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Message started by tripper on Feb 24th, 2005 at 8:09pm

Title: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by tripper on Feb 24th, 2005 at 8:09pm
Well... What the heck... I'll a swing at it. I hope everyone will take the plunge.

Basics
Where do you live?
 I'm in the Southeastern corner of Nebraska. You've all heard of "the sticks".... well this would be it. LOL
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
 150
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
 I've got all the basics... and some of the bells and whistles
Preferred/Typical party size?
 Not over 4.
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
 Average trip length would be 10-12 days
Preferred season?
 My fav time to be in the park would be late Sept. Second choice would be mid-late May.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
 I like a little mix... travel in far enough to get beyond the first wave, and then spend a couple of days at an intersting spot... travel a day, spend a couple.... etc.
What difficulty level do you go for?
 I'm up for some difficult travel, but only for the purpose of getting to an area I'd like to see... I don't need to steer toward difficult areas just for the difficulty. Nothing to prove here.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
 Most familiar with the northern half of Quetico. My typical trip would be to see a few of the old familiar sites, and spend the rest of the time exploring new areas.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
 I'll do either. I like to experience some of both in a trip.
What is your paddling rhythm?
 I'm a glider.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
 Shoreline for me... that's where the action is.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
 When the rollers start rollin... I STOP.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
 I'm a compass guy. I still spend my fair share of time looking for portages.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
 Double on a 2-man trip.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
 Mostly on the back. I really like to keep 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?
 I enjoy cooking, but don't need to do it all.
Fresh or dried foods?
 I do my own dehydrating for most trips.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
 Fire for most meals. Stove in the rain or breakfast on travel days.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
 Flexible here... I skip breakfast sometimes for a morning fish and then have a big lunch.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
 I love a tasty fillet... I enjoy fish for breakfast/lunch or dinner probably 7 times in a 10 day trip
Hang the food pack or ground it?
 Hang
Axe? Saw? Both?
 Both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
 Both... but not in the same day. LOL
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
 If there's big water for the day, I like to hit it EARLY. God forbid, I've even been known to set an alarm for these.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
 ALOT. Fishing for me goes hand in hand with exploring. I'm usually fishing reasonably close to the shoreline, and that's how I enjoy learning a new lake. For travel days, I like to take a break once in awhile and slow down for some trolling.
Which species do you like to go after?
 I don't usually persue northerns. My favorite fishing is probably jigging for shy-bite walleyes. I like smallies on the fly rod. I love to vertical jig for lakers.
How much tackle to you bring?
 2 regular size plano plastic boxes, and 1 small size. One nalgene jar of preserved minnows. Usually 3 rods/reels.
Are you good with a fillet knife?
 I can get MOST of the meat off. LOL

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
 I have a small tripping problem. LOL
Level of alcohol consumption?
 Love my evening toddy. Not a big drinker.
Is photography high on your list?
 I like to snap some pics. It is not my main focus. focus?
Do you like to go after pictographs?
 I'll detour to take them in, but usually not my destination.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
 I like falls and rapids, partly for the beauty, and partly for the fishing.
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
 I haven't caught good lights for several years. It's moving up on the priority list.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
 I think I've seen the worst of them. It did not ruin the trip for me, but the evening campfire just wasn't the same.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
 Steady rain that continues for more than 2 days. UGH
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?
 Can't think of anything.... maybe if there was smoke getting thick in the air, and a big glow on the horizon after dark. Oh dear.

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by Jackfish on Feb 28th, 2005 at 7:03am
BASICS:

Where do you live?  Green Bay, WI
Approximate number of nights canoe camping?  75+
Do you have the gear or use outfitter?  Have all the gear.
Preferred party size:  4 - 6
What length of trips:  5-7 nights
Preferred Season:  Mid-June, but I'll go anytime.
Percentage of travel to basecamp:  Typically, we've base-camped to fish.  Made a "traveling" trip a couple summers ago and loved it.
Difficulty Level:  No issues with a difficult trip.  
Area of the park I am most familiar with:  Quetico
New area to try:  Too many to list.  Lots of places I haven't been yet.

PADDLING:

Bow or stern:  Usually stern.  Doesn't matter though.
Paddling Rhythm:  Steady and strong... generally have a weaker bow partner  
Shoreline or Beeline:  Whatever makes the most sense.
Nasty Water Paddling comfort:  We'll adjust as needed.  
Navigations skills:  I've never been lost.  Orienting a map and using a compass are part of the challenge I really enjoy.

PORTAGING:

Single/double/triple:  Double on the base camp trips.  Single otherwise.
Carry on back or hand carry:  Yes
How do you handle mountain goat portages:  How does anyone handle them?  Suck it up and do it.
How do you handle boot sucking bogs:  Double-knot my boots and get it done.

CAMPING STYLE:
Cook or clean the dishes:  I usually cook, but no issues either way.
Fresh or Freeze Dried:  Fresh, as in fresh fish!  No freeze-dried stuff on our trips.
Fire or Stove:  Stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars:  Yes - some of both.
Fish meals:  Maybe not every day, but close.
Hang the food pack or ground it:  Mainly hang it.
Axe, saw or both:  My Sven Saw goes on every trip.  The hatchet doesn't.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn:  During the trip, some of each.
On travel day, what time do you like to hit the water:  6:30 or so.  Depends on the day.

FISHING:
How much time fishing:  We're up.  Might as well fish.
Which species?  Walleye & northern pike.
How much tackle do you briing?  Let's just say we're prepared.    
Are you good with a fillet knife?  I'll give myself a grade of "B".  Fortunately, we have someone on our trip who's as skilled as a surgeon.

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you have medical conditions?  Nope.
Are you a smoker?  Nope
Prefer partners that are smokers or non-smokers?  Doesn't matter, as long as you don't smoke in the car.
Level of alcohol consumption?  It's not on the packing list, although we've brought a little over the years.
Is photography high on your list?  Yes - I like to tell the story in photos.
Do you like to go after pictographs?  If they fit the trip.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  If they fit the trip.
Do you like to go after northern lights?  Not a main goal, but if they show up, GREAT!

PERSONALITY

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  How could being in Quetico ever be ruined by bugs?  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  High winds can limit fishing... other than that... none
If we have a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Discuss it, then move on.    
Other than illness or injury, what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  The thought of all the voice mail messages I need to return for work stuff when I get home!  (NOT!)..... LOL    

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by db on Mar 2nd, 2005 at 12:48am
BASICS
Where do you live? - 532 miles from my favorite put-in. :-(
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? - 380-ish - all but 3 or 4 in Q
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? - Everything I need and more.   
Preferred/Typical party size? - Mostly solo. 2-6 can be nice with the right people.
What length of trips do you do? - Less than 10 days ain't worth the packing, drive, - drive, unpacking, cleaning....
Preferred season? - Soft water is preferred. I'm a cold whimp but haven't done a summer trip in years.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? - 60/40 Don't like one spot for more than 2 days. 3 if there are enough good day-trip options.
What difficulty level do you go for? - As easy as possible - As difficult as nessissary.  
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? - The northern half. I like the old friends I know well but like to expand on them a little each time.

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by HoHo on Mar 20th, 2005 at 1:52pm
BASICS

Where do you live?

     Washington DC, relocating to Ely, MN in a few years

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?

     About 120 in Quetico and area north of Quetico; 20-25 elsewhere

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?

     Have the gear EXCEPT canoe, no place to store one in DC and can’t carry on the plane.  Planning to get a whole fleet once I'm up in Ely

Preferred/Typical party size?

     Two, with my usual paddling partner David.  When I get more time to paddle I want to try soloing and would also enjoy four-person trip or possibly up to six with others.

What length of trips do you do/available to do?
     
     7-10 days is a great trip.  When I get more time to paddle I want to mix in more shorter and some longer trips.  My longest trip ever was 28 days, when I was 13

Preferred season?

     I like September a lot, but basically want to be out whenever the water is liquid.

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?

     Usually travel every day.  Last trip we laid over at a couple sites two night and explored on the day between – will probably start doing that more.  I doubt I would ever want to base camp.

What difficulty level do you go for?

     I like to work hard and take it easy at the same time.  I’m not happy (on canoe trips or anywhere else) if I don’t get a lot of physical exercise, but I also want to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness and study what’s going on there, so I would not like a trip that is just push-push-push (some days like that are okay).

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?

     As an adult I’ve traveled mostly in south central and west Quetico.  As a kid I was mostly north of Quetico.  I always want to explore new areas (but still return to old favorites).  When I get more time for paddling I want to spend some time in the BW, either in less-used areas or in early/late season when it isn’t so crowded.

PADDLING

Bow or stern preference?

     I paddle stern with David in the bow.  I don’t have anything against the bow and would be happy to paddle there some if my partner wanted the stern.

What is your paddling rhythm?

     Steady.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?

     Have done both, but recently leaning more towards shoreline.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?

     I would guess I’m kind of in the “average” range here

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?

     Yes

PORTAGING

Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?

     Double portage (two trips across) (except at end of trip when food pack is light).  When I was a kid we always did one trip across, and to even suggest two would have been wimpy heresy, but for me portages are now a welcome change of pace and a chance to see the interior because of doubling.  On recent shorter trips we have singled, and I would do that on a long trip if making good distance were the primary goal.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?

     There are always a few things (binoculars, maps) attached to the thwarts, and those will either be hand-carried or attached to the packs depending on portage length.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?

     Pretty well.  I’m a marathon runner so the heart can deal with it, and I’m pretty careful where I put my feet when I have a canoe on me.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?

     I'm getting better at it, having learned that sinking in thigh-deep is really not that bad.

CAMPING STYLE

Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?

     You mean I can’t just kick back and be served?  :-)

Fresh or dried foods?

     Dried, but flexible.  Interested in home drying eventually, which could be the best of both worlds.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?

     Stove.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?

     Morning coffee is essential to my existence.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?

     I don’t fish, but I’d eat a bunch if my partners fished or I took it up.

Hang the food pack or ground it?

     Hang, using an azalea pulley method.

Axe? Saw? Both?

     Saw, but rarely use it.

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)

     I naturally tend to get out of the tent at the crack of dawn.  As long as I have my coffee, I’m happy if others are still sleeping.  Most nights we don't have a fire because we are in the tent early, but I love a campfire when we have one.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?

     Despite getting up at the crack of dawn, kind of slow getting on the water.

FISHING

How much time do you like to spend fishing?

     Don’t fish, but wouldn’t mind taking it up.  It would never be the focus of a trip.

Which species do you like to go after?

     N/A.

How much tackle to you bring?

     None.

Are you good with a fillet knife?

     I’m guessing I would be a menace to myself and all bystanders.

MISC

Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?

     Excellent health.

Level of alcohol consumption?

     Like a shot or two of Maker’s Mark (or something similar) every night.

Are you a smoker?

     No.

Is photography high on your list?

     Pretty high.

Do you like to go after pictographs?

     I like them but they are not central to my trip.

Do you like to go after waterfalls?

     I like them but they are not central to my trip.

Do you like to go after the northern lights?

     I love the northern lights but don’t know how to “go after” them.

PERSONALITY

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?

     No, but they can put a damper on things if they are non-stop.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?

     Nonstop rain for days on end is not my favorite.  Long-term wind-bound is not my favorite.  But part of being out is accepting what nature dishes up.

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

     Discuss it and hopefully resolve with compromise or realize it’s not that important.

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?

     Hard to imagine any.

OTHER

     I’m a pretty avid birder and can spend time a fair amount with my binoculars on trips.  I’m getting interested in tracking.  Want to go off the beaten track with some bushwhacking.

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by old_salt on Mar 20th, 2005 at 9:01pm
A proven method of ''going after'' northern lights is to drink lotsa tea before bedtime! ;D ;D

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by Pondo on Mar 20th, 2005 at 10:23pm
Where do you live?
Brewtown
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
85
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  
Have gear, but use an outfitter for night before and tow out.
Preferred/Typical party size?
2-6
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
4-8 days, but would like to go longer.
Preferred season?
Soft water.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
Have always base camped and taken day trips.
What difficulty level do you go for?
Easy as will get to solitude.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
PP area, There's still a lot to explore in that area, so I will probably keep going thru there.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
Have always paddled stern.
What is your paddling rhythm?
Medium and steady.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
Beeline in familiar water, shoreline in new water.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
Whitecaps.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
That's open for debate, I enjoy getting lost.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
Double, or 1+1/2 if there's only 2 of us.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
Hand carry fishing gear and canteens only.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
Can do, don't like.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
Mid calf or less is fine, Knee deep=maybe we should find another route.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
Cook.
Fresh or dried foods?
Dried.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
Stove, except for some dinners.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
Depends on the weather and travel plans.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
1-2
Hang the food pack or ground it?
Hang 'em high.
Axe? Saw? Both?
Saw and machete.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
Sitting arund the campfire, having a few drinks and B.S.'n is one of the best things about the trips.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
Around 9:00.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
As much as possible.
Which species do you like to go after?
Smallies and Pike.
How much tackle to you bring?
Too much.
Are you good with a fillet knife?
Yup.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
Caffeine addiction.
Level of alcohol consumption?
Moderate.
Are you a smoker?
An occasional cigar isn't gonna kill me.
Is photography high on your list?
Not really, but I always have a camera handy.
Do you like to go after pictographs?
Yes.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
Absolutely (good fishing).
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
Whenever possible.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
No. I dont like them, but they're part of the experiance.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
Snow and bitter cold. I like rain and stormy weather.
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
Discuss it before it becomes a problem.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
I can't think of anything. Even if we swamped and lost all our gear, I wouldn't WANT to leave.

Title: frazwood's Profile
Post by admin on Apr 12th, 2005 at 10:24pm
Just moving this to the proper thread - admin

wrote on Mar 23rd, 2005 at 9:07am:
;D

Basics
Where do you live? Twin Cities, MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 25
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? I own gear
Preferred/Typical party size? 2-8
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 2-7 days
Preferred season? any but winter
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 100% base camp, but I want to change that
What difficulty level do you go for? depends on my mood
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I am most familiar with Lake Quetico; I would love to spend more time there and to see other areas
 
Paddling
Bow or stern preference? No preference
What is your paddling rhythm? No idea...
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  Beeline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? pretty nasty... hard to say
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  not really
 
Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? usually double, but single is a goal
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? just fine
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? haven't had one yet
 
Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? both
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? either
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? breakfast bars or skip breakfast; I like to fish first thing
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? 1 each day
Hang the food pack or ground it? hang
Axe? Saw? Both? neither
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) a little of both.  when base camping, i nap early-mid afternoon
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? after fishing and breakfast
 
Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? 24 hours, 7 days a week :-D
Which species do you like to go after? anything that swims
How much tackle to you bring? too much
Are you good with a fillet knife? yes.  
 
This is a short story, actually.  In 2000, I went to Quetico for a 9 day trip.  We took a float plane from Crane Lake, so we were stuck in the Q for 9 days whether we wanted to be there or not.  After finding our campsite, the friend who had invited me annouced that I had never even slept outside before and that I'd need alot of help (setting up tent, etc).  Everyone else in the group was not pleased and one of them predicted in his journal (I read this afterwards) that this was going to be the worst trip ever because of me.  The next day, we had 8 fish to fillet.... I filleted six in the time it took him to fillet two.  His journal entry that night was something like: "Although he has not been camping, he clearly has some skills for the outdoors".
 
Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? No
Level of alcohol consumption? Small
Are you a smoker? No
Is photography high on your list? Yes
Do you like to go after pictographs? I have yet to see one
Do you like to go after waterfalls? Yes
Do you like to go after the northern lights? Yes
 
Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? rain and cold
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? discuss
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? if the weather turns bad after a week of good weather, i'd leave a day early...but not more than that

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by SetTheHook on Jun 13th, 2005 at 8:34am
Basics  
Where do you live?  Cedar Falls, IA

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 35

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? I have all gear but canoe - rent that.

Preferred/Typical party size? 2 to 4.

