Piragis Northwoods Company
105 North Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731
July 8, 2010
Your Friends in the Great Northwoods

News from Piragis Northwoods Company and the BoundaryWatersCatalog.com:

"Just wanted to thank everyone at Piragis for helping my husband and I to have a memorable wilderness excursion. Your staff and equipment were exceptional. The portage to Angleworm taught us that we can look inward to find strength we didn't know we had. Guess that thought can apply to many aspects of life. The blistered feet and sore portaging muscles are well worth the amazing BWCA experience. We'll be back next summer." Linda Eichstadt


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Stories from the Great Northwoods

"First class service is what we experienced using your outfitting services. We enjoying the two Seliga canoes and Kevlar paddles we rented. The wood trim on the canoe will never allow me to return to the aluminum trim days. The quietness of the canoe during fishing was outstanding. Also the paddles were a real treat. We have used a number of other outfitters in the Ely area, but will definitely return to you for our future trips out of the Ely area. The use of brand new canoes is always a treat. Although putting the first couple of surface scratches on the craft makes me cringe. We also really appreciated the 10-minutes of time that Bert spent giving us advice about portages and campsites that were on our route. They came in very helpful. Between the four people in our group, we were able to recall virtually every tip Bert told us about the route. We had complete solitude on Stuart Lake and Iron Lake for three days, after that we stayed in Tiger Bay with everyone else in the world. Last night was on Agnes, we stayed on the immediate right site as we come out of the portage from Boulder River. It was great and we had plenty of fishing luck from shore in the evening.

Can’t wait until our next trip, and we look forward to seeing the service we had on this past trip. See you soon," Jason L. Femrite

Email us your trip stories and pictures and we'll add them them to our newsletters and blog postings. Send to mac@piragis.com. Thank you and have great trips this summer!

Call Bert or Drew at 1-800-223-6565 with any outfitting needs you have. We look forward to seeing you in Ely this summer and sending you off on a great journey.

Adventurous regards,

The Outfitting Staff

e-mail Drew Brockett or Bert Heep with questions and to plan your Canoe Trip today.

Take an African Safari with Steve Piragis

Special Piragis Group Trip to Africa Trip dates in November

Trip Cost per person from Maun $7566. Estimated Cost of Airfare on Delta from Atlanta $1600 rt

Botswana, in the center of the south of the African Continent, is among the earth’s best preserved ecosystems. It’s a world away from North America, almost a different planet with its amazing variety of animals. In two weeks on our tour you’ll see all the major game animals, a dozen or more antelope species, perhaps 200 varieties of birds and live for a time in three distinct ecosystems. The camps of the our host company, Wilderness Safaris, are clean, comfortable, well stocked with food and drink and always located in the private parts of the national parks.

You fly to Johannesburg South Africa via Atlanta and on to Maun, Botswana. We’ll visit 3 remote camps in the Okavango Delta, the Chobe National Park and the Zambezi River. After a visit to spectacular Victoria Falls we fly down stream to Mana Pools National Park and 3 days of paddling and camping along the Zambezi River. Our adventure in Africa is specially designed for our group to experience the best of the best in southern Africa in 13 days. You may never want to leave and I’m sure you’ll want to come back.

Please call us personally to discuss this trip. The group is limited to 7 guests and me as liaison to be sure all your needs are met.

I'm currently kayaking in Greenland. To book this adventure in Africa call Tim Stouffer or drop him an email to mac@piragis.com

Two Boating Knots and a Hitch

by Cliff Jacobson

When I was a teenager in the 1950’s, I worked summers for a Boy Scout camp in Michigan. The job paid almost nothing but the living was free and I could canoe or sail whenever I liked. The camp had a number of old sailboats, most of which were junk. But there was one sleeper in the crowd--an 19 foot wood-ribbed C-scow that was built in 1938. If the wind was right, “White Lightning” as we called her, could run the socks off every sail boat--and most power boats--on the lake. Naturally, there who those who disagreed, so what began as an innocent sail often ended as a no holds barred race.

Once, in our exuberance, my friend and I did a very stupid thing--we converted the main sail from a smaller 16 foot sailboat into a spinnaker for the gaff-rigged scow. Then we waited till there were storm warnings on the lake and took our creation out for a test. What a rush! The taut cotton sails and decade old manila lines squealed in protest as the old boat surged to planing speed. Minutes later, there was a loud BANG as everything tore loose and suddenly, we were in the drink. Thank goodness the damage was limited to shredded sails and broken ropes--things we could repair.

