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What book(s) for first time Q tripper?
Jan 16th, 2020 at 7:38am
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We have the usual BW books, but what should we get for planning/dreaming N of the border?
  
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Re: What book(s) for first time Q tripper?
Reply #1 - Jan 16th, 2020 at 5:24pm
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Quetico Adventures by Tim Mead. Lots of detailed routes and bushwhacks too.

Kevin Callan - Quetico and Beyond.
  
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Reply #2 - Jan 17th, 2020 at 4:40pm
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cyclones30 wrote on Jan 16th, 2020 at 7:38am:
We have the usual BW books, but what should we get for planning/dreaming N of the border?


I think I'd start with looking back through several years of recommendations made in this particular forum.  I know that almost everything I've recommended (which included Tim Mead's book) dealt with folks & events based north of the border.

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Reply #3 - Jan 17th, 2020 at 7:51pm
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Some of the best and more current information is on this site. Itís called Ďtrip reportsí. Wink
  
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Reply #4 - Jan 18th, 2020 at 9:03am
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Old Salt wrote on Jan 17th, 2020 at 7:51pm:
Some of the best and more current information is on this site. Itís called Ďtrip reportsí. Wink


That's funny because the two books I recommended are basically trip reports.   Grin  I should gather all of my trip reports since 2007 and publish a book.  "Quetico Misadventures!" by TomT
  
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Reply #5 - Jan 18th, 2020 at 9:28am
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Over the years I have bought every book I could find that had anything to do with canoe travel and especially the Quetico.  More recently I built bookshelves and had my Father's old reading chair re-upholstered.  Early in that endeavor the idea was to have ample material to re-read when I was older and no longer making trips. 

Now I wish I had spend more time in a canoe than reading about it.  Damned employment always gets in the way of more interesting life events.

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Reply #6 - Jan 18th, 2020 at 9:39am
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TomT wrote on Jan 18th, 2020 at 9:03am:
Old Salt wrote on Jan 17th, 2020 at 7:51pm:
Some of the best and more current information is on this site. Itís called Ďtrip reportsí. Wink


That's funny because the two books I recommended are basically trip reports.† †Grin† I should gather all of my trip reports since 2007 and publish a book.† "Quetico Misadventures!" by TomT


That's basically what Tim Mead did with his book.† He's also a frequent BWJ contributor.† He pulled together those pieces, added a few new ones and there was his book.

Tim really knows his stuff.† He still posts to QJ every once in a while.† He's known around here as "Ancient Angler."† Quetico is only one of several outdoor topics he writes about.† Tim's a great guy and former University English professor.† He's traveled all over the place and has published re: numerous subjects in his retirement.† In that respect (& others), he is one of my heroes.† See his website at: (You need to Login or Register to view media files and links) .

Way back when, I used to live in NC and I flew up to Quetico every year for many years.† I didn't discover that Tim was practically a neighbor of mine (NC has long been his home state) until long after I relocated to MN to get closer to Quetico. That was too bad as I could've used another paddling party partner a time or two back then.

Tim was the target of one of my very best practical jokes, ever.† I'd like to say he had a good sense of humor about my prank but - to this day - he still has no idea he was even duped by what must have seemed like a "weird Jimbo mental telepathy" at the time.  The episode is now long-since forgotten by him, I'm sure.† Nevertheless, it remains a favorite campfire story of mine... a "gotcha trick" of the highest order.

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Jimbo† †Cool† †
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Reply #7 - Jan 18th, 2020 at 11:49am
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The BWJs are another great resource. Iím planning to bring a couple of boxes of back issues to Copia to sell $5 each. If anyone wants to buy a bunch, we can probably come up with a quantity discount. Let me know if youíre looking for something specific. Cool
  
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Re: What book(s) for first time Q tripper?
Reply #8 - Jan 20th, 2020 at 3:49pm
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All good advice.

I bought this book when I first started going to the Q and highly recommend it.
I've NEVER done one of his routes EXACTLY as he laid them out but used them as a foundation for trips I did do.

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† I would lay out his routes on a paper map, then mark places I wanted to deviate too.

† Then I would look in the QJ trip report archives to find info about those places. Between that and asking on the forums, I got a lot of info that would have taken years to learn on my own.

† I think it would be fair to say you could spend the average tripper's lifetime of paddling in the Q and still learn something new every trip.† Just the time of year/weather can change the course of your whole trip.

† That's why most of us have Plan B's, maybe more.
I used the FUBAR plan last trip.† Wink Grin Grin
  
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Re: What book(s) for first time Q tripper?
Reply #9 - Jan 20th, 2020 at 4:29pm
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To that I'd add song/path of the Paddle. Bill Mason?
  
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