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Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » Today 6:42 am

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Just received my 10' X 13' yesterday...just elated with how light and small it packs.  Can't wait to test it in the field over July 4th week in the Adirondacks.  Although I hope I don't have to test its waterproof characteristics!

History » Logging and tripping! » 6/18/2018 6:12 am

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Great images and a nice collection that provides a glimpse of the past.  I'm always torn when it comes to seeing the footprint of man in remote places...balancing the historical value versus the lasting effects that we have on our environment is an important learning mechanism.  I do feel fortunate to have seen just a smidgen of those locations.  Great stuff!

Campsite Cooking » Dehydrated meals » 6/05/2018 9:18 am

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That was courtesy of Laurie March who used to post here.  She has a camping cookbook called "A Fork in the Trail".  We've also done her garlic hummus which is a nice appetizer as dinner is re-hydrating.

Campsite Cooking » Dehydrated meals » 6/05/2018 7:18 am

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The corn bark from the backpackingchef is excellent - IF you use good corn (we blanch about ten dozen ears of super-sweet corn in August and freeze it for use year-round; that stuff makes excellent corn bark).  His other recipes (the few I've tried) are also good.

I'll second the suggestion of others to add some high calorie materials to the mix.  Gorp always is a safe bet and is a pleasure to nibble on, jerky, beef sticks, aged cheese, etc. also foot the bill.  We carry one pre-packaged dehydrated meal per trip as an emergency meal if we have to stay an extra day but generally don't eat it.  We make all our own stuff and dehydrate it.  A couple of our favorites:

Olive Tapenade
I first had this tapenade at a Fall gathering being hosted in Ontario, Canadas Algonquin Provincial Park. The recipe came from my friend Alison as it was her contribution to an impromptu potluck. I have modified the dish to suit backcountry trips and although it is great as a spread, it can double as a refreshing addition to pasta.

Dehydration Time: 8 to 10 hours, Serves 4 to 6

1 cup pimento stuffed green olives, drained
1 cup pitted black olives, drained
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 hot banana pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 sweet red pepper, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon capers, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

At Home
Put the olives and artichokes in a food processor and pulse to chop the mixture. It should be a fine chop, but not to the point of being a puree. Put the olive mixture in a bowl and set aside. Next, put the peppers in the food processor and pulse until the peppers are the same consistency as the olive mixture. Add the peppers to the olive mixture along with the garlic, basil, capers and lemon juice. Stir until well combined.
Measure the tapenade and write this measurement on a sticky note. Spread onto lined dehydrator trays and dry f

Trip Reports » Travers Lake Access to Eustache and Back » 5/31/2018 6:11 am

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Beautiful photos.  You could have used access A52 on Jeff's Map to skip all of the river turmoil...but that would have completely changed the character of the trip.

Equipment » Recommend 4-person tent for backcountry camping » 5/30/2018 10:38 am

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I'm not sure that you'll find too many 4 man tents with vestibules, but the easy workaround is to buy a small sheet of Tyvek for $20 and have that outside your tent to wrap/cover your gear.  Those Coleman tents might actually work OK based upon your demands (other than the vestibule).  I've used one lightly for 15 years and, while it is no super-construction-lightweight-workhorse, it did provide dry living space for minimal investment but I was careful with it and set my expectations of performance accordingly. 

I just know that most four man tents sleep 3 comfortably...that's more of a sticking point for me and what you mentioned at the end with "comfortable for 4 people".  Personally, I'd lean towards a cheap six man version and have ample space inside (and it minimizes your need for a vestibule with the extra space in the tent).

I'd estimate 60% of campsites in the interior have adequate tenting space for a 6 man - so it's just one thing you'll have to look at to either choose or eliminate a site when you arrive.  Since you camp in the shoulder seasons you shouldn't run into to much competition so getting the pick of sites isn't a big concern.  Something like the links below could also be an option; while they are heavy beasts, you could divide the materials between packs if needed.

https://eurekacamping.johnsonoutdoors.com/tents/camping/tetragon-hd-5-person-tent 

https://www.rei.com/rei-garage/product/130894/alps-mountaineering-meramac-6-tent

Photos and Videos To Share » Rosebary Lake bull moose » 5/30/2018 6:22 am

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Fantastic sighting and appropriate reward to doing the right thing - the video looks good, which means that it must have looked awesome from your seat!

