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  1. No scotch except what we brought. Should be a...

    No scotch except what we brought. Should be a boatload of pics. Distortedaxis had his camera around his neck the whole time.
  2. Probably easier for you just to book your own. ...

    Probably easier for you just to book your own. Just checked the Ontario parks site and there are still a dozen unbooked sites on McIntosh.

    If the site was changed to your name and extended one...
  3. I've got a second permit reserved starting...

    I've got a second permit reserved starting Saturday.



    And my buddy has confirmed. Now I just need to convince him to use a hammock.
  4. Ice pics look much better than last week. I...

    Ice pics look much better than last week. I might be bringing a buddy on the trip. Will let you know if he gets permission.
  5. I can't make it until Saturday so have made a...

    I can't make it until Saturday so have made a second permit reservation. Any other Saturday people are welcome to meet up.

    Now just hoping the ice will be gone.
  6. Victoria day is the 18th. I'd be in for either...

    Victoria day is the 18th.

    I'd be in for either that weekend or the next as long as I'm not taking students backpacking then. I wonder how well the wilds of algonquin help scotch age.
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    Hope for some warm weather soon. I could see...

    Hope for some warm weather soon. I could see parts of the trail being quite treacherous if there's still snow and ice on the ground.

    Is the 4 days because that's what you have time for or are you...
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    Looks like you guys had fun. (and nice beard...

    Looks like you guys had fun.

    (and nice beard on Iguana)
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    Unless someone wants to make an extra trip...

    Unless someone wants to make an extra trip pulling me in a pulk I'm going to have to back out. Tried my snowshoes in a nearby park last weekend and it took less than 5 minutes to realize my knee is...
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    I had x-rays and ultrasound last week so should...

    I had x-rays and ultrasound last week so should hear what my doc says soon. It's the price I pay for trying to play basketball with kids half my age.
  11. Joe's great at convincing people to get new gear....

    Joe's great at convincing people to get new gear. I still wonder if he has a side job as a sales rep for some outdoor companies ;)

    Disappointed I had to miss the trip. Most of my gear is still...
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    I'm keeping an eye on this for Saturday if the...

    I'm keeping an eye on this for Saturday if the site is findable. No chance of making Friday.

    And depending on how messed up my doctor says my knee is.
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    Sorry guys. I've come down with a bug (the joy...

    Sorry guys. I've come down with a bug (the joy of working with children) so will have to skip this one. See everyone sometime soon.
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    I'm going to be delayed until Saturday. See...

    I'm going to be delayed until Saturday. See everyone then.
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    Don't know how much snow will be on the ground...

    Don't know how much snow will be on the ground but it looks like were actually in for some winter temperatures.

    Saturday high of -9, low of -14.
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    I'm aiming for Friday around 5:00.

    I'm aiming for Friday around 5:00.
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    Yes but you have company. The fun with...

    Yes but you have company.

    The fun with Christmas was always using the new toys and this hang gives us that chance (as well as the other presents I've bought myself over the last couple months).
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    Ahh, EGL trips, a chance to gain some weight...

    Ahh, EGL trips, a chance to gain some weight after the holidays. Sounds fun.


    I was talking to one of my students who is a wilderness guide and he said he always loses weight on trips. I told...
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    Depending on when I'd be up for a drive. I've...

    Depending on when I'd be up for a drive. I've got all sorts of winter gear begging to be used.
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    Ive done part of pukaskwa and its scenic and...

    Ive done part of pukaskwa and its scenic and pretty quiet. Most of the sites are along the shore of lake Superior in sheltered bays or behind islands. Would be a pretty neat park to kayak. Only...
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    Last time I was on the pig, a cottager in a atv...

    Last time I was on the pig, a cottager in a atv blew buy and promised us a beer at the end. Didn't deliver though. Motivated us to get to the end but a huge let down.


    Never camped on OSA....
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    I'll be watching the thread. Won't be able to...

    I'll be watching the thread. Won't be able to commit yet to being "sick" on a Friday but I'd love to go. After chatting today with one of my students who's planning to guide this summer I realized...
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    I've done that a few times as well. Works great...

    I've done that a few times as well. Works great in warm weather though a couple times it ended up being a mosquito collector. Loud buzzing all night and dozens of dead o es under other in the...
  24. Wow. That's bigger than my condo. As usual...

    Wow. That's bigger than my condo.

    As usual quiet = gear envy

    Nice pics
  25. I did blood my S1 on the trip but barely more...

    I did blood my S1 on the trip but barely more than a paper cut - no stitches needed (Chard - I'm looking at you).
  26. I see what you did there Chard. The second from...

    I see what you did there Chard. The second from the left is Bubba. You superimposed him on those old-timey hammockers. :D


    Here's my Booth rock report from that Sunday noonish (School trip).
    ...
  27. Always great to get Chard's take on trips. Makes...

