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Equipment » Securing vehicle keys » 7/18/2020 8:12 am

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 I intentionally lock my keys in the car (well hidden of course)!
I went to a locksmith and had a plain key cut that only unlocks the door, it won't start the car or disable the alarm because it has no electronics to get wet. That key is attached to a loop in my wallet, which lives in a zippered pocket in my pants.
Even if I did lose the "valet" key, with a whittled wedge and a wire, long thin branch, or even my fishing rod, I can still pop the door, grab the keys, and drive away.
 

Trip Planning » A way to find available number of campsites with the new system! » 6/30/2020 6:37 am

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I think some of you are just overthinking things- It simply might be that the new bosses (The ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks) wants to put their own spin on what the MNR  had.
Rarely have I seen it ever work the way new managers planned, and it sadly takes years to get back what you lost.

Backcountry » Sleeping on a cot » 6/17/2020 8:06 am

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Roman_K2 wrote:

Hot tent? As opposed to...??
r-value???  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/normal.png

hot tent as opposed to cold tent, the hot tent has a woodstove, the cold tent is... well, cold

 

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map UNLOSTIFY - Algonquin Park » 6/10/2020 11:48 am

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eddyturn; I get what you're saying, but I'll always opt for maps with too much info rather than too little. the point about lake heights is that it give you an idea of the ruggedness of a portage, direction of flow and current speed. If you've got 2 lakes with a 50' difference in height and 200' between them, you can pretty well guarantee a steep portage, or unrunnable section, but if they're 1000' apart, the odds are that the river between them will, at least in part, be runnable.
as for portages, some of what used to be black ones used 50 yr old data, and since then the portage has been rerouted to the other side of the lake, I've taken a couple of hours to find a portage in the past because they were nowhere near where the map said.
At least Jeff's maps were "ground truthed" by actual paddlers.

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map UNLOSTIFY - Algonquin Park » 6/09/2020 9:11 am

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eddyturn;  I would debate this point! "it was successfully used in the park for many years" It was only successful for short range trips on popular routes, It had no topographical information at all, portage lengths or even locations were often wrong and it had noting about lake heights or current direction. it was "successful" because it's all there was.
 
that's why Jeff's map was such a hit- the friends' map was useless for any detailed planning without the corresponding topo map.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 6/07/2020 7:37 am

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sadly this seems to be a theme with Camis! It seems every time they upgrade they remove or over complicate features that worked fine. first it was the double booking issue, then, in fixing it, they screwed up the costs for disabled campers (full price instead of disabled price), it's fixed now, but the other glitches have multiplied in it's place
 I hate to say it, but now I plan for a 2 hour battle every time I try to book....

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 5/24/2020 7:04 am

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Jdbonney; "But why go in to pick up an item they will bring out to you and put in your trunk for you?" In my case I had to go in to colour match a gallon of paint for a half painted wall that's been driving me nuts for a month. Some things can't be done online.
As much as I hate going there, Home Depot did have a kid in masks and gloves spraying down carts for your use and an actual professional security guard with a counter making sure that no-one snuck in, but once you got in the store, it was no holds barred. the Local food Basics had a guard too.

 

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 5/23/2020 6:21 am

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trippythings wrote:

solos wrote:

...from what I’ve been seeing in the local neighborhoods is that social distancing is no longer being practiced... / ...causes a massive second wave that will lock down everything again

So what are the chances we can be in and out of the second lockdown in time for some September/October camping?
 

from what I saw yesterday don't bet on it! Some people were acting like it was party time! not distancing, not wearing masks, not obeying directions in the store, and standing yakking in bunches. Meanwhile the numbers are already starting to rise again.
I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but I don't have much faith in ithttps://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png


 

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/13/2020 7:28 am

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LeoV The reason there "are no were near the numbers" is because the measures the government imposed are working, and that's a good thing. opening too soon is like the parachutist that said "my chute opened fine, so I don't need it anymore" while still 500' from the ground.
the Spanish flu killed about 3 million people in the first wave, but 30- 50 million in the second wave, same with SARS the second wave killed about 10 times as many during the second wave too.
With no cure, no vaccine, and no antibodies to protect us, opening everything up is just asking for trouble!

