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Trip Planning » Early, historically "average" or late ice out this year? » 4/02/2021 7:55 pm

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Re "I'll be going regardless if the park is officially opened or closed"

The forum rules were set-up to dissuade certain practices.

#19. not promote the contravention of park rules or regulations.     might be considered more to the point.

Trip Reports » TR105: Moccasin - Misty » 3/17/2021 10:54 am

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Back in 2006, we were camped on an island on Islet Lake. The big wind (tornado) that nailed Combermere's trailerpark that year, started over us. It was ripping wind, pounding rain and dark as night.

Fortunately we had set-up our tents downwind of the mid-island rise. At one point, we heard what sounded like a plane restart its engine directly right over us, followed later by cracking branches. The storm carried on through the night.

The next morning we found a small live tree down right across our canoe. Thankfully it wasn't a large tree and had come down on the canoe's re-enforced bow, and had probably been slowed-down by its own branches.

But the experience brought to mind the image of having to cut-up the downed tree to make a raft to ferry over to the hiking trail. And, one of the larger trees could have just as easily come down on one of our tents!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-pxxJfh4/0/d45a3fbc/O/i-pxxJfh4.jpg

Catch-all Discussions » i really do not know why i bother,, i contacted ont. out door re-fees » 3/17/2021 8:18 am

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Numbers and stats are funny things. How one looks at them is pertinent to the outcome. Sorry to come across like an old school teacher, but here are two ways to look at the example of an existing solo rate of $9.94 and a proposed rate of $46.05 .

$46.05 divided by $9.94 = 4.63 . This translates to the new rate being 463% of the old rate.

$46.05 minus $9.94 = $36.11 . This translates to an increase of $36.11 .

$36.11 divided by $9.94 = 3.63 . This translates to the increase being 363% of the old rate.

Somewhat a case of apples and oranges! But one heck of an increase either way of looking at it! https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/sad.png

Trip Planning » Important things to know when planning a trip (mostly for new campers) » 3/10/2021 1:22 pm

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My apologies. That's what I get for "scanning" the article, rather than actually reading it! Thanks for the links. Much appreciated!

Trip Planning » Important things to know when planning a trip (mostly for new campers) » 3/10/2021 8:33 am

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I realize its got a few years on it, but please don't forget the "Backcountry of Algonquin Park LNT Outdoor Skills and Ethics" PDF booklet ...  http://www.algonquinadventures.com/BackcountryOfAlgonquinParkLNT.pdf
 

Catch-all Discussions » Park Fees...future » 3/04/2021 1:18 pm

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Back when I was in the ABR (circa 2010) and we met with park management periodically, one statistical question didn't get clearly answered. What was a figure like 600,000 visitors per year based on? Was it the number of front-country campsite bookings, the number of backcountry permits, the number of front-country campsite occupants or the number of backcountry permit occupant names? Once we even got the impression it was a simple counting of campsite occupancy days, or backcountry permit-days. It seemed to me that at the time management wasn't able to extract the exact number of separate individuals visiting the park, so they may have adopted a substitute method of "counting the visitors". We wondered about the ardent campers that use the park a number of times each year. Are they counted as one visitor, or multiple visitors? Even the seasonal and day park car-passes seemed problematic, since the passes were for each vehicle, regardless of the number of times the vehicle accessed the park or the number of occupants in it

This is 10 years after the initial unanswered question. I wonder what the "number-of-visitors" actually does represent?

Catch-all Discussions » Park Fees...future » 3/03/2021 11:19 am

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Yes, I can see how the term "leverage" brassed some people off.

"Realize an advantage" might have been better, as being able to get a campsite to oneself while the business operator only gets a "one-person" rental fee.

Conversely, "producing a disadvantage to the business operator" by taking up a campsite and preventing the campsite's occupancy by a "group" which would generate more revenue to the business.

The end result of "same-fee-occupancy" does discriminate against the solo-tripper as a park user. A solo-tripper only deposits a fraction of the "poop" into a thunderbox. Likewise, a solo-tripper only "wears-and-tears" landings, portages, and campsites a fraction of what a group does.

The government is wanting to stop running the backcountry on a "user-fee" basis and now wants to run the backcountry on the same model as the front-country drive-in campgrounds' "same-fee-occupancy".

I'm thinking that ideally the park could start with their "same-fee-occupancy" rate, consider it as representative of a typical group of four in two canoes, adjust it percentages downward for smaller groups, and upward for larger groups. That way the cost of the varying "wear-and-tear" factor would be more fairly reflected in the rates being charged!

But we are dealing with a government that looks at the drive-in campground as an existing business model that maximizes revenue, and the existing backcountry system as allowing solo- trippers to "minimize the revenue" per campsite.

Yes, solo-tripping, and couples-tripping for that matter, could definitely become a more expensive form of enjoying the park.

Trip Reports » Videos - Ten Day one way solo - Cedar - Lavieille - Canoe » 2/20/2021 3:08 pm

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Perfect distraction on a winter day! High point for me was the big-sky lake dive, followed by the campfire transition. As for the volume shifts, I just slid my head-set up and down to level out the volume. And you have some good definition camera work there!

