Boundary Waters

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    May 18, 2010 3:58 PM GMT
    OK guys, I am in the Chicago area and occasionally get on "gay dot com" to look for other guys who want to kayak or hike. Well it seems like most of the guys on there don't enjoy the outdoors.

    I have been looking for any guys in Wisconsin or Illinois that are into camping, kayaking, hiking. Seems like I should have checked here first.

    I was wondering if anyone has any advice on paddling the boundary waters out of Ely MN.

    If anyone has gone or wants to go please respond.

    There must be gay guys that like to hike, paddle and camp!!!!!!!
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    May 18, 2010 4:14 PM GMT
    cestfort2000 saidOK guys, I am in the Chicago area and occasionally get on "gay dot com" to look for other guys who want to kayak or hike. Well it seems like most of the guys on there don't enjoy the outdoors.

    I have been looking for any guys in Wisconsin or Illinois that are into camping, kayaking, hiking. Seems like I should have checked here first.

    I was wondering if anyone has any advice on paddling the boundary waters out of Ely MN.

    If anyone has gone or wants to go please respond.

    There must be gay guys that like to hike, paddle and camp!!!!!!!

    Been there, done that. Used to visit Vermillion Community College in Ely fairly regularly on academic business. Sorry I'm not a candidate to join you, but I can tell you that the whole area is geared to canoeing and kayaking the Boundary Waters, so you need to bring along almost nothing with you, although the less you have to outfit yourself locally the less it obviously costs.

    I would go with someone who knows the area, or else with a hired guide; it's easy to get lost. Do not go solo. Depending on your own experience level, check with any guides you're considering regarding the size of the parties they take, and if they accept total novices, or are more selective. You don't wanna be with a mob of novices if not one yourself.

    Also ask if women will be in your party, in case that would disconcert you. Obviously there are no restroom facilities for much of it, you piss from the canoe as needed (well, you would know that, but I'm also writing for others here who haven't had that experience), or maybe you'd just prefer the company of all men.

    Wish I could join you, though, I love to canoe & kayak, hike & camp, too.
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    May 18, 2010 4:24 PM GMT
    Hey thanks for the great info. I understand May and September are the best months to go due to the lack of mosquitos.......

    Isn't the mosquito the state bird of Minnesota?icon_lol.gif

    I do like the idea of an all guy trip but might have to set that up from this end. Hate to get up there and find out I have been put with the cast from Deliverenceicon_evil.gif
  • iowaguy000

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    May 19, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    I don't know if May and September are good months because of mosquitos, but my experience has been that the weather in June is thunderstorms and rain. That sucks when your day is spent paddling in the rain, or if you are trying to keep a fire alive to dry wood to keep the fire alive. The weather was much better during the last half of July. Two trips in June were dominated by rain, but July was much better. There are outfitters in Ely that can set you up for the week with food, cooking gear, tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. You can take a guide, or your group can go on their own, but you really need someone with a sense of direction, landmarks, and map reading skills.

    It's also good to have some prior canoeing experience, just in case you find yourself caught in a fast moving current. I've seen some fiberglass canoes with holes in them and some aluminum canoes that didn't fair too well and got folded up. Make a habit of wearing your life vest, no matter how good of a swimmer you think you may be. Drowning puts a damper on a fun trip.

    There are designated campsites in the BWCA, each with a fire ring and a pit toilet. There is no outhouse structure to the toilet, just a base with a toilet seat, out in the open, set off in the woods a bit. I think you can have up to 9 people per campsite.

    That's my two cents. For me the Boundary Waters is a great experience.


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    May 20, 2010 10:30 PM GMT
    Iowa that is awesome advice. That makes you the guide for the next trip.
    Thanks
  • Tritimium

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    May 20, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    If you're just looking for folks to go kayaking / hiking / etc. with, and no other 'activities' on the agenda - do they have to be gay? Plenty of straight guys into that sort of stuff. icon_smile.gif
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    May 23, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    I've never been to the Boundary Waters, but I did visit Quetico (the Canadian equivalent...and (I think) attached) when I was a kid. It was great scenery and its fun to get away from civilization. What disappointed me the most was the number of people who were there. I have better luck not seeing people if I stay in my own house.