What length of trips do you do/available to do? 8 days

Preferred season? Fall

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? I like to travel every other day. Camp on a site for two nights then move on. I like to fish and just spend time hiking around and relaxing, but still like to see new territory.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I've only been to the BWCA. I've gone to different areas each of 5 trips and plan to continue that.
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? Prefer solo.
What is your paddling rhythm? Depends completely on how sore my back is.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Mostly shoreline.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Anything but the perfect storm.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? I'd say beloew average.

Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Strictly double.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? I usually have one hand occupied.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I love them.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I hate them.
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook, by far.

Fresh or dried foods? A combination. I bring some fresh, dry some myself and buy just a couple of freeze dried items.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove almost exclusively. Only exceptions are first night steaks and lake trout.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? On travel days it's breakfast bars. On layover days it's eggs or oatmeal or pancakes.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Usually two for an eight-day trip.

Hang the food pack or ground it? Hide in blue barrels and pray.
 
Axe? Saw? Both? Saw

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) I like both, and will do both if I have time for an afternoon nap. If I have to choose one or the other it's wake at the crack of dawn. Love those early morning hours when my tripmates are still sleeping and I'm out paddling, taking pictures and fishing.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? I say 7:30 or 8. In practice it's most often 9.
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing? I hit the early mornings and evening hard, then will go out for short excursions in the afternoons.

Which species do you like to go after? Lake trout are my favorite up there. Walleye come in second and smallies and pike about even for third place. I enjoy fishing for them all and try to plan trips where I can fish for all four.

Are you good with a fillet knife? Yep.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Only a bad knee, which so far hasn't given me troubles in the park (knock on wood)

Level of alcohol consumption? On most trips I bring no alcohol. I do enjoy a drink around the campfire when it's there though.

Is photography high on your list? I love shooting pictures on trips, usually shoot 5 to 6 rolls. However, I only bring a point and shoot, haven't ever gotten ambitious enough to bring in my old SLR.

Do you like to go after pictographs? Not a priority.

Do you like to go after waterfalls? I love waterfalls.

Do you like to go after the northern lights? Yep.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? They don't bother me too much. Make for interesting conversations.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Extreme heat. I hate when you sweat your butt off on portages, then find yourself with a warm bottle of water.

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

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? If all my food were eaten by bears.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by PaddlerActuary on Jun 14th, 2005 at 7:45am
Basics  
Where do you live?  Arlington Heights, IL

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 30

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? Use an outfitter for most gear

Preferred/Typical party size? 2 to 4; have chaperoned high school groups of 9

What length of trips do you do/available to do? 6 to 8 days

Preferred season? Summer

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Varies. Usually only 1 layover day, but am changing to use more.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I have not been to any area twice.
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? Prefer stern.  

What is your paddling rhythm? Steady

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Some of both. Beeline if trying to make some distance, otherwise shoreline.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Moderate waves and wind.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Definitely

Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Strictly double.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? I usually have one hand occupied.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I manage them, but am not thrilled with them.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I hate them.
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook, by far.

Fresh or dried foods? A combination. I bring some fresh to supplement the outfitter's food.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove almost exclusively. Only exceptions are first night steaks, frying fish and baking lake trout in foil.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Generally cook on layover days only.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Two or three in a week, plus some for appetizers.

Hang the food pack or ground it? Usually hang, but have hidden successfully.
 
Axe? Saw? Both? Both
 
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) More likely to be an early riser.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Between 7:30 and 9:00, depending on how fare we plan to go.
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing? As much as I can fit in.

Which species do you like to go after? Whatever's biting where I am. I enjoy catching smallies and northern and eating eyes and lake trout.

Are you good with a fillet knife? Mediocre.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Not that have bothered me so far, except for high sensitivity to poison ivy, oak, etc.

Level of alcohol consumption? At most bring some wine for the first night steaks.

Is photography high on your list? Just enought for memories.

Do you like to go after pictographs? Not a priority.

Do you like to go after waterfalls? I love waterfalls.

Do you like to go after the northern lights? Yes, but don't often stay awake late enough.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? They bother me, but don't ruin the trip.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Extreme heat or constant rain.

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

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Equipment damaged beyond repair, such as tents destroyed in a storm.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Carl_Rogers on Jun 21st, 2005 at 10:44pm
Basics
Where do you live? On the eastern plains of Colorado.

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? Probably somewhat over 250 nights.

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  I’ve got my own gear, enough to outfit a group of 9.

Preferred/Typical party size? 4 or less, but I’ve made a lot of trips with larger groups.

What length of trips do you do/available to do? Usually 7-9 days. I’d love to make a longer trip someday.

Preferred season? Mid-late May or anytime in the summer.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? We usually mix it up. We don’t usually stay in one place all week.

What difficulty level do you go for? It depends who I’m going with. My arthritis dictates avoiding the mountain goat trails but anything else can be an option.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Both. I’m committed to the northern entry points of Quetico. I like to explore new water but I’ve been on most of at one time or another. I’ve got my favorite spots.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? I’m the rear paddler.

What is your paddling rhythm? Steady. Don’t miss a stroke

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Depends on the lake and the route. I paddle both but look for lee shores when the wind’s up.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Comfortable? I’ve paddled in pretty nasty weather and always seemed to get where I’m going. I guess my comfort level is more about the people I’m responsible for. There have been some moments crossing Beaverhouse and Nym when the wind is from the west….

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Depends who you ask. My son still harasses me for the time I got cocky on water I’d paddled before but in the distant past. I didn’t think I needed the map, and am still hearing about my insistence on “the right way”.Otherwise, when I do use a map my skills are adequate to keep us on course.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Double

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Both. Some things are hand carried, but we try to minimize it.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Not so well anymore. I use a cane (I mean a walking stick. I’m too young to need a cane). If you see a canoe working it’s way across a portage carrying a pack but having three legs, it’ll be me.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? They don’t bother me. You can always wade in and clean up at the end of the portage.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook. I’m a pretty good cook and a pretty lousy dishwasher.
Fresh or dried foods? Both

Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Always a fire unless there’s a fire ban on.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? We do both. Cook on layover days and bars on travel days.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Every day. We plan our menus accordingly.

Hang the food pack or ground it? Ground it. The only time we’ve had bear trouble was when it was hung.

Axe? Saw? Both? Both

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) It depends on the day (or night). I usually am up at dawn and sometimes stay up and listen and watch and sometimes just go to bed. The loons, the wolves, the fish jumping, the stars, the moonlight on still water. It doesn’t get much better than that.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? No sense burnin’ daylight, pilgrim. Saddle up!

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? A lot. It’s a major feature for me.

Which species do you like to go after? I love catching northerns, I love eating walleyes. Lakers are a never-say-die challenge and smallies are just plain fun.

How much tackle to you bring? 3 small, flat boxes that fit along the inside of my Duluth pack. I keep one handy under my seat while traveling in case I want to trail a bait through fishy spots.

Are you good with a fillet knife? Good enough. The fish haven’t complained.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? I’m diabetic with arthritic knees, but neither have ever caused me to alter a route. You just do it.

Level of alcohol consumption? Zero

Are you a smoker? No

Is photography high on your list? It hasn’t been but I’ve decided it’s going to be. I’ve seen too many spots I wish I could look at again, but probably never will. (alas!)

Do you like to go after pictographs? I don’t go out of my way for them but do look for them when they’re on my route.

Do you like to go after waterfalls? I love waterfalls

Do you like to go after the northern lights? I enjoy watching them, but once you’ve seen them they’re pretty much the same.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No. You just do it. The bugs don’t eat all that much.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? None are difficult to deal with. You take what comes, enjoy it and adapt your plans accordingly. Lightning over the water is a cool sight as long as you’re not on it.

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Depends on the problem. If it’s a matter of tolerating, then I just do it, no big deal., If it’s about the safety of someone in the group then you better get it straightened out and dealt with.

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? I’ve only cut one trip short. One of the people in my group developed a severe infection, spiked a fever and we brought him (and us) out in order to get him home to his doctor.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by frogge on Jul 27th, 2005 at 9:55am
Where do you live? Queensbury N.Y.
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? Way too few
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Outfitter for canoe,haven't figured a way to get a canoe on an airplane,but I'm open to suggestions.
Preferred/Typical party size? 2
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 1 wk.
Preferred season? Early spring, late to early fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Prefer to travel every day
What difficulty level do you go for? No hill to high, no paddle too long, no portage too tough.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Only been once(Sarah lake area) would love to explore all

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? either
What is your paddling rhythm? Fast
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends on if I need to get somewhere
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Limits of navigatability
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? get lost in my backyard but enjoy being lost.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Single
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? whatever it takes
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? great
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? bring it on as long as it isn't over my knees

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? I do both
Fresh or dried foods? dried
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? either
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? As many as I have fish for
Hang the food pack or ground it? Hng
Axe? Saw? Both? both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Crack of dawn for sure. Limited nightly fire is nice
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
6a to 6:30
Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? depends on if I'm catching. two hours is usually enough
Which species do you like to go after? Trout,Pike
How much tackle to you bring? Two rods, two small boxes
Are you good with a fillet knife? Haven't sent anyone to the hospital yet

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Mild personality disorder
Level of alcohol consumption? none
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? I bring a camera
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? yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No I'm on good terms with most of them
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Snow and sleet
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Discuss
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Hasn't happend yet.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by intrepid_camper on Jul 27th, 2005 at 12:26pm
Basics  
Where do you live?
 Northern MN, about 1 hour south from either Ely or Crane Lake.  
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
 300
Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?
 I have all the gear, many variations I’ve tried over the years, and make some of my own tarps and packs.
Preferred/Typical party size?
 Solo/two/sometimes 5-7 campers.
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
 7 days is always too short, the average trip is 10 days.  Have often gone 12-14 days.  Wouldn’t mind going for 30-60 days given the chance.
Preferred season?
 Mid-August to 3rd wk in September, and early-May through early-June.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
 75% travel, 25% base camping.
What difficulty level do you go for?
 I don’t mind difficult travel.  I kind of hate portages longer than 75 rods.  I will generally paddle in any conditions with a spray skirt on my kayak, but get tired of bucking the wind all day.  As I get older the difficulty bar is getting lower also.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
 Most familiar with the southern third of the Quetico, the border areas, and from LaCroix northeast to Kawnipi and southeast to Saganaga and the Gunflint trail.  I like to cover ground and see new lakes, bays, rocks and creeks.  
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?
 Prefer solo paddling, and am proficient at stern canoe paddling.  Since solo traveling in a kayak, any canoe feels like I am trying to paddle a box through the water.
What is your paddling rhythm?  
 Steady, moderate pace, generally all day (5-7 hours).  
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
 Shoreline, always.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
 Anything regarding wind, but would quickly loose energy if paddling into a raging head wind.  Often go in huge rollers as long as they are broadside or behind me.  The kayak is small enough to float on top of the big ones like a cork.  Nasty water on rivers I avoid, partly because I have no ability in white water, and partly not to take any chances when soloing.  Cold water and the chance of falling in, in early spring and late fall, is also a mitigating factor.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
 Yes, I use a compass and usually both Fisher and McKenzie maps of my route.  On confusing lakes I note on the map where I am from time to time so I do not lose track of my progress.
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
 Double and sometimes triple, especially early on when the food pack is heavy.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
 The kayak requires small packs to fit in it, so at the portages I unload and put them in a large Duluth pack I have brought just for that purpose.   The more I can manage in the larger single packs, the better.  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
 No problem, but my loads have to be lighter.  Doing them in the early morning avoids the mid-day heat and makes them seem easier.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
 Takes me a moment at the edge to mentally prepare for diving in.  I am still agile enough to manage the log balancing acts.  I almost hate the 6” deep (shallow) muddy portage spots as much.  
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
 Wash the dishes.
Fresh or dried foods?
 Fresh and boxed foods from the grocery store.  Not much freeze dried.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
 Fire almost exclusively, unless forced to take a stove due to drought.  
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
 When solo, coffee and gorp for breakfast.  Oatmeal for group breakfasts.  More elaborate fare if not traveling that day.    
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
 I do not fish myself, but occasionally one of the group is successful and we will have fish at whatever meal of the day is convenient.  
Hang the food pack or ground it?
 Hang the pack except very occasionally when there is no suitable tree.  If grounding, then I lash it to a tree or rock not far from my tent, put stuff on it to make noise if it is disturbed, and go to bed with a stout beaver stick to fend off burglars.  
Axe? Saw? Both?
 Both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
 Usually to bed at dusk, and up shortly after daybreak.  I never carry a watch and depend on my natural rhythms to tell me what time it is.  I prefer traveling earlier in the day, so up and going as soon as possible most mornings.  The bugs often have a lot to do with the time I hit the tent at night.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
 Generally find a group can get going by 8:00 a.m.  
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
 None.
Which species do you like to go after?
 I have caught some bass and walleye in my life.  I like to use a fly rod.  
How much tackle do you bring?
 None.
Are you good with a fillet knife?
 Not at all.  I do know how to disassemble a raw chicken tho.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
 55 year old body.  Serious bee sting allergy (take an Epi-pen).  
Level of alcohol consumption?
 Almost none.
Is photography high on your list?
 I like to have pictures of the trip, but tend not to take time to use the camera.
Do you like to go after pictographs?
 I like to see them when available, but they are not my destination.  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
 Yes, usually great scenery.  Often also good campsites.  I like to camp at the top to cut down on moisture and noise, far enough away that the noise does not get annoying.  
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
 Yes, but I often sleep through the best shows.  
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
 I only mind the bugs if they are particularly persistent in biting.  Then I may retreat to my tent and refuse to come out until the bug conditions change.  Generally the bugs are not too bad, or the conditions will change soon enough.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
 Wet and cold weather at the same time.  Wet is okay if I am warm enough and have an extra set of dry clothes and a dry sleeping bag to console me.  Cold is not too bad if it is also dry weather.  
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
 Discuss.  Altho I am stubborn and it will take some convincing to get me to compromise or bury it.  
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
 Dealing with camping companions who grouse, cry and whine about the conditions or with someone who is picking on, or provoking another of the party continually, making them miserable and the rest of us uncomfortable.
;)

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by flpaddler on Jul 31st, 2005 at 11:57am
Basic
What difficulty level do you go for?  
What ever it takes to see new parts of the park, I will bushwack.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  
Prairie Portage is our usual entry into Quetico but I have entered from the central portion of the park.  
   
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?  
I’m a tall guy and prefer stern but I’m willing to trade off.  
What is your paddling rhythm?
Steady.  
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
That depends on circumstances, who I’m paddling with, lake conditions, and wind direction.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  
That depends on with whom I’m paddling with. I have paddled in some tough conditions with confidence but prefer not to paddle into a head wind with rough waters.  
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  
Adequate with a compass and map.  
   
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?  
Usually double, I have tripled, and would prefer to single.  
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  
On the back  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?  
I also backpack.  
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  
I’ve hiked in the Everglades.  

Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  
On trips I usually cook but I would not mind taking a break and wash dishes.  
Fresh or dried foods?
Fresh and home dried foods, I don’t like freeze dried.  
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  
Both.  
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  
Oat meal or cereal, with strong coffee.  
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  
None, although if someone catches fish and cleans them I’ll eat them.  
Hang the food pack or ground it?  
I always hang, losing the food pack would be a reason to end a trip early.  
Axe? Saw? Both?  
Both.  
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
That really depends on the day, if it is raining I will retire early. I really enjoy a fire nothing says out of doors as the smell of smoke and the crackle of a fire.  
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  
No later than 9 am.  
   
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?  
I enjoy fishing and will stop at a spot that has structure I catch and release.
Which species do you like to go after?  
Whatever is biting!
How much tackle to you bring?  
1 rod and reel and 2 plastic plano trays.  
Are you good with a fillet knife?  
No!
   
Misc.  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  
Not yet.  
Level of alcohol consumption?  
2 bottles of wine and 2 flasks of rum.  
Smoker?
Yes but I’m trying to quit.
Is photography high on your list?  
Yes I love taking pictures of wildlife and people I’m traveling with.
Do you like to go after pictographs?  
My routes are based on seeing different parts of the park but I certainly won’t avoid them.  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  
See above.  
Do you like to go after the northern lights?  
We will set camp to face north or have a north facing outcrop when they are available.  
   
