Article by Alan Teelander - July, 2012
Boundary Waters Pictures
My friend Mike and I set out for the Boundary Waters June - 2012 and these are some of the pictures from that trip.
From about 30 miles north of Ely, Minnesota, we started our adventure.
The river trip to the first portage was simple and easy paddling....
One of the beautiful scenes from the Boundary Waters...
Looking down on the falls near the start of the trip...
On the trip, we used 4 Duluth Backpacks.
They have been on several trips, they are made in the USA and have a lifetime guarantee.
Boundary Waters Pictures - massive rocks that seem more like mountains...
Throughout this page we will be showing the gear we used on this trip.
Proper gear and technology is critical to your safety if you take a trip to this area.
Boundary Waters Pictures - This Kevlar Canoe was rented and Mike owned the other one we used.
These canoes are made in the USA of Kevlar, they are 16 foot long, they are the very best you can buy - but are very expensive to purchase.
We suggest that you rent one from an outfitter in Ely, Minnesota for a couple hundred dollars if you are not going to use it often.
Boundary Waters Pictures - This is around the 4th portage and it was very unique.
The images above and below show the portage pulling a large DNR boat up the hill and dropping on the other side of the portage.
I am told that there are more than one of these portages within the Boundary Waters area.
Motors are allowed on the Canadian side of Lac La Croix and we even saw a Ford F250 (below) floating on a barge that had to have come through this portage.
Boundary Waters Pictures Rail Cart coming back up from the north side.
A gas pulley system pulled the boats up from either side and gravity dropped the cart to the other side.
The man who ran the Rail Cart told of of some ancient pictographs (below) from Indians that were just up the lake on the right side.
The images were taken with an inexpensive 12.1 megapixel Vivitar camera that cost around $52 and the images are actually pretty good.
The Boundary Waters is a rough place so unless you are a pro, leave the good camera home and pack a camera like this in a waterproof bag.
We left the Boundary Waters 2 days early because I happened to have a Midland HH50 Pocket Weather Radio with me.
It was a last minute decision to bring it but it kept us ahead of the storms and the day after we left the waters, the huge flooding of storm June 2012 hit the Duluth and northern Minnesota area.
We got out just in time because of this radio, we moved our camps because we knew the windows of good and bad weather.
Costing less than $15, this little radio is a must for any wilderness camping adventure.
All of our food and the products we used on the trip are at the top-right in the Amazon section.
We hand-picked these products because they worked well for us and we suggest them for your trip.