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  • May 8th to May 11th (Warning: 11th is Mother's day)

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  • May 16th to May 19th (Victoria Day Long Weekend)

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  • May 29th to June 1st

    7 58.33%
  • June 5th to June 8th

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    EGL Canoe Hang - Spring 2014 - Algonquin

    It was snowing this morning. Children are still bundled in hats and scarves and the sidewalks are still slippery. Old Man Winter still has a firm hold on southern Ontario, but not for long. Not for long. A look at the calendar shows a simple truth: we're only two months away from ice-out in Algonquin, and that means canoeing season!

    This year's planning questions:
    1. When: Dates will depend heavily on when the ice goes out. Given the past winter, it's probably wise to plan for a mid-May launch. I'm going to propose:
    • May 8th to May 11th (Warning: 11th is Mother's day)
    • May 15th to May 18th (Victoria Day Long Weekend)
    • May 29th to June 1st



    2. Where: Algonquin? Temagami? Killarney? Further afield? Algonquin's nice because it's central to most, but it's certainly not our only option. Ideas?

    3. How: In the past we've basecamping for many of our canoe hangs, setting up camp in one spot for the entire trip. I'd be interested in whether there's interest in doing a multi-day loop, perhaps up through Burnt Island to Big Trout. I haven't been to Lake Lavaille and would love to see it one day, but the price is a long 5km portage.

    4. Menu: As usual, I'd like to try to mix in some fishing and a big group stew. BYOF? Group stews? Group breakfasts? Lets hear some suggestions.

    This is my favorite hang of the year and I hope to see a lot of familar faces and maybe even some new ones.
    Last edited by Chard; 03-06-2014 at 10:46.
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    I am in. Unless it is decided on the 8th to 11th as I have previous engagement.

    Also Note May 18th is the Victoria Day Long Weekend.

    As for the destination I am not opposed to any.

    A loop is fine with me. I would suggest that if we do end up doing a 5km portage or something that we do a little group equipment planning so that we do not end up bringing 20 Axes with us

    I can smell the lakes as I type this.

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    I figured this thread would be up soon after the winter hang trip report.
    I'll be working on going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iguana View Post
    I can smell the lakes as I type this.
    I'm in. Any weekend. And I suggest we don't camp on any of the "smelly" lakes.
    A lotta ins... lotta outs... lotta what-have-you's

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggreaves View Post
    I'm in. Any weekend. And I suggest we don't camp on any of the "smelly" lakes.
    Ironically, the best spring fishing I ever had was on "the Lake that must not be named" where we encountered a strong fish smell as we paddled in. I think it coincided with the spring turn-over when the water layers flip and the deep waters circulate to the top. The place literally smelled fishy.

    But yeah, as long as it doesn't smell really nasty.

    I'm planning on a spring, summer and fall canoeing hangs this year. Should be some good, family friendly fun. All are welcome.
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    If we are doing lots of portaging, I'm going to work to lighten my load enough to hopefully single carry.
    A lotta ins... lotta outs... lotta what-have-you's

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    I'd be up for a loop. Could do 3, maybe 4 days. If we do the 24 weekend though, I'd suggest somewhere less popular than Algonquin or Killarney.


    I'm also planning to take some of my inner-city students backpacking some time in May so the sooner we guestimate a date, the better for me.


    And when have we ever brought 20 axes? 6 axes, 11 saws, and a few dozen knives sounds typical though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keg View Post
    And when have we ever brought 20 axes? 6 axes, 11 saws, and a few dozen knives sounds typical though.
    Ya, but that was just you!
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    A 5km portage would count me out (probably) due to "considerations" but otherwise, I am in.

    I have the 23rd of May booked off - so the only weekend you didn't mention is the best for me. But I can do a two day any time - or I can book a day off if I have at least 2 weeks warning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80083r View Post
    A 5km portage would count me out (probably) due to "considerations" but otherwise, I am in.

    I have the 23rd of May booked off - so the only weekend you didn't mention is the best for me. But I can do a two day any time - or I can book a day off if I have at least 2 weeks warning.
    I was just throwing out the idea of Lavialle and its long portage, but I didn't really think it was the right fit for an EGL group. Big Trout would be nice though.

    Also, May 24 weekend won't work for me due to a prior engagement.
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