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Equipment » Footwear? » Today 2:49 pm

This topic is always debated, there's no right answer really

Personally, I grabbed a pair of these last year and think they're perfect: https://www.amazon.ca/Salomon-L40016500-Mens-X-Ultra/dp/B073K1P361?th=1

After lots and lots of research, they were the best compromise between water shoes and shoes with proper support. If you look at the second last pic for the yellow colour, you can see right through the shoe. The mesh is extremely breathable and helps the shoe dry quick if you're tripping in decent weather. I wear these at all times while travelling, with regular socks. If I can keep my feet dry during the day, great, if not then I let everything dry once I get to camp. 

Once I'm at camp, I wear a pair of cheap flip flops. Shoes come off and either put away with my gear or set out to dry if needed, and I wear the flip flops until I'm ready to travel again the next day. 

For me, this is the most efficient method. All that needs to be packed is a pair of light flip flops. Plus, the flip flops are really convenient to slide on/off when getting in and out of the tent, etc.

Equipment » Footwear? » Today 2:46 pm

ShawnD
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I assume you mean for summer trips Ryan?

If so I used these for a long time and i found them to be very good. 

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5026-977/Techamphibian-3-Sandals

MartinG on here put me on to these last year and I have done a few trip in them now. They're better. Offer more support IMO.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5040-613/Rassler-Shoes#reviews

For camp in summer i just bring an ultralight trail sandal. Something easy to slip on and off for late night nature calls but still has a good sole/grip.

https://xeroshoes.com/shop/gender/mens/ztrail-men/

If it's colder at camp I might bring these. They are a slipper but built for outdoors. Insulated, Waterproof with a great tread. I might be able to portage in them if worst came to worst. lol
https://www.sportsexperts.ca/en-CA/p-thermoball-traction-mule-v-mens-slippers/577657/577657-34


 

Equipment » Footwear? » Today 2:19 pm

EddyTurn
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I hate water shoes - they tend to suck in small pebbles that will then grind your feet on the portage. I acknowledge that there are landings and portages in Algonquin where water shoes could be comfortable - and this is where you meet the biggest crowds.. Alternatively one has to dry-foot - not only the landings but also wet spots on portages, and that requires lots of energy, especially in wet season (last May my dry-footing partner had to paddle across some pools, which I walked through). Dry-footing ins and outs of 18/5' ultra-light canoe is cumbersome and more or less futile. I wear  comfortable non-waterproof hiking boots during the day (in icy water I will put on gor-tex socks or NEOS overshoes) and I change for light waterproof sneakers on a campsite.

Equipment » rental canoe options » Today 12:44 pm

ryan72
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we have 3 18.5 Keewaydin's reserved

I was told the Temagami has been phased out and Brent only has 2 three-man boats in their inventory (222's) so we had to pick up boats elsewhere anyway.

Equipment » Footwear? » Today 12:40 pm

ryan72
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Permits are done and Equipment is reserved. Now I have over 4 months to obsess over gear, food and packing.

My first concern:  our feet

What do you all do for footwear?  We will be single carrying  - 9 of us with 3 three-man canoes.  
We have 5 portages over 1km with the longest being 2960m.  But the most difficult looks like it could Unicorn Hill at 2345m

Some type of water shoe for loading and landing canoes (and while paddling)?  I could also see these also being good camp shoes and help with shore fishing.

Do you also bring boots to use while portaging?  I have always worn over the ankle boots while backpacking.    I like having ankle protection while carrying significant weight.   Or do you go with a hiking/trail shoe that can do it all?  Packing my boots, keeping them dry, and lugging them around for a week to use 5 or 6 times doesn't seem like too much fun.

I guess my options are:

water shoe of sorts + boots
water shoe + trail/hiking shoe
just a trail/hiking shoe

thanks for the input.  I am learning a lot from all of you!

Trip Planning » West to East. I go one way, you the other, we swap keys in the middle » Today 11:34 am

Uppa
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I've given zero thought to specific routes yet. But, my original idea got superseded by smarter ideas from other folks in the thread anyway, namely that it makes more sense to swap cars at the start rather than at the end, which means we don't have to coordinate trip lengths - we'll have our own cars waiting for us when we finish, whenever that happens to be. 

Trip Planning » West to East. I go one way, you the other, we swap keys in the middle » Today 11:27 am

trippythings
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Uppa wrote:

trippythings wrote:

Would you consider September, or would that not work? And which access points interest you the most?

September is unfortunately very tough for me due to my work (even though it's my favourite time of year to go camping). As to the specific route/access points, I don't actually care much - any trip across the park, regardless of start/end point, sounds pretty good to me!

September is usually easiest for me to schedule long trips, but August might work. I'll think about it more and let you know. Just curious how many nights were you planning?

Where Is This? » WIA 330 » Today 9:10 am

RPDUKE
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Yep.  Like I said, quick...perhaps a little too quick https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

You're up yellowcanoe!

Where Is This? » WIA 330 » Today 9:01 am

yellowcanoe
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Cork Lake at the end of the portage from Opalescent.

Backcountry » What do you call it? Thunder Box? Outhouse? Sh**ter? Kaibo? » Today 8:41 am

RPDUKE
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That Boombox leader is pure evil...why would he do that!!!!  Yeeesh...spiders.  The largest spider I've ever seen in the wild was in Algonquin Park...Sec Lake to be exact.  That thing was almost the size of my palm and it looked far from friendly.  Found it in my vestibule and it scurried away somewhere around or beneath my tent before I could figure out what to do with it.  Needless to say it haunted my dreams and every waking moment I was around my tent for the rest of that trip.

Backcountry » What do you call it? Thunder Box? Outhouse? Sh**ter? Kaibo? » Today 8:30 am

RCSpartan
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Last June some park maintenance guys showed up at our site. It appeared they were the Boombox repair crew.
One guy, who I call the Boombox leader, proceeded to recount stories of the massive spiders he encounters when it comes time to close the hole and break the boxes apart. Thanks guy. Thanks. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/worried.png

Backcountry » What do you call it? Thunder Box? Outhouse? Sh**ter? Kaibo? » Today 8:18 am

RPDUKE
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Boom box or boomer!!  Or as my young daughter would call it..."creepy, disgusting forest toilet"

Where Is This? » WIA 330 » Today 8:11 am

RPDUKE
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https://i.postimg.cc/J7spz0Nw/IMG-5019.jpg
 Continuing the WIA as per Bo's comment in the last WIA.  I think this one should be relatively quick to guess...

 

Trip Planning » new reservation system » Yesterday 9:18 pm

Solos ...... That is a beautiful picture of your friend !

Where Is This? » WIA 329 » Yesterday 9:13 pm

boknows
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Finally got one.  I remember paddling past that campsite with two guys on it with 2 packs and they were in for 2 weeks.  I would need at
least 4 pack sacks for 2 weeks.

Not a camera guy so no photo to share.  So first come, first one to post a photo.

Backcountry » What do you call it? Thunder Box? Outhouse? Sh**ter? Kaibo? » Yesterday 8:06 pm

JD-2011
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na na na na na na na na na na.. (Thunder)
na na na na na na na na na na.. (Thunder)

I was caught
In the middle of the woods (Thunder)
Looked around
And I knew there was no turning back (Thunder)
My bowels creaked
And I thought what could I do (Thunder)
And I knew
There was a Thunder Box, Thunder box!!!

Board footera

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