Greetings from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Ely, Minnesota. For those of you who don’t know, the Boundary Waters region is a designated federal wilderness of one million acres of lakes and land all connected by portages (French for trails). My wife and I own Red Rock Wilderness Store and Northwind Lodge here at about the end of the Fernberg road. The Fernberg serves as a major entry way into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). Our store, resort and home are surrounded by the BWCA on three sides. That’s miles and miles of water-only access for the most part with canoes, except for outside lakes such as our own beautiful lake here called Jasper.
My intent for this particular blog is to review and showcase gear that we like. If we don’t like it, we generally won’t use it or sell it for that matter. We like equipment that does at least a fairly decent job and there is simply a lot of stuff to wade through out there with a lot of redundancy. Bearing that in mind, please be aware that pretty much everything made will have it’s shortcomings which are usually brought on by external factors like weather, abuse, bad luck, etc. Our goal is to try to narrow down the choices for us, our customers, and our clients. So, read on if you are interested and note that if you’re happy with your stuff and I don’t particularly like it, then, “Oh well! Glad it’s working for you! Thanks for reading!