Once you get to Gunflint we schedule a time with you to review and plan the details of your trip. This is very important and we will spend as much time with you as you would like. We pull out the appropriate canoeing maps and mark out your route in general. Then we talk with you to be sure we understand your priorities, and your camping and paddling skills. Next, we start to get more specific—we suggest where you camp each night, where the best fishing spots are and the best lures to use, and any tricky things about finding any of the portages. To go with that, we review everything about your trip—collecting the right firewood, cooking on wood camp fires, where and how to get your water, and how to be a minimum impact camper. We pride ourselves in leaving nothing more than our foot prints when we leave each campsite or portage.
We go over your menu with you to be sure you understand what needs to be cooked and what is eaten cold. We also review with you your perishables so you eat them while they are fresh. This is your opportunity to review any extra food items you might like (maybe extra coffee, more Gorp, extra fruit drink, etc). You can review your cook kits and utensils to see that you have what you would like. We show you your cleaning supplies, since you are expected to bring your cook kit back nice and clean.
This is a joint opportunity to be sure you have everything you would like, and you understand how to use it all and where to find it in your packs. We go over your equipment to make sure you understand how to put up your tent and offer tips on how to stay dry if you catch a rainy day. We show you how we color code our packs for your convenience—one color for equipment, one color for food, and one color for personal packs.
We talk as long as you listen and have questions. We do our best to take the mystery out of your upcoming adventure, and see that you are fully prepared for your BWCA canoe trip.