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11-24-2012, 14:16
Hello all!

This is a notification thread. For anyone who is interested in attending group hangs with the EGL group (primarily operating in southern Ontario). When someone starts a group hang thread they will post a link here so that subscribing to this thread will notify you of any new group hangs being started. Please don't post any conversations here, save that for the specific hang threads.

Everyone is welcome!

11-24-2012, 14:22
Thanks man. Great idea.

11-26-2012, 09:02
Really like this idea -thanks!

11-26-2012, 09:22
Trip Report: Valens - Nov 24, 2012 (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=867360#post867360)

Note:This thread's an open invitation for anyone interested in keeping up to date on upcoming EGL events/trip reports to subscribe to this thread.

To make this notification system work though, I'd just ask that only "official" (sorry, I hate that word) trip announcement posts be made here. That way, when this alert pops up, we can all be certain that it's for a new event/trip report so we can check our calendars and start packing. Please, let's save the discussion/feedback for the trip threads themselves.


11-26-2012, 11:09
Awesome call!

Edit: oops yup official messages only from now on lol

11-26-2012, 11:41
This looks interesting. I'm making my own bug sock now and should have some sort of tarp by Spring :)

11-27-2012, 06:47
Great, makes it easy Thanks!

11-27-2012, 21:10
Hi All,

Just want to clear up the details here....

People are now actively subscribing to this thread and in most cases setting up email notification for every post, which means that every time someone posts here all of the subscribers get an email and go out of their way to check this thread under the assumption that a new trip has been started. So while the comments, questions and kudos are appreciated they are counterproductive and better put in the form of a private message. Hopefully this will be the last post here that is not a direct link to either a new trip or a trip report.

Can't wait to see you all out a EGL hang.



P.S. Just a thought but if someone wanted to start an EGL social thread under some other name and maybe in another part of the forum then it could be a place for us to all chat with each other without triggering the notifications intended here?

11-29-2012, 09:25
rattlesnake point site #3 nov30-dec point for Friday thru Sunday,one hanger accompanied by a tent dwelling friend (gotta do my best to convert him). Anyone in the area bored and wants to come visit is welcome. I should be there and set up by 4pm Friday (crossing soon to be cold fingers):D

11-30-2012, 15:53
Remember.. No comments/feedback in this forum...

For anyone interested in some of our past EGL group hangs...

Ontario Hang - Fall 2010 - Algonquin Park - Trip Report (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=22786)
Eastern Great Lakes Hang - Winter 2011 - Trip Report (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=28888)
Eastern Great Lakes Hang - Spring 2011 - Canoeing into Algonquin Trip Report (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=33141)
Eastern Great Lakes Hang Trip Report- Fall 2011 -Sunny with a Chance of Flurries (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=40042)
Eastern Great Lakes "Gearing up for Winter" - Jan 7, 2012: Valens : Trip Report (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=44983)
Trip Report: Eastern Great Lakes Hang - Feb 2012 - Snowshoes across Algonquin (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47540)
Eastern Great Lakes Hang Trip Report - Fall 2012 - Grey Skies and Chowder (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=60238)
Trip Report - Eastern Great Lakes (EGL) Late Fall Hang - Nov 24, 2012 (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=63374)


12-05-2012, 13:32
Canada>Ontario>Feb 2013 - EGL Winter Hang 2013 (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=875650#post875650)

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12-28-2012, 11:27

Winter tune up weekend hang at Valens Conservation Area Jan 4-6, 2013.

Details here.




03-05-2013, 13:23

EGL Spring Canoe Hang - May 2013 - Planning Thread (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=956206#post956206)
Remember no responses on this thread please.



08-20-2013, 09:49

Canada>Ontario>Algonquin>EGL Canoe Hang - October 2013 - Algonquin Planning Thread (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1074227#post1074227)

See you out there!


11-20-2013, 14:34

Seasons greetings!!!

Temperatures are dropping and the daylight's dwindling. Sounds like a perfect time to fluff up the down quilts and have another Valens Winter Hang.

All are welcome. Drive-to campsites, a heated washroom, showers and plenty of spots to hang a hammock. To top it all off, a roaring campfire and plenty of hot beverages.

The date hasn't been fixed, but I'm going to suggest the weekend of Jan 17-19 for a one or two nighter.

Remember, please don't post any responses on this thread. For follow-up discussion, go to here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1136582#post1136582).

