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Trip Planning » Little Sec to Log Canoe » 10/11/2018 11:39 am

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I see what you're talking about...but it could be a small escarpment creating the definition in the treetop level.  Always worth a look on foot to see.

Equipment » Two paddles, or not two paddles, that is the question » 10/01/2018 6:15 am

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I nearly always take a spare - even for short jaunts.  One thing that helps me see value in it is that I take two paddles that are substantially different from one another and use them both.  This way I don't feel like I'm carrying something fruitlessly, rather, I'm carrying an item of utility.

Where Is This? » Where In Algonquin No. 230 » 9/27/2018 1:32 pm

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Using the last clue, I will guess "Stringer Lake" with the assumption that the "feature" is having only one portage access.  It is quite possible that "feature" means something else (and more likely, but let's not give away too much, too fast).

Fishing » Creatures vs. climate: The lake trout. Published on Sep 24, 2018 TVO » 9/26/2018 7:50 am

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That paper, while somewhat outdated as a 2009 publication, is rife with broad assumptions and poor data.  The authors did their best to accommodate the gaps with even more broad sensitivity analyses, but I would be concerned that the estimates and assumptions put it just a few steps ahead of conjecture.  It would be quite frightening if the upper limit of their climactic warming (5.8 degrees Celsius) turns out to be accurate - although they did not include a date for that estimate, I assume it is 2100 as that is the range the study used as an endpoint.

Trip Planning » Camping on sites with fresh bear scat » 9/14/2018 10:19 am

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Looks more like moose to me.  If it were bear, I wouldn't actually worry too much although I would be extra careful with food hang, clean cookery, etc.  

Bear scat looks a little more like human feces although typically very dark brown or black and usually with visible seeds - especially when berries are ripe.

Equipment » Family of 4....what's your canoe/paddling set up? » 9/06/2018 10:52 am

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Agreed with dontgroandaddy - the two boat option is one for the long term.  Pair the strongest paddler with weakest and second paddler with elder child for starters and safety.  This setup will carry you through the next decade or so.

Second option would be a solo canoe instead of kayak as the second boat.  I'd look at a 15' or so for the extra space required for the gear, but this is truly a second option to the preferred two tandems in my mind.

Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » 9/04/2018 5:19 am

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Worked great and the space/weight savings is wonderful.  I didn't have any trouble packing mine back into its bag.

Catch-all Discussions » Must Have Books » 8/17/2018 7:07 pm

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Every one of the Horatio Hornblower series.  Read them all when younger, then read them in order as an adult.  

Backcountry » What do you call it? Thunder Box? Outhouse? Sh**ter? Kaibo? » 8/16/2018 2:09 pm

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Thunderbox, usually.

My story around them is that I was planning a trip with my brother-in-law years ago and he alerted me that he has a shy bladder and was somewhat concerned about going in the woods.  I did my best to put his mind at ease but it ultimately would come down to trying it out for himself to see.  That trip went well and after subsequent trips he actually developed an affinity for using "the largest bathroom in the world" with excellent views.  It got to the point that when we inspect campsites for the night, the final straw after looking at layout, landing, views, tent/hammock options, etc. is an inspection of the thunderbox location and setting.  As long as you're not bothered by bugs, it can be a wonderful part of a trip, oddly enough.

Cutest story, though, was when tripping with my wife and selecting an island on Burntroot Lake; she was happy because it would limit the risk of bears...until I showed her the pile of bear scat on the trail to the thunderbox.  In spite of that, we slept soundly that night, undisturbed.

Trip Planning » Newbie » 8/14/2018 2:52 pm

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Welcome to the forum, Teejer.  You've found the right place to guide you in your quest with many knowledgeable and experienced folks glad to help.

Without asking too many questions on skillsets, desires, etc. I'd recommend the following for late September and two nights:

Route 60 Access...

#9 - Rock Lake down to Pen and Clydegale - if feeling motivated, make it a loop or into Louisa
#6 - as mentioned above, I'd head to Ragged or Big Porcupine - easy and pretty
#29 - Kioshkokwi loop through Mink, Club and Waterclear

Plenty of other options to look at on the triplogs section of the site here as well...
http://www.algonquinadventures.com/triplogs/TripLogsIndex.htm

 

Trip Planning » Moose sighting Opportunities » 7/30/2018 2:44 pm

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The Nip upstream from Cedar Lake has some prime real estate...and is relatively easy to access from Ottawa.  

