Not sure I can help too much but..
- Pack: I've got a big boundary bag kicking around.
- Compression sacks: I stuff my down in a stuff sack and then wrap it with my bear-bag rope to really compress it, really cinch it down, and then drop that into a garbage bage, twist and stuff into a second stuff sack to protect the garbage bag. Cheap, easy and effective. One of these days I'll have to get myself a fancy-shmancy compression sac with a valve, but until then it's Gladbags for me.
- Out-of-shape? Join the club! I'm a wreck too.
- Thunder & lightening? Take it as a sign that maybe the Big Guy was trying to get you back behind the thread injector!
Hey Chard et al;
I've been a fly on this forum wall, but I am still in, have the time booked off, and will be arranging a canoe rental next week. Hopefully this warm spell with winds will persuade the lake ice to bugger off.
I will probably do a solo day or two after the group hang providing things go as planned.
Considering I will be trying to have the canoe dropped off at our lake departure location (no roof racks) it would be nice to have a set location, although its understandable this might not be set in stone until closer to the date. Hoping algonquin outfitters will accommodate last minute scrambles!
Mmmmm, Swift Shearwater. Fishies, here I come!
I'm also hoping to spend a couple of extra days either before or after the hang.
For my part, it'd be nice to go in through Magnetewan, but everything depends on the ice and access road conditions. The Kearney access road sometimes gets flooded in the spring and the road becomes impassable. Obviously the safest bet would be to launch at Canoe Lake, but that route takes us across the biggest water.
Hopefully AO can be a bit flexible given the late thaw. There're usually really good about things like that, given enough notice.
Last edited by Chard; 04-19-2013 at 14:44.
My buddy is 80% in.
It will be his first hammock trip (though he doesn't know it yet). He's borrowed a lightweight tent from me in the past instead of carrying either of his big old tents but now that I have two hammocks, I see no reason why he should be stuck on the ground.
The route from Magnetewan is an easier trip but the access road would be my concern. Then again, it might be easier pushing a car out of the mud than the doing Tom Thompson-Macintosh portage with my current fitness.
Last edited by keg; 04-19-2013 at 16:32.
The Magnetewan road can be dicey in a couple of low spots during the spring flood. Perhaps a 4x4 could get through but we might just have to go with the MNR's call on this one.
Just a quick aside: I brought my canoe up to Swift Canoe in Gravenhurst for repairs last month and will be picking it up enroute. The only catch is that they open at 9am, so I wouldn't likely get to Canoe lake before 10:15-10:30. A little later than normal, but that's the way it goes.
BTW: Group stew?
My buddy's confirmed and I'm booking a canoe. Stew sounds like a plan.
Are any details needed permit wise?
Looks like it's Canoe Lake to McIntosh for Plan A, and I'd put forth Boncherre for Plan B, Welcome/Harry/Rence or even Louisa for Plan C.
Plan D would be to leave the canoes at somewhere enroute (a classic Canadian spousal hoodwink manouver) and catch a flight to the West Indies to settle the hot debate on how well coconut palms support the 1" webbing as opposed to the more traditional 1.5" webbing.
Last edited by Chard; 04-22-2013 at 16:42.
My summer is looking like the only camping I will get to do is sleeping in my hammock in the backyard
It seems everyone I know and then some are getting married this summer. Some weekends even have 3 wedding invites for . No time for camping
No backcountry permits for overnight camping now.
Not to mention still substantial ice coverage -- you have to go pretty far south to find open water!
You guys still planning on going to Algonquin? Our group has abandoned the idea of Temagami and is heading to Massasauga instead.