12-11-2013, 12:02
Photo courtesy of [o]TTer

Canada>Ontario>EGL Winter Backcountry 2013-2014 (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=84595)

When there's snow on the ground and the temperature's well below freezing most sensible people simply turn up their furnaces or catch a flight to warmer climes. A few intrepid souls (or "crazy people" depending on who you're talking to) take it as a queue to bundle up with scarves and hats, load up a sled, strap on some skies or snowshoes and head out to find a remote stretch of forest to camp for a few nights of what they consider "fun". Some even go so far as to encase themselves in a feather cocoon and dangle themsleves between two trees. Madness.... Sheer madness...

Let the madness begin...

Remember, please don't post any responses on this thread. For follow-up discussion, go to here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=84595).

Photo courtesy of [o]TTer

03-06-2014, 10:51

EGL Canoe Hang - Spring 2014 - Algonquin (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?p=1214840#post1214840)

See you out there!


06-15-2014, 20:20
Canada>Ontario>Algonquin>EGL Canoe Hang - Summer 2014 - Aug 1-4 (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?94742-Canada-gt-Ontario-gt-Algonquin-gt-EGL-Canoe-Hang-Summer-2014-Aug-1-4&p=1274399#post1274399)

Hi all,

I can't think of a better way to enjoy this glorious weather than by doing a long weekend of canoeing and hammocking with friends.

When: August 1-4th, 2014

Where: A minor point that I'm sure we'll resolve in the weeks to come. Personally, I'm eager to spend a few extra hours on the road in favour of new vistas further north. Of course, northern Algonquin is beautiful, but places like Temagami, the Spanish, the French or La Cloche have always interested me.

As always, this is an open invitation to all interested.

Follow the planning thread here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?94742-Canada-gt-Ontario-gt-Algonquin-gt-EGL-Canoe-Hang-Summer-2014-Aug-1-4&p=1274399#post1274399).

As always. Please no follow up posts on this thread


08-08-2014, 17:12

EGL Fall 2014 Canoe Hang

Where: Algonquin somewhere off of Hwy 60 (Pen? Burnt Island? Boncherre? Big Trout? McIntosh?), although something in Killarney that might be interesting. We'll stay on the same site for the weekend.

When: Either of the last two weekends of September to usher out trout season (Sept 19-21, Sept 26-28).

Pen worked out quite well for us last year, but we can't be sure to get those same great sites.

Find the planning thread here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?97243-EGL-Fall-2014-Canoe-Hang&p=1303421#post1303421).

10-24-2014, 09:06
EGL Late Fall 2014 Last Dash Canoe Hang

www.langfordadventure.com (http://www.langfordadventure.com/)

I was thinking about doing a quick dash up north for a late season paddle on either Nov 7-9 or Nov 14-16, 2014 depending on the weather. It'd be a chance to get in some final canoeing for the year and raising a toast to Sergeant-at-Arms Vickers. I've got it into my head to make the drive up to Killarney. With the leaves off of the trees, the white quartzite ridges of the La Cloche Mountains’ should be all but gleaming. It's been 15 years since I've dipped a paddle up there, it's long overdue. It's low season so the park's not accepting reservations at this time of year; it's first come first served, so we shouldn't have a problem finding sites, particularly as I wanted to camp on a different site each night. As a backup, Algonquin's on route. Crown land's an option as long as it's quiet, without cottages or powerboats and there are trees to hang by.

Planning Thread: EGL-Late-Fall-2014-Last-Dash-Canoe-Hang (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?100772-EGL-Late-Fall-2014-Last-Dash-Canoe-Hang&p=1344723)

Reminder: Please no replies on this thread.

11-12-2014, 20:49

EGL Gearing Up for Winter 2014-2015

With the snow starting to blow up north, it's high time we started thinking about everyone's favorite excuse to get out and do some laid back hanging and BBQ'n. Those who've come out before know the Gearing Up hang as an excuse to lolligag, roast meat and get a relaxing night's sleep. Newcomers get a chance to test out their winter rigs in a controlled environment and see how others have managed to take Old Man Winter's best shot and survived to tell the tale.

It's be best to wait and have the hang when we're pretty sure of getting some cold weather. Daytime's not a problem, we usually have a nice fire going and night time, well, that's when we get to tuck ourselves in hammocks and drift contentedly off. I think somewhere within a week or two of New Year's sounds about right, so with that in mind, I'm going to suggest Saturday Jan 10, 2015 as the main night, with Friday Jan 9th for the early birds. Personally, I'm pretty flexible around dates.

