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Trip Planning » Weird experience on Pen Lake this past weekend » 8/12/2022 12:45 pm

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tentsterforever wrote:

@ trippythings. I have asked that exact question as to why can’t they change the word “site’ to ‘lake’ to a park ranger, and got the following answer: the form is being used in all the parks, so nothing can be done about it, as many parks are site specific backcountry sites.

"so nothing can be done about it,"....maybe add a second form? It's a quite simple, easy to implement solution.

Certain parks have site-specific bookings while other parks have lake-specific bookings... the system is tailored just fine for that. Campgrounds vs. backcountry sites have different fees... the system is tailored just fine for that. It should just be one more simple piece of logic in the workflow i) if site-specific booking, send Confirmation Email A, ii) if lake-specific booking, send Confirmation Email B.

Adding a second email automation variation would be way easier to implement than anything that needs to be implemented in the booking system itself (like the two examples above).

Trip Planning » Weird experience on Pen Lake this past weekend » 8/11/2022 8:28 am

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Spru85 wrote:

At the end of the trip I spoke with a park ranger, emailed APP, and have commented on their social media about this issue. They have since put out a post that included information about this first come first serve policy but not everyone reads the regulations/rules or follows social media unfortunately.  

The most frustrating part is that it's such an incredibly easy change to fix this.

On the email confirmation it says "Your site is reserved" then followed by the booking where it shows on the left column "Site 1, Site 2, Site 3 etc." and the righthand column titled "Site Number".

Literally all they need to do is use the word "Lake" instead of "Site" and it would clear up so much confusion.

Trip Planning » Weird experience on Pen Lake this past weekend » 8/09/2022 11:27 am

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I've had the same thing happen to me where people showed up at my site thinking they booked that specific campsite, only for me to explain to them that isn't how it works. But that was in the late evening around sundown, not 3 AM. If you're curious I go into detail about the encounter here at the end of the Day 2 section: 

A simple solution on your end would be to show them your booking confirmation. It will say the same "Site 125 - Pen Lake"

Based on them showing up at 3:00 AM, I'm willing to bet they were out for theft purposes, and the "You're on my site" was their backup plan in case they got caught. Or they were just completely new campers who believed they were right, and just coincidentally happened to be jerks at the same time.

While it's not legal to use bear spray on a human, I travel solo and I keep my bear spray on me at all times. In a worst case scenario confrontation like this, I'd rather deal with the consequences of using it on a human vs. using other self defence mechanisms like my survival knife, which could be fatal.

Trip Planning » Otterslide Creek Rapids - doable? » 7/25/2022 10:45 am

I've gone through the creek a bunch of times and from what I recall, I don't believe any can be skipped.

Trip Planning » does site scout still work?? » 7/15/2022 10:03 am

Ontario Parks made some updates a few weeks ago, and it broke SiteScout. SiteScout was then updated to be compatible with the Ontario Park updates. If it's not working for you, you may need to restart Chrome (and make sure it's fully up to date), or worst case uninstall and reinstall the extension. Make sure you're updated to v1.0.5 of the extension. It should work.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 593 » 7/08/2022 10:40 pm

Otterslide Creek?

Trip Planning » So I'm taking a buddy on a trip and I'm figuring out a route » 7/06/2022 9:17 am

I would vote for #3 but stay at Welcome for one of the nights. There's a bit more portaging length overall but none of them are too brutal and I like the variety that the overall trip offers. I like the campsites better on those lakes as well; Welcome you're almost guaranteed a beach campsite, then Louisa you're almost guaranteed a big rocky shoreline campsite. Pen Falls is always nice for a lunch break. And if you still have energy by the end of it all, you can take the shortcut hike up to Booth Rock Trail before going back to your car.

I'd personally do Welcome for one night, then Louisa for 2 nights. That way you tackle one long portage each day but give your group a rest day to enjoy your surroundings. I always think a rest day is good for first-timers in the park to have time to stop and smell the roses.

