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    Hope people had fun on the long weekend. Just...

    Hope people had fun on the long weekend.

    Just booked my early July trip and thinking about August. Any thoughts on dates for the French?
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    Unfortunately had a baseball game rescheduled for...

    Unfortunately had a baseball game rescheduled for Friday afternoon. Not in good enough shape right now to justify portaging to C-moola for just one night.
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    I should be good for the trip - Friday to Sunday....

    I should be good for the trip - Friday to Sunday.


    (for the 10th weekend - not available the next weekend)
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    Don't know how I'll feel at the time but on the...

    Don't know how I'll feel at the time but on the spring trip I'm considering going through potter's Creek on the way out. More portaging but I haven't been through there or Brule and I love winding...
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    Sorry to have missed spending time with all your...

    Sorry to have missed spending time with all your food.

    And since I was taught to be courteous, I guess I should comment on missing the people.
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    Not going to make it. Need to babysit my niece. ...

    Not going to make it. Need to babysit my niece. I'm in for January though.
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    I'll probably make it Saturday early afternoon. ...

    I'll probably make it Saturday early afternoon. All this talk about mud makes me want to be there. Or was it that whole gluttony thing chard mentioned?

    Maybe I can step it up with some sloth and...
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    You say that like it's a bad thing.

    You say that like it's a bad thing.
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    Or just convince him that other people are...

    Or just convince him that other people are tastier. Ignore me if I sprinkle Montreal steak spice on you.

    Should be in for January, we'll see about Feb. I keep wanting to do winter backcountry...
  10. Poll: Glad to see my taste in whiskey is catching on. ...

    Glad to see my taste in whiskey is catching on.

    Sadly I'm not going to make it. Just spent a few night at a camp with students and I barely have enough energy left type this.

    If I did make...
  11. I know I snore but I've never chased an entire...

    I know I snore but I've never chased an entire group from a campsite before.

    Good trip folks.
  12. Departure time: As I mentioned, I'm expecting...

    Departure time:

    As I mentioned, I'm expecting to be there around 11:00. if there are early arrivals and people don't want to wait I'm okay with that. Discuss and let me know.

    p.s. The...
  13. I've sent permit details to the people who...

    I've sent permit details to the people who confirmed. If I missed you let me know.

    Guess this means I could put my tent back in storage.
  14. I'm sure we can help with the beer (before,...

    I'm sure we can help with the beer (before, during, or after the portage).


    I've booked a permit.
    1. 550 - Mink
    2. 552 - Little Cauchon
    3. 455 - Carl Wilson
    4. 455 - Carl Wilson
    5. 455 -...
  15. That's what I had planned. I guess I should have...

    That's what I had planned. I guess I should have added Aug 8th- return to kiosk

    And last I checked all those lakes are available on those days.
  16. I'd be okay with the bay crown land. Are the...

    I'd be okay with the bay crown land. Are the islands opposite the reserve crown land? How much paddling room is there? Paddling from Britt to the edge of the reserve only looks like only around 10...
  17. Some Algonquin suggestions - Since we're heading...

    Some Algonquin suggestions - Since we're heading in Wed we would have choice of spots as long as there are still reservations available for the weekend. As of time of posting, sites are available on:...
  18. I have no problem starting at 69. I've paddled...

    I have no problem starting at 69. I've paddled that section before and it's pretty (but not spectacular).

    If we spent the 1st night east of ox Bay we'd find enough trees to use those tents that...
  19. I guess Wed-Wed is the plan. I'm in. p.s. ...

    I guess Wed-Wed is the plan. I'm in.

    p.s. Need to pick up a canoe so likely won't be there before noon.
  20. Thanks for explaining the squares thing Chard. ...

    Thanks for explaining the squares thing Chard.

    Considering that, sites 714-722 at the mouth of the Main Channel may be more reachable for weekenders. They'd be around 5 h travel from Hartley Bay.
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    Algonquin Firsts - quick report

    Spent the first week in July in Algonquin on a solo to decompress and had a few moments worth mentioning. Sorry, I didn't bother taking my phone out of my pack so no pics.

    Route: Canoe...
  22. Any thoughts on route/destination? As...

    Any thoughts on route/destination?

    As appealing as Tanvat Island seems, I'm suggesting we set up a basecamp somewhere more inshore since waves on the bay can be big at times. It would still leave...
  23. I'm in and wouldn't mind starting a couple days...

    I'm in and wouldn't mind starting a couple days early. Might be able to do a few days after but I'd appreciate firming up dates so I can plan my big solo in August.
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    Sorry folks but I've booked 3 nights on North...

    Sorry folks but I've booked 3 nights on North Tea. It's definitely not the company, just felt I needed to do a bit more of a paddle.

    Hopefully I'll see everyone on the French or in the fall.
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    You're making this trip sound so good. Anyone up...

