The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, America's most visited Wilderness, is under threat from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining on its edge and in its watershed. Pollution from these mines will flow directly into and through the heart of the Boundary Waters. The same pollution will negatively impact Voyageurs National Park and the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. The Boundary Waters is my favorite place on earth and I am endeavoring to combine two of my favorite passions - paddling the Boundary Waters and trail running.
While the Boundary Waters is "Canoe Country" - typically traversed via canoe and portage trails, there are a few established hiking routes that cross two units of the Boundary Waters. Two of these collectively cover roughly 110 miles East to West and I will run across the Boundary Waters as a way to highlight this threat within the trail running community.
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