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Equipment » Rubber Boots for tripping - any recommendations? » 4/04/2019 11:21 am

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I'm pretty sure Trailhead in Ottawa carries the NRS footwear

Trip Planning » Booth Lake Sites » 9/05/2018 10:22 am

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I've stayed on #12. As mentioned it has a commanding view of McCarthy creek and the lake. It was a nice site, with a good breeze. bugs were bad that weekend, but not on the site probably due to the breeze.

 

Equipment » Eureka Midori vs. Taron advice » 7/27/2018 4:33 pm

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I have a taron 2. From a specs perspective, other than the layout difference you mention, the taron is heavier fabric (floor and fly).

Have not seen/experienced the two in person.

The taron withstood heavy downpour  (and puddles) in killarney last year very well.

Equipment » msr whisperlite universal vs international » 3/12/2018 9:04 am

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The difference with the Universal is the ability to use a canister in addition to white gas and international fuels.

The remote canister means you can run it upside down in lower temperatures, and you can use a windscreen without overheating concerns. It does simmer reasonably well with the canister.


 

Trip Planning » need some explanation of the reservation system » 10/18/2017 7:49 pm

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that's a useful clarification. An additional question, based on the thread about achray being gated off.

Is there a good reference for what APs are accessible (or not) after season?
or
can I assume that an AP like Rock Lake is open so long as no snow on the ground - and would just get the permit at the east gate (from ottawa)?

sorry if this is obtuse
 

Equipment » "Rotting" cordura? » 10/06/2017 4:12 pm

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I have 2 ~25 year old hiking packs that are both showing their age.

The cordura on both has a vinyl/pvc/something coating that is deteriorating.

One is more of a delamination: it is browning and peeling off. This was a cheap one when i got it. The other is sticky and delaminating in spots and literally smells of excrement. This one is the old MEC Seratus brand.

I like the bags, and they are structurally sound, but the coatings failure make them unusable.

Is there some soak/wash that will eat away at the coatings and leave the cordura?

Thanks

Trip Planning » Season coming to an end? » 10/05/2017 6:14 pm

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Thanks, that's all I need!

Trip Planning » Season coming to an end? » 10/05/2017 5:35 pm

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Question - what is the latest I can reasonably expect to not be a terrible father bringing my 9 year old for a call weekend?

Circumstances mean late Oct is the  best we can hope to get a free weekend. I'd not go if the weather was going to be wet, but am I crazy to think about a call trip with my son?

Thnx

Equipment » October clothing. » 8/30/2017 12:23 pm

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I've had good success at value village acquiring wool sweaters in multiple weights from base-layer to heavy duty.They are priced right don't have the sense that they need protecting or extra care.

For pants, you might consider worker uniform pants from Walmart. Less than $30 for the simplest dickies, they are tough, poly-cotton, and coated with something to repel some moisture.

Trip Planning » need some explanation of the reservation system » 8/23/2017 7:32 am

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This question has a simple answer I can't find an on the ontarioparks website.

Why can't I see availability / reserve anything using the online reservation system after Oct 8?

thanks



 

Skills » Driving with a canoe on long trips » 6/20/2017 8:04 am

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I agree that a rack is definitely the way I would go - for the reasons cited, etc.

Is this a long-term use item or for this trip and maybe some later use? I have a Sportrack rack from Canadian Tire (http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/sportrack-raised-rail-roof-rack-system-0401570p.html#srp) that serves the role as required (going on 3 years with occasional summer use for canoes and winter use for ski box)

*The devices to attach to the roof rails are probably more trouble than thule or yakima (but they work and hold securely)
*I suspect they are louder than thule/yakima (but very hard to say)
*I think they are considerably cheaper

I will look more closely at thule/yak the next time to try to find quieter one, but I won't be rushing that chase

Keith


 

Trip Planning » Canoeing in very cold water » 4/07/2017 3:32 pm

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A timely message, and something important to keep front of mind, thank you.

It's always better to be mindful of the risks around you and make conscious decisions with them in mind.

Equipment » recommendations child's PFD » 4/07/2017 3:25 pm

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thank you. He is right at the cut-off weight (60 lbs), so he will need the larger size, but the fit of individual models will matter most.

 

Equipment » recommendations child's PFD » 4/07/2017 1:19 pm

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My son (9) will need a new PFD this year. I will be visiting a paddling-focused shop to get one, but I'm wondering if there are suggestions about brands / models / features to look for.

He is getting to the size where lift handles seem to be going away. He is not a strong swimmer, so I would still prefer one with more buoyancy, and a handle. Hopefully that would let him paddle, too.

thanks






 

Equipment » Gravity Filter Question » 3/09/2017 2:50 pm

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I'll chime in to say I have a platypus 4 litre gravity system and I think it's great. The documentation seems to indicate the filter cartridges are a little fragile, so I have considered bringing a back-up, but haven't executed on that.

The MSR and Platypus cartridges look be identical other than branding.

Trip Planning » Shall Lake Access Point » 2/14/2017 1:18 pm

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re: loop through Ryegrass, Rumley, Godda and Mole

I haven't been on it, but last June when I mentioned my plan to do the loop as a day trip (from Booth) the ranger at the Access Point discouraged it as a long slog, and she described the portages as in rough shape.

Ultimately I opted not to do the loop, but did see two separate groups head up McCarthey's creek and never come out.

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