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PostPosted: December 16th, 2008, 6:53 pm 
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I finally got around to uploading last year's trip on Youtube.
Here's the link, http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?u ... uildermark

It's around 35 minutes long, split up into 4 parts.
I hope you enjoy it.

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 7:05 am 
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Hello Mark,

I'm curious about how you made this route choice.
Rarely travelled (the vanishing portages), low volume (small intimate rivers) and keeping your partner happy through all the trials and tribulations.
Did you just look at a topo and say "Maybe we can do this?"

We are looking at a similar trip this spring, north of Sioux Lookout, heading down the Roadhouse River, making a 180 degree turn at Lake St. Joseph and returning to Lac Seul via the Root River.

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 1:01 pm 
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Nicely done.

How about a brief note on what canoes you used, spray covers, paddles and what worked and what didn't. Looks like the barrel harness was a pain. Also some comment on the route itself as to overall degree of difficulty.
Was that a homestead where the small cemetery was?


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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 6:13 pm 
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I'm curious about how you made this route choice.
Rarely traveled (the vanishing portages), low volume (small intimate rivers) and keeping your partner happy through all the trials and tribulations.
Did you just look at a topo and say "Maybe we can do this?"

We found the route from this site. We’ve done many other “normal” routes in the Northwest, like the Steel, Sand, Otoskwin, and the Turtle, this time we wanted to do something special. The route wouldn't have been very difficult if there were maintained portages. There were very few where we could carry the canoes on our shoulders, most of the time they had to be pushed and pulled through the blowdown. It would take a good sized work crew weeks to clear just some of the necessary portages on this route. I say it should be left alone though, we need a place like this to remind us what wilderness should be.

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PostPosted: December 17th, 2008, 6:31 pm 
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houdini wrote:
Nicely done.

How about a brief note on what canoes you used, spray covers, paddles and what worked and what didn't. Also some comment on the route itself as to overall degree of difficulty.
Was that a homestead where the small cemetery was?


Merri and I have been married for over twenty years. We both attribute that to the fact we never paddle tandem together. Royalex Bell Widlfire, and a Royalex Mad River Guide, they may be heavy but they always survive a good beating.
The barrel harness is actually very comfortable. Not all are made the same, we have used many different types and makes, the one you saw Merri carrying is, in my opinion, the only one that is worth buying.
All the gear we use has been chosen over many years of trial and error, everything we take with us serves its purpose perfectly. The best gear advice I can give would be to take only the bare minimum and make it the best that you can afford.

I found the two graves when I went on shore to pee. I just happened on to them.

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