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Equipment » Favourite Piece of Equipment » 1/05/2018 2:28 pm

RCSpartan
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@RCShevalier Welcome to the CCS club! This bag will not let you down. Probably the toughest piece of equipment I own.

Backcountry » Winter camp clothes » 12/05/2017 9:56 am

RCSpartan
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I find there is a psychological effect to changing up my clothes at night. Also, even though you may not feel sweaty you could have moisture trapped. Changing into a dry wool base layer at night for me is key.
Hey, to each their own. 

Equipment » New Tent means - Questions about your preference! » 11/27/2017 11:04 am

RCSpartan
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Love my Hilleberg Anjan 3. Super light (4 lbs?) for a 3 person and I have my own palace in the backcountry. Not the cheapest option but the thing can handle any amount of wind and rain Algonquin can throw at it.

Very excited to try a new Snowtrekker for the first time in a few weeks. Winter is always the most depressing time for me as I wait for the lakes to thaw so I decided to try a new challenge and keep the camping going all year long!. 

Trip Reports » Old friends, September trip » 10/04/2017 2:22 pm

RCSpartan
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PaPaddler wrote:

...success is not measured in distance traveled and portages completed, rather one where success is measured in each moment.

Amen. Some nice stuff here in this post.

Trip Planning » Post October 10th Canoe Trip » 9/18/2017 12:38 pm

RCSpartan
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I thought the Park was closed to back country canoe camping after Thanksgiving. The online reservation system seems to confirm that.

Catch-all Discussions » Backcountry Pet Peeves » 9/12/2017 10:59 am

RCSpartan
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My biggest pet peeve is having to turn down my music to try and hear what others from across the lake are yelling at me. Nothing spoils the mood more at night than that.

In all seriousness, people leaving garbage bothers me greatly but unfortunately it's something I've come to expect. One thing I still don't understand, to Claire's comment, are people going next to the BoomBox. Why??? I see this more often than I would like to. You need to get over your fears, people.

Where Is This? » Where in Algonquin 185 » 9/12/2017 10:47 am

RCSpartan
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Along the portage from Cache to Hilliard?

Equipment » October clothing. » 8/30/2017 6:03 am

RCSpartan
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Make sure you have a wool toque packed. I own like 3 of these:

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5001-785/Merino-Wool-Cap

Can't beat the price. 

Catch-all Discussions » This past weekends tornado » 8/10/2017 8:53 am

RCSpartan
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Was supposed to head out with the family on the Friday but we cancelled and left Saturday instead. From what I'm reading it seems like we made the right call. No way I wanted to be on the water with the kids with those storms.

Equipment » Stove options » 8/01/2017 8:02 am

RCSpartan
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Mmm. Sounds lovely. I'm sure that helps to stimulate the appetite.

Equipment » Stove options » 7/28/2017 12:57 pm

RCSpartan
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Love my Trangia Alcohol stove. Use it primarily with a Solo Stove system and ethanol fuel. I find ethanol safer (as opposed to wood alcohol) but notice it burns really hot so I mix it with a bit of water.  You'll need a wind screen for sure and I recommend something sturdy like this:

https://www.amazon.ca/SOLEADER-Windscreen-Lightweight-Compact-Folding/dp/B071L8LTJZ/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1501264252&sr=8-14&keywords=windscreen

Harder to simmer with this type of stove than an MSR but boils water well and is great for frying. Any wind will greatly decrease performance. Never tried pellets. I just lug in the gas or use the Solo as a twig stove.
Enjoy.
 

Equipment » Rain Jacket Suggestions » 7/27/2017 10:21 am

RCSpartan
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The North Face Summit Series Gore-Tex Pro. Was less expensive than Arc'Teryx when I was in the market and is my go to jacket in the backcountry. Waterproof, highly breathable, bug proof, durable, etc... I'd get another one in a heartbeat.
Good luck in your search.

Equipment » Gear Addictions? » 7/21/2017 9:01 am

RCSpartan
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I am a total gear junkie. Love to see what's new, research and then test it out in the bush.
If I had a favourite type of gear it may be kitchen gear / stoves but I'm always on the hunt for that 'game changer' in all areas of back country camping.
When it comes to buying new camping items my wife and I have a don't ask, don't tell type of arrangement.
@Steve E, bought a Western Mountaineering Bristlecone from MEC  this spring. I am no longer afraid of the cold...

Ethics » Campsite GARBAGE... And then some » 7/19/2017 9:17 am

RCSpartan
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Worst garbage I saw was someone leaving behind a broken down Alligator on a island on Catfish lake. Rusty metal pieces everywhere. Can you believe the nerve of some people...

Honestly I've been pretty lucky overall with garbage on sites. Last summer when checking out a site we saw something odd next to the Thunderbox. Upon inspection we noticed it was a  large toilet seat that someone fashioned out of foam and wrapped in plastic. Are you kidding me? Wasn't touching that...

Equipment » BushBuddy Stove » 7/18/2017 12:24 pm

RCSpartan
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Fire ban? This year? Hahaha http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

In all seriousness that's a good question. I would assume not with a twig fire but a controlled alcohol flame should be allowed. The twigs do leave some ash behind, albeit they are cool to the touch shortly after the flame goes out.

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