First in my mind, the portage from Grace Lake to Ella Lake. Horrible slippery boulder landing, uphill trail on more boulders. I guess the sun-drenched, west-facing campsites on Ella don't help. Tip: A quick dip in the lake can help with any sour post-portage disposition.
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A Few Toughies on the Gunflint|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Sep-01-10 11:10 AM (EST)
Posted by: MarkK on Jan-01-11 10:02 PM (EST)
did the Tus to Missing Link and Round Lake portages when I was winding up a 6 day trip in 1969. Breezed through them. Of course, I was in trip shape by then and only 20. Now, I'd wonder what I'd injure.
Posted by: canoe_junkie on Oct-08-10 9:53 PM (EST)
I wouldn't say they "sucked", since I knew what I was getting into, but for the sheer amount of portages: when I paddled the Frost three years ago, I recall more than 20 portages in one day.
Posted by: Beaverjack on Oct-14-10 7:49 AM (EST)
That trip is really a string of portages and beaver dams, broken by an occasional float. After this summer's trip down the Frost, beavers are now my 2nd least favorite rodent, right above sewer rats. That's despite my P-net username.
I concur about Frost.|
Posted by: Beaverjack on Oct-15-10 2:16 PM (EST)
It's simply a series of portages, mudwalks, and beaver dam liftovers broken by an occassional float.
More on the Frost|
Posted by: canoe_junkie on Oct-19-10 10:35 PM (EST)
I Paddled it solo during the floods of early October 2007. The problem for most of these portages was that the start of the portage was impossible to find!
Burntside to Crab|
Posted by: jhb8426 on Oct-08-10 11:19 PM (EST)
Posted by: del on Oct-11-10 8:08 PM (EST)
from fall lake to basswood..gasp! swamps, blow downs, long, skeeters and swamps.
Posted by: old_user on Oct-16-10 5:41 PM (EST)
So far, I have not met a portage I did not love. Not that it wasn't a b^&*h to do, but it feels so good when you complete it! : )
Posted by: bryanhansel on Oct-28-10 4:40 PM (EST)
The Long Portage unless the beaver dams are gone -- then it'd be okay. This makes a great winter ski though, especially if the U.S. Border Patrol has snowmobiled it.
Posted by: paddlerdan on Jan-01-11 7:33 PM (EST)
Agree: Fell on the flat wet rock 1/4 way up the hill two years ago with a guide pack on my back and a canoe on my shoulders. Came down on my elbow and it swelled up the size of a baseball. I got careless when I saw a guy with a solo kevlar canoe run up the hill in his trail shoes. No fracture, and plenty of cold water and ibuprofen finished the week.
This is my personal nemesis...|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-26-12 11:11 PM (EST)
I know this is a dead thread, but I thought I'd contribute anyway.
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-26-12 11:45 PM (EST)
We had a portage of 1700 meters. Some 300 plus rods. Then lake to paddle across..then another 900 meters..
Posted by: ppine on Sep-13-12 12:07 PM (EST)
Pretty much all of them. For perspective always think of the Grand Portage of 9 miles. I only paddles the BWCA once but will not forget.