Equipment » Canoe Seatback » 5/12/2020 8:15 am

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The sitbacker has a somewhat solid seat where the "normal" stadium style one don't, so as the foam softens or breaks down it loses  any ability to support the back

Trip Planning » Ontario to reopen provincial parks for day use starting Monday » 5/12/2020 8:09 am

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Sorry LeoV but your "stats" are useless in this application, for one you're presenting CONFIRMED cases of covid Vs an estimate of ALL cases of the flu, and secondly you're comparing 3 months to an entire year. you're also completely ignoring the rate of long term or permanent damage. It's very rare for the flu to leave permanent disability, but there are several reports estimating as many as 15% of "recovered" Covid patients have permanent damage

Trip Planning » crown land camping now banned » 4/30/2020 7:14 am

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Joe Scmoe I'd call them directly and make sure, there could be an "exclusive use" agreement with Haliburton which includes the ability to establish rules and enforcement, just like a school is "public property" but you can still be charged with trespass.

Trip Planning » crown land camping now banned » 4/30/2020 7:10 am

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Zemanticsd wrote:

  It wasn't a ticket... Just a tag hanging on the driver side door handle. Perhaps marking the oddness of an abandoned car in the middle of winter?

the cops used to do that regularly, it was just so other cops didn't need to stop and investigate- they'd see the tag and just drive on
 

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 4/27/2020 7:14 am

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PaPaddler wrote:

@Marko - I'd be interested to read the peer-reviewed published data about "the data that indicates Covid19-related deaths only accounting for 50% of excess mortality" if you have a link to it and it's not too much of a bother to post it.  My search of google scholar on the subject came up pretty empty - one study specifically related to cardiac disease and transplant patients in Italy that isn't at all representative of the full patient population.  

as my wife puts it, talk to the insurance underwriters- she's adjudicated life claims for over 30 years and states you need to look at total deaths as compared to previous years, and every province is up by more than 15% this year.
The problem is that unless there's an autopsy WITH covid testing, which rarely happens with seniors or those with underlying conditions who die at home, those deaths are labelled as "natural causes", or "heart failure" (every undiagnosed death is heart failure)
So, taking the 2% out of the equation there are still 12% or more deaths above the average this year, even with the lack of auto accidents, workplace injuries, etc
 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/25/2020 10:43 am

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DW, Really? I don't know where you live, but around here the truck stops all went bankrupt years ago, the LAST one in the area is the Husky up near HWY 88, several miles from the thousands of drivers using the 401, and you try going a week on nothing but stale sandwiches and pop!
 

Trip Planning » To paddle....or not. » 4/22/2020 10:44 pm

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dead weight; they HAD to close the trails around here and block off any places to park (tow away zones now) because we were inundated by idiots coming in from the city after a large daily printed that both the town and conservation authority trails would remain open but the facilities and offices would be closed, blocking roads, parking in people's driveways, CRAPPING in a friend's backyard, and packing onto the trails in crowds bigger than any I've ever seen. the local conservation area had to call in the OPP it was so bad.
As for the fast food, there are hundreds of truckers, shift workers, and on- call crews that rely on them for a quick meal. you can't expect a trucker to drive across country to live on sandwiches for a week. just like you can't expect someone to go home and start prepping a meal while waking up the entire house, especially if they've been running off their feet for 15 hours in a hospital or other emergency services. Our local firehall has closed the kitchen to prevent contact.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 4/18/2020 6:59 am

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"Flattening the curve so our healthcare system isn't overwhelmed is not a relevant here. I think decisions regarding closures should be more regionalized than they currently are."
actually that's not true at all, imagine what would happen if restrictions were lifted and all those potentially infected "southerners" were suddenly allowed free access to their cottages, campgrounds etc. on top of the normal mayhem on the roads, you've now got the added burden of Covid, and the requisite quarantining of exposed 1st responders and medical staff. 1 sick person can cause an entire shift at the fire hall, and a full ambulance crew, not to mention any ER staff exposed to be taken out of the loop for 2 weeks. hospital rooms aren't so much the problem as staffing, how many drs. or nurses can you lose before the hospital is overwhelmed, how many EMTS or firemen can you lock down before the station closes?
it's not about space, it's about people
 

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