Welcome to the BWCAW blog of Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service!

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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Our Favorite Dogsled Racer

The guides of Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge are focused on teaching the art of dogsledding to adventurous souls with a desire to try new things. We are not dogsled racers. Our dogs are like little Sherman Tanks. They would never place in most dogsled races.

However, we are fortunate to have friends who are dogsled racers. One of those good friends is Eva Kolodji (above, in red shirt). Eva is a 17 year old musher from Hibbing, Minnesota. She has worked with racing dogs since the second grade, and has competed as one of the youngest mushers in the circuit.

Eva's a really hard worker, and that is paying off. We are very excited that she is taking a big step forward in her dogsledding career this year. She is entered in Minnesota's (and one of the world's) foremost dogsledding competitions - the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon (
http://www.beargrease.com/). She is competing in the mid-distance race.

This year Eva will be wearing brand new, custom sewn adventure apparel specially designed and sewn for her by the generous folks at Wintergreen Designs (
http://www.wintergreendesigns.com/) in Ely, Minnesota. Kate and I stopped in today while Wintergreen Designs owner Sue Schurke (above, in navy sweater) fitted Eva for her new gear. The generous support and sponsorship of Wintergreen Designs is helping a young person achieve her dreams. Seeing that generosity today really put me in the Christmas spirit.

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