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Day Trip Trail Clearing on the Powwow Trail

New to the Boundary Waters or don't have the time or equipment for a backpacking trip this fall? Join us on the weekend of October 25-27th for a day of trail clearing on the Powwow Trail! We will be carpooling up from the Twin Cities on Friday to stay in lodging near the trail Friday and Saturday night. We will spend a full day Saturday hiking and clearing. Our goal for this trip will be to clear any treefalls within the first four miles from the trailhead, in addition to removing all the encroaching brush along this section. This is a great way to get an introduction to the Boundary Waters and make some new friends, all while making a meaningful contribution to maintaining the Powwow Trail!

Here is the rough outline of the trip schedule:
• Carpools (arranged by crew leader) will depart the Twin Cities Metro Area Friday afternoon.
• Possible stop for dinner and/or to meet up with Duluth area volunteers, then to condo lodging closer to the Powwow trailhead.
• Breakfast at condo
• 50 minute drive to BWAC entry point 86, the Powwow Hiking Trail.
• Safety talk and tool review given by crew leader before setting out to the work area.
• We will work in sub teams of three. There will be breaks as needed and lunch break, with a return to the cars between 4-6 pm. Safety is our number one goal.
• Depending on crew needs, we will return to the metro area either Saturday evening or spend a second night at the condo, to return Sunday morning.

Registration cost: $45. Includes lodging and trail clearing tools needed for the trip.
Additional costs will include carpooling gas and meals.

What you will need to bring: Leather work gloves, sturdy hiking boots, very likely rubber over boots for crossing couple of beaver dams with water running (or high, water proof hunting boots), extra dry socks, layered clothing, reliable rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, whistle, compass, TP, bug repellent, treat your clothing with Permethrin tick repellent prior to trip. Bring lunch, snacks, two quarts of water. More detailed list will be provided.

BWAC will provide: BWCAW permit for the group, safety glasses, tools, first aid kit, map for the group.

Prerequisites and small print (PLEASE READ):
This trip is tobacco, drugs, and pet free. New participants will need to attend a training hike organized by one of the BWAC crew leaders.

Register here for the August 8th BWAC rally:

Participants should in good physical condition, able to hike 10 miles a day, be amiable crew members, self motivated, goal oriented yet with safety in mind for both self and the team. Participants are required to sign a liability release and photo video waiver, USFS self certification health form, and a confidential BWAC medical form prior to trip. Participants will be required to follow the organizer's directions, and to wear safety glasses and leather gloves when on the trail clearing or hiking. The organizer has the right to refuse participation to anyone for any or no reason. New participants, please contact one of the day trip crew leaders (Chris Apgar or Dave Lates) before RSVPing to discuss trip details and preparedness.

Leader contact information is below:
Chris Apgar -; 732-803-1359
Dave Lates -; 845-702-2800

Please note, the trip could be cancelled due to very bad weather, risk of fire danger, or other circumstances beyond the control of BWAC.

Thank you for considering this trip. By investing a day of your time you will be creating a lasting value for hikers and helping preserve this amazing trail for society!