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  1. Bob B.

    Any info on St. Raphael routes ....

    I am looking for any info, map info etc. on the St. Raphael Signature site in Ontario. A friend of mine and I are planning on taking this route with our two dogs next year and I am having a hard time finding reliable info on this area, especially where to get maps. If anyone has any info to...
  2. Bob B.

    Winter trek with my two dogs, Jake and Gunner.

    Today my wife and I put on a few miles with our dogs. It was a little cold, 7 degrees, but the wind made it tough for some of those miles. Jake and Gunner love to get a good romp in the fields and timber any time, but they seem to love exploring in the snow the most ... as long as we keep...
  3. Bob B.

    Questions about sassafras for a paddle

    I am a solo paddler, usually in a tandem with my dog. I am wondering about a new paddle, a north woods handle, made of sassafras. Most of my paddles are ash or cherry. But as I older, I have come to appreciate some flex in my paddles and wondered about sassafras. I have never used one, but...
  4. Bob B.

    2 guys and 2 dogs 12 days. Warning, very long report, and pic heavy.

    My buddy Tom T. and I took a 12 day trip to the Western side of the BWCA. His write up is much better than anything I could do so I posted it here. It was a great trip - cold and rigorous - but traveling with our dogs made it a marvelous and unique trip. This is my first trip in LOONG time...
  5. Bob B.

    Canoetripping community, I could use your help.

    I fear I have exhausted every resource and do not know what else to do. Long story short, Last winter I finalized a deal on a wood canvas canoe in Canada. Eventually, the canoe was delivered to Sault St. Marie, very near the border at Conor Mihell’s house. The canoe has Has been stuck there...
  6. Bob B.

    5 minute video - build traditional spruce bark canoe.

    I enjoy watching Billy Rioux on Youtube, and I missed this one - I thought some here might enjoy this short video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6V-v7mVymo Bob.
  7. Bob B.

    Last paddle report for a while ...

    Well, today it is snowing, wet and cold with a lot of rain on the way foretasted for the next two days - Yuk. Yesterday it was warmer and sunny, and I was kicked out of work at noon - for the next two weeks absolutely no one allowed in the building - so I loaded up both my dogs and we went...
  8. Bob B.

    Celebration day ... Pics updated ...

    So, after doing some work in the timber today, I received word that after 2 days next week, I will not be allowed to return until April 6th due to the Corona Virus. So, the heck with woods work, Jake and I are going canoeing. So, I racked the canoe and we were off. It was 35 degrees but not...
  9. Bob B.

    Anyone paddle a Chestnut cruiser ( Kruger)

    Looking for thoughts relative to experience paddling this 16 foot canoe solo - my thoughts would be pretty fast, nimble and a bit on the tender side. Looking for thoughts - experience paddling solo while sitting using as a wilderness tripping canoe. Kneeling is not an option for me currently...
  10. Bob B.

    need help solo paddling ...

    I am hoping some of you can offer me ideas ... I paddle with my chestnut prospector 15 foot. I can also use my Nova craft Pal or Cronje. I can no longer bend my right knee - kneeling is impossible. I need to sit and paddle and I fear I am not a strong enough paddler from the sitting only...
  11. Bob B.

    Winter solo trek

    Well, this is not a canoe story - Moderators may want to pull this. After our 7 1/2 inch snow strom, the sun came out, the wind picked up and the temps dropped. Despite this, I have been pretty lonesome for the back-country, so I went on a day hike with part of my canoe kit. I just felt like a...
  12. Bob B.

    WCPP or Kilarney?

    I have never been to Kilarney before. I am thnking my dog Jake and I might want to trip either WCPP or Kilanrney this year as the drive is roughtly the same distance from my house, just different directions. My interests always remain the same, I am solo so loops are best. I look for the...
  13. Bob B.

    Quetico Solo trip ... sort of. ( Pic heavy)

    Working a very stressful job, I have longed for the respite of my back country trip with my best buddy Jake since the Canoecopia show back in March this year were I met Michelle of Voyageur Wilderness Programme (http://vwp.com/). They are located on a 5 acre island on Nym Lake and are the...
  14. Bob B.

    Art and canoe tripping ...

    This post is about Rajean Roy, a Canadian artist who canoes the back country and has a few Vimeo videos. I love to watch his exploration of the Kennedy Lakes. Anyway, they have been posted here in the past, I watch them from time to time as it helps me to scratch a deep itch when I can not get...
  15. Bob B.

    March day paddle - Wisconsin backwater day trip

    My dog Jake and I have been longing for some canoe time - so we took a break from gathering timber for next year and racked the canoe for some exploring time - it was awesome! Man it was good to be back in the woods and water with my best buddy exploring and rubbernecking. Jake really wanted...
  16. Bob B.

    Quetico Questions?

    My dog Jake and I are planning a 6 - 10 day trip ( or so) in the Quetico. We have never explored her before. We prefer smaller more intimate waters as we do travel solo and try to avoid larger lakes in early spring as we have been wind bound before - can be a bummer. My idea is to cross the...
  17. Bob B.

    Last paddle of the season ...

    I am sorry I do not have any pictures to add to this post. It has been about mid 20's (F) in the mornings and around mid to high 40's (F) in the afternoon here in Wisconsin, so my dog Jake and I decided to rack the 15 foot Chestnut Prospector one for more weekend of paddling and exploring the...
  18. Bob B.

    Longer solo trips and resupply question.

    As solo trippers we must carry all gear and provisions ourselves. Longer trips, 2 weeks or more, requires a level of endurance I no longer wish to endure if I do not resupply within the trip. I am wondering if any solo trippers on this board resupply mid trip - on trips from say 15 to 30 days...
  19. Bob B.

    BWCA Solo trip with my dog Jake

    My dog Jake and I took another trip together, this time solo to the BWCA this year. We were supposed to enter at the Snake River, #84, but due to a death in the family, the trip was put on hold for a week. Luckily Drew at Piragis, was a huge help and got me a permit for entry # 29 and I could...
  20. Bob B.

    2016 BWCA trip with Jake and my buddy Hogan.

    As I sit in a comfy chair with a nice rum on ice, I embrace the comfortable feelings of stiff and soar muscles recovering from a trip in the bush. This was not any epic adventure - no huge miles covered in record time or uncharted lakes discovered teaming with fish. This was my first trip to...
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