Boundary, a scenic canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters

August 8-12, 2018 Ely, Minnesota

Days: 5   |   Group size: 9   |  Lodging style: Camping + limited restroom & shower facilities 

Overview

AWG and ZenFounder bring you an awesome Boundary Water canoe trip.

Embark on a luxurious portaging experience. We're headed to the boundary waters in Minnesota this summer for fun, adventure, relaxation, and great memories.

Activities

Our primary mode of transportation will be canoes!

In fact, water is the only way to get around the boundary waters! Expect some moderate upper body activity, the opportunity for fishing, and very little hiking (unless you're carrying a canoe on your head). Add in some hammock time, delicious food, and backcountry camping, and you've got a recipe for a relaxing adventure.

Where we're staying

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) spans over a million acres of glaciated bedrock, lush pine forests, and thousands of island-dotted pristine lakes just south of the Canadian border in Northeastern Minnesota. Extending nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Quetico Provincial Park, wilderness travelers find solitude, adventure, exceptional fishing, and a special connection with nature.

The hallmark of this region is a network of primarily small and medium size lakes and rivers connected by portage paths. Great glaciers left behind these lakes, and a rugged topography of exposed bedrock, granite cliffs, rocky shorelines and sand beaches.

The 1,200 miles of BWCAW canoe routes are historic travel ways of native peoples. You will step back in time traveling the historic routes of the native Sioux and Chippewa people, as well as early explorers, French Voyageurs, trappers, and prospectors. The BWCAW appears mostly untouched by human hands – there are no roads, signs, docks, cabins, or lodges. And motors are prohibited in the interior of the BWCAW.

The US Forest Service manages the BWCAW, and visitors must obtain an entry permit and follow certain rules and regulations.

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Itinerary

Day 1 (Aug 8) – Wed

  • Arrive at MSP by 1PM
  • Drive to Ely from MSP
  • Get personalized trip routing information from outfitter
  • Dinner in Ely
  • Stay overnight in rustic bunkhouses

Day 2 – Thurs

  • Early breakfast in Ely
  • Round up gear and set out for campsite 1
  • Motor boat tow to the MN-Canada border
  • Canoe up the Knife River
  • Lunch on the water
  • More canoeing (this is our big mileage day)
  • Set up camp
  • Dinner + campfire at campsite 1

Day 3 – Fri

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Round up gear and set out for campsite 2
  • Lunch on the water
  • Short hike to waterfall
  • Set up camp
  • Dinner + campfire at campsite 2

Day 4 – Sat

  • Breakfast at camp
  • Lunch on the water
  • Canoeing and fun
  • Dinner + campfire at campsite 3

Day 5 (Aug 12) – Sun

  • Early AM breakfast
  • Short paddle to meet our motor boat tow
  • lunch in Ely
  • Drive back to MSP
  • Depart MSP no earlier than 5:30PM CST

What's Included

All gear, transportation to and from MSP, meals, and lodging during the scheduled itinerary are included in the ticket price.

You will travel with the best trail-tested, quality gear used by the most savvy wilderness travelers.

Our outfitter will provide high quality ultra-light Kevlar canoes, camping equipment, and delicious camp food for our canoe trip! They’ll also provide expert routing and trip planning assistance and show us how to use all the gear.

All transportation, meals, lodging, and park permits are included.

In short, this trip is all-inclusive. When we say that, we mean it. Leave the details to us, and enjoy yourself! All you need to bring is a short list of clothing on a few odds and ends (you’ll receive a packing list when you sign up).

What’s not included

You’re responsible for getting to and from MSP airport.

Cancellation and transfer

All tickets (including add-ons) are non-refundable but are transferable to another party for the same event. Please contact us if a transfer is needed. In the case of inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances out of the control of the organizers, event may be postponed and/or location changed to a comparable location.

If the trip is canceled due to lack of interest, your ticket will be refunded in full.

Please note: By purchasing a ticket, you agree to the code of conduct. Harassment or actions that make others feel uncomfortable will not be tolerated. Such violations will result in expulsion from the event without refund.

Accommodations

We’ll spend the night at bunkhouses in Ely on day 1.

Then, look forward to some awesome campsites. We’ll be camping with high quality gear (all provided by our outfitter), and our campsites will be next to the water with beautiful scenery. The supplies provided will make for a luxurious camping experience. Complete with camping stoves, coffee presses, and sleeping pads… we’ll have everything we need to completely enjoy the camping experience. We’ll also have three awesome meals each day. To see what meals will be provided, check out the food section!

