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Equipment » Where to acquire durable long-wearing cord/rope? » 8/05/2022 12:56 am

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Random Google searches. Something for everybody I'm sure: rope1.jpg, rope2.jpg, rope3.jpg

Trip Reports » Kiosk Lake Feb 13-16 » 2/17/2022 6:34 pm

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Woah. Nice. It's just started to snow in Toronto.

Skills » How do you solo trip without freaking out? » 12/02/2021 5:18 pm

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Heh heh... I bought and watched that again recently "Cast Away". I was surprised that I almost completely missed the significance of the female welder at the beginning.

At 67, I probably have more "alone time" than the average person but nothing recent. I probably wouldn't recommend it due to the safety factor; also not to get really creepy but the Park has changed and (I am sure) so have the animals. In my case too many falls, fires, explosions and freeze-ups like when you try to get some water in the morning (it used to be possible to do this) and your pot literally goes CLUNK on the invisible, glass-like sheet of ice that has formed overnight.

There is nothing like having the midnight beavers shift come on duty in the middle of what you thought would be a nice place to camp. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/sad.png


I used to carry some powdered magnesium and birch bark in case of bears and of course in my day there were no cell phones, GPS or "SPOT" devices.

Watching some of these new-fangled trail cams that reveal night-time activity is a good idea. There's lots of video on-line.

I'll repeat that I have a book called Wildlife Trails Across Canada by Hugh M. Halliday. It contains a nice account of hiking and sleeping out under the stars alone in the Smoke Lake area IIRC, in the 1950's. This link contains a small image. Good luck finding a copy... I know I have it but I'm not sure where it is right-now-this-minute. One of these days I'll probably scan a couple of the pages about A.P.
 

Trip Reports » Highland Trail, Faya and Provoking - May 9 to 12 » 10/01/2021 4:48 pm

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spicol wrote:

You can hear the swarms on approach but I've experienced that before on Provoking...

Hahahaha... yeah in early May it's like an orchestra tuning up!
 

Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 6/17/2021 10:40 pm

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I suppose the least they could have done was supply some free beer with their apology... oops, can and bottle ban, I forgot.

After a few days in the woods you quickly forget the outside world.

Does beer come in recyclable Tetra-Paks? I think wine does. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


I had a "noise" experience once at Provoking Lake. It was... early 1980's maybe, back when the air force was doing low-level flights in the NWT and possibly Labrador, and the natives were quite unhappy about it. I didn't give it much thought until it happened to me.

It was a cloudy, cold day in early May and the water was choppy. I was just standing on some large rocks next to the water, when all of a sudden there this concentrated (like) rising sound of wind coming, source unknown. The sound volume rose really fast and then built to a crescendo, a roar like nothing I have ever experienced, and it kept increasing. Expecting a tornado or hurricane (or something!) I turned my head thinking mostly about shelter. At that moment a large, twin engined, gray-green camouflaged military aircraft buzzed the lake directly overhead in a roughly NE > SW direction. I was 100% motivated to hit the deck, it was so low! It looked like a vaguely like a Hercules (they make the ground shake too, at the moment of take-off) but it was obviously smaller. I tell you, I wanted to eat dirt except I was standing on large rocks.

I've been buzzed by the RAF Vulcan and I spent 3 weeks at CFB Bagotville when I was a kid - Voodoo interceptors were on 24/7 alert with multiple daily sorties on full afterburner, and the runway was next to the barracks. Whatever it was that I saw in A.P. that day was worse.
 

Trip Planning » There is now a full fire ban in Algonquin » 6/13/2021 1:19 am

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And there's some boil water advisory and "blue-green algae" stuff posted too.

https://i.ibb.co/2Z4yPZ4/boil-water-advisory.jpg

Catch-all Discussions » Blue Green Algae! » 6/13/2021 1:15 am

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Apparently this story still had legs as of early summer 2021.

https://i.ibb.co/2Z4yPZ4/boil-water-advisory.jpg

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/15/2021 7:33 pm

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What about the weather. There's been a couple of nice days in the Toronto area but also lots of frost warnings; I have had to pull out my *winter coat* this week. The current forecast is calling for FREEZING RAIN up north?!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/14/2021 1:04 am

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The way I am hearing it is AT LEAST three weeks.

Disappointing to see people packing into a downtown, ah, park-ette in Toronto.

History » Canoe Tripping 'Defining Moments' Project » 5/03/2021 2:25 pm

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Sitting on a log at Faya lake with a sandwich resting on my left, and a drink on my right. Nice day. After biting on the sandwich a bit I turned and reached for my drink and took a sip.

