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Boundary Waters Canoe Area- Fund Raising Trip for Chicago Voyagers

One paddler has had to drop out so one spot is open. We leave at 7am on July 26 and return around 5pm, August 2. Anyone interested in the one spot left please email me. Bob

It seems nearly every outdoor person dreams of a trip to the Boundary Waters, thousands of wilderness acres for the canoeist. Many don't make it due to the cost of outfitted, guided trips, or the lack of comfort of heading out without experienced trippers in the group. Well, here is your chance. On July 26, 2014, Chicago Voyagers is organizing a weeklong trip to the Boundary Waters at half the cost of a guided trip ($500 which includes driving costs, two night stay in Ely, and Kevlar canoe rental) . It will be a fund raising adventure for CV, and led by experienced BWCA paddlers. Participants will be expected to raise additional donations via friends and family and social networks. Novice or old pros are both welcome. I have paddled comparable routes to what we will take with both over 55 adult groups and inner city teens with no experience. You need to be in decent physical condition, and be able to tote a pack or canoe over a portage. CV will supply any needed training before going and the group gear as well. We will have at least one paddling session on a local lake to practice canoe rescues and other safety issues.

We will be paddling lightweight Kevlar canoes supplied by an outfitter. It will be eight days, with six days on the water. A typical six day trip could be as many as 50 miles paddles and up to 20 portages, but don't let these numbers deter you. It can be easily done with a little planning, and will allow for plenty of time to swim, fish, hike or just relax. Our put in point is Lake One very early in the morning of July 27.  The final group will be limited to 9 total paddlers, since this is the BWCA group size limit. reservations have been made for the night before paddling out and the night before returning to Chicag as well.

Several members of this Meet Up group accompanied me on a BWCA trip this past July, and all had a great wilderness experience.

If you are not experienced in wilderness canoeing, you will be learning things like navigation with map and compass, leave no trace, and portaging skills. Likely, you will also take your canoeing skills to a higher level, improving your strokes (J, draw, pry, sweeps and braces), since practice makes perfect and a few thousand strokes a day is a lot of practice.

By responding yes, you are not actually committing to the trip. When you respond yes, I will send you additional information on the details as well as the method of signing up and placing a deposit to save your spot. When nine people have committed via deposit, I will close the rsvps. We have already filled four out of the nine spots.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, and if you want to discuss it one on one, I would be happy to provide a phone number.

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  • Marian C

    I second Bob's report that the trip was a great success. I came back refreshed and renewed. Bob did a wonderful job organizing the trip. If anyone has ever considered a trip to the boundary waters, I suggest you contact Bob about taking the trip next year.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Bob

    The trip was a great success, raising over $5,000 for Chicago Voyagers. Eight paddlers covered 53 miles, 18 portages, and 2 rapids in six days of paddling.

    Anyone interested in this trip next year, please contact me.

    August 3, 2014

  • John

    Can't make it, sorry.

    March 11, 2014

  • Mr. J.

    What about food ? Is that covered or provided on trip ? Any other fees for camping or BWCA ?

    March 5, 2014

    • Bob

      You will be responsible for your meals in Ely and during the drive up and back. We will supply the "wilderness" food.

      March 5, 2014

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