Not an experienced camper? Not a problem at all. As long as you’re willing to participate and learn, this is the perfect opportunity for your maiden camping voyage.

Food

We’ll choose meals from the following menu options once all RSVPs are in. You definitely won’t go hungry!

Breakfast

  • Fresh eggs, fresh bacon, hash browns, ketchup/hot sauce, orange drink
  • Blueberry pancakes, syrup, apple sauce, orange drink
  • Buttermilk pancakes, syrup, apple sauce, orange drink
  • Hot flavored oatmeal, dried fruit, orange drink
  • Biscuits and gravy, dried fruit, orange drink
  • Western omelet, hash browns, orange drink

Lunch

  • Summer sausage, crackers, granola bars
  • Sliced salami, pitas, granola bars
  • Hudson Bay Bread (A high-energy and hearty oats & honey bar made in Ely. A local favorite!), sausage sticks, granola bars
  • Peanut butter and jelly on bagels, granola bars
  • Hummus on pitas, beef sausage sticks, granola bars
  • Tuna and mayo on tortillas, salt and pepper, granola bars
  • Beans with salsa spices with tortillas wrap, granola bars
  • Trail Mix (Good old raisins and peanuts with chocolate candies and cashews), sausage stick, granola bars

Snacks

  • Trail Mix – Good old raisins and peanuts with chocolate candies and cashews
  • Trail Mix – Sweet and salty mix of butter toffee peanuts, cajun corn sticks, honey roasted sesame sticks, rye chips, chili rice crackers, almonds, pretzels and cheddar corn sticks.
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Sausage sticks
  • Cookies
  • Hard Candy

Dinner

  • Fresh Steak or Chicken Breast, baked potatoes, corn, dessert
  • Beef Vegetables and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes, corn, dessert
  • Beef Stroganoff, peas, dessert
  • Chicken a la King with Rice, peas & carrots, dessert
  • Chicken Noodle Casserole, green beans, dessert
  • Biscuits and Gravy, corn, dessert
  • Vegetarian Wild West Chili, corn, dessert
  • Vegetarian Mac’n’Cheese, with or without Tuna, green beans, dessert
  • Vegetarian Sloppy Joes with Buns, corn, dessert
  • Vegetarian Spaghetti with Beef Flavored Bits, dessert

Desserts

  • S’mores (Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows).
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Chocolate Pie
  • Lemon Pie
  • Hot Apple Dessert

Drinks

  • Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cider
  • Tea
  • Kool-Aid

Gear list

Q & A

Who attends?

Attendees are self identifying geeks, people working in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and/or people with geeky hobbies. It’s possible to geek out on just about anything. Don’t get too hung up on the definition. If the event sounds fun, you’re good-natured, and you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll fit right in.

Here’s a sample from attendee registration forms

What people are looking forward to

  • Human connection
  • Decompression
  • New relationships
  • Inspiring conversations
  • Networking
  • Great conversations
  • Bonding
  • Awesome people disconnected from the world

Talents people are bringing to camp

  • Art
  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Watercolours
  • Fire building
  • Accelerant application
  • Fire suppression
  • Juggling
  • Stretching
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Lip sync’ing poorly
  • Improv
  • Drumming

Reviews

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Swaati Bhat

"I would highly recommend camping with 'Adventures with Geeks', specially if you are a beginner or first timer. One of the best hosts who is friendly, welcoming and makes sure you don't feel left out. I am glad we chose this event as our first camping in the US. I feel confident and am very keen to explore more camping events in future."

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Chris Carfi

GoDaddy

"Many of us in the technology industry are “in the flow,” seemingly 24/7. It’s critical to to get out from behind our devices, interact with others in actual conversation, and take time to process. With that time to reflect comes creativity and new ideas."

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Becky Davis

Becky Davis Design

"Like most of us, I work from home. Working for yourself has a lot of advantages, but having a chance to chat with real people IRL on a regular basis is not one of them. Sitting around a campfire with real people disconnected from technology sounds very appealing."

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Brad Williams

Web Dev Studios

"I didn’t know what to expect going to Camp Press. What I promptly learned is that was the entire point of the event—doing the unexpected, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, making new friends, having fun and serious conversations, and doing all of this without the normal technology that is always around us." 

Event price: $749
Reg. ends 07/08/2018