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Trip Planning » Magic 8-Ball points to "Maybe" for a Fall trip » 8/05/2021 5:49 pm

EddyTurn
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Beware of incoming Canadian Border Services strike. I'd rather postpone a trip than hit the crossing when agents are advised to "Ask travelers every question in your book".

Trip Planning » Magic 8-Ball points to "Maybe" for a Fall trip » 8/03/2021 8:29 pm

EddyTurn
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Totally agree! I feel like I've spent better part of my life going through circles on the Border Protection sites. Finally, what I found:
Crossing to Canada - there's no arrival test any more after August 9, though random testing at the border is possible. Here's the summary:
https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/phac-aspc/documents/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resource/re-opening-canada-border/re-opening-canada-borders-phase2-eng.pdf

Crossing to the US - there's no additional covid-related  requirements for US citizens, just show up with usual documents.

Catch-all Discussions » Ghost Tents? » 7/24/2021 1:37 pm

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To make sure that nobody visits my site while I'm daytripping, if it's not visible from the water I'd leave some piece of equipment by the landing. A chair will do, for instance.

Trip Planning » Otterslide Lake » 6/23/2021 3:21 pm

EddyTurn
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If your are an experienced single-carrrying party you should be able to get as far as Big Trout lake in one longish day, weather permitting.  All portages are very well-traveled and flat and so is the water .

Trip Planning » Maple or Erables » 6/07/2021 3:21 pm

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I paddled Maple creek towards Kiosk in August in extremely low water year and the only small problem was wading through the muck on the lake itself after we exit the creek. The creek also required a bit of wading, but the sandy bottom shallows were very comfortable.
If your are concerned which lake to reserve, we found Erables to have better campsites, i.e. more picturesque, but in my opinion campsite tastes very tremendously and unless you know personal preferences of an adviser following the advice doesn't make much sense.

Skills » Gelcoat » 5/31/2021 9:20 pm

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I apply 303 protectant and Watco oil to my Nomad (fiberglass), as Dave Curtis site recommends. Neither takes care of scratches and I'm too lazy to wax. I have been tripping in this boat for about 5-6 months, combined, during the last 10 years and so far so good, though the bottom obtained this noble grey tint...

Equipment » bent shaft paddles,,, any crankers out there?? » 5/25/2021 9:01 am

EddyTurn
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Terrific, thanks! My tandem gunwales are almost untouched as well - it's the matter of the gunwale line in the stern going away from the forward stroke straight paddle trajectory. But paddling from the center in a solo canoe, where gunwale is basically parallel to the stroke makes prying Js from the gunwale too tempting. Some purists would say it's a poor technique, but other purists agree it's the proper technique. It definitely saves lots of energy (and is easier on one's wrists) on a long day of paddling.

Equipment » bent shaft paddles,,, any crankers out there?? » 5/25/2021 8:18 am

EddyTurn
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Martin, the sleeve on your paddle protecting it from aluminum gunwales - I wonder, what is it made of? I rather heavily rely on the gunwale for my J strokes, which wears off the wood (on the gunwale, not the carbon paddle) and Instead of changing my J technique I'd rather put some protection on the paddle.

Equipment » bent shaft paddles,,, any crankers out there?? » 5/23/2021 5:49 pm

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Solo I sit-and-switch most of the time, using bent shaft shorty. This is the most relaxing stroke for long distance travel as far as I know, both on lakes and twisting creeks. If I want or need to us a J-stroke (adverse condition like strong cross-winds or whitewater) I use a longer straight shaft paddle - its J is much more efficient. I still have to learn Canadian with bent-shaft - saw some Martin's video and was impressed.

Equipment » Everything you ever wanted to know about everything » 5/16/2021 6:53 pm

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Superior One doesn't soak water if there's a waterproof liner inside. Except for seams it's more or less waterproof and the seams let water flow in either direction. Theoretically It would be nice to have it dry, but it gains very little weight wet, even sitting in bilge water or after a swim.