Valens Conservation Area seems to fit the bill pretty nicely for this kind of hang. It's a drive-to, so the cars are on hand to pack in extra supplies (and/or blankets) and provide a bail out option if things get too uncomfortable. There's a heated washroom with showers next to the site and that's pretty hard to beat! Of course, depending on the turnout and the weather we might want to turn this into a proper back-country hang, but let's see where this goes.

Everyone's welcome, if even just to join us for lunch or dinner and there's no lack of trees to hang from.

The official planning thread can be found here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/101633-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Gearing-Up-For-Winter-2014-2015?p=1355637#post1355637). Please do not to reply to this thread here.



12-26-2014, 14:03

EGL Winter Backcountry 2014-2015 Planning

Where: Options are Kawartha Highlands PP, Silent Lake PP, Algonquin PP or Crown land somewhere north of Simcoe. Hike in for an hour or so and set up camp preferably by a lake.

When: Choice of either Feb 20-22 or Feb 27- Mar 1

Everyone's welcome.

Please do not to reply to this thread here. The official planning thread can be found here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/103599-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Winter-Back-Country-2014-2015).

03-23-2015, 18:39

Spring's in the air!!!! Time to revarnish the paddles, tie up a couple of new flies and get the old dehydrator going.

There's a lake I've known for many a year that I have some unfinished business, business in the form of a small plastic bottle of Laphroaig left behind on an earlier hang a couple of years back.

McIntosh is a beautiful lake with decent fishing and one major portage. We'd head in through Canoe, paddle the long stretch to Tom Thomson, portage two kilometers and snake through Ink Creek into McIntosh. No better way to bring in the paddling season.

Proposed Dates Avoiding Mother's Day Weekend:

May 15-17th - Just after Mother's Day and before the long weekend.
May 1-3rd - With this cold winter, likely to be too early.

Will be on another paddle May 20-24, so that's out.

Hopefully we'll be able to pull off another awesome camp meal or two. Everyone's welcome for a laid back, family-friendly weekend.

As usual, please post all response on the trip planning thread found here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/107720-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Spring-2015-Algonquin-Paddle-to-McIntosh?p=1432049#post1432049).

08-17-2015, 15:15

Hi Gang,

It's been a while but on my drive back from Wasaga Beach yesterday my girls suddenly screamed in terror. I freaked and asked what was wrong!?! A huge spider? Beetle? Was there a chipmunk in the car? No. They told me that they had just seen a maple start to change colour, a sure indicator that the summer was almost over and school was about to begin.

So another EGL canoe hang is definitely in order. We lucked out last year with what has to have been the most gorgeous weekend I had ever spent in the Park; a veritable riot of colour.

I'm thinking the end of September 25-27 with the possibility that some of us might want to stretch that out a bit and start on the Thursday Sept 24.

Something not too far in. Algonquin's Pen Lake (Island or Beach) have done well for us. We might even be able to get a little fishing in. Ragged or Parkside Bay might work as well.
For a change we might want to consider Massasauga Provincial Park or even Killarney, although Killarney may prove too far for most.

Post your feedback on the trip planning thread here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/114066-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Fall-2015-Canoeing?p=1501589#post1501589).

As usual, please do not post a reply on this thread

10-09-2015, 13:04
Winter is Coming


Just heading into Thanksgiving day weekend here in Canada and I was thinking that this would be a good time to get a Valens hang underway.

When? Well it depends on the weather but let's get some feedback on the following dates. Some extra wonderful recipe ideas would be well received.

Option 1: December 11-13
Option 2: December 18-20
Option 3: Jan 8 - 10

EGL Deep Freeze Hang
Believe it or not, we're just around our 20th EGL hang and I wanted to put out a proposal about doing an extra long EGL Deep Freeze Hang this season. There's a chance that some chaps out of the UK will be joining us to do some winter camping in the Great White North and frankly I can think of no better hosts than our own EGL crew to show them around. They're planning on being out for roughly nine or so days, so I was thinking that if some of us couldn't swing the whole extended week, then two back to back weekends, or even just one, would be feasible. We could base camp the first weekend in one location and then camp the following weekend in another, giving them the midweek to make their way overland between the two. Also, such a long trip might also justify a change in venue; some new scenic Crown Land or even Killarney. Options, options, options... I'll start a separate thread for the winter hang in a bit.