My friend and I learned a lot about boats that summer. There was no money for new equipment, so we spent our free time sewing canvas and splicing ropes. When our work was complete, we took White Lighting out for a genteel “show off” run. Every line was coiled and stowed and proper knots were used throughout. We ended our sail by smartly coming about within inches of the pier--at which point my friend casually stepped ashore, mooring line in hand and in a blink, set a perfect clove hitch on the upright post. White Lightning stopped elegantly, within a millimeter of the rubber tire bumpers on the dock. Our friends on shore applauded loudly.

As the years passed, I lost my interest in sailboats and became passionate about canoes. I’ve had to learn new ropes--nylon, Dacron™, polyethylene and Kevlar™ are not like the manila lines on old White Lightning. But, with rare exceptions, the same knots and hitches are used to tie them. The good news is that the knots I know will last a life time. Unlike my computer, they won’t need upgrades!

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Send us pictures of your Piragis Pants, Camping Shirt and Windshirt in Action and you could get your photo on a poster in our Retail Store here in Ely!

We have heard from many of you about how much you enjoy our pants, camp shirts and windshirts. Thank you so much for your positive feedback and support of our products. We'd like to see your favorite shots of our Piragis Clothing in action. Please send us good quality images and we'll pick from the best to make some posters for our store display here in Ely. Send your comments and we'll post them in the newsletter with your pictures as well.

If you haven't tried our new line of wilderness trip clothing yet, or would like to order more, we're offering free shipping to everyone who purchases a pair of pants, a camp shirt and a windshirt. Just have one of each in your shopping card and use promo code PANT3.

Send pictures to mac@piragis.com. Thanx!

"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate,
And though I oft have passed them by,
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun."
[J.R.R. Tolkien]

Just what are we all about here at Piragis?

By Tim Stouffer

There are two pictures that hang in the store at Piragis Northwoods Company. Century old pictures. They are shots taken in 1905 of what was then the Bloomenson Store.

The first is an exterior shot that shows vintage awnings and the purveyor outdoors in front of the building with guess what? hanging outside. Coats. Not our staple of windblocker fleece, but two staples of the time, wool and beaver. Nature's answer to synthetic technology. The sidewalk in front of the store isn't a sidewalk, it is a boardwalk. The other falsefront buildings across the street can be seen reflected in the window.

Original Ely. With a look of determination on its face. Promise of a bright future. Open for business and proud to stock what is needed and wanted by the people.

The second picture is an interior shot complete with gas lights and the original tin ceilings and walls. There are wool pants stacked high on sturdy oak tables. Suspenders hanging from circular displays from the ceilings. The stovepipe rises to the decorative tin covered chimney from the essential woodstove in the back. The long glass displays showcase quality men's shirts while the shelves behind are complete with rows and rows of hat boxes stacked up to the tall ceilings. Men's wool driving caps stretch out in a long row across the hat boxes, displayed just at arms reach. There are cases that hold ties, gloves and shoes.

Pride and promise are evident. You can find them both in our store today. Residual benefits of a long history of service commitment to customers. The tin walls are still in place today. The looks on the three clerks faces are recognizable too. You can see the same looks of determination and commitment on the faces of our staff today.

Piragis Northwoods Company still believes that the advantages of high quality goods and services far outweigh the short term value of "a great deal." You can tell the old Ely store owners felt the same way. They are sharply dressed and waiting to help you.

At Piragis Northwoods Company we want you to be at home, to feel comfortable and at ease while you shop. We trust that you can find most things you need here, and hope that you know that you can ask us any question you like about our canoes, kayaks, camping gear, accessories, men's and women's clothing, books and gifts. No question will be considered too small, too odd or too silly. Our staff is on hand to serve your needs, to help you in any way possible.

Our merchandise speaks for itself, our reputation stands on our ability to serve the customer above and beyond the norm. We stay open to serve the local population year round with clothing, equipment and a full service bookstore that rivals any other in Minnesota. In the summer our doors open at 6 a.m and don't close until 10 p.m. Giving you time and opportunity to shop on your schedule. We go the extra mile because many people travel far and wide to reach Ely and all of you deserve our best. Each and every one who comes through our door deserves old fashioned, honest to goodness service with a smile. If you have a destination in Ely besides the Boundary Waters we hope that it is Piragis Northwoods Company, Your Friends in the Great Northwoods.

We know that many of you will never get the opportunity to visit us here in Ely, and that is one of the reasons that we uphold the same commitment to customer service and great items in our online catalog. Please call us with questions or customer service concerns at 1-800-223-6565

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