This season I'm planning on getting new Platypus 1L QuickDraw Microfilter System (to replace my Steripen). According to reviews it requires no cleaning beyond shaking, believe it or not.

Equipment » Everything you ever wanted to know about everything » 5/12/2021 9:13 pm

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Thanks, Dave. Always enjoy reading about different equipment choices, got a few ideas out of yours. Re: fuel canister estimates - some manufacturers put markers on the side of canisters: if you float such canister the marker at the waterline shows approximately how much gas is left there. MSR does it.
Congratulations on your choice of the canoe: Curtis Nomad rules! I keep all my gear in a single GG Superior One in the stern and really have any issues with boat control. Facing strong winds I put the pack in the bow.

Trip Planning » Bonfield-Dickson or Unicorn Hill? » 5/04/2021 6:33 pm

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AlgonquinLakes wrote:

I'm taking some buddies on a trip in mid September and we're looking at two possible routes. The first is out of Cedar and would take us through Radiant, Philips, Hogan, Catfish and in.

Well, since Catfish to Cedar is downstream travel, you'll be hiking the Unicorn downhill. But even in the opposite direction - it's just a kilometer or one and a half, just take it easy. Excelent advice from Martin: separate the trip from portages.
 

Photo Equipment and Technique » Portaging Pelican - how? » 4/04/2021 3:23 pm

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Hi, Shawn, I think I'll try a Pelican case first - it definitely affords more protection than bags and probably is faster to close/open. Unfortunately, I don't have a gear problem yet (just an MFT with 2-3 basic lenses), but it also means that I can use a smaller case that would fit under the seat on portages. I'm a poor enough photographer and efficient portaging is more important for me than high-end photo equipment.

Equipment » Helinox chair hack » 3/30/2021 1:44 pm

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Thanks, Shawn! So many ideas, so little time (and money, alas) . I just got Helinox Zero and Chairbuddies, total weight 1.42, probably half a pound less than BA. It feels slightly on a smallish side for me, but it's my fault (5'11", 200lbs). I love BA brand (was seriously impressed watching my toddler son's failed attempt to destroy BA superlight tent), but weight saving's important and it's getting importanter and importanter each year.

Catch-all Discussions » Park Fees...future » 3/29/2021 6:11 pm

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scoutergriz: our statistics differ for some reason, but it's not a perception. Traveling mostly solo myself I remember almost every solo boat I've ever met in the AP in 20 years of travel. Main street or off.  Since 2014 in about 40 days I met about 4-5 of them (not counting kayakers on Opeongo). And altogether it's under a dozen among many hundreds tandems, May to October. Of course it's easier to miss a single boat than a group on a bigger lake, but single solo is as easy to see as a single tandem (or almost - solo paddlers rarely talk to themselves). I can't testify to how many tandems travel in large or small groups - hard to tell unless one counts them. My impression is it's mostly 2-3 tandems in a group, unless it's a kids camp.

Catch-all Discussions » Park Fees...future » 3/25/2021 9:01 am

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BB wrote:

@Eddy, I think everyone totally forgot about backpackers in this whole discussion.  Which is a mistake as they are many of them, maybe more so in APP than other parks. But they would be hit just as hard. 

Then I wonder if hikers are involved in any way in this discussion and are aware of the petition? Unfortunately I'm not familiar with their forums and Facebook groups.May be FB is more popular media for Ontario backpackers than AP forums? It's just an assumption on my part since I don't have social media accounts.
 

Catch-all Discussions » Park Fees...future » 3/25/2021 6:29 am

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Thanks, didn't think of it myself. It's definitely rings true for AP, but not for Temagami set of parks - very little trails there accessible by foot. And I think almost all of them aren't long enough for multi-day use, so hikers do not have to register or obtain permits. It''s either campgrounds or interiror canoeing that show in the stats.

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