Winter is Coming!

Planning Thread Here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/116445-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Gearing-Up-For-Winter-2015-2016?p=1527278#post1527278)

10-09-2015, 17:10
I thought Valens was closed in December.

11-21-2015, 22:26

EGL Winter Hang 2016 - Winter Is Here!
Double Weekender Hammock/Bushcraft Hang
Jan 29, 2016 - February 7, 2016
Hey all,

Believe it or not, we're just around our 20th EGL hang and I'd like to do something extra special to mark the event; a back to back two weekend winter hang somewhere spectacular like Killarney Provincial Park or the like. Of note, a couple of chaps out of the UK will be joining us this year. I ran across a post on the BushcraftUSA site looking for information on doing some extended winter camping in Ontario and I thought it would be a blast to show these guys our backyard and get some serious winter camping in at the same time. They're experienced winter campers and have even done a winter survival course in Sweden. After quite a few emails and a long telephone call I got the sense that these gents would fit right in. While we're still trying to work out the details, they seem keen to just come out and spend a long week in the bush.

So with that being said, here's one possible trip plan:
The Hang starts in our normal manner on the first weekend with us snowshoeing in a couple of kilometers, setting up a basecamp and lollygagging in style. The midweek period would be an opportunity to do a light cross country trekking for a couple of nights to the location of the agree upon basecamp for our second weekend. If we did Killarney and the conditions permitted we might even think about trying to summit Silver Peak mid-week. That being said, the Hang might look something like this...

1st Weekend - basecamp near (within 2km) highway (Fri, Sat, Sun)
2 days in and establish basecamp at foot of Silver Peak (Mon, Tues)
1 day to summit Silver Peak* and return to basecamp (Wed)
2 days out back to 2nd Weekend Basecamp (Thurs, Fri)
2nd Weekend - new location basecamp near (within 2km) highway (Sat, Sun)

Killarney's not the only option on the table. If fishing and natural shelter-building are a priority then Crown Land may fit the bill better and I'm open to any suggestions people might have. Either way I think it would be a hang to remember. Gear could run the entire spectrum from ultra-light to heavy, depending on what part of the hang you're interested in. Just be sure to inform yourselves on the challenges of keeping warm during extended periods in the bush, particularly as it relates to down quilts.

NOTE: Of course there's absolutely no requirement for everyone to join us for the entire ten day hang. Between work schedules, holiday vacations and a not wholly unjustified and probably perfectly reasonable apprehension about staying out in the cold for so long, maybe the full ten days aren't feasible. If you can't join us for the entire week, then maybe one or more portions would suit your fancy; come out for a weekend or two, join in on the mid-week trekking. The choice is yours. We'll try to clearly mark where the basecamps will be so people can come and go as they please.


So let's get the ball rolling.

Post your feedback on the trip planning thread here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/118319-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Winter-Hang-2016-Double-Weekender-Hammock-Bushcraft-Hang?p=1547262#post1547262).

As usual, please do not post a reply on this thread


03-16-2016, 13:01
Chard's given me his 'approval' to make this an official EGL trip. Planning thread below.

Algonquin in Springtime.

08-31-2016, 12:56
Canada>Ont>EGL Fall 2016 - Autumn Algonquin Paddle (https://hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/128990-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Fall-2016-Autumn-Algonquin-Paddle)

Hi all,

Sorry I haven't been around much of late, but life's full of curve balls. Anyway, it's time to make amends. Anyone up for another frolic in the Park? Maybe do a group stew or two (Chow'da, Goulash, French Canadian Pea Soup)?

When: Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2016 or Oct 7 - 9, 2016
Where: One of Ralph Bice, Tom Thomson, Burnt Island, Big Porcupine

If you have a date preference just chime in. Seems like most of are paddling solo these days, but we'll see what we can do about teaming people up if necessary. Note fishing season ends Sept 30, so this'll likely be a hook-free outing.

Planning Thread Link (https://hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/128990-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Fall-2016-Autumn-Algonquin-Paddle?p=1671279)

Just a reminder, please post all responses on the planning thread.