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  
That’s why I prefer to travel in mid September to avoid mosquitos, ticks and black flies.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Real cold/snow.  
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
Discuss it, I can be tolerant and haven’t drowned anyone yet.  
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  
Losing the food pack.

flp

Title: ?Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Furball on Aug 4th, 2005 at 9:26am
Basics  
age
Where do you live?
 Bloomington, MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
 75
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
 Most, no canoe though
Preferred/Typical party size?
 Not over 4.
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
 8 day trip, when I didn't work it would be 12-14
Preferred season?
Late August
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
mostly travel with a layover day if I feel like that.

What difficulty level do you go for?
I like to feel I have accomplished something so nothing scares me away. whatever it takes to get me where i want to go.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
North Western, BWCA;  South Western, Quetico
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?
 Stern.

What is your paddling rhythm?  
 depends on the day, and if I was nipping crown the night before.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
 Beeline if it the shoreline leads to far out of the way.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
Fairly nasty as long as everything is secure and we are near the shore.  

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
 I don't think I have looked at a compass in the BWCA. All I have needed up there is a map, I do bring a compass though just in case.
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
1 time across for me, pack light

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
 Mostly on the back.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
a little tired but I manage  

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
 As long as I can get my boot back,  
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
 rathter cook

Fresh or dried foods?
 dried

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
 stove, unless it's meat or fish

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
 both

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
 we'll see, this will be the first year I really fish

Hang the food pack or ground it?
 Hang er high

Axe? Saw? Both?
 niether

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
 both

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
 9:00
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
0 so far, much more this year.

Which species do you like to go after?
 see above

How much tackle to you bring?
 see above
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
family heart issues, and serious Acid reflux, without my meds my trip would be miserable.  

Level of alcohol consumption?
Not much in the past, a little more this year, as one of the people joining me screams his snores out!!!

Is photography high on your list?
 Very High, but I am no good at it, I do it for the memories, not for the art.(although I would if I was good)
Do you like to go after pictographs?
 I'll detour to take them in, but usually not my destination.  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
Absolutely, especially a good one to swim in, I love a good powerwash.

Do you like to go after the northern lights?
Yes.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
 not ruin, but it sure won't help. One day of out of control skeets will test your mental edge, more than that I don't enjoy.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
 Steady rain that continues for more than 2 days
 
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
 discuss up front

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
 Losing the foodpack, to a bear, the lake or anything else.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Dutchman on Aug 5th, 2005 at 8:57am
Where do you live?  near Luck, WI
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?  50+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Haven’t used an outfitter, yet.
Preferred/Typical party size? 4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 1 wk.
Preferred season? Early spring, late to early fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Depends on the company, usually like to stay for 2 nights in one spot.
What difficulty level do you go for?  Again, it depends on who I’m with.  Not afraid of lounging or busting my hump.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  Most familiar with BWCA;  LLC and Basswood areas.
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? Stern
What is your paddling rhythm? Controlled.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Shoreline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I don’t like rollers….
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Army orienteering training, pretty comfortable.
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Single to 1.5
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? fine
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I just like to touch bottom.

Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Same as at home; cook.
Fresh or dried foods? A mix
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Mostly stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? either
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? At least every evening
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) depends on if the fishing is good or not.  I do like to socialize….
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  No later than 7 a.m.

Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing? Most of the day.
Which species do you like to go after? SMB, ‘eyes, lakers, pike.
How much tackle to you bring? Two rods, two small boxes
Are you good with a fillet knife? Decent.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? nope
Level of alcohol consumption? Depends on how much my campmates snore. I like wine or Maker’s Mark.
Are you a smoker? On occasion
Is photography high on your list? Top 5
Do you like to go after pictographs? Not really
Do you like to go after waterfalls? I like them for sleeping and fishing
Do you like to go after the northern lights? I like them.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No, but I usually schedule my trip around them.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? High winds
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Discuss, but I usually bury.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? nothing.




Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by fishinbuddy on Sep 12th, 2005 at 3:23pm
Basics
Where do you live?
Des Moines, IA about 10 hours driving from Ely.
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
30 or so in BW but 100+ camping in various forms
Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  
I use an outfitter for canoe and if I forget something (I now own 3 canoe anchor bags)
Preferred/Typical party size?
6 max prefer 2
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
Usually 4-6 but will go longer if others can.  10 is my longest
Preferred season?
Spring or Fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
No preference as long as there is time to fish
What difficulty level do you go for?
Moderate, I am not 40 yet!  But soon, I do not go to wear myself out.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Been through Mudro 2 times other than that I like to see new scenery, prefer Quetico fewer people.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? Bow
what is your paddling rhythm? Steady but not out to win races
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Shore preferred but if you gotta get somewhere
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I have been known to push it but will error on the side of caution when the water us cold … at least normally
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes, I take several map types along and study them daily (can you say nerd)

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Double, I like some comforts
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Back – balance is important
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? The portages from Mudro to Fourtown are the worst I have done, I would like a challenge though, but not every day
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I do not like getting wet feet but boots dry.  A bushwhack is good thing every now and then

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? I worked in a kitchen, I cook very well, but I do my share of dishes.
Fresh or dried foods? Fresh, eating is a hobby of mine that I really enjoy
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Either depending on the time and food
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  I like to have a quick bite and then out early fishing, back for breakfast/brunch
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? More is better
Hang the food pack or ground it?  Hang
Axe? Saw? Both? Both, be prepared
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Both, but sometimes I think I am getting older and need my beauty rest
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Early, cold breakfast and out before the wind picks up

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? More is better
Which species do you like to go after? Lake trout, bass, trout, walleye, trout, northern, trout…
How much tackle to you bring? Too much, I will allow anyone to inspect and give suggestions on what to leave behind
Are you good with a fillet knife? Except for those pesky ‘y’ bones.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? I have a illness that requires me to fish at least once per day while out
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 but not as a destination
Do you like to go after waterfalls? Yes for the fishing and pictures
Do you like to go after the northern lights? Nice to look at but getting up early to fish is better

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No, I have the stuff to deal with them, and I like to avoid them if possible.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? 10 days of snow and sleet would be a bummer but I come prepared with quality gear
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? I tend to avoid conflict but will confront something with an open mind
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Loosing a major part of the gear, hole in the canoe, or being stuck with a big whiner!

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by BigCurrent on Sep 27th, 2005 at 10:52am
Where do you live?
Minneapolis, MN

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
100+

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

Preferred/Typical party size?
4-6

What length of trips do you do/available to do?
4-7 days, but have done longer when possible

Preferred season?
Spring

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
2 rest days for every night in a campsite

What difficulty level do you go for?
Bust butt the first day to get to solitude and relax for several day before taking it easy on the way out.

What area of the park are you most familiar with?
Have been to most of it, but am most comfortable in the area surrounding the Ely EPs.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
Stern

What is your paddling rhythm?
depends on the wind. Calm water = realxed paddling. Rough water = hard paddling

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
Beeline on day 1, shoreline the rest of the time.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
As long as the waves aren't coming over the bow, I am comfortable.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
I think they are strong, others may not.


Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple portage?
Always single.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?   Only hand carry fishing poles.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
Been over many and they are still no fun (especially when they're wet)

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
Don't like them, but will do them.


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, except for the 1st night steaks

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
Breakfast Bars

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
1-2

Hang the food pack or ground it?
Hang 'em high.

Axe? Saw? Both?
Saw and hatchet

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
Both, I can't enjoy the beauty if I'm sleeping.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
8:00 - 9:00


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

Which species do you like to go after?
Walleye

How much tackle to you bring?
One plastic tray

Are you good with a fillet knife?
So far so good, no injuries


Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
NO

Level of alcohol consumption?
Moderate.

Are you a smoker?
No

Is photography high on your list?
If the opportunity arises, always have my camera ready.

Do you like to go after pictographs?
Won't go out of my way, but will stop and look if we pass by them (I won't do any repelling near them though)

Do you like to go after waterfalls?
Absolutely (good fishing).

Do you like to go after the northern lights?
If I'm up late

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
I dont like them, but they're part of the experiance.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
Wind, it's the only thing you can't guard against.

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?
I think running out of food would be the only circumstance.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Magicpaddler on Oct 6th, 2005 at 5:14pm
Basics
Where do you live? SW Chicago burbs.
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 75
Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  For tow when going into Q and shower afterwards.
Preferred/Typical party size?
What length of trips do you do/available to do? It’s a long drive so more than 4 days and less than 16 days.
Preferred season?
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Mostly Base but last 2 years 50/50.
What difficulty level do you go for? I like a challenge.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?  Center But can ride in either end of a tandem.
What is your paddling rhythm?
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Enjoy the shoreline more but if in a hurry will beeline.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I have done Cache Bay In the big rollers and high wind several times.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Usualy double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Mostly back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Ok
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? Ok But not my favorite.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  Dishes
Fresh or dried foods? Fresh for first 1-2 days then I dry my own.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Cook
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? <1/day
Hang the food pack or ground it? Bucket.
Axe? Saw? Both? Saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Crack of dawn
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? 6-7-8

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? As long as they are biting.
Which species do you like to go after?
How much tackle to you bring? 4 plastic boxes 8X12X1.5” each
Are you good with a fillet knife? I can cut some meet off of a fish to eat.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Must eat a low carb diet(NO SUGGER) but I can eat fish.
Level of alcohol consumption? None on a trip.
Are you a smoker? No
Is photography high on your list? Not to high.  May spend 20 min per day.
Do you like to go after pictographs? NO.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  I enjoy looking and fishing below them
Do you like to go after the northern lights? No

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Cold Rain
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? Loss of food and bad fishing.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Beavers on Oct 17th, 2005 at 11:37pm
 
Where do you live?  
Blair, Nebraska
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
20-25
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
I have what I need.  The canoe is being built. 
Preferred/Typical party size?  
4 at the most/solo
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
3-10 days  
Preferred season?  
May or Sept.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  
travel a few days then lay over for one
What difficulty level do you go for?
I like to work to avoid the crowds and I like the challenge of getting into the more remote areas
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
South central BW /try to explore a new area each trip
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?  
I usually paddle stern but bow is a nice change/solo
What is your paddling rhythm?  
a nice steady pace
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
depends on the lake, are we behind schedule ect.  
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
nasty water can be scary, but also fun as long as it's nothing too crazy  
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
Great, although I have been a might bit confused at times  
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
double/ I pack light and want to single
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
on my back  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
alot better than bogs  
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
not my favorite  
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
I like to cook but don't mind dishes  
Fresh or dried foods?  
fresh on the first night dried after that  
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
stove  
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  
breakfast bars most of the time I just have a brunch snack
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
If you can catch them I will clean and cook them  ;D  
Hang the food pack or ground it?
I use a "bear vault"  
Axe? Saw? Both?  
both in spring/fall  saw in the summer
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
stay up late on layover days/up early on a travel day  
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  
try to get on the water as soon as it is light enough
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
I never seem to have the time and I'm not very good at it.  
Which species do you like to go after?  
whatever you can catch 
How much tackle to you bring?
none  
Are you good with a fillet knife?
OK  
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
none  
Level of alcohol consumption?  
low/med
Smoker yes/no?
yes
Is photography high on your list?
yes  
Do you like to go after pictographs?  
Cool to see but, I would not base a trip on them
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
I love rivers, rapids and waterfalls  
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
who doesn't?  
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  
would not ruin a trip but that's one of the reasons I like May/Sept.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  
rain, rain and more rain I would take snow over 3 or 4 days of rain
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
discuss  
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
I can't think of anything besides illness or injury that could get me to quit a trip early

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Pax on Dec 21st, 2005 at 7:23am
Where do you live?  
Beautiful Woodville Wisconsin
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?  
100+  
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  
I have everything (and then some), minus the canoe    
Preferred/Typical party size?  
6-8  
What length of trips do you do/available to do?  
3-10 days  
Preferred season?  
May or Sept.  
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  
Hardcore Basecampers but not afraid of daytriiping pretty far  
What difficulty level do you go for?  
Depends on my mood!    
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  
Fourtown and all the surrounding lakes extensively and learning Gabbro and it's surroundings  
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?  
Stern - 6' 5" and 250 does not make a good bowman!
What is your paddling rhythm?  
Hut hut hut  
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  
Whatever the situation dictates  
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  
nasty  

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  
I like to think so - never been lost yet (knock on wood)  
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?  
double  
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  
Both
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?  
They kill me  
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  
Fair
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  
Strictly cook
Fresh or dried foods?  
All fresh - we have a lot of strong backs (and weak minds) so we bring enough to supply a 5 star restaurant
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  
Fire
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  
(2) 36 cup pots of coffee and then cook  
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  
1 maybe 2
Hang the food pack or ground it?  
ground only  
Axe? Saw? Both?  
both  
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)  
Definitely both ---- You can sleep when you're dead  
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  
early  
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?  
Absolutely as much as possible
Which species do you like to go after?  
whatever bites  
How much tackle to you bring?  
Ever heard of Cabelas?  Bass pro?
Are you good with a fillet knife?  
(Modestly) - I kick ass  
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  
Besides being overweight, receding hairline, and always cranky?  
Level of alcohol consumption?  
The Kennedy's got nothing on me or my paddling companions but we try to make sure to not bother other campers.  3 ponies, 8 bottles baileys, 4 bottles vodka, 6 bottles blue 100 and no I am not kidding.  This is serious business.
Smoker yes/no?  
yes  
Is photography high on your list?  
no  
Do you like to go after pictographs?  
never seen one, but would like to, although I would not base a trip on them  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  
If the chance is there - maybe  
Do you like to go after the northern lights?  
I usually see them when I fall over in my chair
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  
would not ruin a trip but that's one of the reasons I like May/Sept.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  
Wind tends to get a little old for me , lightning
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  
Forget about it  
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  
We always say that we would never end a trip early.  If someone dies we will field dress them and carry them out when we are damned good and ready

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by laker on Jan 1st, 2006 at 8:43pm
Basics
Where do you live?
Eden Prairie, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis)
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
30
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
I have an ever-expanding inventory of gear.  
Preferred/Typical party size?
2-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
4-10 days
Preferred season?
Anytime there's open water and I can get away from work, which is usually May/June and August/September
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
40% travel / 60% base camp
What difficulty level do you go for?
Moderate
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
Most familiar with the Quetico Beaverhouse entry and BWCA Lake One - will go back but also like to explore.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
Usually stern
What is your paddling rhythm?
Steady
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
beeline if wind not significant
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
I try to err on the side of caution.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
Adequate

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
Usually double but will tailor gear level to travel needs.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
Everything on back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
ok - I have recently purchased a used kevlar after many years of portaging a 68 pound Wenonah.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
ok but can't say I enjoy it.


Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
Rather cook - specialty is pancakes and bacon for breakfast.
Fresh or dried foods?
Generally dried but will bring fresh foods like tomatoes or green beans that don't require refrigeration.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
Stove.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
Both.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
1-2
Hang the food pack or ground it?
Usually ground.
Axe? Saw? Both?
Both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
Some of each
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
9 am

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
2-3 hours both morning and evening
Which species do you like to go after?
Lake trout, walleye, smallmouth
How much tackle do you bring?
2 rods and 2 Plano Stowaway boxes
Are you good with a fillet knife?
yes

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? No
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? Possibly
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
I never have 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?
Continuous rain
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?
Steady rain with no end in sight.


Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Basswood on Jan 29th, 2006 at 9:07pm
BASICS

Where do you live?
     Ely, MN

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?  
     1000+ (It's where I grew up and I am still here)

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?
     Never, but have worked for them.  

Preferred/Typical party size?
                4

What length of trips do you do/available to do?  
    6 days or day trips when I feel like sleeping in my own bed.

Preferred season?  
         Any time of the year.

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  

     Base camp 100%.  

What difficulty level do you go for?  
           Wherever the fish are biting.  

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  
   I have my favorite spots and go there numerous times a year.  

PADDLING  

Bow or stern preference?  
Stern

What is your paddling rhythm?  
Fast and all day long

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
Straight as an arrow down the lake.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  
Mega-nasty and it sucks.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  
 The map is usually packed away.

PORTAGING

Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
Single portage.  ALWAYS.  

