Paul R. Christen Trek

  • The Paul R. Christen Trek, named in honor of the final Chairman of Region 10; and namesake of the BSA’s 4th National High Adventure Base at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
    • After moving the “Jumping Off Place” to Moose Lake in 1933, the first two-week trip was offered in 1934 with an itinerary known as Hunters Island.
    • Hunters Island is a large land mass — now known to not be an actual island — which occupies the area between the two most historically significant fur trade waterway routes in northern Ontario, Canada: the Kaministiquia and the Grand Portage.
    • Hunter Island is bounded to the south by Ottertrack, Knife, and Basswood lakes on the international Canada–United States border, to the east by Saganaga Lake, to the north by Kawnipi and Sturgeon lakes, and on the west by the Maligne River. With the Saganaga-Maligne drainage to the east and north and the Basswood drainage to the south and west, Hunter Island can be thought of as a peninsula connected to the United States across the 90-rod Monument Portage between Swamp and Ottertrack Lakes.
    • This challenging 12-day trip departs from and returns to the Charles L. Sommers National High Adventure Base on Moose Lake, northeast of Ely Minnesota.
    • Approximately half of the trip will be spent paddling the Grand Portage Fur Trade Route on the US – Canada border; and the other half within the Quetico Provincial Park, Ontario, on the Kaministiquia Fur Trade Route.
    • Crews travelling this route will need to have a Quetico permit.  
    • This trip will only depart on the schedule noted below.  Crews will need to request this trip specifically at the time of registration.  Due to the requirement of a Quetico permit – crews will need to budget additional monies to secure that permit, up to $1,000 per trip.