Trip Planning » Moose sighting Opportunities » 7/27/2018 2:42 pm

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Isn't hunting permitted in most of the east side of the park?  If so, that would make them more skittish and wary...and less likely to find and get close to.

Trip Planning » September Youth Trip » 7/26/2018 1:35 pm

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Make sure they can swim.  PFD's at all times within 3 meters of the water. 

Skills » Centering yoke pads » 7/23/2018 11:54 am

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Hi Yellowcanoe,

I guess that technically, if the boat is just slightly bow or stern heavy, attaching a painter to the opposite end and within reach of a relaxed arm during portaging would work.  The reason I prefer it slightly bow heavy is so that the small amount of force I am applying to the painter attached to the stern simultaneously is keeping the bow up but also puts a small amount of force forward to prevent the yoke from drifting backwards off of my shoulders.  The yoke cannot slide off my shoulders forward (unless I have been decapitated) so my force on the painter just continues to keep the yoke in place instead of having any tendency to slide forward.  If I need to pitch the bow down, I just reduce the tension on the stern end of the painter and allow the canoe to pitch downward.

A painter would work well on a perfectly balance boat, but in that case I would definitely want a painter that runs both towards the bow and the stern to adjust the pitch when ascending or descending hills on a portage.

In the end, what it really does is allow your arms to hang down in a comfortable position or, at the very least, to rest as Dontgroandaddy described - with the elbow bent at roughly 90 degrees and using the painter line almost as an armrest.  It's not as comfy as sitting in a recliner, but a huge improvement over holding on the the gunwale which quickly fatigues my arms.

It is these sorts of over-analyzed solutions that result from doing the Dickson-Bonfield portage too many times.  I had many painful, awkward, tiring hours to consider the challenge, the options and the solution. 

The only hassle I have ever found was with the first few uses of the painter I would sometimes get it tangled up when hoisting the canoe onto my shoulders or when loading the canoe.  It didn't take long to figure those issues out though and I've been happier ever since!

It's funny what pain and difficulty we will endure without solving the problem (as you described with the

Skills » Centering yoke pads » 7/20/2018 6:07 am

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Dontgroan, I can appreciate your position.  While many of us profess to acknowledge and consider alternative points of view (myself included), it is difficult to really change your own opinion and even more difficult to change the opinion of another. 

I am truly happier for you that you have found a solution that is superior to your previous condition than I am for suggesting it.  It was one of those little tricks that actually paid off and makes portaging substantially easier.  My first effort at finding something like that was to utilize a tump line but I never found it as helpful as the painters.  As males, we have a deep-rooted desire to receive recognition for the massive tasks we complete...such as putting dirty clothes on the floor next to the hamper, putting a dirty dish near the dishwasher or hiding a fingernail clipping under the sofa cushion instead of on the coffee table.  Our torture is not being recognized for going the extra mile and we must silently tolerate it.
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Skills » Centering yoke pads » 7/19/2018 1:02 pm

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*sniff* proud moment for me *sniff*

Trip Planning » Crossing algonquin park » 7/19/2018 12:00 pm

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Route-wise, of the portion that you outlined, appears relatively "do-able", weather permitting.    

However, what is your experience level with interior tripping and solo travel? 

Your responses appear to indicate that you haven't dedicated much time or thought to the prospect ahead (i.e. your route choice gets you two-thirds of the way there and is likely more difficult than heading down the Petawawa while portaging around the rapids) and I wonder if your experience is of a similar level.  If that is the case, I would recommend a smaller loop trip to work up to such an undertaking.  Having a lot of heart is great; when you're in the middle of a difficult portage after days of wearing down mentally and physically because you're ill-prepared can get you into trouble.   

What is your canoe and weight?
What transportation to get back to your starting point?
Hammock or tent?
Pack weight expected?
Food - dehydrated, clif bars?
Water purification?
Clothing/footwear options or concerns?

There are a lot of questions that might precede the route question and it sends up a couple red flags for me, personally.  I'm not saying it cannot be done...I just get the sense that you're taking a cursory approach.  I may be completely off base in my assessment since there isn't much information to go on.

 

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