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  
  Everything is on the back, except a couple coolers.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
   Fine.  Used to carry 140 lb. 19 ft. Grumman square sterns so a ticker-tester hill with a 50 lb. canoe isn't too bad of a trade off.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  
Cuss a lot.

CAMPING STYLE

Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
Cook and then burn the dishes

Fresh or dried foods?  
Always fresh.  Fish and potatoes mostly.  

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
Fire.  Always.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
Cold fish, buttered toast and lake water.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
One meal per day and sometimes two.

Hang the food pack or ground it?  
It stays in the tent.

Axe? Saw? Both?  
Axe

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
In the tent by 11 pm and up by 5 am.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  
5 am.

FISHING

How much time do you like to spend fishing?
If I'm not eating or sleeping, I'm fishing.  

Which species do you like to go after?  
walleyes, northerns, and lakers.

How much tackle to you bring?  
Lots.

Are you good with a fillet knife?  
A++.  Clean fish under the stars or clouds every night.  

MISC

Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  
Nope.

Level of alcohol consumption?
None.  

Are you a smoker?  
No.

Is photography high on your list?
 Pictures of fish.

Do you like to go after pictographs?
If there's good fishing nearby.

Do you like to go after waterfalls?
If there's good fishing nearby.

Do you like to go after the northern lights?  
I get to see them all year long.

PERSONALITY

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
Never.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  
30+ mph headwinds and non-stop rain.

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
Never had a problem

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
If all my fishing gear went in the drink.  

OTHER
  I spend as much time in the woods as possible.  The BW's are  where my family has lived for generations and never want to leave.  

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by exdiver on Feb 2nd, 2006 at 11:42am
Basics
Where do you live? Louisville, KY
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 20
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  My gear, outfitter tow
Preferred/Typical party size? 8
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 7 day
Preferred season? spring
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 100% base camp fishing trip
What difficulty level do you go for? EASY
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? east BW, do some day tripping

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? stern
What is your paddling rhythm? go fast then fish hard, go fast again
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? both, in caps shoreline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? SMALL caps
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? single on day trips
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? both
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? not
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? not

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? fresh/basecamp
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? both
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? cook
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? 1-3
Hang the food pack or ground it? ground but thinking about trees
Axe? Saw? Both? both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) some of each
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? don't

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? dawn til dusk
Which species do you like to go after? something with gills
How much tackle to you bring? small crammed plastic box
Are you good with a fillet knife? yes

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? HBP
Level of alcohol consumption? none
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? yes
Do you like to go after pictographs? ?
Do you like to go after waterfalls? ?
Do you like to go after the northern lights? haven't seen them yet. Waiting!

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? not ruin, but
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? long hard rains
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? discuss if it cannot be ignored(choose your battles, some are not worth the effort)
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? nothing would make me WANT to go home early, injury would force me

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by kanoes on Feb 7th, 2006 at 7:37pm
location...prior lake, mn   about 2 and a half bills from the SNF

nights canoe camping...75 plus

own gear or use an outfitter...own TOO much gear!

party size...2-4 but open to more (waiting for an invite)

trip length...4-6, again   waiting for an invite  :)

preferred season...opener til ice-up

%of travel/basecamp...primarily basecamp.  as of now, fishing has been the main focus of the trips ive been on.  im WIDE open to a "tripping" trip tho...

difficulty level...theres just something special about thinking youre going to die!  despite the fact i smoke (response to follow)  i can handle anything...i *hope...

where do i mostly go...bdoub.  a couple of handfuls of lakes.  id LOVE to get to the Q....waiting for some vet. to take me under his wing  :)

bow or stern...both

paddling rhythym...(did i spell that right?)   anyway, whats ever neccessary to obtain a goal

shoreline or b-line....see immediately above

nasty waters...i have a penob 16,  NOT a big water canoe.
however, i have a good head on my shoulders,  i know when i should beach

nav skills...never been "lost" (im alive typing this now)  i HAVE
been *confused a few times tho

portaging...double damnit.  see a new question i propose to add to profiles (last section on THIS profile)

back or hand carry...try to shoulder all of it,  sometimes it doesnt work that way

goat portages...i look at it as a great cardio workout

boot suckers...never been on one (again, waiting for a Q vet invite,  to pop my cherry...so to speak)

cook or wash...previous to tonight, cook.  new cookset now...im leaning towards washing

food, fresh or dried...fresh for 2 days, what ever works beyond that

cooking, fire or stove...stove, 90% of the time

breakfast or breakfast bars...since i have always basecamped, breakfast.  im open to breakfast bars tho (yet ANOTHER shameful plug for an invite)

# of fish meals...i shoot for 1 walleye meal per day

hang the food pack

hatchet, saw or both...both!  forget the browning!  buy the same hatchet at home depot for half price! (i DONT work for home depot or fiskars) lol

early bird or night owl...to paraphrase someone i read on here..campfires are primative television.  so night owl it is!

travel day start...ill get back to you one this after the may trip.  first time i will not have basecamped.

time spent fishing...thats the focus of my trips so far, so...ALOT

target species...walleyes for food (only eaters)  smallies for sport, pike for bragging rights

tackle...i could live with only jigs and shadraps.  i said *could!
two smallish boxes, not counting power baits and live leeches.

fillet skill...i really need to perfect Y bone extraction.  everything else im fine with

medical conditions...i need a certain ammount of grain alcohol introduced to my system around primative tv time.  oh wait, that question is next...

alcohol consumption...i approve!  (moderate drinker here)

smoker...i smoke because i HAVE to.....not because i LIKE to (a true addict talking here)

photography...im a point and shoot guy, i get 5 or 6 good pics out of a roll.  i shoot WAY too many duplicate shots.

pictos...never seen one.  i will this may.  i hope i dont find the need to kick any rappelers butts when i do (crooked lake)

waterfalls...the highlight of my trips!

northern lights...some nights i see them in stereo (see previous alcohol question)  kidding....kinda  :)

bad bugs...no such thing, only bad preperation for bad bugs

annoying weather...only when its too windy to fish

group problems...ive never experienced one, knocking on wood now

what would end a trip early...besides of injury, i cant think of one

now id like to propose a new question to be asked on this profile...
"what would you like to change about the way you currently canoe trip?"

for me....LESS FOOD and LESS GEAR!     and less paranoia about finding an open campsite.

this was fun!      Jan








Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Paddlin_Mark_and_Amy on Feb 9th, 2006 at 5:39pm
BASICS:

Where do you live?

We live in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?

165 + in the BWCAW for me, Amy 10 days. We both have plenty more else where. We live on the Mississippi and all islands are free game.

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?

We own all our own stuff, more than we need actually. It helps to outfit the novices that we sometimes take with us. We are very picky about who we introduce to the BWCAW.

Preferred/Typical party size?

1-4

What length of trips do you do/available to do?

Anywhere from 7 - 15 days

Preferred season?

Spring, usually around the first of June.

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?

Depends on the trip/people. Sometimes we move everyday and others find us camping in the same site for days. A lot of it depends on the paddling ability of those with my girlfriend (Amy) and I. Weather can be a big factor as well.

What difficulty level do you go for?

This also depends on the people with me on the trip. If it just Amy and myself, we will try anything.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?

South Wilder is like our honeymoon lake. It is fairly secluded because of it's end of the chain positioning and therefore not as well traveled. We are always trying a new area. Each year we try to go somewhere else.

PADDLING:

Bow or stern preference?

I generally paddle stern. Amy is too light for me to sit in the front.

What is your paddling rhythm?

Steady as she goes.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?

Depends on what we are doing and where we are going. Also dependent on weather conditions and time restraints.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?

I will paddle through anything, if I have to. I do not do it just for fun though. I defer to the other members of my paddle group, in this regard, they just might have more sense. Amy hates the windy days.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?

Have map and compass will travel! This is not to say that I never mess it up but I do pretty well.

PORTAGING:

Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?

Double trips, for my canoe and Amy. Other paddlers in my groups have caused triple and more.

Do you carry everything on your back, or a lot of hand carry?

Everything on our backs.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?

We do very well with these, thankfully.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?

Not as well as I would like to, I struggle and Amy has it even worse.

CAMPING STYLE:

Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?

I cook, Amy cleans. Just like at home.

Fresh or dried foods?

The first few days maybe fresh food but I could not imagine carrying enough for 12 days! We dry all of our own. Freeze dried is too pricey for us! We would rather buy better gear than spend it on food. If anyone is interested in my methods of drying, or recipes please IM me. I love to cook and I love to share my "knowledge" of cooking!

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?

Heating water is mostly what we do, due to the dried food thing. In camp we usually have some water on the fire all the time. For in transit lunches we use the stove. On those rained in days the stove gets set up in the vestibule and is our main cooking instrument.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?

Breakfast is usually some form of instant oatmeal, grits, malto meal, cream of wheat...

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?

In a ten day trip, usually 2. I am not a big fish eater. I love to catch them though! Catch and release is the norm for us.

Hang the food pack or ground it?

We hang the food. Although I love seeing the bears, I do not relish the idea of having to survive on fish for the rest of the trip!

Axe, Saw, or Both?

Both, I like to cut wood into length with the saw and split some down for kindling.

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or
both)

On a lot of the trips, I have found that in early June, it rains in the mid mornings... I will sit around the fire for hours and then get up at the crack of dawn to fish for a few hours before the rain sets in. Amy like to sleep in a bit so it works out great for us.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?

The crack of dawn is my preference, but I rarely get it! As I said. Amy likes to sleep in a bit.

FISHING:

How much time do you like to spend fishing?

Given the chance I would fish from sun up to sundown. Amy likes to explore the woods and things too, so I split time between fishing and exploring.

Which species do you like to go after?

Everything that will bite!

How much tackle to you bring?

I carry a Flambeau "Quick Draw:" bag that holds (3) 11x7", adjustable organizer slot, boxes and one 3x4" box for hooks and sinkers.. It is quite compact and holds a ton of tackle. Loaded it only weighs 3 lbs. It keeps my tackle very organized. It also has a spare line pocket and a shoulder carrying strap. I absolutely love it.

Are you good with a fillet knife?

I am quite good with one, thank you!

MISC:

Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?

None.

Level of alcohol consumption?

We bring a smaller sized hip flask of whiskey and it usually returns to the car half full.

Are you a smoker?

No.

Is photography high on your list?

We takes photos but we are not pros!

Do you like to go after pictographs?

This June trip will be our first. We have not based trips around them but may in the future. We respect the Natives and First people a lot. I am part Tsalagi (Cherokee) and am just learning about the heritage that I should have always been taught.

Do you like to go after waterfalls?

We do not base trips around them but if they are in the area we are certain to check them out.

Do you like to go after the northern lights?

The Northern lights are a huge draw for us. Without them it would not be the same, but, we would not quit going if they were to suddenly cease to exist.

PERSONALITY:

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?

I am luckily not a target for bugs! WOO WOO. Amy on the other hand is. Until we bought her a head net, things were rough on her. Now she enjoys the bug freeness of netting.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?

I have come to deal with weather very well. Years of canoe camping and backpacking have taught me to appreciate all seasons and all weather. Amy had a problem with rain until she bought a good rain suit. The cold is hard on her, she is a tiny little thing of 102 lbs. Staying warm is hard for her.

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

Lets get it out there and deal with it! No reason to ruin a trip. Very little can 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?

I would never willingly pull out of a trip! I have, in consideration for some of my novice companions, though. It seems like no matter how much I stress the need for this or that, someone leaves something crucial behind, or can not afford it. Like good rain gear. This can make the trip rough for some.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Springer on Feb 10th, 2006 at 1:10pm
Where do you live? Iowa City
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 120+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? Because our crew includes a couple Californians who fly into Mpls. we bring s. bags and tents and rent SR 17 canoes and usually use our outfitter for food, cooking gear and packs, although we have gradually been adding our own gear.
Preferred/Typical party size? 4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? typically 8 night/9day
Preferred season? late Spring
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? typically a couple layover days in a 9-day trip
What difficulty level do you go for? medium
What area of the park are you most familiar with? south-central Quetico, more remote the better--typically enter via Back Bay/Basswood River.

Bow or stern preference? stern
What is your paddling rhythm? erratic (fishing&photography)
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends (prefer shore for fishing&wildlife viewing)
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? We're all old surfers and sailors but typically are heavily-loaded including lots of photo-gear and usually a youngster along, so we avoid risky behavior (at least on the water).
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes

Portaging
double portage--I appreciate those walks in the woods for the flora&fauna (except the bugs).
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Pretty well-organized after many trips--don't hand-carry much but fishing rods&paddles (velcro-strapped together).
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Gettin' old, but still able to handle the Sarah-McIntyre goat portage.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? We can stagger with the best in our age group.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? either/or
Fresh or dried foods? both
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? both--use a grill a lot
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? anything coffee will wash down--will cook breakfast if base-camped.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? 3-4
Hang the food pack or ground it? Ground at night, covered and booby-trapped--hung if we're out of camp.
Axe? Saw? Both? both--we split beaver driftwood, wrap&carry enough with us at all times for a cook fire, rain or shine.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) both
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? about an hour after sunrise.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? at least 3-4 hours/day typically, depending on weather.
Which species do you like to go after? LT, LMB, SMB, W
How much tackle to you bring? 2 spin, 1 flyrod, good net
Are you good with a fillet knife? good enough--don't waste anything

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Various aches&pains due to old age/active lives=lots of ibuprofen consumed.
Level of alcohol consumption? single-malt scotch, small-batch bourbon and lake water--enough to toast the sunset every night.
Are you a smoker? Good cigars for bad bugs
Is photography high on your list? yes--large format b/w
Do you like to go after pictographs? yes
Do you like to go after waterfalls? sure--good fishing
Do you like to go after the northern lights? you bet

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? We only go when the bugs are bad--less people/more fish
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? wind
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? We have all known each other for at least 30 years--if we couldn't handle each other's idiosyncracies we wouldn't still be going every year.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Can't think of any--it kills me to head out.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by pigsmoke on Mar 8th, 2006 at 12:50pm
Basics  
Where do you live?
Beautiful downtown Weldon Spring Missouri (pronounced miss-ur-rah)  
Nestled in the armpit of the suburban sprawl that is St. Louis
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
 ~50 (~30 of these are solo tripping nights)
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
 I have now accumulated everything but the canoe.  
 How many shopping days till christmas?
Preferred/Typical party size?
 ONE. I like to be completely alone in the wilderness.
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
 5-7 days. Want to do at least a 10 day next year.
Preferred season?
 Early spring(mid-May), Late fall(mid-Oct, when moose season is winding down)
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
 I'll take both please. A few travel days to get to a remote camping site. Then sit and
 enjoy the solitude of the wilderness for a few days before I have to paddle out.
What difficulty level do you go for?
 I go for places which offer seclusion and beauty. If it's difficult to get to, then the
 seclusion is about guaranteed.  

Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?
 er, uh... I sit in the middle.
What is your paddling rhythm?  
 Sprint. Peddle to the metal. Balls out. Glide when needed.
 Repeat as necessary until destination is reached.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
 Shoreline mostly, I get nervous in a tippy solo canoe, unless the lake is like glass.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
 Nasty? I'm staying put with a cocktail, camera, and my journal.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
 What's a compass? I get from point A to point B by reading the map, watching the shoreline
 for landmarks and knowing where I am. Easy to say, but I'm a dork. I steer clear of them
 hugh lakes with a zillion islands if I can manage it. (yes, I carry and can operate a compass,
 and yes I've found myself temporarily unaware of my position on a couple of occassions.)
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
 Make mine a double please. More than two times across and the portage can get boring, especially
 those 320 rod ones which I always seem to gravitate toward. Something to do with seeking seclusion.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
 I like two free hands. I have a tendancy to wobble and fall down. Also like to
 be able to operate a camera if something interesting pops up, slithers by, or runs
 across my path.  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
 Just fine thank you. 300lb squats at the gym during hard water season make most hills a
 non-issue.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
 As long as my boot stays attached, I'm a happy camper. I don't come out here to keep my
 Eddie Bauer designer camp boots clean and shiny. Actually, I don't own any Eddie Bauer
 designer camp boots, just a pair of well worn Redwings, and they stay wet the entire
 trip. Something to do with how I learned to care for a canoe early in life. Last year
 I rented a canoe which the outfitter had just acquired. It still had the owner's manual
 taped to the thwart when I went to put it in the water. I was embarassed to see even a
 few tiny scratches on it when I brought it back.
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
 er, uh, if I don't do both, neither gets done. Same goes for setting up the tent, fly, and
 cutting firewood.
Fresh or dried foods?
 A mix. I use my own designed cold sack for fresh. Store bought freeze-dried is handy.
 I like a steak first night out. Hot dogs are a tasty change after a few days out.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
 Stove always, 'cept for the steak. The fire pit is for cocktail hour ambience.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
 Cook, unless I'm in a hurry.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
 I don't fish. I prefer barnyard animals when I eat flesh, and taking the critters out of the
 lake just to throw 'em back only annoys them.
Hang the food pack or ground it?
 Bear can... grounded.
Axe? Saw? Both?
 Saw.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
 I like a nice fire, and a cocktail of Crown Royal and lake water at sunset.  
 If cocktail hour drags on late into the evening, well... that kinda stuff just happens.
 Either way, I'm usually up early, even on lay-over days. I can sleep when I get home.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
 Up by 6, in the water by 8 when the weather permits.
 If there's time (weather doesnt appear to be turning bad), I'll cook first.
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
 None. See above. Just that much less gear I have to slug along.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
 If I had a medical condition, I would consider it.  
Level of alcohol consumption?
 Some is good, more's better, too much is usually just about enough.
Is photography high on your list?
 Yes. Digital.  
Do you like to go after pictographs?
 Aint been there yet.  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
 The sound of running water always makes me want to go.
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
 I usually get up to go in the middle of the night. Something to do
 with the cocktails before bedtime.  
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
 Nope. They're all just part of the experience.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
 Wind. Wind, and Wind.  
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
 Fix it, discuss it later.  
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and

head home?
 Once non-stop wind and rain for 4 days straight made me crazy and I headed out early.
 I'll never let that happen again. And I no longer spend any daytime in my tent when it's raining.
 I like to sit out in the rain and enjoy just being there.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by kenhk on Apr 25th, 2006 at 6:32pm
Member profile re: kenhk

Basics
Where do you live? Western NY State, east of Niagara Falls
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
couple hundred, dating back to late '70s; 75-100 in Quetico
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
My own gear and canoes; use outfitter for bunkhouse before and after, plus a tow to PP  
Preferred/Typical party size? 2-6
What length of trips do you do/available to do?;
I drive almost two days to get to Ely, so I want to be in Quetico at
least 7 days; prefer 10-14; probably do a solo this summer due to lack of available partners
Preferred season? Time contraints limit me to late July through August;
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? have done both, but tend to be a traveler with a layover day or two
What difficulty level do you go for? moderate; have been known to push it when necessary, but I'm not into "going survival" either
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? north of PP; always looking to go new places...

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? stern
What is your paddling rhythm? steady as needed
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? beeline if good conditions; use islands and points to avoid wind as necessary;
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? moderate chop, but I'll park my keister in camp rather than do something stupid; no hurry...
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? I favor using map and landmarks, but bring a compass; have been "misplaced temporarily", but that only adds to the fun;

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? double usually, except last few days when food pack is lighter
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? most on back; try not to carry anything but fishing pole
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I don't sprint anymore.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I don't seek them out, but I cope. Not real fond of the hip-deep stuff, but it makes everyone look funnier than hell!

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Either. My preference, actually, is everyone for himself.
Fresh or dried foods? Fresh first night or two, then boxed/re-packed. Fresh fish is nice...
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove, except for 1st night steak
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? both; pancakes are my favorite;
gotta at least have hot tea, though
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? whatever I can get


Hang the food pack or ground it? usually hang, but I am nuts about a clean camp so I've been known to ground it; even tented it a couple times(ooh, horrors!)
Axe? Saw? Both? usually neither; if I can't break it, I don't use it
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)I like a campfire, but usually not into the wee hours;  
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? crack of dawn, to beat the wind

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? couple hours morn & eve
Which species do you like to go after? whatever is dumb enough to hit on whatever I'm pitchin'
How much tackle to you bring? two small plastic boxes
Are you good with a fillet knife? ah...it's not a pretty sight when I'm finished; fillets end up more like nuggets; if someone else volunteers, I don't argue

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? nothing fatal so far...beat cancer a couple years ago.
Level of alcohol consumption? A liter of Bombay Blue Sapphire per trip, which I mix 50/50 with Crystal Light iced tea in a mug.  Two or so TeaBombs per evening brings out the color in the sunset and enlivens the conversation, even on solo trips. One must be civilized, yes?
Are you a smoker? no, although a cigar (aka steaming turd) has been used on occasion to ward off man-eating skeeters
Is photography high on your list? I try to shoot 30-40 shots per trip, but I'm no artist. I just want to preserve memories. Helps to pass those long winters...
Do you like to go after pictographs? If they're there, I'll respectfully inspect. But I don't make them a destination.
Do you like to go after waterfalls? Not necessarily, but I do love a good soak in Louisa Falls.
Do you like to go after the northern lights? not really

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? nah. Haven't needed bug dope much.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? Cold rain more than 1 day. But it sure makes the sunshine extra special.
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Discuss tactfully; bury. Never really ran into this...
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Mushroom cloud on the horizon? ;

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Barkeep99 on Jun 12th, 2006 at 3:28am
Hello...

Basics
Where do you live? Chicago
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? about 56
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  own all gear... sometimes get a tow
Preferred/Typical party size? 2-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 8 days / 25-40 miles
Preferred season? mid june to early july
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 33 base / 67 travel
What difficulty level do you go for? challenging but i AM on vacation!
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? beaver house and prarie portage... trying lac la croix this year

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? stern (that's the back, right?)
What is your paddling rhythm? slow and steady till i get yelled at
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends on the time of day
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? i can handle small to medium whitecaps with confidence... have white knuckled bigger one when i had too
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? a map is just something to roll on

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? double... like to walk alot, I guess
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? only on my back (except oars and poles)
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? i can do them... maybe on 2 per trip max
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? better... size 14's dont sink so easy!

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? fresh the first day the fish and ramen and mountain house for 7 freakin days
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? fire the first day for the fresh food and stove after that
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? 50-50
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? about 4
Hang the food pack or ground it? ground it... at least i'm honest about it!
Axe? Saw? Both? both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? both... i only get out here once a year and i come from a big noisy city... there will be time for sleep when i'm dead!
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? 8:00 to 10:00 unfortunately... got compromise on a 4 man group trip

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? whenever i see water
Which species do you like to go after? the big four (
How much tackle to you bring? only one plastic clear utillity box and 2 poles (i love to fish but i like packing light beter)
Are you good with a fillet knife? not as good as i like to be... alot of CPR

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? I'm 6'0 and 230 (fat)
Level of alcohol consumption? i'll tie one one 2-3 times on a week trip
Are you a smoker? yes... but my butts never hit the water, campsite, or protage trail... the only thing i'm killing is me
Is photography high on your list? sure
Do you like to go after pictographs? 8 years... looked like mad... never saw one... i think it's just a pr stunt!
Do you like to go after waterfalls? yes, my favorite site on the trip (excluding wildlife)
Do you like to go after the northern lights? another plus

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no... bites heal in a couple days and memories last forever
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? too much heat wil take it's toll, but i love a good storm!
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? bury it... if i wanted to "talk out problems", i'd bring my wife!
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? i lose my canoe and can't find it anywhere (don't you hate when that happens?)

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by PaddleAway on Jun 22nd, 2006 at 11:43am
Basics  
Where do you live? Eagan, MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 50-75 over 10 years or so
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  My own gear    
Preferred/Typical party size? One canoe - a lot of the point for me is solitude with a good friend or two!
What length of trips do you do/available to do? I would prefer to go longer, but small children limit me to around 5 days (my own choice - my wonderful wife would certainly allow me to go for longer trips!)  
Preferred season? Before Memorial Day or around Labor Day - I like the cool weather  
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 50/50 - I like to move until we've found a good fishing lake with a nice campsite. Sometimes that means moving every day, sometimes we'll base camp for most of a trip!  
What difficulty level do you go for? Anything that gets us to a quiet lake with decent fishing & at least one loon - mostly that means moderate (amazing that you can get away from the louder folks up there with a single 100 rod portage most of the time!)
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? None in particular - we've been several parts of the BWCA - I have a map on the wall of my cube at work with the routes we've done marked. I'd like to add a lot more ink to that map!
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? I'm the power in the bow since we usually use a friend's canoe - but I've now bought my own & am getting the hang of the stern. Doesn't matter to me!
What is your paddling rhythm? Relaxed - except in a headwind
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Shoreline when nasty, beeline when calm
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Depends on the experience level of my partner...anywhere from moderate to very rough
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Well, I've never failed to find my way back.
 
Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Double. I'm not in a hurry.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Both. I try to get most of it on my back.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I'll survive them.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I wear sandals 100% of the time in the BWCA so I handle them by trying not to go in past my thighs & washing off my feet at the next put-in
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? I hate washing dishes in the wilderness. Pretty much the only dishes we normally create are for a fish fry - otherwise it's cold food & boiling water for freeze-dried meals
Fresh or dried foods? Fresh fish & freeze dried
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Bars.  
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Probably every other night.


Hang the food pack or ground it? Hang it high.
Axe? Saw? Both? Neither - we rarely make fires in the BWCA.
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? Wake early. We're usually too beat to mess with a fire. Laying on a nice flat rock & watching the stars is simpler & often more fun.  
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Whenever we're properly motivated.
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing? A lot!
Which species do you like to go after? Mostly pike & bass...since I'm a terrible walleye fisherman.  
How much tackle to you bring? Lots of plastics & a small plastic box of lures
Are you good with a fillet knife? Good...hmm. I get the job done, no one gets hurt (except the poor fish) & it tastes good. However, speed is not one of my strengths for filleting a fish.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? Nope.  
Level of alcohol consumption? At home yes, in the BWCA no. Although I'm contemplating inventing a powdered beer concoction.  :)
Are you a smoker? No.
Is photography high on your list? No, but I always regret not taking more pics while I'm in the BWCA.  
Do you like to go after pictographs? I haven't been in an area with pictographs to date (that I know of).
Do you like to go after waterfalls? Absolutely. Love them.  
Do you like to go after the northern lights? Love them too.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No. But that's part of the reason we stick to the book-ends of summer.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? None! Our best trip featured a high of 55 & constant rain. Although if I encountered a 90 degree day with high humidity, that might make me grumpy!
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Discuss it. I like to talk, listen, argue, & debate. Nothing that gets buried ever stays that way in the long run!
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? I honestly don't know. Losing the canoe? Finding a dead body in a campsite? A plague of locusts?

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by stevedug on Jun 23rd, 2006 at 11:51am
Basics
Where do you live?     lascassas, tennessee

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?     a lot.  200 maybe  

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?     have all gear and boats but will use outfitter if need be.  like to help support local outfitters if possible even if it is just souveniers  
 
Preferred/Typical party size?    i like 4.  6 is good also

What length of trips do you do/available to do?    nowdays, 7 days is normal. 10-12 is what i prefer

Preferred season?     if kids are along, the summer so we can swim.  if not, early june or september

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?    prefer to travel, but will base camp

What difficulty level do you go for?  that is just one of the factors in planning trip  
 
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  familar with most of park except the lac la croix/crooker lake region.  would like to go there sometime


Paddling
Bow or stern preference?   normally stern, but like the bow also.    

What is your paddling rhythm?  when i need to paddle, i paddle, when i don't need to paddle, i don't

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends on what we are doing.  beeline if we are covering distance, shoreline if not.  

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? personally, i am ok to get out in most everything, but i will stay on the shore if safety is an issue with the group i am with

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  i like to look at the map.  i love to try to navigate by visual clues and memories when we are at places i have been before

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? double or 1 1/2

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? usually have something in hands  

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? with kevlar, they are fine.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? i am short.  the deep ones suck.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook, but  i don't mind washing.    

Fresh or dried foods?  do both.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  campfire first, always,  but i will fire up the green coleman when needed

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? cook unless time is issue.  i like oatmeal.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  a lot.

Hang the food pack or ground it?  ground it in barrels

Axe? Saw? Both?  both

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)     both, but the older i get, the harder it is to do both.  

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? by 8 a.m.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? it is never the main focus, but we like to have a line in the water most of the time

Which species do you like to go after? i am not good enough to be choosy

How much tackle to you bring? 1 small plano box and a zip lock of stuff

Are you good with a fillet knife? servicable

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? i am blind without contacts or glasses.  i also have kidney stones and take along some major drugs just in case (those who have been there before, know what i am talking about).  i would also like to have elective surgery and have my appendix removed so it never ruptures, but everyone else thinks i am crazy

Level of alcohol consumption? when in the northwoods, it just seems right to take a nip or 2 in the morning, at noon, and at night.  the catcher of the first fish always tends the bar for the evening cocktails that night.
 
Are you a smoker?  no

Is photography high on your list? having good pics is nice, but i am not good at it.  luckily, someone else in the group is usually a good photographer with nice equipment

Do you like to go after pictographs? if they are on the route, yes

Do you like to go after waterfalls? very much so.  any moving water is good.

Do you like to go after the northern lights?  yes.  they are one of nature's free wonders, but it takes effort to stay up that late.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?   not for me, but for others.  i've got a homemade bug tent i bring along on some trips.

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  high winds are a bitch and i don't like paddling in sleet

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  making sure you are going in with the right group limits or eliminates problems, but we discuss if needed or bury it if talking will go nowhere

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  none, but if the food was gone, we would probably head in


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Post by bwcakrysta on Jul 5th, 2006 at 7:32am
Been around as a Guest for awhile, and decided I should introduce myself!

Basics
Where do you live?  Northern Suburbs of the Twin Cities
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? Hundreds
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Use an outfitter for the canoe, otherwise have all our own stuff
Preferred/Typical party size? 2
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 7-10 days
Preferred season? Late August
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? Travel every day, unless weather is bad
What difficulty level do you go for?  Pretty difficult
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  Have yet to go into Quetico.  Try to see different routes/lakes in the BWCA each time we go in.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?  Stern, all the way.
What is your paddling rhythm?  Steady she goes!  
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  Shoreline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Fairly nasty
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Not too shabby

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  As much on the back as possible
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Not my favorite...depends on how long they are
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? No problem....don't care for the leeches that can come along though

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? Very rarely have hot breakfasts
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Zippo!
Hang the food pack or ground it? Been known to do either
Axe? Saw? Both?  Saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)  In bed by 9 or 10, up by 7
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? 7-7:30

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?  Don't fish while on trips
Which species do you like to go after?
How much tackle to you bring?
Are you good with a fillet knife?

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? No
Level of alcohol consumption? Travel pretty light, so don't bring any on the trip
Are you a smoker? Nope
Is photography high on your list?  Not really
Do you like to go after pictographs? Sure
Do you like to go after waterfalls? Sure
Do you like to go after the northern lights? If I see them, great....but I don't go crazy over them.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  Hopefully not...but I might get a little cranky
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  High winds are draining....but I'd rather walk the shore with the canoe if possible then stay put for an extra day.
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Depends on the issue
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Broken paddle, since we never bring an extra

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Post by willis on Aug 3rd, 2006 at 8:03pm
I'm heading back into the BW on Aug. 12th after a 5 year hiatus and can't wait to get back.  I hope to see you there.

