BWCA Portage 391 (Knife to Vera)

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Approximate Length:
968m (192 rods)


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On 1/20/2021 3:09:11 PM, Kerosene said:
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Outfitter was concerned about our ability as mid-60s newbies to get over this "tough" portage. As a long-distance backpacker (albeit now with bad knees) this was surprisingly straightforward, although the rocky section in the middle might have been touchy if it had been wet. My partner forced me to put down our Kevlar canoe 3 times, but I could've probably done it with one rest break.
On 8/7/2019 8:35:25 PM, Riley Smith said:
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This portage tested my group at 6:30 pm. A bit of a climb and then a steep descent while taking it from the North. Pretty easy to follow, and the landings are nice.
On 2/26/2019 5:48:03 PM, dugn said:
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What makes this portage tough in addition to a sizable distance is the elevation change plus a particularly steep section up (or down) a rock face that has just a few foot holds on it. Traveling from Knife to Ensign this one plus the Vera-to-Ensign portage are two that will take a fair amount of energy if you have gear.
On 3/20/2018 2:11:13 PM, Teenda said:
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It's a medium length with a boulder section at the top, nothing crazy. Traveled from Vera to Knife.
On 1/16/2017 6:56:47 PM, TuscaroraBorealis said:
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Agree w/Chris...A little bit of everything on this one. There are a few small stretches that have obviously been improved. Sorta like walking along railroad grade - minus the tracks. But, there are a couple of areas that could be absolutely treacherous if it is wet. Steep, and few good footholds. Use extreme caution!
On 9/19/2016 8:57:08 PM, niem0128 said:
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Some climbing and fairly long, but nothing too difficult. Well traveled.
On 2/13/2015 12:02:20 PM, halvorson.christopher said:
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the worst part if getting up out of Knife. Nice view from the top. (8 out of 10) 10 being the worst.
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