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Backpacker Magazine – August 2011

Rip & Go: Rocky Point to Round Lake - Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, MN

Glide through back-to-back lakes on a classic North Country canoe trip.

by: Kim Phillips

Day Two: Little Saganaga Lake (Kim Phillips)
Day Two: Little Saganaga Lake (Kim Phillips)

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On The Menu

Breakfast 1
On the road
Lunches 1, 2 & 3
Summer sausage, Cheddar, avocado, and hummus wraps with mayo
Dinner 1
Little Sag Steak & Potatoes
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Instant oatmeal
Dinner 2
Rocky Point Pizza
Trail mix, granola bars, and dried fruit

Little Sag Steak & Potatoes   
A classic, hearty meal

2 6-ounce sirloin steaks (prepacked frozen in zip-top bags)
1 package instant potatoes
1½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon thyme

Mix salt, pepper, oregano, and thyme in a zip-top bag, then rub seasonings onto both sides of the steaks. Cook to preference on fire grate. Bad weather backup: Pan fry. Prepare potatoes according to box. Serves two.

Rocky Point Pizza

Italian made easy

6 small flour tortillas
1 bag pepperoni
1 squeeze bottle pizza sauce
1 package shredded Cheddar

Build a rock oven: Stack flat rocks in the shape of a 10-inch-high bridge on top of the fire grate. Slather pizza sauce on tortillas. Add cheese and pepperoni. Place pizza in a pan; slide it under rock oven once rocks are hot (10 minutes). Cook until cheese is melted. Serves two.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)
[  ] tortillas (back)        
[  ] shredded Cheddar cheese (dairy)
[  ] pepperoni (meat)
[  ] frozen sirloin steak (meat)
[  ] summer sausage (meat)
[  ] avocados (produce)
[  ] hummus (produce)
[  ] mayo packets (1)
[  ] pizza sauce (3)
[  ] instant mashed potatoes (3)
[  ] granola bars (4)
[  ] instant oatmeal (4)
[  ] dried fruit (8)
[  ] trail mix (8)

Pack Salt, pepper, oregano, thyme

PIT STOP Refuel post-paddle at the Trail Center Lodge. Order the Canoe—a burger, fries, and malt.
7611 Gunflint Trail, Grand Marais, MN; (218) 388-2214;

Gene’s IGA
431 E. Highway 61, Grand Marais, MN
(218) 387-1212

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Jul 13, 2012

It would be awesome if you guys could do a story about backpacking in the boundary waters. I live in Minnesota and I would love a chance to explore my state's most pristine wilderness, but I don't canoe and its nearly impossible to find any info about hiking the BWCA.

Jul 12, 2012

Chuck McCalment
Jul 12, 2012

Have done this trip, a wonderful change of pace for hikers. Another outfitter I personally have done business with and been very happy is Seagull Outfitters. Good people who have quality service, very adaptable to outdoors people with own gear.


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