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Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/04/2021 4:35 pm

solosal
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I am sad. The backcountry should be a place where souls are to be free.  It is not a place to be commercialized.  I understand our need to be connected at this time.  At the expense of the individual a cost to be had upon the soloist who has a yearning and burning for their very soul.

Trip Planning » Highland trail » 3/19/2021 2:58 pm

solosal
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This has been a competitive year in terms of booking any backcountry sites!  I did manage to get a few nights in Frontenac in early July.  I had my heart set on doing the entire trail in Killarney with no luck to book.  I will patiently wait until next year, or keep checking the site for cancellations.  I did book Eastern Pines in Algonquin.  I haven't done that loop since 2016 so I am interested in how things have changed since the fire.  Last year I encountered so many folks on the trail that weren't prepared; I helped them out the best that I could with the supplies I had.  I am a solo hiker so I plan for myself and not much more.  Happy trails to those of you who have bookings!

Wildlife » Seeing a wolf on the portage trail » 10/04/2020 12:08 pm

solosal
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Last week I was backpacking on the WUT (Rain Lake access).  On my first night I was on the last site on Islet, and around 10pm I heard wolves howling.  Beautiful start to my trip.  One day I was making my way from Gervais to Brown.  I was at the top of a hill and trying to determine where the trail went down so I looked across the way to see if I could see where the trail started.  Below there was a bit of water and what I think used to be a beaver dam.  On the far bank was a pack of wolves.  My brain could hardly keep up with what my eyes were seeing.  I counted between 5 to 7 wolves.  I could see that one walked down the bank to where I was headed, and the others scooted up the trail on the other side.  I gave them some time to get moving along and I gave a few toots on my whistle.  I continued to do this as I resumed the trail and walked through the bush.  When I got to Brown Creek (lovely foot bridge across) I continued to make noise.  When I got to the other side and up the embankment I paused to catch my breath and the wolves began howling from where I just came from.  I was gobsmacked!!! I assumed that they watched me the entire time while I walked through their area.  A bit unsettling however I was more excited about this experience than scared.  This is the second time I have seen wolves in this area - last time was about two years ago.  I have always thought that they are glorious creatures, and I feel truly blessed that this has happened to me.  I do backpack solo and try to be prepared for whatever Algonquin throws at me: wildlife, weather etc.  I did share this information with the Park staff when I completed my trip, and now with you.

Trip Reports » Another trek on the Highland » 9/07/2019 5:51 pm

solosal
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no, no the tent was not set up.  it was stashed in the undergrowth near the lake's edge.  had a tent been set up I never would have ventured in.  I do enjoy your story of almost leaving your own tent behind!  yes, it was disappointing to see as it looked like it was in okay condition....I could have put it to good use in the future had I not been solo backpacking and didn't want to lug it out.  park staff were notified when I left.

Trip Reports » Another trek on the Highland » 9/02/2019 4:08 pm

solosal
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Trip number three completed on the Highlands in August.  Nothing to notable to report except for campers garbage on East Provoking.  A complete 6 person tent.  Sorry, couldn't lug that out on my own. Interesting twist going in from the Airfield.  Nice to shake things up a bit.  I did see a Pine Martin on this trail again, and that was delightful.

Trip Reports » Northern Scavenger Meanest Link 2018 » 11/24/2018 3:09 pm

solosal
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Great recount of the trip.  haven't been in a canoe for awhile so I loved hearing and seeing the experience! 

Wildlife » Bear Encounters? » 8/27/2018 7:56 pm

solosal
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I had my first bear encounter/experience earlier this month after spending a number of years in the backcountry and never actually seeing one.  I was backpacking from Rain Lake Access Pt and was at my first site of the trip at Islet Lake.  I had set up my site including hanging my rope for the food bag later.  A bear came crashing through the bush onto the trail just ahead of my site.  I yelled at it, blew my whistle and it took off.  I felt a mixture of excitement that I saw my first bear, and some fear because I am a solo female hiker and that bear was a lot bigger than me.  Later in the trip I was coming up the embankment of Brown Creek to the trail and there were two wolves on the trail about 20 feet in front of me.  They saw me and took off up the trail.  I gave them a few minutes head start and began hiking again.  As I kept walking I could see the tail end of them.  I started singing songs and making noise so they knew I was still around.  When I arrived at the sites at Brown Lake I could hear the wolves howling in the bush.  I rarely see anything in the backcountry beside chipmunks, squirrels etc so this trip was extremely memorable for me.

