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?  Usually double.
 
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Mostly on the back, or even lashed into the canoe.
   
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?  Not a problem.
 
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  Not a problem.

Camping Style 
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  Cook.

Fresh or dried foods?  Fresh.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Stove.
 
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  I'd just do breakfast bars, but my companions usually want a big breakfast.  They cook it while I fish!
   
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  Lots!

Hang the food pack or ground it?  Ground

Axe? Saw? Both?  Both

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn?  Campfire
 
Fishing 
How much time do you like to spend fishing?  ALOT, both in canoe country and at home.

Which species do you like to go after?  I like the variety of the Q.  My favorite though would have to be the lake trout.  At home I mostly pursue salmon, steelhead, and stream trout on Michigan rivers.

How much tackle to you bring?  Usually too much.  My call would be to bring less food and more tackle, although my companions don't usually like that strategy!

Are you good with a fillet knife?  Yes.  In fact, I can't stand to let anyone else clean fish!  I have to check the stomach contents too, of course.
 
Misc 
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  No.

Level of alcohol consumption?  Very low.

Are you a smoker?  No.

Is photography high on your list?  Yes, especially if there are fish involved!

Do you like to go after pictographs?  They're cool, but not a high priority.
 
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  Yes, especially because there are usually fish to be found at the bottoms of them!

Do you like to go after the northern lights?  They're cool, but not a huge priority.
   
Personality 
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  Nope.  I've dealt with very mean black flies, and it didn't stop me from fishing, even when my companions wanted to bag the trip.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  High winds that hamper or prevent fishing.
 
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Discuss it.

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Can't really think of anything.
 
Posted by: phxkayaker
Posted on: May 12th, 2010 at 8:45pm
Basics
Where do you live?   Mesa, AZ
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe/kayak camping?  100+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Have the gear
Preferred/Typical party size?  2-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do?   5-6 days
Preferred season?  Fall, Winter, Spring
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  Travel nearly every day
What difficulty level do you go for?   Something less than strenuous
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?   It would be "explore new areas" in BW since I haven't been there yet.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?   Solo or stern
What is your paddling rhythm?
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  Shoreline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Stay out of the big stuff
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  Yes

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?   Double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  No hand carry.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?  Very slowly
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?   It's part of the trip

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  Cook
Fresh or dried foods?   Some of each
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?   Stove & Outback Oven
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?   Oatmeal unless it's a short day
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  Don't fish (apparently the only one on forum  Wink)
Hang the food pack or ground it?  Hang
Axe? Saw? Both?   Saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)  Dawn is the best part of the day
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  As early as practical

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?   none

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  Just laziness  Wink
Level of alcohol consumption?  minimal
Are you a smoker?  no
Is photography high on your list?  yes
Do you like to go after pictographs?  yes
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  yes
Do you like to go after the northern lights? 

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  No
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  Thunderstorms
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Discuss it
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?   Freezing cold and soaking wet
Posted by: Preacher
Posted on: Apr 13th, 2010 at 4:25pm
Basics
Where do you live?
†Toronto - don't hate me for it
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
†200+ over 20 years
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
†Completely self-sufficient, but there's always gear to be bought.
Preferred/Typical party size?
†No preference so long as I'm going. †I usually organise trips and buddies are always welcome to join if they want to, logistics permitting.
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
†At least one week long trip a year. †At least a weekend each month from ice-out to ice-up. †These days about 20 nights a year.
Preferred season?
†Early spring, before blackflies. †When the trout are on.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
†A rest day every 3rd day is planned for week long trips. †Anything 4 days or less is base camp.
What difficulty level do you go for?
†Solo I plan for 10-15km/travel day. †Tandem 15-20.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
†Totally new to Quetico. †Been all over APP & some Temagami & Crown Land.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
†Stern, but flexible. †Being heavy-set, and a solo paddler, and never having a paddling partner in my weight class able to stern I usually get put in the stern for various reasons.
†Recently learned a whitewater term, Fat Man Bails.
What is your paddling rhythm?
†Depends on the day, my mood, sleep, aches & pains. †My strokes are too long and I know it.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
†Depends on the distance for the day and the conditions. †Not afraid of open water, not stupid about it either.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
†Solo about 1.5' of chop. †Tandem with the right bowman, I'll try anything.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
†Decent sense of direction. †Not the best map/compass skills. †Any tromping around is done with a gps waypoint on camp and breadcrumbs as I go.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
†Double pretty much always. †I like the walk back, it's when I get to see things.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
†Mostly on the back. I really like to keep at least 1 hand free.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
†My knees are getting tired. Don't mind some, but don't want to spend a whole trip on them.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
†As long as I can touch bottom... whew.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
†Cook. †Too lazy after dinner to wash dishes. †A big fan of eating out of the pot.
Fresh or dried foods?
†I do my own dehydrating for most trips.
†First day is usually something fresh over the fire. †Ribs or wings or hot dogs or...
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
†Stove.
†Some recipies demand a fire. †Grilled burritos, the aforementioned ribs/wings/saussages.
†If a fire is on, there's usually a pot on too for coffee/tea/washing/drinking.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
†Sick and freaking tired of oatmeal. †Looking for alternatives. †Beans & rice is good.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
†As many as possible. †Fresh fish is the best!
Hang the food pack or ground it?
†Hang.  I'm more worried about little critters than I am worried about bears.  I like to throw rope.
Axe? Saw? Both?
†8" pruning saw.
†My knife has a full tang is great for batoning wood. †I don't need 5# of pig iron weighing me down.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
†Both. †Nothing like falling asleep in front of the caveman TV and waking up to dawn light and songbirds.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
†On the water by 10am though night-owl partners often ruin these plans and it's the crack of noon before we're loaded.
†I hate travelling in the heat of the day.
†I have set an alarm for big water crossings.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
†As much as possible. †Fishing is 30% of why I'm out there. †
Which species do you like to go after?
†Favourite is brook trout followed closely by whatever's biting my lure.
†Summer flipping for bass while lazily floating from structure to structure.
How much tackle to you bring?
†1 rod/reel. †Typically 8# test.
†12-24 various lures. †A couple packs of stinky rubber worms, I like purple.
Are you good with a fillet knife?
†Gut 'em scale 'em and cook 'em! †Trout have no scales to worry about.
†I should be better with a knife, I have formal cooking training.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
†Nope.
Level of alcohol consumption?
†Not a drinker, but I can be if the situation calls for it.
Is photography high on your list?
†Oh yes! †Bummed that my camera broke. †Can't decide on what to replace it with.
Do you like to go after pictographs?
†I'm keen to see some, never have.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
†Yeah, waterfalls & rapids are awesome. †I do not like to sleep next to them.
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
†I haven't caught lights for decades. It's high on the priority list.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
†Sucks, but what are you gonna do?
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
†Wind sucks.
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
†First discuss it... then I will bury you. LOL
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
†Mood. †I've been out there and after a few days simply felt like going home. †Packed up, went home. †It's my vacation. †If I don't want to be there then I should go somewhere I want to be.
 
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