BTW. Have you repaired the yoke with something more than glue?

Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 1/29/2021 11:43 am

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The more I look into the Google format, the more I think GordK's comment is right. It looks to me that Google may have drawn back on their support of "Photo Spheres".

I'm getting the impression that only their "Google Pixel Phones" camera app is being supported now. A few years ago a similar app could be downloaded at their app store for any modern Android phone, but now isn't available.

Maybe they want to increase demand of their own phones, on which the app may be pre-loaded? Their "Google+" service (no longer available) may have even created "photo spheres" from uploaded conventional panoramas. Perhaps their "photo spheres" hosting site was getting overwhelmed? Whatever the popularity once was for "Photo Spheres", it now appears to me to have lessened.

Myself, I have a Samsung Galaxy A20 cell phone. I've just explored its camera app's features. They include a "panorama" option which guides one through the taking of a 360 degree panorama which is saved as a conventional JPG. That app has no "photo sphere" option.

Holding the phone in the vertical mode, results in the panorama getting a lot of wide-angle upper and lower detail. The resulting photo file is 2224 pixels high and 7984 pixels wide, and is 6MB in "size". There's little work involved in downsizing that to 880 pixel height and 2872 pixel width, and well under 1MB in "size".

Myself, I think I'll be considering my Galaxy A20 as my easier source of conventional 360 degree panoramas, and perhaps my weighty conventional digital camera/tripod combination as a source of indulgently high definition panoramas.
 

Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 1/28/2021 12:13 pm

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Thanks to Brent Taplay for emailing me an introduction to Google's "Photo Spheres". I confess to having fallen way behind on this photographic service by Google. The technology of firstly taking these "sphere" photos and of then of linking them to the Google mapping system is .... well, I'm impressed!

Google provides quick links to each of these photo spheres, which can be incorporated into whichever conventional HTML context one wishes. Each link loads-up into a Google Photo/Map page.

From there one can circle around, up and down the photo sphere .. and also bring up a Google map to occupy the bottom part of the screen. Additional sphere locations are on the map and can be clicked on directly.

In days to come I'll be figuring out how to best use the links in the PCI. But for now I'm simply sharing the links that Brent sent me of the photo spheres created by his friend "MJ".

CS 14 on Ragged Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/jEb9B6DwdkLBdBVr6

CS 2  on Lake Tanamakoon
https://goo.gl/maps/tA8LhUPefxeDUfTH7

CS 16 on Tom Thompson Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/t2D1rhsjhd39uVCV8

CS 18 Tom Thompson Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/F6H7TMmZ7xzBdbGV7

CS 15 Tom Thompson Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/D2VPRZmQas4WrW9QA

CS 4 on Rosebary Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/j5VMEpm8n2mmVBKm8

CS 1 on Rosebary Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/LrvGp1U1RydmhJBd9

CS 2 on Rosebary Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/mBDcua1knjxcZHC1A  

CS 6 on Tim Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/EA4khtDYvCMquWRq7

Unknown Island Campsite on Tim Lake
https://goo.gl/maps/93cgVtndEu16cW1T7

Little Island Lake (no map on PCI yet)
Northmost of channel/island sites
https://goo.gl/maps/5Rc6QyDpTghczw72A

Little Island Lake (no map on PCI yet)
Southmost of channel/island sites

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Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 1/27/2021 5:17 pm

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Here's another one. This is from back in 2007 on Booth Lake. The dimensions of this file are 640 x 5308 pixels.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-vQtB5cR/0/931a349e/O/i-vQtB5cR.jpg

Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 1/01/2021 1:13 pm

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Looking at these panoramic shots (which were taken with a tiny Canon Powershot SX210), I'm thinking I should get back into the habit with my better camera. Admittedly a tripod would improve the shots. 
This is the cabin at the south end of McKaskill (2011).

If your web-browser is showing the entire width of the image, that's shrinking it down. Try right-mouse-clicking and "Open image in new tab" and them click on the "plus sign" to show the image at full size .. and try scrolling across the full width.

Guess I should excourage the use of panoramas as campsite photos for the PCI Project!

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Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 1/01/2021 12:43 pm

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Back in 2011, I tripped over to McKaskill. Finally seeing it in panoramic format gave me a special jolt of memories!

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-KsjtHrk/0/f510b04e/O/i-KsjtHrk.jpg

Fitness » Isolation fitness » 12/24/2020 3:17 pm

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Ah, the glowing enthusiasm of the young and middle-age paddlers! As a 72 year old has-been, I find my usual 1 hour daily walk and occasional stationary bike session aren't cutting it! My tendons are too tight, my wind is too short and my waistline is too big! I'm thinking of reviewing my diet and exploring yoga stretching in the new year. Any other seniors out there got some personal recommendations?

History » "Algonquin - Defining Moments" » 12/04/2020 7:37 am

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Gaye Clemson has been a supporting advertiser on the website for many years.

Recently she has added podcasts, videos and slide-shows to her website. Her podcast series is called 'Algonquin Defining Moments' and can be reached directly at .. https://www.algonquinparkheritage.com/podcast-pics-and-vids.html

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