with the Los Alamos Mountaineers
by Reid Priedhorsky
These pages describe a canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters led by me under
the auspices of the Los Alamos
Mountaineers. We visited 27 lakes in 50 miles, including Snowbank, Enson,
Kekekabic, Fraser, Thomas, Ima, and Disappointment.
“Terrible conditions ... an extremely tiring paddle.”
— Andy Exley
“A pretty stupid idea.”
— Rick Kelley
“One of the most frightening experiences of my
— Bill Priedhorsky
This trip report was written, organized, and copyright 2008 by Reid
Priedhorsky. Images are copyright 2007 by their respective owners. All rights
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This trip report contains 118 photos and about 8,000 words.
- Getting there. Overview map and travel to Snowbank Lake. Start
- Day 1. Snowbank Lake to Vera Lake. 6.87 miles paddling
and 4 portages totaling 552 rods.
- Day 2. Vera Lake to Spoon Lake. 5.54 miles paddling plus
5 portages totaling 341 rods.
- Day 3. Spoon Lake to Kekekabic Lake. 1.50 miles paddling
plus 2 portages totaling 110 rods.
- Day 4. Layover on Kekekabic Lake. 4.41 miles paddling
plus 5.94-mile dayhike.
- Day 5. Kekekabic Lake to Thomas Lake. 7.75 miles
paddling plus 5 portages totaling 262 rods.
- Day 6. Thomas Lake to Ima Lake. 4.36 miles paddling plus
4 portages totaling 111 rods.
- Day 7. Ima Lake to Snowbank Lake. 8.22 miles paddling
plus 8 portages totaling 329 rods.