Shot on location in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota, September 2011.

The Pagami Creek Fire grew ten times in size on our first day in the park. Although we were some 40 miles away, we could see the plume and received significant smoke and weather from the resulting pyrocumulonimbus formation. Most of the hail, snow, rain, and wind we experienced was not captured in my footage for obvious reasons, but it was some of the strangest weather I've ever seen. On our way out we encountered a number of closed portages and soon realized we had been largely alone in the wilderness for some three days, not realizing the scale to which the fire had grown over the course of the week we were out.

Route: Saganaga > Swamp > Otter Track > Ester > Hanson > Cherry > Topaz > Amoeber > Knife > South Arm of Knife > Eddy > Jenny > Annie > Ogish > Kingfisher > Jasper > Alpine > Seagull

Shot on the Canon 60D and edited on FCP X by Nate Ptacek

Music: Fleet Foxes - "Montezuma"

Canon 60D
50mm f/1.8
24mm f/2.8
28-135mm f/3.5-5.6
75-300mm f/?
Sennheiser MKE 400
Zoom H4N
Manfrotto carbon sticks + 701 HDV head
Gorillapod Focus

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