Bushwhacking canoe country without a boat

A chat with outfitter and guide Jason Zabokrtsky who just emerged from two weeks in the wilderness, bushwhacking his way from the depths of Quetico Provincial Park, through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and into Ely, Minn. He made the entire 80 mile trip without seeing another human.

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"One of the things I found really interesting is how much variety I found in terrain and tree cover.  Those pines are in a place I marked on my map as a 'walkable forest' - one with a largely open understory to walk easily through.  I did not find too many of those.  The red pine stands were the best.  The white pine stands often had dense fir understories." 
Photo of red pine stand somewhere deep in the Canadian Quetico wilderness by Jason Zabokrtsky
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Photo by Jason Zabokrtsky
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Photo by Jason Zabokrtsky
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Photo by Jason Zabokrtsky
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:23 AM
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Crossing into the U.S. from Canada via the Basswood River.
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Wet and cold weather were the norm for the final six days's of Jason's trek.
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Here is a video of Jason deep in the woods that gives you a sense of the pace.
by Michael Olson, MPR News on Oct 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Here's an unedited transcript of the chat:




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