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Equipment » SW Ontario Canoe buying » 1/03/2019 1:10 pm

RobW
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Where on the Grand River? The K-W area is still shallow enough that you really want to go with a T-Formex or Royalex boat which wouldn't be the lightest for portaging. From around Paris on down river, then a composite should be fine. 

How big is the family? That will set the minimum size canoe that you are looking for. Given that you want to also use it for back country solo trips, you'll want a smaller tandem if possible. 

Catch-all Discussions » Policy change: 1st Friday in May is the new 4th Friday in April » 11/30/2018 9:54 am

RobW
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Looks like a fairly sensible move. I'm sure that cancelling reservations and refunding or offering no charge changes has been costing the park money. 

Where Is This? » WIA #239 » 11/20/2018 8:47 am

RobW
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Laurel?

Trip Planning » Canoe or Toboggan: Nov 23? » 11/19/2018 9:20 am

RobW
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The webcams show our cottage lake is mostly frozen over now and that's an hour south of 60 on the east side of the panhandle. 

Trip Planning » Canoe or Toboggan: Nov 23? » 11/16/2018 2:43 pm

RobW
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At this point you should probably expect too much ice to paddle but not nearly enough to safely travel across. 

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/07/2018 10:20 am

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Love the pictures, especially that night shot. I'd love to work on learning how to do that, but I'm still on my first pass through pictures from our summer trip and only up to day 3 of 10 for that.  

We had the squirrels at the cottage storing mushrooms in a back of clothes pins hanging up outside. We brought the bag in for the winter, but left the mushrooms on a ledge over top of a window in the same area. 

Fishing » Fall fishing Ragged/Parkside Bay » 10/22/2018 2:38 pm

RobW
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BB wrote:

Ah, that's too bad.  I don't have the will power to leave my fishing gear at home not matter how bad the forecast  lol.  

I've been known to leave the fishing gear behind when heading to a Killarney route that only involves lakes closed to fishing. It's amazing how much lighter the portages seem to become. Now if I left the camera gear behind too, ...I still wouldn't be single carrying portages. 

Equipment » Silky Saw? » 10/19/2018 10:48 am

RobW
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Thanks, good info. 

Trip Planning » Booths Rock trail » 10/19/2018 8:08 am

RobW
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If you're already camping, then you already have a permit for the park. If you're going up for the day you just need a day pass which you can pick up at the East or West gate on your way in. You don't need anything specific for the different trails. 

Equipment » Silky Saw? » 10/19/2018 8:07 am

RobW
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swedish pimple wrote:

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   i up graded from the old trailblazer saw from halifax,,

Hey Swede,

Can you elaborate on the "upgraded" part? I love my Trailblazer and still use it. I've gone through a few blades over the years and had to add some washers to the tensioner but it's still going strong. 
 

Equipment » Silky Saw? » 10/18/2018 2:37 pm

RobW
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I've never liked that style of saw. Much prefer a folding buck saw like this one:

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-166/Buckster-Bow-Saw?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIpaui792Q3gIVx4CfCh2Mnw4wEAYYCCABEgKXx_D_BwE

Or the Boreal saws:

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5051-337/Boreal-21-Saw

That Filzer tube saw looks like a copy of a tube saw that was originally made in the maritimes that I've been using for 15 years or so. I'm not sure about the length of the Filzer one MEC is sell, but my tube saw is a standard piece of equipment for us. 

Equipment » Odour Proof Bag » 10/01/2018 10:42 am

RobW
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What food are you packing? For example dehydrated meals are fairly odourless on their own. 

We use a lot of ziploc bags both because they are waterproof (when new) and for organization. Most garbage including leftover food is burned. In a fire ban, leftovers go back in a ziploc, which is often one of the same ziplocs the meal was packed in to start with. 

Equipment » Two paddles, or not two paddles, that is the question » 10/01/2018 10:39 am

RobW
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Take 2. We have broken a paddle on a trip, in Paddle Snapping Swift heading into Wolf Lake on the Chiniguchi. I don't think that name shows up on the map yet, but I'm still hoping. 

Safety is the first priority on any backcountry trip. It becomes an even higher priority when traveling solo. If you break a paddle in a convenient place, then you could always splice it with some sticks and rope/guylines/duct tape. Of course you aren't likely to break a paddle in a convenient place. It will far more likely be in a spot or fast water where you need to make the take out or in the middle of a bigger lake while paddling uphill into the wind. In either situation the question isn't how do you put together a makeshift paddle to get you home but rather how do you get to shore safely now that you;re left holding a bladeless paddle shaft and the blade is already too far out of reach to catch. 

Where Is This? » Where In Algonquin No. 230 » 9/25/2018 7:48 pm

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Could be the north end of Ragged but you would have to be on the water already to get that angle. 

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