Where do you live? Baltimore, MD via TX and St. Paul, MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 30ish
Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  Partial, need canoes from the outfitter.
Preferred/Typical party size?  4-8  Prefer 4-6
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Mostly 5 days but will shoot for 7 or 8 next year
Preferred season?  Late summer is the only option right now due to work schedule.  I also prefer it for the warmer water.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  I like to do most of my travel on the first day and then base camp/move once or twice the rest of the time.
What difficulty level do you go for?  I would prefer hard but it depends on the group.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?  I really like heading into EP #16 and am doing it again next week.  However, I also like getting up into Q-- Namakan river/Thompson lake area.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?  Stern, almost always.
What is your paddling rhythm?  Depends on my Bow
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  beeline, the faster to camp the better.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Been in 6 foot waves on LLC before, wouldn't call it comfortable but it was still bearable in the Voyageur I was in.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  I think so.  I seem to be able to find my way pretty easily if I have some landmarks to follow.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?  I've never done anything but single.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Back---I just strap everything on.  But I've never soloed so that would be a different story.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?  Can't say that I've run into too many of them.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  Nice change of pace.  As long as I don't run into too many consecutively.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  Cook, I hate doing dishes.
Fresh or dried foods?  Dried, am doing Mountain house for all of our dinners on the upcoming trip but will do some frying if the fishing turns out to be good.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Both.
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  Cook
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  At least a couple.
Hang the food pack or ground it?  Have floated it in the past, and bear barreled, but will be hanging it this time.
Axe? Saw? Both?  Axe
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)  Both preferably.  But if I was to choose one, I'd say sit around the campfire all night.  I love campfires.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  Sun-up

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?  Not too seriously but probably a couple hours a day on average.
Which species do you like to go after?  Smallies and Pike
How much tackle to you bring?  One small 6"x4" lure box.
Are you good with a fillet knife?  With everything except NP.  Still can't get all those friggin' bones out.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  Nah, other than the fact that I'm getting older and slightly plumper.
Level of alcohol consumption?  Once or twice on the trip to relax with the trip-mates.  Not getting hammered though.
Are you a smoker?  Nope
Is photography high on your list?  It's on the list, but I'm more concerned with the relaxation and the memories
Do you like to go after pictographs?  Sure, but they're also not a huge priority.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  We'll definitely be making a couple day trips to play in the falls.
Do you like to go after the northern lights?  I never expect them but love to see them.  They can absolutely MAKE a trip.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  Nothing can ruin a trip, other than a serious injury resulting in having to leave early.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  Was in a blowdown about 10 years back, I'd say that was difficult.  Trees crashing down around the tent in the middle of the night is a bit hair-raising.  It sounded like a freight train making its way through the forest before it hit.
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Let's get it out there and resolve it.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Absolutely nothing.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by starwatcher on Dec 30th, 2006 at 8:32am
Basics  
Where do you live?  N. Shenandoah Valley, VA.  Canoe Capital of VA

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? est +200

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer? Both, but rent canoes

Preferred/Typical party size? 4 to 6.

What length of trips do you do/available to do? 8 days

Preferred season? Fall-  October (Winter)

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? I like to travel all the way in and base camp on a site for two nights then head  back.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I've explored numerous BWCA and Q EP - all sides of the park.
 
Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? Both, prefer stern.  

What is your paddling rhythm? Typically like to paddle only one side all day.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Mostly shoreline, aim for points. A good sailor leaves a straight wake.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Safety first, avoid whitecaps.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes, above average.

Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Normally,strictly double.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? I usually have one hand occupied.

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? prefer level.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I hate them.
 
Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook.

Fresh or dried foods? Combination, we bring in food on dry ice.  Cheap and light motto.  

Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Fire, Stove only for lunches.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? Normally cook full breakfast even on travel days - eggs or pancakes, sausage, hash browns.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Usually one or two for an eight-day trip.

Hang the food pack or ground it? We go in October and never had issues, normally hang the pack for mice so it's a bear piñata.  
 
Axe? Saw? Both? Definitely both
 
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? Both, first one up, last to bed.  Love seeing northern lights and those early morning hours.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? In spirit 8, in practice it's most often 10.
 
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing? I don't fish much.

Which species do you like to go after?  Walleye.
Are you good with a fillet knife? Fair.
 
Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? No

Level of alcohol consumption? Bring alcohol. I do enjoy a drink around the campfire.

Is photography high on your list? I love shooting pictures on trips, usually shoot 5 to 6 rolls.  I only bring my old SLR, next year digital

Do you like to go after pictographs? Yes a priority.

Do you like to go after waterfalls? I love waterfalls.

Do you like to go after the northern lights? Yes, see them about every third trip.
 
Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? I don't like whiners.  Don't complain if you can't change the situation.  

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? I like the cool season.  Don't like sitting around a campfire in the heat.

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

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? If all my food were eaten by bears.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by L.T.sully on Feb 14th, 2007 at 3:27pm
Basics
Where do you live?
Northern Indiana, south bend
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
11
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  
I have all of the gear
Preferred/Typical party size?
2
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
5 I wish I could do 7
Preferred season?
Summer/ late spring
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
I do both prety equally
What difficulty level do you go for?
I'm always up for a challenge or relaxation
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
I do want to explore all areas I'm most familiar with numbered lakes/ Insula

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
Either bow
What is your paddling rhythm?
I'm preety strong I go fast
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
beeline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
Anything less than lightning
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
O.K. not great

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
Dubble
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
Kinda 50/50
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
I acctually like them sometimes
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
Not well :)

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
cook
Fresh or dried foods?
Mixture a little of both
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
Fire mostly
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
cook
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
1-2
Hang the food pack or ground it?
HANG!
Axe? Saw? Both?
both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
both again
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
no later than 9:30

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
If I go out at least 2 hours
Which species do you like to go after?
Northern/ Lakers in lakes that have them
How much tackle to you bring?
A lot
Are you good with a fillet knife?
yes

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
bad allergies
Level of alcohol consumption?
nada
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?
If they are in the trip plan
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
Just bring long clothes and a bug net
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
Constant thunderstorms
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
What is the problem? ;D
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
Nothing short of a broken bone

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by reallife on Mar 31st, 2007 at 1:39am
Basics
Where do you live? Rockford, IL but only until I can retire and move back to the Southwest
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 90-120 nights over the years
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  have all my own gear and enough for others but have always used outfitter canoes
Preferred/Typical party size? 4-8 at the most, prefer 4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 6-14 days, prefer longer trips
Preferred season? mid May or September
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? like to alternate, this year will be a 12 day trip with one layover day
What difficulty level do you go for? like the difficult trips as much as possible
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? have been to most of Quetico and love the entire park

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? either is okay by me, but I do like to take turns
What is your paddling rhythm? in the stern I pretty much take it slow and steady, J stroking and controlling direction with subtle blade control; in the bow I like to be the motor to get a good workout
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? shoreline always, unless it is early and very calm starting out
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? when the water gets rough i prefer to get off the water, that is the advantage of making 10-12 day trips
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes, i can find my way anywhere; I have an inate sense of direction

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? usually double portaging because I like to take long trips with lots of food
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? on my back; I hate carrying by hand but somehow I always seem to end up with paddles or fishing poles in my hand
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? grin and gut 'em out
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I love suck mud, it keeps out the riffraff

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? they call me 'Iron Chef Wilderness' for a good reason
Fresh or dried foods? both
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? both
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? real breakfast; what is a breakfast bar?
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? I like a few shorelunches and a few fish dinners, pike chowder is great on a wet cold afternoon, but I don't have to eat fish every day
Hang the food pack or ground it? on the ground, not worth the trouble to hang in Quetico
Axe? Saw? Both? both but get very nervous when my fellow campers get going with my Grufors axe, I worry about them AND the axe
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) I like to hit the sack when it starts to get cold and get up when Duane has the coffee going (hear that Duane?)
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? Early, after a quick, hot cereal with fruiut breakfast

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? lots, ussually troll when travelling, fish after making camp, I love to go out after dinner until dark
Which species do you like to go after? prefer lake trout, walleye, smallmouth and far down the list slimy pike
How much tackle to you bring? one small tray that fits under my canoe seat; this year my new PFD will have all my tackle in little boxes that fit into the pockets (one less thing to carry around)
Are you good with a fillet knife? I can get most of the meat off the fish without cutting myself

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? no
Level of alcohol consumption? moderate, I like a little wine with dinner when available, I have brewed voyager's beer for the last two years
Are you a smoker? never, a little cigar or pipe smoke doesn't bother me when the mosquitoes are out but I hate cigarette smoke passionately
Is photography high on your list? not really
Do you like to go after pictographs? when they are on the route
Do you like to go after waterfalls? sure, why not
Do you like to go after the northern lights? I'm usually asleep by then

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no, bugs don't bother me much
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? I like bad weather, it goes with suck mud
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? I'd prefer not to have problems but open discussion is better than stewing
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? I always like to stay out as long as possible; thirty years ago I was backpacking out in Wyoming once for 28 days straight and only came in when I ran out of food and got tired of eating cuttthroat trout  ;D

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by anglerjohn on Jun 18th, 2007 at 11:28pm
OK... lets take a stab at the profile....
Where do you live? Tampa Bay
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 200+ Q, 50+ BW,  Canoed and Backpacked over a lot of N. Amer.
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Outfitter because of logistics...have my own gear
Preferred/Typical party size? For the last decade or so its been me and my buddy Dave along with my kids and whatever friends they bring,  and his kids and whatever friends they bring.
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 21 days this year... always at least 14
Preferred season? summer
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  usually 3 or 4/1
What difficulty level do you go for? not an issue....just want to go where no one else is!
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Like to go back to some favorites...but always exploring also.

Paddling  
Bow or stern preference? Stern
What is your paddling rhythm? Steady, Hard
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Depends...the journey is more important than the destination usually.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Ive got the cojones to do whatever and the age and brains to know what not to.....
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?    Guess so,   havent ever brought a gps...

Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? whatever it takes
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Its all good.....
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? its all good....

Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook
Fresh or dried foods? whatever
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Fire usually
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? like cooked breakfaast.w/coffee maybe fillets .....unless were in a hurry, then whatever...cold oatmeal is fine.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?    Lots!
Hang the food pack or ground it? If I see signs of bear or am concerned for some reason Ill Hang, but usually just ground
Axe? Saw? Both? nothing....just pick it up....
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)   Usually both....
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  In the morning...(never bring a watch either  :)
Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?    A whole lot
Which species do you like to go after? its all good...depends on mood and lake
How much tackle to you bring? Two rods, med box
Are you good with a fillet knife?    yup..

Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?      ...age..
Level of alcohol consumption? Not when Im on the water...except for the years Im experiencing kidney stones!
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? Like to bring back pics to relive the trips later
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? yes

Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? Nothing....could ruin a trip for me..
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? None......its all good....
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? discussing small problems and handling them expediciously.. means a lot less big problems!
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? cant imagine anything...

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by CadBoy on Jul 20th, 2007 at 1:04pm
Where do you live? SE suburbs of Mpls/StP MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? Have no idea
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  My own
Preferred/Typical party size? 1
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Weekend, week long
Preferred season? Spring, fall, late summer
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 99.9% travel
What difficulty level do you go for? ???
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Q=Beaverhouse B=end of Gunflint, enjoy new

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? Middle, I solo but either end is fine as long as the stern paddler doesn’t J-stroke or rudder
What is your paddling rhythm? I am part Norwegian, I have no rhythm
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Both, whatever seems interesting
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? as nasty as I feel comfortable paddling in
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? The best

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? Single or double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? both
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? very
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? huh?

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Eat, my meals are designed to minimize cooking and cleaning, it’s supposed to be a vacation
Fresh or dried foods? Both except those overpriced packaged ones
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? P&J on bagel
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? 1 a day, but seldom do because I seldom fish
Hang the food pack or ground it? both
Axe? Saw? Both? neither
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) both
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? 1 hour after sunrise

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? As little as possible
Which species do you like to go after? women
How much tackle to you bring? Little to none
Are you good with a fillet knife? Get me pissed and find out

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? None
Level of alcohol consumption? Not enough, seldom drink
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? yes
Do you like to go after pictographs? sure
Do you like to go after waterfalls? yes
Do you like to go after the northern lights? yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? Not unless I left the bug juice home
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? hail
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? There won’t be a problem unless you insist upon there being a problem
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Companions that can’t shut up and always have to be in control

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by canoe_junkie on Aug 13th, 2007 at 9:56am
Basics
Where do you live?
-Edison, NJ. I also spend much of my time at my upstate NY cabin that I built this year.

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
-I couldn't even begin to guess. I canoe 40-50 days annually, that's day and overnight trips. I used to be more comfortable in a sleeping bag than a bed, but age and a new mattress has changed that.

Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  
-My own gear... 4 or 5 times over.

Preferred/Typical party size?
-About 4 or so in solo canoes. Otherwise solo.

What length of trips do you do/available to do?
-I've done everything from daytrips to a 6 month expedition. Currently I could manage a 3-4 day trip if a get together was in the works.

Preferred season?
-Spring/Fall

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
-Travel pretty much every day. I always want to base camp, but for one reason or another, never get to.

What difficulty level do you go for?
-Intermediate. If you mean whitewater, I don't generally go over 2+

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to
spend time there or explore new areas?
-Still trying to make my first trip to the BW/Q. Would like to join a group solo with folks that at are familiar with areas. The whole permit thing confuses me...

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?
-Solo only

What is your paddling rhythm?
-There's really no rhythm, rhyme or reason to my paddling. I paddle relatively constant, but not haphazardly.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
-Somewhat shoreline, occasional beeline between points

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
- I've paddled during an unexpected microburst and it was one of the most memorable trips for me. Whitecaps will keep me on shore

Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
-Average, but I love to follow the map and look for landmarks... it's kinda like following a treasure map.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
-Single, I like to hike, but I enjoy the canoeing more.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
-On my back: All in the pack or canoe

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
-Depends on how well rested I am. The older i get, the more rest breaks I need

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
-As long as I can get my boots back!

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

Fresh or dried foods?
-Fresh first night, dried after that

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
-Stove, except for the occasional kabob or fresh fish

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
-Cook 50% of the time

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
-Not more than one or two

Hang the food pack or ground it?
-Ground it in a bear barrel or keep it in the tent (no lectures please)

Axe? Saw? Both?
-I like to keep it light, so just a saw, but occasionally the axe also

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)
-Spend at least a few hours around the campfire and get up by 7:00

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
-Between 8:00 & 9:00

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
-Sometimes after camp is setup

Which species do you like to go after?
-Any

How much tackle to you bring?
-If fly fishing, only some flies and leaders. If spin fishing, a small tackle box

Are you good with a fillet knife?
-Average

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
-No

Level of alcohol consumption?
-Very occasional glass of wine

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?
-yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
-no

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
I've paddled everything from blizzards to 110 degree days and even a hurricane once (dumb).

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?
-Family member crisis. Irritating people whom I am dependent on for a ride home.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by northstarr on Feb 17th, 2008 at 10:44pm
Basics
Where do you live? Middle of the state of Minnesota
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 100+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitters?  Have the gear
Preferred/Typical party size? 2-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? as many days as we can.
usually around a week now.
Preferred season? Sept and early May prefered, but any time is cool.
Winter trips also.!
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? our last few trips have been with younger paddlers, so we tend to base camp a bit more. But depending on who is along, we adjust.
What difficulty level do you go for? did the gonzo paddling when much younger, now tend to take it a bit easier.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I've been lucky enough to try different areas, and still like to explore. There are some favorites still.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? I'm usually in the back, as I have a younger / still not so experienced partner in the front. When with adults, it doesn't matter to me either way.
What is your paddling rhythm? steady
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? both, mostly shoreline for the sites.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? that depends on who is along. With the younger kids along, we'll ride out the storms.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? a map and compass person. But have seen the GPS as a wish item at times.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? my knees are getting a bit
too fragile for excess weight, so mostly now doubles.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? mostly on the back, you do what you need to I guess.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? rest if there are the canoe rests, or else plod along.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? watch where you step, so you don't get a sprain mostly.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook and wash in that order.
Fresh or dried foods? both, but leaning more towards mostly fresh lately.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove and reflector oven on the fire
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? having coffee is a must in the morning,
but quick breakfasts are as easy as boiling some water and mixing with
what we bring along.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? as many as we can, but bring along food in case we get skunked fishing...
Hang the food pack or ground it? both, depends on the area.
Axe? Saw? Both? both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) campfire is nice, but I get sleepy early and wake at the crack of dawn.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? right after sunrise when there is still fog on the water.

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? some, not a lot.
Which species do you like to go after? walleyes, perch, trout, we'll eat snakes to if that's all we catch, and smallies about the same.
How much tackle to you bring? limited small plano box and use ice fishing poles. (with spinning reels)
Are you good with a fillet knife? reasonably good, I used to be a lot better when I caught a lot more fish!!

