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Ethics » Disposable Items » 10/06/2022 10:46 pm

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I think Algonquin's can and bottle ban will only get you in trouble if you have a metal can or a glass bottle. My stuff has never been searched before so I can't say for sure. Also, I've never seen what is printed on the yellow garbage bags because I always decline them. But I do know that plastics, which are mostly hydrocarbons, burn quite well. Even those plastic wrappers with an aluminum coating seem to disappear completely into the ashes but I think you have a good point with that because I'm probably adding all sorts of tiny melted aluminum to the park environment.

Trip Reports » Pishnecka/North Tea Loop » 9/22/2022 11:15 pm

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Shayne74 wrote:

Thanks. I think it's a very over looked part of the park. Remote feel without the work.

I agree that this part of the park is often overlooked as I've been able to get sites with short notice at busy times. Thanks for your report on the beach site on Pishnecka. I think in the future I'll try to make it there with the kids, since there is almost nothing more popular with kids than a beach.

Trip Planning » Can you still make a reservation at park offices? » 9/22/2022 11:02 pm

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I'm not sure what the current rate is but I avoided reserving in preference to just getting a permit "at the door" and it saved me $9 at the time. Also, I didn't have to worry about changing my reservation because once I hit the permit office I was fully committed.

Trip Planning » Confusion over confirmation emails serving as permits » 9/22/2022 10:55 pm

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SeekingSolitude wrote:

I know it is convenient to not check-in ... even a cellphone will have satellite access in a few years.

I think the major benefit of not checking in is that you don't have to waste precious time (i.e. time in the backcountry). But the other point you bring up, that common phone technology will progress to the point where we can all have access and be tracked, even in the backcountry, makes me anxious. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before somebody, acting in the name of safety or the greater good, insists that all our movements be tracked, both inside and out of the backcountry. For centuries people have been traveling across algonquin and the vast majority have done so safely and without constant oversight via technology or whatever. But if it just saves one life then it's good to require mandatory tracking in the park. Time to pitch my tin foil tarp!

Trip Planning » Who managed to get a backpacking trip in Algonquin this year? » 9/05/2022 11:58 pm

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Wow! You practically hiked a marathon to get out of that rain. Brutal!

Equipment » Double blade paddles >260cm? » 9/05/2022 11:47 pm

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280 cm ! Just a little shy of a 10' pole and I wouldn't want to touch that. Sometimes I wish my double bladed paddle would mysteriously disappear because I would be glad to lose the slight gain in efficiency in favor of reclaiming the purity and elegance of a proper canoe paddle.

Trip Planning » Packing day » 9/05/2022 11:39 pm

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"Bug-Out" ??? Is that some kind of bug shelter? In September? If so, I think you'll be better off without it. Enjoy your trip!

Equipment » Butane vs Isobutane vs propane? Save some $ » 8/30/2022 1:39 pm

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I bought an MSR whisperlite more than 25 years ago and the only maintenance I've done is to "shake" it clean once in a while. I agree that priming it is a minor pain, especially if you want a quick coffee, but it takes less than 2 minutes and is not complicated.

I think my biggest dislikes about canisters is that I would never want to pack a partially full canister at the start of a trip. Also, I think it's easier to fine tune amount of liquid fuel I pack.

Skills » How to paddle a canoe (no, this is not a joke) » 6/15/2022 12:31 pm

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I second using your kayak paddle, you are already familiar with it. I find a kayak paddle helps me go a little faster and a little easier to go straight, but it drips more water into the canoe. When I use a canoe paddle I refuse to do a steering stroke and instead I just switch sides every 3 strokes or so, do they call that a racing stroke? Of course, the canoe paddle gives better control which may be a consideration if you did a lot of twisty river travel.

Trip Reports » Wendigo to Big Bissett Lake, Spring 2022 » 5/27/2022 11:05 pm

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That is a bad ass trip and a bad ass trip report. Sounds like fun, except for the bugs and brutal portages. I remember eyeing Bissett Lake several years ago as it looked to be an interesting destination that's not easy to get too, but it's on the wrong side of the park and I just don't get enough "Algonquin time" for that trip to get on my short list. Bissett looks beautiful so maybe one day in the future I'll be lucky enough to make it there.

