Some have noted that I'm signed up for the Voyageur 50 Mile (July 30) and assume I'm running it. I'm not.
I'm thinking of going up there, saying hi to a few people, maybe snap a couple of pictures before the race starts and then head off north. It's a good day to start climbing Minnesota's 2000 foot peaks. Depending upon time, I may get in Stony Tower Hill (maybe a 10 minute scamper), Wanless Tower (easy), Lundeen Mountain (meh), Peak 2114 (probably an hour to find it and another to climb), Peak 2163 (a long rough bushwack that will probably cause me to reconsider) and Eagle Mountain. No way I'm doing all 6 in one day!
Whatever I get accomplished, I plan to be back in Carlton for the lasagna dinner for the racers. After all, I've paid for it - can't let it go to waste.
I've been looking at the peaks and considering how to do them. Some are remarkably tough. One is adjacent to State Lake, which once got listed as "the most inaccessible lake in Minnesota;" there was a plan to check the DNA of the trout expected to be there, but they could find no one who would consider trying to make the trip. Even worse is one that's 15 miles along the Kekekabic Trail (which is slightly less a nightmare than it was after all the trees blew down, but is still barely a trail) before a 3 mile bushwack; I'd try to do it in a day, though I can find no one who's done it without camping three days.
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