Sarah Brandel

I took part in Ely Outfitting Company's Women in the Wilderness Boundary Waters Canoe trip in September 2016, led by Kate Ford, and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a national treasure, but it can be a challenge to navigate if you're not an experienced paddler/hiker/camper. Kate not only made the long weekend an adventure to remember, but she helped people in our group--many of whom had never canoed before--discover abilities (like steering and portaging canoes) they'd never known they had. I would recommend this trip, the company, and our guide to anyone wanting to experience the Boundary Waters for themselves, especially anyone who doesn't feel they have the necessary skills to go. You might just surprise yourself!