Equipment » Packing » 5/19/2022 10:13 am

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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

... I discovered that the cats had been peeing all over it.

That's unfortunate but at least you got to buy new gear! Unfortunately our senior citizen dog who we acquired during COVID can't really hold her bladder when everyone is at work all day. Last time she peed it leaked down into the basement but thankfully it hit the freezer and not my gear!
 

Equipment » Packing » 5/19/2022 9:26 am

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The initial packing always takes the longest and it's annoying and time consuming. I want to make it quicker and break the habit of carefully fitting smaller items into pots or have stuff sacks carefully fitted into the limited confines of my backpacking pack. My backpack will always require carefully filling the bottom side spaces with fuel bottles, nalgenes, tent poles, thermarests etc. But I'm going to start carelessly dumping the little stuff into sacks and just throwing it in, hoping that I can still close the top of my pack.

To cut down on initial organizing I just skim my packing list, get a big box, and go "shopping" in the basement where I have all my gear on shelves. Hopefully I don't forget anything critical.

Trip Reports » Father Daughter Ice Out – May 5 to 8 2022 – Clydegale Lake » 5/17/2022 11:36 am

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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

Fantastic!  Congratulations on such a great trip with your little cutie!  

I took my son on his first trip in 2016, when he was 11.  Late July.  Heat wave.  Deer flies...

I'm sure you made a powerful impression on your son. Later in life he will probably look back fondly on that experience. 
 

Trip Reports » Father Daughter Ice Out – May 5 to 8 2022 – Clydegale Lake » 5/17/2022 11:31 am

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trippythings wrote:

... And that fire pit looks way more built up than the last time I was there!

Somebody put a lot of effort to build up the firepit walls nice and high but it wasn't very solid. It spontaneously started falling during our second night of marshmallow roasting and became a hot mess.
 

Trip Reports » Father Daughter Ice Out – May 5 to 8 2022 – Clydegale Lake » 5/17/2022 11:28 am

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RobW wrote:

I thought it might have been a fellow AA'er that we saw. We were camped on the south east site on Pen as you were heading in and did our day trip around Clydegale on Saturday.  

You kind of appeared out of nowhere when we were on our beech, I figured you were just fishing or something. Always nice seeing other AA'ers!
 

Trip Reports » Father Daughter Ice Out – May 5 to 8 2022 – Clydegale Lake » 5/16/2022 2:17 pm

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The whole experience went surprisingly smoothly. I think more people should try going out with their kids, they are capable of so much.

Trip Reports » Father Daughter Ice Out – May 5 to 8 2022 – Clydegale Lake » 5/16/2022 1:04 pm

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Endless sun was in the forecast, the perfect time to spontaneously start my annual ice out solo trip. I kept asking my 4 ½ year old daughter if she wanted to come and to my surprise she kept saying YES!
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We picked up an ultralight 16 foot Keewaydin at Algonquin Outfitters but everything else is our own gear, including my daughter’s life jacket, grey owl paddle, and osprey hydrajet 12 litre backpack which she lugged over the 2 short portages.
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As part of single portaging I always strap the paddles in the front of the canoe and our life jackets in the back. The 12 litre backpack was filled with lots of heavy stuff so we could put it right in the front of the canoe to help balance out my fat ass in the rear.
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Jeff’s Maps estimates about 4 ¼ hours to get to the island site in the south, where it peaceful and private. It’s a nice site with beech, rocks, fairly flat and kept my daughter entertained while I did most of the work to set up camp.
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There was a nice firepit for roasting marshmallows and then off to bed for the little one while I stayed up for a bit of campfire whiskey. The days were warm and even hot in the full sun but the nights were dipping to 2 degrees or below. My daughter was toasty warm in the full-size -9 C down-filled MEC sleeping bag I bought her for her 3rd birthday plus her northface thermoball hoodie. I was a little envious because I forgot my warm sweater and was on the verge of being cold in my old zero degree bag.
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There never seemed to be a shortage of either fun stuff or work to do. We spent some time on the beech and in the chilly water, before Mr. Leech spoiled the mood.
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We has a real treat that morning paddling out as the lakes were mirror

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