Equipment » Gloves for camping (not cold weather) » 5/30/2018 6:21 am

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I've found a simple pair of leather (or deerskin) gloves work great.  I will sometimes intentionally soak them so that I can handle hot pots or even burning logs without concern (for very short time fire adjustment, not toting them around the camp).  We discovered that benefit after a rainy day when the gloves were soaked by rain.  During the day I will sometimes wear them for a long paddle and definitely use them gathering firewood.  

I've recently switched to the cloth gloves with the rubberized palm/finger coating around the house and do like their toughness/economy but I wouldn't want to use the rubbery stuff to grab something hot.

Catch-all Discussions » White Partridge Express » 5/17/2018 2:16 pm

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Bo Knows used to organize such events in the past with some teamsters from Pembroke.  Quite possible the boys put a trip together with a different group.  Last couple of years they were snake-bitten by various variables.

Trip Planning » Thoughts on "Bug-Out"? » 5/09/2018 6:38 am

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Prepare for the worst, hope for the best and expect they will be fine.  The ice is on/off the lakes, bugs won't be a problem for a couple weeks at least.

Ethics » To lash or not to lash? » 5/03/2018 11:43 am

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While I do enjoy some innovative re-purposed natural materials, it ultimately goes against the "leave no trace" principles. 

That said, all campsites in Algonquin are not "natural"; stones moved for firepits, pits dug for thunderboxes, trees/brush removed for tent sites, etc. so it isn't like a lashed creation diminishes the natural feel in an unnatural small area.  In the end, I don't mind seeing it with the caveat of no damage to live trees, etc.

Trip Planning » Recommendations for gettin' the big one. » 5/03/2018 6:13 am

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Not worth it in May...fish will be within the top 10-15 feet of water.  Not worth it in August either, in my opinion...you can read the topography and get a good estimate of deep water near steep hillsides that lead into the lake.

Equipment » Does your boat have a name? » 5/03/2018 6:10 am

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I'm one to let a boat collect a name over time, unlike a person.  You'll find it has a personality or event that it grows into.

Skills » backwoods safety rules - for kids » 5/02/2018 11:07 am

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1. Always wear the PFD around the water
2. Review rule #1 and make sure it is adhered to religiously
3. Only go near the water with adult supervision
4. Fire safety - never walk between someone seated at the fire and the fire, always walk behind them
5. Never stray far from the campsite alone
6. Always have a whistle clicked onto your belt loop to be able to signal for help
7. Everything else is fair game...have fun and be inventive

Trip Planning » Recommendations for gettin' the big one. » 4/30/2018 1:29 pm

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No need to delete, just be aware of the restrictions that are put in place to protect some of the most fragile/small fisheries.  And there's no problem posting that you caught X number or X size fish as long as the specific locations are not revealed.  For instance, posting that you landed five lakers with the largest of 15 pounds in Lavieille would be great news (especially if all were released!) but to narrow that down to "off the northeastern point at the opening to Hardy Bay of Lavieille" would be frowned upon as it reveals a specific location.  Make sense?

The limitation on the size of the lake was instituted for a similar reason - if it's a small lake, it would be relatively easy to find the location and subject the water body to heavier than supportable fishing pressure.

Where Is This? » Where in Algonquin 263 » 4/30/2018 6:54 am

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I would've guessed Cedar too.  Looks like it was a bumpy ride!

Equipment » One era ends, another begins » 4/30/2018 6:52 am

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A small fraction of people use a canoe.  A smaller fraction use a canoe to its real potential.  Even fewer still have that bond you speak of.  No shame at all and it is a fitting tribute to the life experiences you enjoyed.  It is a transformative time of life - entering adulthood, having kids, setting your own path.  Objects like canoes give that transition an identity and take you to unique destinations where your memories are made.

We were driving to the Penguins game yesterday down in D.C. and crossed the Susquehanna River.  My wife looked at the wind-whipped rows of whitecaps and, unprompted, said "I really love how our canoe feels" (we had relatively new Souris River Quetico 17 on the Delaware the previous weekend and were playing in the wakes of the large pleasure boats speeding by in the main channel).  Little does she know  she is in the early stages of a relationship like yours and I will do everything I can to nurture that relationship in the years ahead!

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