08-31-2016, 13:03
Sorry, it looks like you'll all have to wait a bit longer for my pot roast. I'm currently in the medical planning stage. Have a great trip all. I will miss all of you.
Hope to see you all sooner rather than later.

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11-17-2016, 09:29

EGL Winter 2017 Line Up: "Gearing Up" and "Backcountry" Hangs

Before everyone gets wrapped up in the holiday season I wanted to put out an open invitation to all to join us on our annual "Gearing Up for Winter" at Valens Conservation Area north of Hamilton and for our Winter Back-country Hang on Crown land just southwest of Algonquin Park, both in Ontario. Over the years, Valens been a great chance to first meet up with old friends, make some new ones, compare gadgets and most importantly, eat like royalty. And to work off those extra pounds, we put that gear to the test in the field where this year I even hope to get some ice fishing in for speckled trout.

While the dates aren't carved in ice yet, and the actual date of the Backcountry Hang will be dependent upon ice conditions on site, let's tentatively say.

Gearing Up: Jan 6-8, 2017 (Alternate Jan 13-15, 2017) - Food/Drink and Good Company
Backcountry: Feb 3-5, 2017 (early arrivals on Thurs 2nd) - All of the above plus ice fishing for specks.

So I hope that everyone has a joyous and safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you out there, freezing your *** off alongside the rest of us!

Happy Holidays!

Remember: Please! No posting here!! The trip thread can be found here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/131553-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Winter-2017-Gearing-Up-and-Backcountry-Hangs?p=1704647#post1704647)

11-18-2016, 18:48
EGL Spring 2017 - Return of the Voyageurs

Hey gang,

My first trips to Algonquin consisted mainly of long days in the canoe exploring the waters and portages of the Park, always pushing onwards and rarely seeing the sun rise in the same place twice. So, in memory of that bygone era, I propose that the 2017 EGL Spring canoe trip will be a little different this year, a little more taxing.

Tripping 150 km over five days with dozens of portages, with the dreaded 5470m Dickson-Bonfield portage thrown in for good measure. That's over 30 km tripping per day, roughly the same as from Canoe to McIntosh and halfway back. That's like portaging from Toronto's Yonge & St.Clair down to Lake Ontario with a canoe on your head. But that, as my friends and I used to say, is the price of admission. The reward? Some of the most beautiful areas in Ontario.

Just like the old days I hope to be on the water at sunrise and paddle well into the afternoon, covering parts of the Park many of us have never been to before.

It's not a trip for the feint of heart, more of a test of endurance than a lilydipping daytrip. Plan to pack light and single carry. I've already started training.

When: Mid to late May 2017: 7-8 days (1 carcamp / 5 paddling / 2 layover)
Where: See below

Logistics: We'll be car camping in Algonquin the night before so that we can set up the car shuttle, obtain our permits and be ready for a dawn departure.

Those are the basics. We have half a year to get in shape and work out the details.

Are we having fun yet?

As always: No responses here: The trip planning thread can be found here (https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/131599-gt-Canada-gt-Ont-gt-EGL-Spring-2017-Return-of-the-Voyageurs?p=1705210#post1705210)






01-26-2017, 19:43

*Remember, do not post here.*

06-13-2017, 08:48
Hi Gang!

This isn't a trip thread but what looks like an excellent bargain on a used canoe that ggreaves found. Granted it's in Connecticut, but at that price!


08-02-2017, 11:25
EGL Canoe Hang - Algonquin - September 29 - Oct 1, 2017

Hi Gang,

This spring's two part trip seemed so well received that maybe we should attempt another. Hopefully we'll catch the Algonquin's Autumn colours at their peak, although it'll be hard to be Pen

The main event (Sept 29-Oct 1) -Red: The Weekend Hang on Ragged Lake
The optional event (Sept 25'ish - Sept 29) - Blue: The Loop from Smoke>Tanamakoon>Cache>Head>Harness>Louisa>North Grace>McGarvey>Big Porcupine>Ragged as suggested by Bubba. A side trip to the old growth forest on Dividing Lake at the lower part of the map, and a shortened route across the middle have been marked by dotted lines. We already have some interest in this.

There's a Google Sheets sign-up form here (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gyePT56M61cwtJrA2nv6gn-icOLborESPUTMACbPPI4/edit#gid=0). It'd be nice to know who's coming and how many sites we'd need. I'm hoping we make this a classic gourmet trip and come up with some fantastic backcountry cuisine that'll be the envy of the park. Even the bear's will have to wear bowties if they expect to share.

