Long Hike Ahead: GearJunkie Crew Heading to 65-Mile Border Route Trail

Update: Full trip report now posted here.

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and though not the literal end of summer, it certainly is a figurative end in my mind. To celebrate, three members of the GearJunkie crew are heading north, way north, to the depths of Minnesota’s North Woods and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. There, we will lace up our boots (no canoes this time!) and head west to east on the Border Route Trail, a 65-mile hiking path that traverses the BWCA.

The route follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, and it is a “rugged wilderness hiking trail,” according to the organization that maintains it, including a path that follows ridge-lines and cliffs wherever feasible. Expansive views across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area are a hallmark of the trip, which takes many groups four or more days to thru-hike.

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Signpost along the trail; photo by Clear Water Outfitters

We’re going to film a video as we hike, and our goal is a fast-and-light style trip to complete the entire trail. We won’t share all the details just yet, but regardless, it’s going to be a crazy trip. We’ll be testing new and prototype equipment, eating on the go, sleeping just a little bit (in bivy bags; no tents); and pushing our limits while also soaking in the glory of the BWCA as we go.

Wish us luck! Hope everyone out there has big plans for the holiday weekend, too. These are the final days of summer 2011 for many of us. Make sure and spend them outside!

Update: Full trip report now posted here.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com. Connect with Regenold at Facebook.com/TheGearJunkie or on Twitter via @TheGearJunkie.

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Google map of the 65-mile Border Route Trail

Posted by Carolyn - 09/04/2011 04:16 PM

You all are on my mind! Need I have to say “BE CAREFULLAND HAVE FUN!!!

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Posted by JCardwell - 09/07/2011 08:35 AM

Looking forward to the recap when your body recovers. Family was up in that direction over the weekend too. Decided not to travel north of Grand Marais to save on time. Border Trail is a certain must do when it can be accomplished sans children. Keep us posted!

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Posted by Stephen Regenold - 09/07/2011 08:55 AM

Update, Sept. 7, 2011. Back home and sore! Completed the Border Route trail in fast time, including an (insane) 29-hour push to start, where we covered about 52 miles, and then a rest, and then (yesterday) a final push thru the last 12 miles to the end. Quite a trip! Saw moose, got lost multiple times, slept two men in one sleeping bag (not by choice!). . . epic! Full report to come soon.

Posted by Tim - 03/24/2013 04:27 PM

A bunch of hiking/camping items available straight from Outdoorshopping.com

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