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? I don't think I do. :)
Level of alcohol consumption? low, maybe some Maker's mark in a flask for medicinal purposes...
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? yes, I love to relive the trips thru the photos.
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? yes.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? 2 or 3 days of rain gets tedious. but it's all part of the wilderness experience.
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? none

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Drewfus on Mar 20th, 2008 at 11:58pm
Basics
Where do you live? 40 miles West of Chicago
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 100+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitters?  Have the gear
Preferred/Typical party size? 2-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Usually 10-20 days, once a year, but would like to do more than one a year
Preferred season? End of August/September
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? travel, trying to hit someplace new each year
What difficulty level do you go for? depends who I'm with. This year is high speed/low drag
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I've put in with an Agnes Permit more times than not, but have seen other areas as well. I like to explore though

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? I'm usually the bow guy, I dont weigh a lot :P
What is your paddling rhythm? 8th notes lol, no, its steady.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends on the weather but paddling the shore line is nice for the views
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? White caps are the limit for me
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? I rely on a map and compass, I bring the GPS for the perks. I'm a Scout for crying out loud!

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? singles, but again, it depends on who I'm with
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? slow and steady wins the race.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I tie balloons to my feet so they float better.....ha ha! no, watch your step

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? fresh, preferably fish, but the dried stuff is easy and can be a help in a storm
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? instant oatmeal, or on the really quick mornings a power bar, but usually oatmeal
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? as many as possible
Hang the food pack or ground it? hang
Axe? Saw? Both? saw, axe can be improvised
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? The campfire is usually short lived, but there are times when the stories just keep going, usually the last night, no one wants it to end!
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? early as possible, have paddled in the dark prior to sunrise before

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? a lot, a lot alot, we usually have lines in the water at all times if possible
Which species do you like to go after? walleyes, trout, smallies, northern
How much tackle to you bring? 1 spinning rod, 1 fly rod, one small tackle box shared by the boat
Are you good with a fillet knife? eh, I'm OK, my buddy is a genius with the thing, carved mt. rushmore into one! (I'm kidding, but he is amazing with a fillet knife)

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?yes, fishermans, its terrible, acts up all the time at all hours of the day and night... ;)
Level of alcohol consumption? moderate
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? yes, the digital stuff is fantastic, took video last time!
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? yes.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? multiple days of cold, windy, rainy weather :( But, we go and love every minute of it, and those difficult times make great memories looking back
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? haven't come across one yet!

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by UW_College_Kid on May 6th, 2008 at 1:01pm
Basics
Where do you live? Whitewater Wisconsin,  Soon to relocate to Clearwater Lodge on the Gunflint
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 14
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  a little of both
Preferred/Typical party size? 1-4
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 1-3 days
Preferred season? spring/fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 50%
What difficulty level do you go for? easy till I gain confidence and experiance
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Mostly Esater Gunflint

Paddling (VERY INEXPERIANCED :-[)
Bow or stern preference? Bow
What is your paddling rhythm? sporadic
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? shore
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? I can do what needs to be done
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? back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Its a workout but it can be done
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? with alot of cursing

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? either or
Fresh or dried foods? fresh is nice but dried are easier and lighter
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? FIRE
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? bars
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? as many as possible
Hang the food pack or ground it? hang it
Axe? Saw? Both? hatchet and saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Id try both but an early rise is important
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? about an hour after daybreak

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? allot
Which species do you like to go after? Walleye, Northern and lakers
How much tackle to you bring? one 8 by 12 plastic case
Are you good with a fillet knife? need practice

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  a little heariong loss on the right side and my back acts up when under extream physical stress (2 months of residential roofing)
Level of alcohol consumption? a night capper is nice
Are you a smoker? unfortunatly so
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? yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? Nope
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? snow
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? depends on the situation
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? armegedon

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by GeoFisher on Jun 13th, 2008 at 9:25pm
Basics  
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Where do you live?  New Albany, Indiana.  

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 500+

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  a little of both

Preferred/Typical party size? 2-6

What length of trips do you do/available to do? 6-14 days

Preferred season? spring/fall

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 50%

What difficulty level do you go for?   Whatever………but NO MONSTER portages…Kawnipi was the longest trip to dade.

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or
explore new areas?  Gunflint Trail/Saganaga Area
 
Paddling.    Better than Average…….No whitewater

Bow or stern preference?  Stern

What is your paddling rhythm?  Like to figure a cadence and stay with it.

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Beeline, unless MONSTER weather, or weak paddlers.

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  2-3 ft rollers are TOUGH but doable.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes……..better than most.
 
Portaging  
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Do you usually single/double/triple/or  portage? Double mostly, but sometimes TRIPLE.

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  Most on the back.  Some in the hands, or strapped to the canoe

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? It’s a workout but it can be done

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  I hate BOGS…..but will do them to get to good fishing.
 

Camping Style  
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Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  I’m the cook, DAMN IT.

Fresh or dried foods?  Fresh for day 1 and 2………Packaged after that.

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Stove, except for MONSTER steaks on day 1.

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  A little of both.  Depends on the trip.

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  Two or three.

Hang the food pack or ground it? On the ground.

Axe? Saw?  Both…Gerber CampAxe and Sven 20” saw.

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn?  A little of both.

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  We don’t travel……..BUT EARLY.
 

Fishing  
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How much time do you like to spend fishing? 8 to 10 hours a day.

Which species do you like to go after?  Smallies, the Lakers, then Walleye.  Northerns are scumsuckers.

How much tackle to you bring? Way FREAKIN too MUCH.  About 10 lbs.

Are you good with a fillet knife?  Pretty dang good…….
 
Misc  
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Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  Overweight.

Level of alcohol consumption?  Not too much…….occasional shot or 2.

Are you a smoker?  Nope…….NEVER.

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? yes
 
Personality  
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If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? Nope

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? snow

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Depends on the situation

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Bad group dynamics.  Assholes can ruin everything.


Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Akula on Jun 17th, 2008 at 1:20pm
I guess I'll follow suit.


BASICS
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Where do you live?  Nowhere, Northern Dakota Territory, previously in Twin Cities

Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 25 or so, mostly outside of B/Q  

Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  depends

Preferred/Typical party size? 1-4, usually 1

What length of trips do you do/available to do? Some years, there are months available, others, a maybe a weekend

Preferred season? winter, fall

What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? travel

What difficulty level do you go for?  Doesn't matter

What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or  
explore new areas?  Angleworm Lake area, BWCA... looking to make it to Quetico asap
 
Paddling:    I can hold my own in the rough stuff and the wind, but I'm not experienced with whitewater

Bow or stern preference?  Solo

What is your paddling rhythm?  Pull Long & Glide, vary as necessary

Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Shoreline

How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Let's do it, unless there's lightning. In that case, let's play cards until it's over, then let's do it.

Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes. I'm a private pilot and I used to drive truck, I can read a map better than a GPS screen.
 
Portaging  
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Do you usually single/double/triple/or  portage? So far it's been double, one single that I doubt I could do again if I was offered $1000000.00

Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  Yes

How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Let's just get it done.

How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  As with all difficult trails, just follow the rules: Stay Calm, Watch Your Step, Swear A Lot, and Keep Moving Forward. Repeat.
 

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

Fresh or dried foods?  Depends on how lazy I'm feeling. But one benefit of winter camping is fresh meat stays fresh as long as you need it to...

Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Fire

Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  Depends on how lazy I feel

How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  You can integrate fresh fish with anything. Mmmm... but if they don't bite, I won't miss them.

Hang the food pack or ground it? Hang 'em high.

Axe? Saw?  Hatchet, knife

Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn?  Depends on how lazy I feel

On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  early, to avoid the afternoon winds, etc.
 

Fishing  
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How much time do you like to spend fishing? Depends on how I feel that day

Which species do you like to go after?  Bass and Northern. Can't get enough of either.

How much tackle do you bring? One small pocket-box with all the essentials.

Are you good with a fillet knife?  Good enough for me, though I admit I'm better with deer than fish. I'll let someone else fillet the northerns.
 
Misc  
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Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  1 lUv 2 p4r7y

Level of alcohol consumption?  usually none until the trip is over

Are you a smoker?  no

Is photography high on your list?   for sure

Do you like to go after pictographs? haven't seen any yet, but absolutely

Do you like to go after waterfalls? definitely

Do you like to go after the northern lights? if they happen, I'm there
 
Personality  
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If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No

What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?   When it's not -20F

If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  The truth will keep you alive. Speak up.

Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  If there's a real safety concern, bug out and don't look back. Otherwise, cowboy up. That's what we're here for...

Title: Re: Member Profiles
Post by UW_College_Kid on Jul 7th, 2008 at 10:13am
Well I done one of these a few months ago befor I had any experiance so heres a revised version
BASICS:

Where do you live?  Currently Clearwater Lodge, Soon to be UW Stevens Point
Approximate number of nights canoe camping?  50+
Do you have the gear or use outfitter?  Have all the gear.
Preferred party size:  2
What length of trips: most 2 nights a few 5 nights
Preferred Season:  Early June
Percentage of travel to basecamp:  travel
Difficulty Level:  No issues with a difficult trip.  
Area of the park I am most familiar with:  Gunflint
New area to try:  Quetico

PADDLING:

Bow or stern:  Usually stern.  Doesn't matter though.
Paddling Rhythm:  Steady and strong... generally have a weaker bow partner  
Shoreline or Beeline:  Whatever makes the most sense.
Nasty Water Paddling comfort:  Dont think, just paddle  
Navigations skills:  I've never been lost.  Never even had to bust out the compass,  Im real good with landmarks

PORTAGING:

Single/double/triple:  I prefer single but I dub when necissary
Carry on back or hand carry:  back
How do you handle mountain goat portages:  sip from the flask and feel no pain
How do you handle boot sucking bogs:  tie tight and drudge right on through

CAMPING STYLE:
Cook or clean the dishes: I loike to cook but niether bothers me
Fresh or Freeze Dried:  Fresh is the way to go,  Ill pack a few emergency freeze dried but they never get used
Fire or Stove:  fire
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars:  Yes - some of both.
Fish meals:  all day every day
Hang the food pack or ground it:  hang it.
Axe, saw or both:  sven and hatchet are esential
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn:  Both every time for me, thats why I pak coffee
On travel day, what time do you like to hit the water:  7:30 or so.  Depends on the day.

FISHING:
How much time fishing:  as much as possible if i aint trying to get somewere
Which species?  Walleye  
How much tackle do you briing?  one 8 by 10 plastic container mostly containing jiggs.    
Are you good with a fillet knife?   II can get enough for a meal but I need allot of practice

MISCELLANEOUS

Do you have medical conditions?  Nope.
Are you a smoker?  yep
Prefer partners that are smokers or non-smokers?  Doesn't matter.
Level of alcohol consumption?  I alweys have a flask of jack for myself
Is photography high on your list?  Yes .
Do you like to go after pictographs?  If they fit the trip.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  If they fit the trip.
Do you like to go after northern lights?  Not a main goal, but if they show up, GREAT!

PERSONALITY

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  never
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  High winds
If we have a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Discuss it, then move on.    
Other than illness or injury, what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  nothin

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by duenorth76 on Jul 11th, 2008 at 9:40pm
Basics
Where do you live?  SE Minnesota
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?  40
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Have most of my own gear, no canoe yet.
Preferred/Typical party size?  2-10
What length of trips do you do/available to do?  7-14 days; how else do you get to do the things you want???
Preferred season?  Only gone fall and summer, would like to do an early spring laker trip.
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?  Almost 50/50.
What difficulty level do you go for?  I'm up for just about anything.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?   BWCA, never been to Quetico.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference?   Either/or...no big deal.
What is your paddling rhythm?   Smooth as can be.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?   Depends on fishing and wind!
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  I've crossed Knife Lake in October with 4 foot rollers.  Not saying it was intelligent, but I've done it!   :o
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?  Pretty good.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?  Double.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?  Carry as much on the back as possible.  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?   No problem.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? Never really experienced one of these; not sure I want to!

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  No preference.
Fresh or dried foods?  Fresh if possible.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Depends on burn restrictions, but fire is good!
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  Cooked if not worried about fishing, or just come in and have a later breakfast/brunch.
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?   I usually plan 3, and whatever cold/shore lunch we have.
Hang the food pack or ground it?   Hang it.
Axe? Saw? Both?   Saw; Sven Saw was a great investment!
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both)   BOTH!
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?   ASAP, get down before the wind comes up; plus, paddling the calm is so great!

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing?   As much as possible!
Which species do you like to go after?  Walleye, smallies, would love to go for early lakers.
How much tackle to you bring?   Usually a soft-side tackle container w/3 full boxes in it.  
Are you good with a fillet knife?  Average, getting better.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?   Nil.
Level of alcohol consumption?   Try to keep it clean when up there, just for the safety/good decision making needs!  But, a little brandy or vodka is a great way to end the day!
Are you a smoker?   Very, very, very rare cigar...like 6 years ago was the last one!
Is photography high on your list?   Always.
Do you like to go after pictographs?   Never have.
Do you like to go after waterfalls?  Yes; I enjoy climbing up them if I can!
Do you like to go after the northern lights?  Yep.

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?  No, just complain a lot and swat a lot.  
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?   Cold and wet together...yuck!
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Discuss it...burying it usually ends up burying the trip, unless it's just too petty and minor.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  None that I can think of.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Firechief on Jul 21st, 2008 at 11:50am
Basics
Where do you live:  Southern Indiana
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping:  60
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer:  All gear except canoe
Preferred/Typical party size:  4
What length of trips do you do/available to do:  6 nights
Preferred season:  Spring
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp:  80% base camp
What difficulty level do you go for:  Any
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas:  North eastern to central Quetico

Paddling
Bow or stern preference:  Bow
What is your paddling rhythm:  Steady
Paddle the shoreline or beeline:  Mostly shoreline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in:  2 foot waves
Do you have strong navigation/map skills:  Strong

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage:  Double
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry:  Do some hand carry.
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages:  Just fine
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs:  Just fine

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes:  Cook
Fresh or dried foods:  Fresh
Cook over a fire, or over a stove:  Both
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars:  Cook
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip:  3
Hang the food pack or ground it:  Ground it
Axe? Saw? Both:  Axe
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn:  Sit around campfire.
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water:  No later than 8am

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing:  Everyday
Which species do you like to go after:  All but walleye for eating
How much tackle to you bring:  Small box with 2 poles.
Are you good with a fillet knife:  Not that good.

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered:  No
Level of alcohol consumption:  1 to 2 nights
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:  Love them but have seen them more at my hometown!  Have many pics if anyone interested.

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:  Discuss it.
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home:  None

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by chandasue on Jul 22nd, 2008 at 10:17pm
Basics  
Where do you live?
Princeton, MN
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?
50ish
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?
All the gear and then some  
Preferred/Typical party size?
Less than 5 preferred, last trip was 7 and too big
What length of trips do you do/available to do?
5-8, I'd go longer if I could talk my husband into it.
Preferred season?
Late August
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp?
I prefer to travel but we have a 2 year old now so it'll be basecamping mostly for a couple years
What difficulty level do you go for?
Middle of the road is as hard as I want to work on vacation
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas?
Mostly Basswood/Agnes. I'm aching to get out further.

Paddling  
Bow or stern preference?
 Stern
What is your paddling rhythm?  
 Stroke... Breathe... Stroke... Breathe...
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?
 Depends on the wind.
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?
 No whitecaps for me.
Do you have strong navigation/map skills?
 Mediocre at best. I need my compass.

Portaging  
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage?
 Double  
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry?
 As much as possible in the packs. Only paddles in hand.  
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages?
 I don't mind steep terrain if it's not muddy between the rocks
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?
 I hate it. I risk hopping on slippery rocks to avoid finding out if there's a bottom or not.  

