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Ethics » Doug Ford's "clean up our parks" promise » 6/19/2018 1:11 pm

SeanOfAjax
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Hey Methye... It seems that once John Winters retired as Superintendent of Algonquin Park, the voice of ABR slowly became ignored.  We put in many hours on behalf of those that use the back country but the powers that be did not seem to care any longer. Eventually it was quite evident we were just talking to a wall and ABR was dissolved.

Sean

 

Trip Planning » Reverse Brent Run? » 3/12/2018 8:36 pm

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Yes, when we were looking into doing the Brent Run a couple years back, the starting point was a bit of an issue.  As MartinG said, Ahmek wanted nothing to do with it and would not allow us to camp on their grounds at all, so we decided we would camp on Joe.

We started from the island campsite just north of the portage from Canoe Lake early in the morning, paddled down to the portage into Canoe, paddled to Ahmek and slapped the boathouse and then back to the portage and into Joe. We continued on up to Brent then back to our island site on Joe. We timed the Run to coincide with the full moon for added night light.

As for ALL the rules (cedar canvas canoe, etc) times have changed and not everyone has access to that type of canoe these days.  As well, a birdie told me that one of the original records may have happened because there were 3 paddlers in the boat, where we only have 2.

Put a team together, start from Joe Lake, and have a blast whether you beat the record or not. That is the modern day point of the Brent Run IMHO. It may take you 27 hours, it may take you 40, or it may take you 3 days. It doesn't matter. It took us 40 hours, we had a bunch of highlights along the way, lots of laughs and we are still talking about it 2 years later.

Sean (of Ajax)

Drive-in Campgrounds » Esker 10 X 10 Classic hot tent at Mew Lake » 2/27/2018 9:02 pm

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As many of you know, I host the podcast Paddling Adventures Radio. So on Family Day weekend I decided to head up to Algonquin's 'Winter In The Wild' event and hopefully spread word of the show while camping in my new hot tent at Mew Lake. So I loaded up the truck with all my gear and set off.

My new winter tent is an Esker 10' X 10' Classic, which is a 4 sided hot tent. Inside I had my Kni-co Alaskan wood stove. A tad big for this tent but if I ever upgrade tents, I won't have to upgrade the stove at the same time.

Now, back on New Years I went up to Mew Lake to check out a bunch of tents before I bought one of my own. I saw a lot lot of tents with carpeting, and mats as flooring. I assumed, wrongly I would later discover, that people had laid down wood flooring and then the carpet. Nope. Using my smarticle particles, I decided I would lay down a tarp, then my custom made 10 X 10 floor and then set up my tent. Worked like a charm As other campers saw what I was doing, that was when I found out that they were not using a wood floor. They were placing the carpet directly on the snow.

Somehow I became part of the Demo Tour as about 30 people came through my tent to see my flooring and setup. Okily Dokily!!

Anyway, I had my cot set up plus a chair, which I didn't use much, and small square cooler that fit nicely between my cot and the stove so I could use it as a table and kitchen counter and the stove was still close enough for me to reach over and cook. Was a great set up indeed. A massive palace for one person. For two people I would not bring the cot.

When I wasn't giving tours of the humble abode, I spent the days meeting a chatting with an absolute ton of people, did some hiking and enjoyed nature. Was a great weekend to try out the new tent and great weather too.


Big empty plowed out site when I got there
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Putting the floor down
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Staking out the corners with spikes i

Catch-all Discussions » Anyone going to the Outdoor Adventure Show this weekend? » 2/23/2018 9:42 pm

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I will be wandering around tomorrow (Sat)... I like to look at some of the gear, but yes, a lot of travel companies. There are some speakers I like to check out as well.

 

Drive-in Campgrounds » Mew Lake » 2/14/2018 4:08 pm

SeanOfAjax
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Day tripping or camping for the weekend?
 

Drive-in Campgrounds » Mew Lake » 2/13/2018 11:03 pm

SeanOfAjax
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Gonna be a whole ton of people up there. Myself being one of them.
 

Equipment » Dumb question time: Do you like this colour in a kayak? » 11/27/2017 7:48 pm

SeanOfAjax
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I think plaid is highly underrated when it comes to canoe colours....

 

Catch-all Discussions » Outdoor Adventure Show & Toronto Sportsman Show » 2/27/2017 12:24 pm

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Got there when the doors opened on Saturday morning and did not leave until the doors closed that evening.  Did not stop the entire time I was there. Window shopping, listening to speakers, watching demonstrations in the pool, and actually buying a couple things sure filled up the day.  Unfortunately I didn't get to hook up and meet with everyone I was hoping to. Was a long fun day though.

Sean
 

Catch-all Discussions » Outdoor Adventure Show & Toronto Sportsman Show » 2/22/2017 11:33 am

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May head over that way Saturday. Love window shopping...

Sean

 

Catch-all Discussions » Paddling Adventures Radio » 2/15/2017 9:33 am

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Well, there should be enough there to hopefully keep the cabin fever at bay till spring and then you can get out there and do some paddling of your own. 
Enjoy!!

Sean
 

Catch-all Discussions » Paddling Adventures Radio » 1/22/2017 11:10 pm

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Well, we have been doing this show for almost a year now and have received a lot of support and encouragement. With 49 episodes done, we have made the jump to iTunes as a Podcast. I know cabin fever season will soon be upon us, so here is a link to the podcast on iTunes. While there tends to be a lot of Algonquin mentions and content, you may want to check out Episodes 29, 30 & 31.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/paddling-adventures-radio/id1195459962?mt=2&ls=1

 

Catch-all Discussions » Algonquin Park Webcam - Moose Carcas » 1/17/2017 2:05 pm

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Man, all I see when I watch is a bunch of crows...

 

Catch-all Discussions » what did ya get for christmas? » 12/29/2016 2:00 pm

SeanOfAjax
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There was a sale at Walmart on them.... Hahahaha....

 

Trip Planning » Brent Run. » 6/20/2016 7:40 am

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Next time I have a stupid idea like doing the Brent Run, somebody slap me!!!!

Making decent time till Big Trout then the headwinds started. Combine that with 30+ temps and it does not make for prime paddling. However, we perservered and were pretty knackered and stumbling a bit by midnight so in regards for safety we hit Shangri-La Island on Catfish to grab some snooze. When we started out again the wind built until they were pretty harsh. Good 1 foot waves on Big Trout and absolutely ridiculous winds on Burnt Island and the Joes. 

Bugs were pretty bad the entire trip. I will say they were not as bad at the start of the portages, but as you went along and disturbed them all, by the end of the portage you were covered.

We finished up with the time of 40 hours. At some point it became more about 4 guys sharing the experience than about the record. Would like to say I would be happy to do this again with these guys but none of us want to do it again!!!! Hahaha... Famous last words, right??!!

Trip log and some pics to come soon.

I would just like to say THANKS to Mike, Markus, and Scott for agreeing to join me on this insane escapade. Was a great experience I am sure we will chat about for a long time to come.
Thanks also for Dogbyte and Dorothy for watching over the camp while we were gone. Thanks Dogbyte for the steak dinner upon our return!!

Sean

 

Trip Planning » Brent Run. » 6/13/2016 6:20 am

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Sooooo..... January seemed to be people showing interest in the Brent Run.  It is now June and am interested if anyone else is planning to do it this year?

 

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