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Trip Reports » I am relegated to car camping » 9/21/2021 11:06 am

Marko_Mrko
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solosal wrote:

Marko_Mrko: because I had positioned this post under backpacking I wasn't expecting a response about portaging.  I hear what you are saying as I have done that.  I made it through my car camping experience while cringing.  My best times were on the hiking trails on Hwy 60 before 10am.  Less people, less noise and more solitude.  I'm excited to report I did the Whiskey Rapids trail again.  Last time I did that was in a thunderstorm that really rushed the enjoyment, and it was closed for so long in recent years.  I really enjoy being able to give feedback in the online Ontario Parks survey once you return from your trip.

Hahah I should read more carefully. Great to hear about the Whiskey Rapids! 

Trip Reports » Dividing Lake early Aug » 9/07/2021 4:07 pm

Marko_Mrko
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Great to hear someone using it!!

There used to be a bridge over the creek just before 14b Dagger access. It was destroyed 8 or 9 years ago. I would just go over the creek, then portage to Dagger.

They built a new bridge this year. However the road past it is very tough, so you should still park just before the bridge and portage the 300m to Dagger Lake.

In terms of fishing, they should be speck lakes, but fishing in Aug is shoddy at best. We caught lakers in Louisa at 50-60' down using lead core line. there are some in North Grace, but not as good. Louisa is 200' deep at the West end, great fishing there.

I did hear rumors of high mercury levels in Louisa, can anyone confirm?

M

Trip Reports » Dividing Lake early Aug » 9/06/2021 8:37 am

Marko_Mrko
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5 days from Access 14b via Dagger and Minkey Lakes into Dividing Lake. Went along the low-maintenance route through Loader Lakes into McGarvey and North Grace.

Made it to Louisa, then back to Dividing Lake via the 2600m portage, bypassing the Loader Lakes.

The Loader Lakes portages (I like to think of them as the Three Sisters) were pretty unmaintained. The 1050m was very very wet with 5 or 6 blow-downs - we cleared three and went around the rest. The entrance to the 300m portage was completely overgrown, and the exit of the 700m was also fairly untamed. By comparison, the 2500m was a veritable highway. A few blow-downs, but overall very easy to travel.

Saw a single party on Louisa the entire trip.

I really like this part of the park. Very accessible from GTA, but very remote. The logging road from 14 to 14b is in good condition - the rear struts on my Odyssey are gone and I had no problems. Parking is just before the bridge at 14b.

Cheers
Marko

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Trip Reports » I am relegated to car camping » 9/06/2021 8:10 am

Marko_Mrko
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I've done a couple of trips to APP this year.

Although the popular routes are busy (ie Hwy 60, northwest access and Kiosk), I found the interior to be no more busy than any other year.

A single  portage >1km and you're fine.

Trip Planning » Moose Hunting » 8/14/2021 10:53 am

Marko_Mrko
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Ha I totally thought you were gonna go somewhere very different with this post:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=taQDY0PpQLs

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Photos and Videos To Share » A Few Magic Mushrooms » 8/13/2021 2:48 pm

Marko_Mrko
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How did they taste?

Hahaha jk, those are beauty pics!!

There are sooooo many mushrooms in the park this year, it would be great to have the expertise to know which are edible.

Equipment » Favorite Online Camping retailer? » 7/07/2021 6:25 am

Marko_Mrko
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pizzabones wrote:

Another shop out of Mississauga is Canadian Outdoor Equipment. They carry a lot of niche products and specialize in traditional camping gear.

 
I'll second COE for high quality backcountry gear. Things like CCS tarps that are hard to get in Canada, winter camping equipment.

https://www.canadianoutdoorequipment.com/

M

Trip Planning » Bug report 2021 » 6/29/2021 7:06 am

Marko_Mrko
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I was on the Madawaska last week. Minimal bugs. No black flies, only a few mosquitoes.

Catch-all Discussions » p.c. has hit algonquin park » 6/07/2021 1:03 pm

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Despite the lack of harmful intent in the original name, this is a good call.

Trip Planning » just off the phone from ontario parks,, algonquin opens june 8th? » 6/04/2021 8:47 pm

Marko_Mrko
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yellowcanoe wrote:

Daily cases were down to 699 a couple of days ago and we are now back over 900.  Very disappointing!

 
The cases always fluctuate due to testing patterns. Mon and Tue are always low days because they represent the weekend testing numbers. Wed to Sat are higher cases of the week.

The 7-day average has consistently decreased since the lockdown started. Last Friday cases were 1250ish, compared to 900ish today.

Lock-downs work, but they need to be appropriately targeted and prompt. It's insane that workplaces with outbreaks stay open, while camping is off... what can you do but vote in 2022... in the mean time, cases are coming down and hopefully we'll be in the backcountry soon.   

Cheers
Marko

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/29/2021 5:07 pm

Marko_Mrko
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I'm going down madawaska, but staying at private campgrounds. apparently that's fine. so... yea. Jessups here I come!!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/29/2021 4:11 pm

Marko_Mrko
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MartinG wrote:

I have a trip starting on the 4th on Crown land. Don't actually get into the park until the 7th. Very awkward.

 
Looks like even crown land is closed?

https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-extends-some-covid-19-orders-past-june-2-including-ban-on-recreational-camping-and-provincial-border-closures-1.5448142

So crazy!!!!

Trip Planning » Bug report 2021 » 5/27/2021 12:22 pm

Marko_Mrko
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RCSpartan wrote:

Just go by the Weather Network 'Bug Report' which is showing the bugs in Algonquin as green/low. Sounds like a t-shirt and shorts are all you need!

I'll never make that mistake again...

 
aahahahahahahahahahaahha whoever authors that bug report should be charged with assault 🤣

Trip Planning » Bug report 2021 » 5/27/2021 8:47 am

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Hoping the lockdown ends by next week and we are able to get out and feed the bugs with our COVID-enriched blood. With this in mind... anyone have an idea of how it's going with the bugs?

My trip is planned for June 7, and wondering if regular bug shirt will do, or should I plan on bringing plate mail.

Cheers!

Trip Planning » may 20 th opener on friends of algonquin park update sat apr 17th » 4/28/2021 6:08 pm

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Oooh look I can drive across the province to line up with hundreds of people to buy cheap tomatoes. boy I sure am glad none of these people are camping right now in the backcountry, infecting others in close proximity to their lake:

https://beta.ctvnews.ca/local/windsor/2021/4/27/1_5404266.html

Yes, people did drive from across the province for a $5 skid of tomatoes. Yes, hundreds. it's in the article.

Again, to be absolutely clear: I am very pro lockdown. but if the lockdown is severe enough to have to shut down backcountry camping, allowing this other insanity and not enforcing anything is absolutely insane.

There are only two possibilities:
1. complete and utter incompetence
2. intentional selective punishment of a part of society

either way, it's not cool.

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