September 2014 – July 2015
For further details, see the Philmont High Adventure 2015 page.
We depart on Amtrak on Thurs July 9. We return on Thurs July 23.
General Trip Outline
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is part of Superior National Forest. BWCA is in the northern extreme of Minnesota and it borders Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. BWCA is renown for its canoeing and fishing. It is over one million acres of pristine wilderness which includes over one thousand lakes, over one thousand miles of canoe routes and over two thousand campsites.
We will gather near Ely, Minnesota for a half-day of orientation, detailed trip planning, instruction on how to use the outfitter’s equipment and bunking in one of their bunkhouses. Then we head out early on the next morning for seven days on the water in BWCA.
We are targeting a path which leads from Nina Moose River to Mudro Lake. This itinerary has the benefit of several waterfalls, Indian pictographs, cliff faces, fantastic fishing and general scenic beauty. Not returning to the start point has the benefit of seeing new sights every day. There are enough days and distance to let the crews complete the trip without pushing too hard while earning the 50-miler award.
The National Forest Service requires all entrants to BWCA to break into crews of nine or fewer people. Permits are issued per crew with strict limits on how many crews may enter BWCA at each entry point per day. It is recommended that we have one crew travel from Nina Moose River to Mudro Lake while another crew head from Mudro Lake to Nina Moose River, allowing for a meeting half-way. Detailed plans of the trip on waterproof maps – which we will carry with us – will be reviewed during orientation.
We have chosen North Country Canoe Outfitters as our outfitter for this trip rather than the Boy Scout Northern Tier outfitter. There are many advantages of using a private outfitter – they provide better equipment, all equipment, including canoes, tents, water-tight bags for gear, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, pots, pans, rain flies and food. They require less paperwork and have fewer hoops for us to jump through. They are lower cost. They are more flexible in a variety of ways.
Age and Rank Requirements
All scouts going on this High Adventure trip need to be at least 13 years of age and at least Star rank at the time of the trip.
Fees and Deposit
A non-refundable $100 deposit is due by March 10, 2014. The balance will be due upon arrival at BWCA.
More details to follow as we get closer…