    Always great to get Chard's take on trips. Makes you feel like you are there.


    p.s. As for the ample collection of gear, I'm pretty sure people have helped the economy by showing off their gear,...
  28. Fantastic weather for the trip. Hope you guys...

    Fantastic weather for the trip. Hope you guys had the usual funness even without Chard's typical weather.

    Should be happy that you didn't go in Saturday. One of the rangers told me there was a...
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    Great that you took the kids out to do it. It's...

    Great that you took the kids out to do it. It's a pretty incredible experience (especially when things don't go perfect IMO - as long as everyone survives and recovers). When things align I take...
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    Could try just an UQP. It blocks the wind which...

    Could try just an UQP. It blocks the wind which is where a lot of heat loss is from. Have used it in high 70's and was comfy.
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    Mine are in the 5-6' range - didn't measure. I...

    Mine are in the 5-6' range - didn't measure. I usually carry a couple extra 8ish foot lengths of zing-it to adjust to conditions, especially useful for the side pullouts on my superfly.
  32. Thread: Why a footbox?

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    I fidget a lot sleeping so it helps make sure my...

    I fidget a lot sleeping so it helps make sure my feet stay covered. I also feel you get a slight bit of extra insulation under your feet. Some TQ come with or have the option for snaps or ties for...
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    Unfortunately my school trip is that weekend...

    Unfortunately my school trip is that weekend (Friday to Monday) and plenty of kids seem interested. If anyone wants to paddle up to Whitefish campground to either kidnap me or prank my students...
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    I'd figure a thermarest hammock would at least...

    I'd figure a thermarest hammock would at least have some kind of insulation option.
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    I think the second weekend I'm taking students to...

    I think the second weekend I'm taking students to algonquin.

    We are staying on whitefish though so if you're on Penn I might be able to sneak away for the day.
  36. 91036 Different trip but the weather was...

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    Different trip but the weather was fantastic and the kids were amusing (especially since I wasn't responsible for them).

    Surprisingly the brand new 3 seat swift cruiser was pretty fast. ...
  37. I'm surprised at the lack of fast food/pizza...

    I'm surprised at the lack of fast food/pizza boxes.

    All I have on my wall are my paddles and snowshoes. Most my blades are on the side table or in my gear pile.

    Always nice to set up your gear...
  38. I'm good with whatever.

    I'm good with whatever.
  39. Be fine with me. An area I haven't been to. A...

    Be fine with me. An area I haven't been to.

    A while back I was looking at crown land in the area. Wasn't aware about the municipal management.
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    **** right. Not telling anyone either. ...

    **** right. Not telling anyone either.


    Okay. You beat it out of me. #610.
  41. Half way through July. Any thoughts? ...

    Half way through July. Any thoughts?

    Backpacking v. Canoe?

    Location thoughts? Odds are most of the major parks will be booked by now. Smaller parks? North of Sudbury? Crown land?
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    I've used them a couple times. They are pretty...

    I've used them a couple times. They are pretty stable but sit pretty high on the water so the way you trim it is super important and sudden gusts can turn you around quick. Overall a good boat. I...
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    Solo in Massassauga and some gear failures

    8912089119I'm an introverted high school teacher so every year once work is done, I need to get away from it all. This year was 5 days in The Massassauga Provincial Park on the Eastern shore of...
  44. I'd be happy with something on the north shore of...

    I'd be happy with something on the north shore of georgian bay. I haven't done the Spanish yet. We also chatted on the last trip about La Cloche.

    I just got back from a 5 day loop of Massassauga...
  45. Yep. Sounds good.

    Yep. Sounds good.
  46. They are both good. The hike up the Crack on the...

    They are both good. The hike up the Crack on the way to Silver is pretty worthwhile. I've hiked the peak as a break from the portage at David lake but you could do a pretty easy paddle starting at...
  47. Easiest would be from George Lake (where you...

    Easiest would be from George Lake (where you would pick up permits) or save a few km and hike in from the Crack parking on hwy 637. Not really much other way to do it without canoeing in.

    If you...
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    Thankfully they keep coming out with new and...

    Thankfully they keep coming out with new and improved products. I'm sure there's something you don't have yet.

    In the past week I was really impressed with the tack 180 stove and saw a good deal...
  49. And yes, I was keeping a close eye to make sure...

    And yes, I was keeping a close eye to make sure it didn't go missing.

    What else could you ask for besides headwinds in every direction and bugs so thick they had to coordinate their bombing runs? ...
  50. Poll: Paddling with company is fine with me. I've...

    Paddling with company is fine with me.

    I've schedule a canoe pick-up at Huntsville AO which opens at 10. Might be carpooling with Bubba and/or Quiet. Details to follow.
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