Even though it's a popular area of the park and a popular route, in late September it won't be very busy at all. It's always nice doing popular routes in non-popular times.

Trip Planning » Campsite tokens, signs, etc., - community opinions? » 7/05/2022 8:55 am

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It's Campsite #12 on Pen Lake:

I personally don't think they should be there. It doesn't follow Leave No Trace and it sets a bad example for future campers that modifying campsites is acceptable. And it's subjective whether future campers will like it / appreciate it or not.

Like Drew mentioned above, small tokens he appreciates but larger bushcraft is a no go. Someone else might think the opposite and prefer bushcraft creations "what I'm doing is functional not just a visual token". The simplest solution is to just leave the campsite the same way you found it.

Skills » How to paddle a canoe (no, this is not a joke) » 6/15/2022 9:00 pm

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If this is going to be a one-off experience, and assuming your group has canoe paddling experience, just sit in the bow as much as possible. You said it's mostly open water, so sitting in the bow you won't have to do too much in terms of different strokes.

If you do stern, you'll probably be better off using the goon stroke instead of the J stroke. The J is more efficient, but it's less intuitive and takes more time to learn and get good at. 

Goon vs. J:

Trip Planning » Questions about Tim River (Queer to Shippagew, September) » 6/10/2022 9:10 am

@Peek, don't worry I wasn't going to choose another route because of the dams Those huge dams like in the picture I linked are just a pain when I travel solo because I need to completely unload and reload my boat to get across. If I had to deal with a ton of those then I'd probably add a second night camping on the river. But based on what you've said, one night on Little Trout Creek then pushing through to Shippagew in one day seems realistic. Thanks for the extra info, will check out your trip report.

@Mike, thanks for the info. The dam picture I linked was from the Pet from that trip lol. I remember seeing on the Algonquin advisories that the Tim had basically dried up and people were reporting it was the worst they've ever seen... if you made it through the Tim in those water levels without too much complaint, then I'm sure it won't be too bad for me. Any reason you chose the portage through Longer instead of through Blue?

Trip Planning » Questions about Tim River (Queer to Shippagew, September) » 6/09/2022 10:59 pm

Looking at some routes that might take me through Tim River in September and have a couple questions

1) Approx. how many beaver dams are there between Queer—Shah, and Shah—Shippagew? Jeff's Map shows about 5 between Queer and Shah, and 2 more between Shah and Shippagew. The map is some years old now, has anyone been through in recent years to confirm if that sounds about right?

2) Travelling solo, in typical early/mid September water levels, will I need to unload my boat to carry over each dam like this, or are they small and easy to drag over without destroying the bottom of the canoe? 

3) Are the rapids that need to be paddled after the 275m actually rapids, or are they closer to the very mild 'rapids' that need to be paddled on the Amable Du Fond just after the 310m portage west of Kiosk?

4) General thoughts on the two stretches Queer—Shah and Shah—Shippagew? I've read accounts of people saying the second half can be long and not too exciting. I have two routes in mind; my plan would be to camp on Little Trout Creek campsite regardless, but either exit at Shah or do a long day down to Shippagew. Is the extra stretch worth doing?

Thanks in advance

Trip Reports » "The Big Dipper" - 8 Days Alone in Algonquin Park, September 2021 » 5/17/2022 11:46 am

Thanks! I've done astro photography before but it was my first attempt at doing astro timelapses and I was pretty happy with the results. Not happy with YouTube's compression and how it makes it look all crappy, but that's another story lol.

It's a beautiful area of the park to visit, especially if you can avoid the busiest summer months.

Trip Reports » "The Big Dipper" - 8 Days Alone in Algonquin Park, September 2021 » 5/17/2022 8:40 am

I shared the written trip report for this trip a while ago but I finally got around to making the video. It's my first vlog style video. I only decided halfway through the trip to start talking to the camera, so the first few days are basically just scenery shots with some post trip narration. The full video is 58 minutes. Hope you enjoy it

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