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    EGL's 2019 Winter Season

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




    Hi everyone!

    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 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. Come to think of it, Jiblets made that climb a couple of years back as well! 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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    Hi all, is this an open invitation? Would love to try my hand at winter camping this year and am sure I can pick up some valuable tips here. Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by tessiea View Post
    Hi all, is this an open invitation? Would love to try my hand at winter camping this year and am sure I can pick up some valuable tips here. Thanks


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    Hi Tessiea,

    The EGL's all about encouraging everyone to come out and join the fun. Come one, come all. If you're just starting winter hammock camping then I'd suggest you come out to the Valens car camping hang before heading into the back country, where mistakes can have much more serious consequences. At Valens you can grab a spare sleeping bag, blanket or Thermarest out of your car, take shelter in a heated washroom or, worst comes to worst, pack up and drive home.
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    I won't be able to make Winter Symposium/ Valens trip. That's Mom's Birthday weekend and Mom comes first.
    I'm hoping to get my unused polk some use this season but there are possibilities that surgery could get in the way again. We'll see.
    Hanging in the woods, paddlin and catching trout- My kind of living...

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    Not sure of plans for Valens weekend but cant make the backcountry weekend. Its the Bosses birthday.
    If the weekend changes I would like to go and can borrow a truck that can carry 4 adults comfortably to help with carpooling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chard View Post
    Hi Tessiea,

    The EGL's all about encouraging everyone to come out and join the fun. Come one, come all. If you're just starting winter hammock camping then I'd suggest you come out to the Valens car camping hang before heading into the back country, where mistakes can have much more serious consequences. At Valens you can grab a spare sleeping bag, blanket or Thermarest out of your car, take shelter in a heated washroom or, worst comes to worst, pack up and drive home.
    Thank you very much. Hoping to make it out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson View Post
    Not sure of plans for Valens weekend but cant make the backcountry weekend. Its the Bosses birthday.
    If the weekend changes I would like to go and can borrow a truck that can carry 4 adults comfortably to help with carpooling.
    If it works better for you, I'm fine with Feb 8-10. It'd be good to get out with you again Jay!
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    Will check the calendar. Would be nice to get together...been awhile.

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    Feb 8 to 10 looks best for me at this point. Hope to make both Valens hangs but we’ll see. Niger was great last year. Snowshoeing in was a lot easier with no snow.
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