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    Late fall backpacking - whoops make that winter.

    I had just written up a lengthy report but the board timed me out so here is the short version.

    Headed up to the Ganaraska trail in the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands. Ended up in snow a lot deeper than expected (up to the knees at points). Wonderfully, the main trail was blazed with white so navigating was a challenge (not that I really cared about staying on trail - my buddy did though)

    Covered a lot less distance than expected but it's essentially crown land so you can camp where needed.

    Despite a lack of true winter gear, was toasty warm with my WBBB 1.0, Superfly, 20 F Phoenix, tewa summer TQ supplemented by a 0 C synthetic bag and a reflective emergency blanket draped over my ridge line.

    Shortened our route by crossing a beaver dam (that looked a lot less substantial the next day after the snow melted off)

    Camp two was along the other segment of the trail and was rained on most of the night (which melted off the snow). Buddy set up his tent in a flat spot that turned out to be literally on the trail.

    Last day was a short trip of about an hour back to the trail head (and then back to the camp to get my buddy's forgotten gear and back again)

    Was a fun trip but with the short daylight hours (sunset at 5:00, sunrise 7:30) I'm not a winter camping convert.

    Highlight of the trip was booting along the puddle filled dirt road on the way out like in the old subaru commercial.

    First night was chilly enough to freeze a water bottle.
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    nice report....i need to visit Ontario more. thanks for sharing.
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    I remember the old "Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny" boat race. Nice to see other areas with snow, not just here. It's -17c right now and all these snow pics are making me itchy to get out myself.
    Thanks,

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    Looks like a great time, thanks for sharing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottD View Post
    I remember the old "Float Your Fanny Down the Ganny" boat race. Nice to see other areas with snow, not just here. It's -17c right now and all these snow pics are making me itchy to get out myself.
    Thanks,
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    With the weekends quickly counting down to the big holiday season, you should get out for at least an overnighter. Even if it is in your backyard hammock lab, it is still a night out.

    I saw on the national weather in the last couple of days that it was as cold in Edmonton as it was in Yellowknife, NWT. That is saying something. Would you install an industrial fan on your room, aim it in a south easterly direction and send some of the cold weather and snow down this way? The temperatures have been down right tropical in southern ontario.

    Cheers

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