When I turned back to the sandwich, I saw that a gray jay had dropped silently out of a tree. It had one foot on the ground (Edit: log) and it had raised the top slice of bread with the other, and the varmint was about to pull away my slice of sausage with his beak! I yelled "HEY!" just in time and he flew off. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/worried.png

Trip Planning » Highland trail » 5/01/2021 11:45 pm

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I guess I haven't really twigged to how busy things have gotten.

I suppose this is a moot question given the ongoing park closure(s) -- I'm typing over the May 1st weekend, and there have been cautious snow forecasts in the Toronto area during the past week. Does anyone have any reports on residual snow or ice, and bugs???

Just curious what it's like up there right now.

Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 5/01/2021 11:31 pm

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Although I have watched lots of video, I have only seen a drone three times: (1) a hydro technician or inspector had one; I assume they sometimes use them to look at wires or insulators up close. (2) one was used at Sunnybrook Hospital to record some sort of promotional or fundraising video.

(3) A couple of days ago I was coming out of a supermarket near Don Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. here in Toronto. It was dusk and the light was fading but it wasn't quite dark yet. I noticed a whining, buzzy sound that I could not place - I thought perhaps someone had a cordless vacuum and was using it in the parking lot? Then I spotted the glowing red LED pilot light as the thing swerved mostly north and south along Don Mills or the adjacent sidewalk. It swerved a lot and veered up and down wildly in a crazy-looking attempt at controlled flight. Then it landed at the edge of the parking lot and nothing happened for at least half a minute and I was close to thinking "oh boy, a lost drone!!!". But a guy showed up - I think he had been on the sidewalk - and he picked it up and got into a car.

Not a very inspiring display.

Drive-in Campgrounds » can any one recommend a car campground site at brent? thanks » 5/01/2021 11:04 pm

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They have **campgrounds** there now? Last time I was there it was pretty small and there was an A.G. Bell type, wooden telephone box...

Seriously, when I think of Brent I remember 20 (or was it 40) miles of bad road, and the car full of sand from the dust from the logging trucks.
 

Photos and Videos To Share » Micro-Drone (less than 250g) » 2/09/2021 2:22 am

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Maybe the damage has been done - there are now (early 2021 onwards) drone videos on Google's youtube offerings.

Just passing through... looking for campsite pictures actually.

Photos and Videos To Share » Just got around to "stitching together" a panoramic shot from 2011 .. » 2/09/2021 2:11 am

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Very nice... sort of off-topic, but I wonder how/if three-dimensional trickery works with these sorts of images. I'm thinking Kula 3D here maybe (https://www.kula3d.com - shameless plug, heh heh) but there is other hardware, cameras for instance that are... shaped like basketballs maybe, or a Zeiss planetarium instrument... that record the ground and the sky. I have a View-Master camera but it's never been to A.P., so sad.

The other thing I really like is three-dimensional animals. Here's a picture of my dog (6.5 lb. terrier) hunting elephant in the northern bush. Heh heh. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smile.png

Backcountry » Discouraging bears and varmints » 2/09/2021 1:50 am

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The post about cooking inside a log ( https://algonquinadventures.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=3078 ) reminded me about something I tried once, to keep my campsites free of visitors.

I had been in a high-rise building downtown when a locksmith came in to replace the locking mechanisms on all the mailboxes for the building. So the guy worked away for more than a few hours after which he passed holding a stack of little cloth bags, that the individual locks had come in. Instantly taking a shine to the bags, I asked the guy what he was going to do with them... it turned out he was fixing to toss them out so he was happy to give them to me.

Each bag was equipped with a draw string. Maybe six inches long for the old timers.

Ok, so I went to a hardware store and bough a box of moth balls. I popped a ball into each sack and wrapped the entire mess into one or two heavy gauge poly bags. On my next trip to A.P. I decided on a campsite in the interior and up my tent etc. Before dark I went around in a WIDE CIRCLE around my camp, and every couple of feet I hung one of the little bags on a spruce tree. Bingo, silent night!

In the morning it was just a case of going around and retrieving all the bags and then squaring them away.

If you look at video from these motion-detector cams that they have nowadays, of the trails the place is just crawling with wildlife at night. I thought this might be a reasonable, non-invasive way to temporarily tell the critter folk to stay the #$%^&@! away from me.

Of course you'd still have to choose your location carefully. Nothing worse than setting up and going to sleep only to discover that the night shift of a colony of beavers is coming on stream in that very spot!!!

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