Trip Reports » Maple Leaf Lake - August 28-30 » 9/20/2017 8:37 pm

solosal
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in my few years backpacking along the Algonquin trails I have encountered a few that have said they would be going to a lake they have not reserved.  they explained that they wanted to travel further than what they accounted for or they weren't happy with what was left at their destination  or they couldn't travel any further. I don't think that they really get the impact they are having on other folks who have walked the trail that day to a destination.  know your limits and stay within it...especially for those of us who have booked a site.

Catch-all Discussions » Backcountry Pet Peeves » 9/20/2017 8:23 pm

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A couple of things are my back country pet peeves:  people not wearing their life jackets is one.  when I went life jacketing shopping with a family member he seriously considered the worth of his life verses the cost of the life jacket and hence the life jacket won and he wears it religiously (and I'd kick his a** if he didn't).  second is garbage - seriously folks read and re-read the backcountry rules when you venture in and follow them.  I am not interested in fending off wildlife because of your negligence. 

Trip Planning » Post-Trip Effect » 9/20/2017 8:11 pm

solosal
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my post trip effect is going into a bathroom and shutting a door.  beyond that just simply being confined by 4 walls.  oh what the wilderness has to offer....

Trip Reports » my august vacation » 9/15/2017 8:16 pm

solosal
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thanks everyone for your kind words, and suggestions.  my last trip was so wet, muddy and slippery that I was a tiny bit glad to be done backpacking for the year.  I have never experienced that much mud on a trail.  at one point the crossing of a trail was me wading crotch deep in water where it normally would be a tip toe across some rocks.  of course I want to return again.  checking out longer trails within other parks and will car camp to end out my camping season.  it will be a long winter and i'll plan another new adventure in Algonquin!

Trip Reports » my august vacation » 9/04/2017 3:21 pm

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As Walt Whitman said " if you want me again look for me under your boot soles".  I have completed all of the trails in Algonquin.  it only took a couple of years considering I live about 4.5 hours from the park.  I have trekked the WUT more than once, highlands twice and Eastern Pines once.  this has all been done solo except for one trip (but I had already walked it).  any recommendations for future adventures?

Trip Planning » Hypothetical campsite situations » 8/28/2017 7:33 pm

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on my most recent solo trip I made the choice to share a site.  I was backpacking, and it was getting late in the day.  when I arrived at my lake the first site was occupied so I went to the second which was also taken.  it was another 10km to the next lake.  I did not ask the young men on the second site to see their permit (one of them slipped up as to what lake they were supposed to be on) instead I asked if I could share their site.  it was a big site and I found a little spot well away from them.  that day I simply hoped that I wouldn't have any problems with them because of how I approached the situation and the manner of how I spoke to them.  I was also relying on my gut to tell me if this was a safe choice or not.  lucky for me it worked out.

Trip Planning » who is backpacking this summer? » 7/22/2017 6:49 pm

solosal
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Algonquintripper I agree with you about Ramona.  Those sites are really not much to write home about.  I split my site and had my tent up by the trail, and had my cooking area and tarp by the waterfront.  the amount of mud and blow downs (trees) I encountered were beyond what I have seen before.  it was of course manageable but tricky cause I fly solo and am a small woman (therefore climbing over fallen trees is somewhat delicate).  a part of the "walkover bridge" at hardy lake is gone and I was knee deep to make a successful crossing.  I guess that is all a part of the journey and a story to tell someone when you make it out.

Trip Planning » who is backpacking this summer? » 6/11/2017 2:11 pm

solosal
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the last post was about bugs...yes they are in Algonquin. I am interested in who is doing what trails this summer.  I am keen on getting out in the backcountry of Algonquin and I am curious about what other folks are doing? there is a part of the western uplands I have not done and hope to conquer that this season.  who am I gonna see on the trail?

Trip Reports » My 1st Solo Canoe Trip in Algonquin Park - Part 2 [video] » 5/21/2017 12:42 pm

solosal
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Bravo!  I too have shed a tear at the end of a solo trip, there are so many emotions that erupt.  I can appreciate being at the end of the day and making the choice to having a stiff drink verses making supper.  Best of luck on future solo trips.

Equipment » Backcountry Repair Jobs? » 5/12/2017 7:53 pm

solosal
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I too have fixed a tent in the backcountry. Door zipper was busted and it was mosquito season!  I used fishing line and hook to sew it (somewhat) back together.  Still slept with bug masks on those nights.

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