I have a friend who has done this 1 week combined paddling/portage of 10 lakes in BC, Canada. Sounds like a blast. Planning on going for a week next summer. Has anyone done this? They have bear locked food hides at the camping spots. Just wondered if anyone has had any issue with bears on this one? I know that if you keep your camp perfectly clean, change out of your food preparing/eating clothes, and lock your food away from camp, and carry bear spray you should be fine. Just wondered if anyone had experience there. Any other words of advice? We are going without a guide.