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Ethics » lots of garbage from new campers?? » 7/23/2021 7:20 pm

hiker72
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Agree with you 100% nvm. It was either abandoned or set illegally as a 'placeholder' for covert stays which is at least equally (or more) reprehensible. I encountered a similar thing a few years back on Maple Leaf Lake where a green North Face tent was established at a nice site that turned out to be vacant after all. It didn't register until another dejected backpacker with family in tow couldn't figure out how the three preferred sites were occupied despite being only three reservations and no on else came back to the site afterwards. I say good on you either way for disassembling abandoned/illegally placed materials and making a few bucks back to cover the trouble!
Cheers,
Rich

Trip Reports » July 5-7 - short trip on 3rd loop of WUT » 7/08/2021 6:49 am

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MartinG wrote:

Great trip report! Do you know why they decommissioned the upper loop between Rainbow and Brown?

Thanks Martin, I actually had a park ranger/rep call me when I expressed deep concerns about this. The rationale seemed to be that it was a less used section and the least integral part of the trail network. A heavy emphasis was placed on being pleased with letting a park area get back to its natural state. I suspect a cost-benefit analysis was also at play since there were only 3 sites on the 8 km section not popularly used (although I am sure they would have been mostly booked up these past 2 seasons!). Interestingly, the 2 sites on Loft Lake are still operational but are now canoe-in vs. backpacking sites.

Note - I added a condensed report of my most recent trip on the WUT 2nd loop if interested

 

Trip Reports » WUT 2nd loop recap, July 4-6, 2021 » 7/07/2021 9:26 pm

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Did a 3 day/2 night jaunt on the WUT 2nd loop July 4-6 - here's an overview:

Sunday (July 4)
Beautiful day, sunny and warm. Some mosquitoes and deer flies as expected, but nothing intolerable. Hit the trail at 10 am - encountered many trekkers heading out but it became quiet after Ramona Lake. Trail was very worn and mucky in spots, but became noticeably less traversed north of Ramona. Planned to eat lunch at Thunder Lake, but spot was occupied by other hikers taking a break so lunched at Lupus Lake instead. Had another break at Susan Lake where I also replenished my water supply. Hit Rainbow Lake around 3 pm feeling fatigued, and immediately took a swim. Nice site on the point! Setup camp, attempted to fish (no luck) and went to bed after a brief evening fire. 

Monday
Awesome morning, mild but with a nice crispness in the air. Spent slow-paced morning at camp before trekking to Clara Lake. Great morning hike and very warm. Had a snack/rest stop at Gervais Lake. Encountered a pair of hikers soon after, the only other people I would see for the day. Arrived at Clara around 12:30 and had a swim first thing to cool down. Leisurely setup camp while skies became greyer and thunder rolled in. Attempted some more fishing with no luck. Thunderstorms hit and I spent a couple hours under my tarp enjoying some beverages and an early dinner. Tried to fish after rain stopped - again no luck. Went for an early evening swim, had a very brief camp fire and turned in before dark. 

Tuesday 
Unpredictable weather morning. Packed up ASAP and stowed things under the tarp shelter while disassembling camp and having breakfast. A long hike back to the trail head awaited. The section of trail between Clara Lake and the East River is quite technical in spots - the wet rocks/roots and multiple blowdowns and limb debris added to the challenge. This is what I consider the toughest (and least maintained) section of the WUT. Slippery ground was precarious in spots. A fine drizzle in the ai

Trip Reports » July 5-7 - short trip on 3rd loop of WUT » 7/07/2021 8:34 pm

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pizzabones wrote:

Great in depth trip report Hiker72. I enjoyed reading it as I’m doing the same loop around out of Rain next week. Looking forward to it and hoping for nice weather like you had.

Thanks pizzabones, hope you have an awesome hike next week!
 

Trip Planning » Jeff's Maps » 6/24/2021 5:54 am

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Hey Drew, I just tried on my iPhone and had the same result. Switching back to my laptop, still no dice. I assume the mobile access works universally - good to know! 

Trip Planning » Option to view campsite availability again for backcountry » 6/11/2021 10:29 pm

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nvm wrote:

Amazing, just bought the developers a couple coffees.

I will quote again from my March 11, 2020 email from Ontario Parks, which was a followup to my original inquiry. In other words, in early 2020, this was the second time that they lied about intending to reinstate this level of information on the booking site:

"Thank you for your response.
 
We want to assure you that we are working closely with our service provider to address your outlined concerns. We are unable to provide an estimated timeline for implementation of backcountry zone occupancy at this time. Thank you again for your feedback.
 
Sincerely,
 
Ontario Parks"

I'm glad someone was willing to get up and do it. Obviously it's not impossible.

The sad reality is that it's likely a quick and easy feature to bring back. I would think pretty much all of the table data and most of the code was migrated over to the current user interface from the old system. As the new UI has had its share of challenges, perhaps the benefit of the doubt points to this feature being assigned a low priority and put on the back burner. I can't help but wonder though if there is another rationale at play. Maybe we all need to ask more questions about site/reservation #'s on each lake of interest when we call as a way to encourage its reinstatement?