You can post your replies to the Trip Planning Thread here (https://hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/140069-Canada-gt-Ontario-gt-Algonquin-gt-EGL-Canoe-Hang-September-2017?p=1807044#post1807044).



11-20-2017, 11:21
Community Notice: Please do not reply

Normally I wouldn't use this thread for non-hang communications, but I thought everyone would like to at least know about this.

1st Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium is being held Saturday November 25th in the Theatre of the Arts at the University of Waterloo.Doors open 9:00 am, Speakers start at 10:00 am.

Hope to see you guys there.


11-20-2017, 14:25
Community Notice: Please do not reply

Normally I wouldn't use this thread for non-hang communications, but I thought everyone would like to at least know about this.

1st Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium is being held Saturday November 25th in the Theatre of the Arts at the University of Waterloo.Doors open 9:00 am, Speakers start at 10:00 am.

Hope to see you guys there.



Sorry gang. I was hoping to get tickets at the door, but I guess I'll have to wait until next year.

11-20-2017, 18:26

Guess there's some interest in this stuff, eh?

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02-11-2018, 17:56
REMEMBER: PLEASE REPLY ON THE TRIP THREAD (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/144674-Canada-gt-Ontario-gt-EGL-gt-2018-Canoeing-Season?p=1862404#post1862404) AND NOT ON THIS PAGE


EGL 2018 Canoeing Season Lineup

Hey folks, I wanted to set an ambitious schedule for 2018 and throw out some of the trips that I'd love to try to get in this year. It'll be great to get out with old friends and with luck, we might even make some new ones. If you can say "Chowda", you're welcome.

Spring Trout'n Trip

​May 14-21- Weeklonger's/Marshmallow rendezvous. McIntosh would be my first choice. Opeongo, Temagami also sounds wonderful, but may be a little far for some. May 5-13 might be better depending on ice-out.

Yurt Raising Labour Camp

​Date TBD: One of our own could use a hand moving building materials to a backwoods cottage site. Muscle and sweat to be balanced with meat and beer. The more hands we have the faster we'll be done. If haul'n not your speed, then camp cooks are welcome.

​Lower Madawaska Sunken Canoe Hang

June ?: ConnieB and Martin to advise. A little whitewater playing around on the beautiful Madawaska River near Bancroft

Summer Coastal Cruise

July/August: French River down to the Georgian Bay

Autumn Trout'n Leaves Trip

Late September/Early October: Algonquin/Killarney Weeklonger's/Marshmallow rendezvous.

Just throwing out a dream paddling season. Specific will be managed on Google Sheets.


REMEMBER: PLEASE REPLY ON THE TRIP THREAD (http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/144674-Canada-gt-Ontario-gt-EGL-gt-2018-Canoeing-Season?p=1862404#post1862404) AND NOT ON THIS PAGE

11-01-2018, 11:45
EGL's 2019 Winter Season: Winter Camping Symposium (Late Nov), Gearing Up Car Camping (Mid Jan) and Backwoods Deep Freeze (Early Feb)


Hi everyone!

2nd Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium is almost here! Should be a fun time, not only in Waterloo but also later at Valens.

Went for a drive up around Creemore last Saturday and saw a light dusting of snow in the fields. Beautiful country up around there. Winter tires are on and now I'm eager to put them to good use and nothing makes me happier than a good winter hang!

Last year I wrote:
"As for the Gearing up, why don't we formalize our tradition and say that the second weekend of each year we try to start the year off right by getting together and freezing our butts off. First weekend for family, second weekend for old (cold?) friends. Valens has proven a perfect spot, being relatively close to a number of folks, excellent usage fees, but I'm not above considering other drive to locations in the future."

That puts us at January 11-13, 2019 for Valens. I'll call ahead to our firewood provider and hopefully we'll have some nice cool weather.

As for the back country hang, lets pencil in Feb 1-3 for now. Where? Niger Lake was nice last year; Crown land, no fees and fairly easy access but no dang fish! Whet Newdell and KeyWayKeno mentioned a nice Crown land spot on their lake south of Parry Sound. Of course there's there's Silent Lake, Kawartha Highlands, Frontenac, Algonquin, Killarney and a score of other parks. Come to think of it, a night atop the crack in Killarney sounds pretty exciting. While I suspect that Lofty and Iguana could skip up there like Legolas and Boromir on the Redhorn Pass, it would be a difficult toil for ordinary mortal folk. A long drive as well, but carpooling's an option and the scenery is second to none. No matter, we can settle on where later.

