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Jeff Larson (left) of Cook and Mark Hansen of Grand Marais ski across Saganaga Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness north of Grand Marais during a winter camping trip in early March. Hansen was pulling a sled with his winter camping gear, including a double-walled tent and a woodstove.

Winter silence in the BWCAW

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ON SAGANAGA LAKE, NORTH OF GRAND MARAIS -- We have done this the other way.

We have marched eight or 12 or 18 miles into the bush. We have made the multi-day slog on snowshoes or skis.


We have gone in January and February and watched the mercury pool at the bottom of the bulb. We have endured the deep dark of those early-winter days when the light oozes out of the west by 4:30 p.m.

Not this time.

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