    You're making this trip sound so good. Anyone up for the weekend in Algonquin?( And I'm only half joking).
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    What's the deal with canoes for the 18th-21st? ...

    What's the deal with canoes for the 18th-21st? Should I rent or with there be extra capacity lying around?

    Expecting to be available the morning of the 18th.
  27. Sounds like the typical well fed fun. Love the...

    Sounds like the typical well fed fun.

    Love the pictorial contrast between the sunny and snow free timmies and Rob in his old school get up (+ baby blue touque).
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    Having had to miss the winter season for various...

    Having had to miss the winter season for various reasons, I'm rearing to go.

    For the spring trip I might be looking to do both the start and end weekends. Unfortunately I have to reserve my CLT...
  29. Should be good with Valens; the real hang is...

    Should be good with Valens; the real hang is during exams so will depend on how quickly I can get marking done.
  30. Between work and the weather forecast, I'm not...

    Between work and the weather forecast, I'm not going to be making this trip (despite the culinary excess on offer).

    Enjoy.
  31. I'm hoping for Friday night to Sunday morning.

    I'm hoping for Friday night to Sunday morning.
  32. Any idea where we're hoping to camp for the...

    Any idea where we're hoping to camp for the weekend part of the trip?


    And I'll pick up my own permit. I have no idea what time I'll get in Friday. If I'm paddling in the dark I might just pick...
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    Installment #2 Day 2 Shah to Longbow up the...

    Installment #2

    Day 2 Shah to Longbow up the Tim river.

    Weather Started grey then got some rain then serious thunderstorms. There were even 2 tornadoes that touched down west of the park.
    ...
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    At this rate this might be a lengthy report so...

    At this rate this might be a lengthy report so I'll serialize it (do I get paid by the word?)


    Day 1: Canoe Lake to Shah - done most of this route before.

    Weather – Grey, a couple brief...
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    Algonquin storms - Rivers + Cedar lake

    I just spent two weeks paddling Algonquins rivers and as the title suggests, it was not the most clement weather.

    Some numbers:
    total days: 12
    total distance: 241 km (150 miles)
    total portages:...
  36. I should be in for Friday evening or Saturday...

    I should be in for Friday evening or Saturday morning until Sunday.
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    Sort of a cross between the Brent run and meanest...

    Sort of a cross between the Brent run and meanest link.

    From Canoe, up through Timberwolf, up the Tim river, down the Nippising through Cedar, Radiant through the Crow River, Lavieille, more Crow...
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    I'm glad I'm known for something. I do have a...

    I'm glad I'm known for something.

    I do have a 250 km trip with 40 k in portaging for the start of August. The only napping I'll be doing then will be if I pass out trying to single carry the...
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    Decompression in Algonquin

    Just got back from a 3 night trip to Algonquin. Went in at Magnetewan and up to Mubwayaka. For those who have never been to Algonquin, I believe it is an Anishnabic word for "always head winds"...
  40. Might not be a good idea for you. I have a...

    Might not be a good idea for you. I have a feeling they'll send you on a slightly harder trek than the rest of us marshmallows.

    As for the easy version of the trip, I am quite proud that I had...
  41. I wouldn't mind a bit more of a paddle like to...

    I wouldn't mind a bit more of a paddle like to the east narrows but you guys are going in first so I'll let you decide On second thought maybe having less of a paddle will make it easier to get...
  42. Narrowing it down a bit would be useful. I'm...

    Narrowing it down a bit would be useful. I'm hoping for Fri.

    I'm actually been in the park for the past few days with my school (supposed to do highland trail but closed due to flooding - stuck...
  43. If I can somehow swing it I'm Friday-Monday;...

    If I can somehow swing it I'm Friday-Monday; otherwise Saturday til Monday.. I haven't done the big O either but the rule of thumb is be early before the wind picks up. I'd expect the wind to be...
  44. That tends to happen since you usually carry two...

    That tends to happen since you usually carry two packs:tongueup:
  45. Just wondering when the other 'relaxed' hangers...

    Just wondering when the other 'relaxed' hangers heading in.


    Also we can start a request list to resupply the voyageurs (though I assume it will mainly be meat and liquid refreshment).
  46. Better sounding than Sludge Bay (wonder why...

    Better sounding than Sludge Bay (wonder why there's no campsite there?).
  47. For those not doing the full trip, what part of...

    For those not doing the full trip, what part of Opeongo are we considering?
  48. As an aside, I am planning to do a wilderness...

    As an aside, I am planning to do a wilderness first aid course at the end of March. The topic comes up every so often so I figured I'd put it out there in case anyone else was thinking about it.
    ...
  49. Glad everyone had a good time. Looking at the...

    Glad everyone had a good time. Looking at the weather reports I was more than a little jealous of having to stay in the city that weekend.
  50. I've found that the online booking can be pretty...

    I've found that the online booking can be pretty random with some days being fine but other similar days being deemed as too far. For my big trip last summer it told me that one of my 4-5 hour days...
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