 

Trip Planning » Almost there » 6/08/2021 5:47 am

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ReadyIn-10 wrote:

Not starting til the 20th. Perly Dam, Nadine, Little Osler, Erables, Mouse and Little Cauchon. Enjoy your adventures everyone!

Not till the very end of July for us, but doing almost the same in reverse: Cauchon, Erables, Little Osler, Nadine, Plumb Creek Junction - woo hoo!
Will also be backpacking the Western Uplands 2nd loop at the start of July as a substitute for having my June 6-9 Killarney trip cancelled

Trip Planning » just off the phone from ontario parks,, algonquin opens june 8th? » 6/03/2021 9:39 pm

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Concur 100% with Uppa - I would be shocked if things open on the 8th. Either way, I already lost my spring outing.

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/26/2021 8:17 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

I’m reading a lot of speculation but from what I’m digging up the cases are dropping quickly enough but hospitalizations and ICU cases are not.

There seems to be a big push to get schools back open for some reason I can’t quite understand. June is usually a waste of time for school anyway, why rush them back and risk another jump in cases?

If they do choose to open schools, they won’t be likely to open other aspects at the same time.

Disclosure:2 kids both in school.

 
Excellent points. The school situation is curious and I also wonder what the point would be to re-open at this stage given everything else. I hate to say it, but based on everything going on I remain pessimistic about much else opening up prior to the communicated June 14th date.

Trip Planning » Almost there » 5/25/2021 8:57 pm

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Based on the government's plan, we have already passed the 60% mark (likely this past Saturday) as the benchmark is based on ages 18+ receiving the vaccination. Also anxiously awaiting a Step One date, and hoping (for purely selfish reasons) that it's June 6th or before...

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/22/2021 8:42 am

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Well, this is all clear as mud.

There is an ‘at least 21 days' moving between stages but nothing explicitly states that this applies before moving into Stage 1. However, I feel this is implied as it aligns with the June 14 target date based on 60% vaccination rate being attained this weekend. Under this assumption, if the 60% target is hit today, the absolute earliest Ontario Parks may open would be June 12th.

I really, really hope I'm wrong here...

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/20/2021 8:04 pm

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Well, there goes my solo hiking plans I was confident would happen. Remaining hopeful that the late July canoe plans will at least go ahead...

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/17/2021 4:21 pm

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I have a really good hunch that outdoor activities will be opening June 2. Over half of eligible recipients have a vaccine shot now and it appears at least 2/3 (maybe even 70%) should have it by June 2. From what I gather outdoor activities will be the first restrictions loosened so I would be shocked if (backcountry) camping is further delayed. Here’s hoping!!

Trip Planning » Lockdown extension? » 5/15/2021 7:25 am

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AlgonquinLakes wrote:

Public Health Agency of Canada has issued reopening guidance and if I’m reading it right they’re saying that once 75% of the country is vaccinated they’ll allow partial reopening, including camping.

Right now Ontario is at 43% for first doses. Based on the government’s COVID Tracker, just under 1% of the population got vaccinated yesterday. Assuming the pace stays constant (and hopefully it won’t, hopefully it’s still picking up steam) that’s another month at least before they start to open up for things like camping.

That’s not ideal.

Anyone else seen this? Am I reading it wrong? (Please tell me I’m reading it wrong)

https://twitter.com/atrachelgilmore/status/1393239362901524484?s=21

I think these are general recommendations by Health Canada but not enforceable measures as such health matters fall under provincial jurisdiction. It does seem a little over-the-top, perhaps purposefully so, as a CYA measure and knowing that provinces are likely inclined to have looser vs. tighter regulations. I'm hopeful that outdoor restrictions will be slowly lifted starting June 2 (assuming it's safe to do so) and that backcountry camping will be given a green light - fingers crossed!

 

Trip Planning » June trips » 4/24/2021 7:16 am

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Marko_Mrko wrote:

Does anyone have a plan for June?

I experienced the bugs on Western Uplands once in June 6-10, 1998. Swore I'd never be back in June. But... 

Not related to APP, but I booked the Budd Car to run down the Spanish river for 5 days in June. 

Ah, this brings back memories of a couple late May/early June trips on the WUT before it became overrun - on the plus side, the trails were VERY quiet aside from the incessant humming of mosquitoes and black flies. Seeing the trails fully booked at the height of bug season has me questioning how many will stick it out or bail. I plan to hike the Killarney loop June 8-11 - my Algonquin canoe trip starting at Cedar is planned for the first week in August, so that will no doubt be a treat in comparison!

Trip Planning » Top 3 Backcountry Meals » 4/20/2021 3:57 pm

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Nice ones! Here are mine...
1) Fish/fish tortilla wrap with chick pea salad. Fish is pan fried in oil/lemon/cilantro and red onion based liquid from the chickpea salad.
2) Kraft Dinner mixed with cut up spicy semi-dried sausage (great after a heavy day of exercise)
3) Tropical couscous (courtesy of my wife) - fruit and coconut flavours - great for any meal of the day!

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