Camping Style  
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?
 I'd rather cook. And for that matter I'd rather cook in the bakepacker so no one has to wash a crusty pan.
Fresh or dried foods?
 Next year I'm doing my own dehydrating. I'm starting with what's in my garden this summer. :D
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?
 stove  
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?
 I prefer bars, or something simple like oatmeal. Husband expects a 5 star breakfast... I'll convert him soon enough. ;)
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?
 Everyday if we'd catch that many but we're not mighty fishermen
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)
 a little of each if the bugs aren't bad at night
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?
 Before 8 am.

Fishing  
How much time do you like to spend fishing?
 Minimal. If they aren't biting right away, why waste my time. I could be napping in the hammock!
Are you good with a fillet knife?
That's my husband's job...

Misc  
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?
 not yet...  
Level of alcohol consumption?
 not a drinker
Is photography high on your list?
 It's very high on my list. I pack a 35mm and multiple lenses with plenty of film. ya never know. best to be prepared for that moose that wanders in close.  
Do you like to go after pictographs?
 I like to see them if it's on the way, but i'm not going too far out of the way to see them.  
Do you like to go after waterfalls?
 Yep, fun to take moving water photos.
Do you like to go after the northern lights?
 I'd love to catch good lights once.  

Personality  
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you?
 I avoid bug dope until they're really getting on my nerves. But it doesn't ruin a trip.
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?
 Windbound... :(  
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?
 Depends on the problem. A rational camping/packing/paddling problem, let's fix it. Personal problem... Where's my poop scoop!
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?
 I've been tempted due to party members having emotional meltdowns/adult temper tantrums, but it hasn't happened yet. Next year it's just us (me, hubby and son). Hopefully that eliminates past issues with other paddlers.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by jjcanoeguide on Jul 24th, 2008 at 8:28am
BASICS
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Where do you live?  Baton Rouge, LA, previously in Phoenix, AZ
 
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? over 200  
 
Do you have the gear or use an outfitter?  Have gear, but usually rent a canoe due to travel constraints
 
Preferred/Typical party size? 4-6
 
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Have been going for at least a week every summer, but wanting to go for longer or more frequently
 
Preferred season? Summer
 
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? travel 75-100% of the days, but like to vary travel length
 
What difficulty level do you go for?  Any
 
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or  
explore new areas?  Southern Quetico from Prairie Portage to Kawnipi, Darky to Saganagons.  Enjoy all areas of the Quet. and BW, but would like to see northern Quet, far east & west BW
   
Paddling:   Wind isn’t a problem.  Whitewater is a risk not worth taking without the proper equipment.
 
Bow or stern preference?  Prefer stern, but will bow paddle as long as stern isn’t ruddering
 
What is your paddling rhythm?  I adjust to the bow paddler, but prefer a steady, medium paced rhythm.
 
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Depends on the wind & bugs
 
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  Will not paddle in lightning, but I have been known to go out in 2-3’ waves
 
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? Yes.
   
Portaging  
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Do you usually single/double/triple/or  portage? Single most of the time, but will run back for a 2nd load on occasion
 
Do you carry everything on your back, or a lot of hand carry?  Back with at most 1 hand carrying loose items.
 
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? I may gently put a canoe down once or twice for a breather, but otherwise, it just makes you appreciate paddling more.
 
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs?  They usually aren’t that difficult.    
 
Camping Style  
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Would you rather cook or wash the dishes?  Take turns
 
Fresh or dried foods?  Dried, though I’d love to try fresh fare
 
Cook over a fire, or over a stove?  Both
 
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars?  Try to do equally, enjoy voyageurs breakfasts (breaking camp first thing and paddling a couple miles before eating breakfast in canoe or on portage trail)
 
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip?  1-2
 
Hang the food pack or ground it? Hang 'em high.
 
Axe? Saw?  Hatchet and saw
 
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn?  Stay up late on a clear night.
 
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water?  Try to get out a couple hours after sunrise.    
 
Fishing  
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How much time do you like to spend fishing? Besides trolling while traveling, a couple hours for a few days of the trip.
 
Which species do you like to go after?  Bass and Walleye.
 
How much tackle do you bring? One small box
 
Are you good with a fillet knife?  I waste little meat, but it does take some time.
   
Misc  
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Do you have any medical conditions to be considered?  Mild asthma
 
Level of alcohol consumption?  A couple of drinks at camp most nights
 
Are you a smoker?  Pipe tobacco only, and very rarely
 
Is photography high on your list?  definitely
 
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? definitely
   
Personality  
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If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? No
 
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?   80-100 mph winds  
 
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it?  Speak up. Don’t be passive-aggressive.
 
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home?  Haven’t found one yet, and we didn’t return early after going through the July 4th, 1999 storm.  I imagine that a lack of food would probably force me return early.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by yibben_kinch on Oct 27th, 2008 at 10:23pm

Basics

Where do you live? california
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping?  400 or so
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  have all the gear for bping, but for canoeing, need paddle, pfd, and canoe
Preferred/Typical party size? solo or up to six or nine
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 10 - 14 days
Preferred season? spring, summer, or fall
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? generally change camp every night, with a couple layover days
What difficulty level do you go for? moderate to easy, but can push it if necessary
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? lac la croix, crooked, baswood, knife, parent, issabella, ely area.  and southern quetico, but i would like to go deeper into canada.


Paddling

Bow or stern preference? i prefer stern, but can switch up so long's my partner knows what he/she is doing - usually the less experienced paddler cuts their teeth in the bow at first, then masters the stern
What is your paddling rhythm? steady, and i like to glide along and hear the water rush under the canoe and hear the water from my paddle drip onto the water, and listen to the little whirlpools the paddle creates
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? if it's a push to get to the next portage, beeline
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? rain and whitecaps, up to one or two feet
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? could use a refresher course


Portaging

Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? when i was young i could get away with wearing a pdf, and a pack on the back, a pack on the front, canoe over head with paddles braced under the bow seat and fishing pole tied to the thwarts.  but now, maybe double but if solo, i would try a single pack and canoe (70 -80 lbs, but not for too long)
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? everything on back
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? pretty good
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? not as good as the mountain goat portages - esp. with all the mosquitoes


Camping Style

Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? dried
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? grapenuts with dried milk, sweetener and bug juice
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? 3 or 4
Hang the food pack or ground it? bear cannister
Axe? Saw? Both? neither
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) campfire
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? eight or so, maybe as late as ten


Fishing

How much time do you like to spend fishing? hour a day
Which species do you like to go after? crappie, sunfish, trout, walleye
How much tackle to you bring? very little
Are you good with a fillet knife? not bad, i could use some practice


Misc

Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? type 2 diabetes
Level of alcohol consumption? i could go through a handle of voddie over five - seven nights
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? no
Do you like to go after pictographs? yes
Do you like to go after waterfalls? sure
Do you like to go after the northern lights? yes


Personality

If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? nope
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? talk it out
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? none that i can think of

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Walking School Bus on Dec 29th, 2008 at 2:02pm
Basics
Where do you live? 30 miles south of St Louis, MO
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 40
Do you have the gear or use an outfitters?  Have the gear
Preferred/Typical party size? 1-9
What length of trips do you do/available to do? Usually 5-6 days, twice a year, but would like to do more than two a year
Preferred season? June, late July, early August
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? base camp at least for one extra night so that I can fish a targeted area
What difficulty level do you go for? depends who I'm with.
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? I've put in with an Moose Permit more times than not, and have done trips through Ensign and beyond.   I am doing Insula twice this summer, once by myself and once with my son and daughter and boyfriend.

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? I'm usually the bow guy, but I'm usually with novice students.
What is your paddling rhythm? Sing or whistle (lol).  I'm flexible.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? depends on the weather but paddling the shore line is nice for the views
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Small white caps are the limit for me
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? I rely on a map and compass. I'm a Wilderness leader at school and have completed Outward Bound Instructor's Course.  However, I can't use the sky as the Indians taught Heimo Korth.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? doubles, but again, it depends on who I'm with.  I usually pack a little too much.
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? both
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? slow and steady wins the race.
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? I try to avoid them.

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? cook
Fresh or dried foods? fresh, preferably fish, but the dried stuff is easy and can be a help in a storm
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? instant oatmeal, bacon, pancakes, or on the really quick mornings granola/milk
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? as many as possible
Hang the food pack or ground it? hang
Axe? Saw? Both? saw  
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? Campfires are fun & I love getting up early to fish!  Both and not much sleep!
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? early as possible, right at dawn

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? a bunch - my favorite activity on trips
Which species do you like to go after? walleyes, smallies, northern
How much tackle to you bring? 2 spinning rods, 1 fly rod, one small tackle box with plenty of rapalas and rattletraps
Are you good with a fillet knife? eh, I'm OK, I've learned to filet the northern pretty well

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? yes, I'm a fishoholic!
Level of alcohol consumption? none on trips so far, but I do drink beer at home
Are you a smoker? no
Is photography high on your list? yes, the digital stuff is fantastic
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? yes

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? multiple days of wind
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? discuss it I guess - as a leader with students, very necessary
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? last summer I was bluff-charged by a large black bear on my first solo - I paddled out that night - will do another solo this coming summer - I imagine losing food could cut it short
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Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Waterlily on Aug 13th, 2009 at 10:05am
Cool!  I'll give it a shot-

Where do you live? Northwestern Ontario
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 150+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  always had my own, never used an outfitter- think I know the park better than many of them!
Preferred/Typical party size? usually 2, up to 8- the more the merrier!
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 4-10
Preferred season? open water
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? depends on the mood
What difficulty level do you go for? challenging, but not killer- still haven't had the guts for Bonhomme-Sauvage yet!
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? pretty well all of it- would like to spend more time in the south-central area- usually go in from N or W

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? bow, with a distinct penchant for telling the sternsman he's off course:)
What is your paddling rhythm? in my head- automatic, really.
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? both, depending on the mood
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? pretty nasty- the nastier the better! I get a sick thrill from scaring my sternman in big waves:)
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes.  never been lost, never intend to be.  If you don't know your way around a map and compass (GPS does NOT count) you shouldn't be allowed out in the woods.

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? double, always with the intention of doing it in a single- where do all those packs come from??
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? mostly on my back, paddles in hand, camera at the ready
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? like a mountain goat
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? try to plan my trip to hit these in hot, dry weather to avoid said boot-sucking

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? definitely cook- I'm known for my avoidance of dishes- would rather do any camp chore than do dishes (that said, I still end up doing my fair share!)
Fresh or dried foods? combo- first few days fresh, then start to dig into dried.
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? stove- try to be light on the land- esp in areas with lots of traffic
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? depends on the mood
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? a few- don't usually hyave much luck for walleye though- I'm not a great fisherman, and I think my sternsman gives off walleye repellant!
Hang the food pack or ground it? ground, far from camp, and not between my tent and the canoe (ie escape route)  never had a bear problem yet!
Axe? Saw? Both? both
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) definitely sit around the campfire all night- where else do you get views of the stars like that  (4 years in a row was in Quetico for the peak of the Perseids- incredible!)
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? 8-9ish- my trips are pretty relaxed, schedule wise.  that said, I'm not a slow paddler:)

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? not much- would rather read a book while the sternsman fishes:)
Which species do you like to go after? walleye
How much tackle to you bring? small box- almost pocket sized
Are you good with a fillet knife? not really

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? no
Level of alcohol consumption? moderate- depending on the company:)
Are you a smoker? nope
Is photography high on your list? yep- most of my best have been taken in Quetico
Do you like to go after pictographs? yep
Do you like to go after waterfalls? yep
Do you like to go after the northern lights? yep

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no, just make it more memorable- I'll never forget the sight of 6 of us walking in quick circles around the fire eating dinner to outrace the bugs:)
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with? none really- just come prepared.  Being windbound for 3 days though gets a bit tiresome
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? discuss
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? nothing really- its an adventure, and I love adventure!

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by ryanmbeal on Dec 27th, 2009 at 11:32am
Starting to go winter crazy for the summer's trip, so I thought I'd post...

Basics
Where do you live? Alexandria, VA
Approximate number of previous nights spent canoe camping? 100+
Do you have the gear or use an outfitterer?  Outfitter supplies just the canoe
Preferred/Typical party size? 3-9
What length of trips do you do/available to do? 7 day
Preferred season? Summer
What % of the trip do you travel/base camp? 99% Travel
What difficulty level do you go for? Moderate, I need at least a few big challenge days
What area of the park are you most familiar with and do you want to spend time there or explore new areas? Covered the North half of Q extensively, always trying to see new areas

Paddling
Bow or stern preference? Stern
What is your paddling rhythm? Even
Paddle the shoreline or beeline? Beeline as long as the weather allows
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in? Anything as long as the boat is not filling up with water
Do you have strong navigation/map skills? yes

Portaging
Do you usually single/double/triple/or? portage? single
Do you carry everything on your back, or alot of hand carry? Only carry the paddles
How well do you handle the mountain goat portages? Like em
How well do you handle the boot sucking bogs? Avoid if possible, rarely find it possible

Camping Style
Would you rather cook or wash the dishes? Cook
Fresh or dried foods? Dried for Dinner, everything else tends to come from Walmart
Cook over a fire, or over a stove? Stove
Cook breakfast or breakfast bars? No Cook (except coffee) for travel days
How many fish meals do you like to have during a trip? Plan for 0
Hang the food pack or ground it? Bring the gear to hang it, but never actually have
Axe? Saw? Both? Saw
Sit around campfire all night OR wake at crack of dawn? (or both) Some of both
On a travel day, what time do you like to hit the water? On Serious travel days I like to leave around dawn, otherwise we leave when awake and ready to paddle

Fishing
How much time do you like to spend fishing? the occasional evening
Which species do you like to go after? whatever bites
How much tackle to you bring? Very small tackle box
Are you good with a fillet knife? Just barely good enough

Misc
Do you have any medical conditions to be considered? No
Level of alcohol consumption? A sip or two for the evening
Are you a smoker? No
Is photography high on your list? Yes, but its part of the journey not the goal
Do you like to go after pictographs? If they are on the route
Do you like to go after waterfalls? If they are on the route
Do you like to go after the northern lights? If they are out and I'm awake

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? no
What weather conditions are difficult for you to deal with?  Lightning strikes
If we've got a problem, would you rather discuss it or bury it? Discuss
Other than illness or injury what events or conditions would make you want to quit a trip early and head home? Have never considered leaving early so far

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Preacher 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.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by phxkayaker 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  ;))
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  ;)
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
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Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by M._Tonello 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.
 

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by ProRecreator 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.

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by SaltedLeech 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

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by SunCatcher 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?)

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by Outlander on Sep 17th, 2017 at 8:17pm


Inukshuk Profile

Basics 
Where do you live? I live full time in an RV (40’ 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 ‘never quit’ 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 – 5 day trip in late June or early July from Gunflint and work up to a 5 – 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? It’s 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 don’t 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 ‘wait it out’ 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 can’t 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? I’m 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 doesn’t mean I have to fish every minute of every trip but I doubt I’d go on a trip without a fly rod unless it was a quick 1 or 2 day ‘out and back’ to see something specific.

Which species do you like to go after? Normally I am a ‘catch and release’ only type of guy. In the BWCA I am a ‘catch and filet’ 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. I’m 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 ‘if we see them, we see them. If not, that’s OK also’ 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 doesn’t mean I paddle for the beach every time the wind blows, it just means I’ve been caught out enough to be alert. Riding a storm out on land doesn’t bother me. Getting wet is just part of the experience. I like the German attitude of “There is no bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”.


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 …. That’s a puzzler. Probably not much. Maybe a paddling companion that doesn’t respect the environment or repeatedly does dangerous things like try and pet a bear.  I’m pretty flexible so I’m 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 haven’t 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 doesn’t 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 ‘handy guy to have around”. I am a very experienced fly fisherman.

The money for food and renting gear, tows, drop offs, etc. doesn’t concern me much. I’m 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 doesn’t bother me but I’d 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. I’m flexible and I am going. Maybe we should talk?

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by the8wtfiasco 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?   I’ve 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, I’m in no rush
Paddle the shoreline or beeline?  Beeline at a slow pace
How nasty of water are you comfortable paddling in?  I’m 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 haven’t yet

Personality
If the bugs are bad, will it ruin the trip for you? If they’re 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

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by TomT 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?

Title: Re: Member Profiles    (are added here)
Post by the8wtfiasco 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.

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