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5/21/2017 11:29 am  #1


Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

Note : I will be posting updates on my site first : http://www.myatventure.ca/5-day-solo-starting-may-162017-day-1/

I just got home from an amazing 5 day solo trip starting from Rock Lake. The weather was fantastic aside from a steady wind throughout my whole trip. I only had one calm evening which is unusual, and the only rain was during an awesome thunderstorm Thursday night on Lake Louisa, it was a great test for my new tarp/tent.. and they both passed!

I was on the water around 10AM on Tuesday the 16th, Rock lake was super calm which was a great start! As I paddled by the many vacant cottages on the East side of the lake I was greeted by an older gentlemen taking photos of me as I paddled past his dock. He remarked at how perfect of a model my dog and I were as we paddled across the perfectly still water. I ended up giving him my email address so he could send me a few of the photos (Thanks again!!).

About to set-off. The water level was fairly high but not the highest I've seen it here:
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Here I am paddling away after a brief chat:http://i64.tinypic.com/xfavjr.jpg


Doesn't get much better than this eh!
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A few minutes after I passed the lone cottager I could hear a guitar and singing. As I got closer to Rose Island I realized it was a fellow soloist camping with his dog on the Island, he was out on a rock playing his guitar and singing away.. he was actually quite good too. I stopped paddling and took it all in for a few minutes then carried on.
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Not much has changed on the portage into Pen. It's a very easy walk, and the bonus is the fresh water spring. The waterfalls sure were gushing!
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Here you can see the high water at Pen Lake. Again not the highest I've seen but it makes the dock pretty useless!
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Pen Lake was an un-uneventful paddle. I knew I would have cell service in the middle of the lake so I called my girlfriend one last time to say bye for a few days! Again the lake was like glass so I talked to her on speaker phone for a few minutes while I paddled down the lake.

The current on the Galipo river going towards Welcome was not welcomed at all! It was a major PIA trying to fight with it, I almost thought I was going to have to bushwhack around! It's amazing considering in the Summer/Fall you have to walk through due to lack of water!!

First portage on the way to Welcome:
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A very easy portage with the most scenic set of waterfalls I think I have ever seen!?
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A few minutes after finishing the P275 I arrived at the P2170. Again the current between was decent but manageable.
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Just a walk in the park eh!!!
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The P2175 was a pain but again totally manageable. I don't remember anything overly challenging about it. I arrived on Welcome Lake at around 4PM.. and what a welcome sight it was!!
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I stopped at the landing and had a snack, changed into shorts and sandals and went and played in the water with Zeus for a bit. After that portage the water didn't feel that cold after all, it was rather refreshing!

We took our time making our way to the campsite slightly north of the portage. I trolled for trout along the way but no luck! Zeus looks pooped after a long day!
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We made quick work of setting up camp and getting supper on the go. Supper was Italian sausages and a Lipton SideKick (I can't remember what flavor). Decent firewood was easy to find, I had a decent pile processed by around 7:30. I then decided to go fishing until sunset, but again had no luck.
Here is the sunset on night 1:
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I had a small fire when I got back to camp. It was an early night however, I retired to my sleeping bag at around 10PM and had no trouble falling asleep after a long day on the water/trails!

It's taking me forever to go through the 1,600 images I took (some are for a time lapse),  I should have day 2 up tomorrow morning!!

Last edited by ATVenture (5/21/2017 12:04 pm)

 

5/21/2017 5:06 pm  #2


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

Great report and pictures! I always envy those who get to solo camp with their dog. Maybe one day that will be me. Looking forward to Day 2.

 

5/22/2017 7:19 am  #3


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

Good stuff!

 

5/22/2017 8:17 am  #4


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

Thanks for the first day report and pics. That's the spring issue with that trip is either fight a bit of current on the way into Welcome or do the big portage first and heavy into Louisa. I love the route though and either way its great to be in the park.

 

5/22/2017 8:39 am  #5


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

Beautiful pictures and such a well behaved dog!!

 

5/22/2017 8:41 am  #6


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

fishquest wrote:

Thanks for the first day report and pics. That's the spring issue with that trip is either fight a bit of current on the way into Welcome or do the big portage first and heavy into Louisa. I love the route though and either way its great to be in the park.

Haha I'm not complaining about the current at all, it was a challenge which isn't necessarily a bad thing! I would do it all again in a heartbeat!

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5/22/2017 8:48 am  #7


Re: Pics from my 5 day solo trip from Rock Lake - Day 1

oldboyscout wrote:

Beautiful pictures and such a well behaved dog!!

Thank you! Zeus has been canoe tripping for 8 years steady, so he definitely knows the drill! I really couldn't ask for a better camping dog. Over the years I bet he's spent over 400 nights in the interior of A.P.P. with me!

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