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03-04-2019, 20:46

Hi all,

Just thought I'd post a tentative (hammockative?) schedule for 2019. As always, there's an open invite to anyone wanting to attend.

Spring: Depending on ice out, first (new moon) or second weekend (waxing moon) of May - Chicamoula. Why? Trout and the safety of paddling flat, albeit frigid water.

Summer: Late July/early August - French River. Summer water temps for any swift water areas, reduced bugs.

Summer: Sometime - Nogonash Lake. Backcountry bushwack to an allegedly great bass/pike lake.

Early Fall: End of September - Killarney. If you've never paddled Killarney, you really should. A simple trip to OSA or Norway lake with maybe a day hike up to Silver peak.

Late Fall: Mid-October - Algonquin in time for the colours because, well, you know..... Easy paddle in.

I'll be posting a new thread for each outing.

See you out there!

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06-29-2019, 07:49
French River Hang - Mid-Late Aug 2019
Quest for the Bay (2nd Try)

Back in 2018, we were forced by forest fires to postpone our much anticipated French River/Georgian Bay trip. Hopefully this year, we'll have better luck.

I've copied some resources from last year's thread to get the planning going. There are a few routes starting at Hartley Bay Marina, but there are countless ways to get out to the Bay. A couple of us are considering extending the hang (before or after) to spend a week paddling the area. Note: As we discovered, we should also have a back-up plan.

Maps previously posted by KeeWayKeno

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Ladies and Gentlemen, dip your paddles...

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09-03-2019, 09:43

Hi all.

Summer's just flown by, but I just wanted to remind everyone about the Killarney hang at the end of the month.

Arrival Date: Wed 25-Sep-19Departure Date: Sun 29-Sep-19Access Point: George - Destination Killarney Lake.

Hope to see everyone there!

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09-16-2019, 12:33

Algonquin Fall Paddle

October 4-6, 2019.

Anyone interested a weekend getaway to take in some fall colours? I was thinking about an easy paddle in and a big pot of soup, something like Pen, Parkside Bay, Ragged or even Ralph Bice. It's Algonquin, almost anywhere will be wonderful, so we can take what's available.

October 18-20th will almost assuredly be past the peak colours in the maples, although the tamaracks will be coming into their own.

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10-08-2019, 19:43
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Just like last year, a bunch of us are going to head over to Valens for an overnighter after the 3rd Annual Winter Camping Symposium held that Saturday afternoon, November 23rd at the University of Waterloo.

Hopefully we'll get our traditional site 134 or somewhere thereabouts and enjoy a hot fire, good food and maybe even a bit of gear swapping.For all those regulars, see we'll all there.

For all of those new folks interested in coming by to enjoy some good times, everyone's welcome, even if it's just for dinner.See you there!

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12-02-2019, 17:57
EGL New Years at Valens 2020


Seasons greetings all!

I just wanted to invite one and all to our annual EGL New Year's "Gearing Up for Winter" hang.

Hopefully we'll be able to do a repeat of the porkapalooza, expanding it slightly to include a scrumptious taco-fest!

Let's hope for some good sub-zero weather and knee deep snow.

Happy and safe holidays to you and yours and we'll see you in the new year.


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12-30-2019, 12:19

EGL Winter Backcountry - Feb 2020

Where: Last year we had a hum-dinger of a time cold hanging just off of the Sunday Lake Dogsledding Trail (http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/recreational_activites/dog-sledding.php) in Algonquin Park, but we were fortunate not to be post-holing along their trail. I'm perfectly happy returning to more familiar areas (Niger, Algonquin, Kawartha Highlands) or trying to find some new, scenic and preferably Crown spots. I'm open to suggestions. Depending on where we're going, carpooling might be a sensible option as parking can be tight in places.

When: Last year we went around the second weekend of February and that worked out pretty well. I'm game to throw down the proposition that we make it easy on everyone and say that going forward, the second weekends of January and February get penciled in as EGL Valens and Backcountry weekends respectively. Even I can remember that! That makes it Feb 7th-9th this year. We can shift it back a week and go on the Family Day weekend, but that's a good time to spend with, well, family.


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