It’s been a few years since I’ve camped in the BWCA in October. I recently had the opportunity to spend a few nights in the Boundary Waters and as usual it was wonderful. It was just Rugby and me for a somewhat solo adventure.
I was happy to have Rugby along to use as a mini heating pad one night when the temperature dipped into the low 20’s. It didn’t get very warm during that day but the other days and nights were comfortable.
Paddling and camping in October you can have a variety of conditions all in one day. Snow flurries one minute, abundant sunshine the next and everything in between as the wind blows in new weather. The majority of my pack space was filled with clothing and I’m glad I brought as much as I did. The one night I had all of my clothing on to sleep in including my hat, gloves and three pair of socks.
I’m still not putting my camping gear away just yet. As long as the lakes are still liquid there’s hope for another canoe trip into the BWCA. Try it, you’ll love it.