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Trip Planning » Talk to me about Unicorn Hill » Yesterday 4:05 pm

ryan72
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I am doing a similar route with my group in about 6 weeks.  We are planning on single carrying but may need to change our plans.  I'd like to know about that portage as well.  

I don't like repeating the same trail/path if possible so on the way out we are going to stay at Lynx instead of Catfish and then go onto the NIpissing to get back to Cedar.  It avoids that hill at least.  

Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 5/31/2020 10:21 am

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This is great news.  Now if the border would open, we can proceed with our trip.

We have a family group of 9 and already reserved 2 permits.  One with 6 people and one with 3.  Our trip isn't until mid July so I am hoping the ease back the 5 person limit per site but if not, will I need to somehow rearrange our permits so that we are officially permitted as 5 and 4?

Trip Planning » Maps » 3/03/2020 3:15 pm

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When I put that address into chrome it just pulled up some general search links about avenza.  It didn't launch the app.  I tried with the app closed and open while doing it.

Maybe its an Android vs. I phone issue???

Trip Planning » Maps » 3/03/2020 3:13 pm

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When I put that address into chrome it just pulled up some general search links about avenza.  It didn't launch the app.  I tried with the app closed and open while doing it.

Maybe its an Android vs. I phone issue

Trip Planning » Maps » 3/03/2020 12:43 pm

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Spoonsy wrote:

OTCanadienne wrote:

Peek, just wondering how you use the kmz map? Can you use this with avenza? Thanks in advance.

If you copy/paste the below link in iOS Safari or the Android equivalent it should load in Avenza.

I don't think it's searchable in the Avenza Store anymore but as far as I know the direct link from algonquinmap.com still works

avenza-mapstore://product_details/94357

 

I just tried this using chrome on my Android phone and it did not work.  

Equipment » Footwear? » 2/28/2020 12:30 pm

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Thanks everyone.  I knew everyone would have their own ideas and I like seeing others's thoughts on this subject.  

Swift Fifteen wrote:

If you have the money to spare, Salomon Men's Quest 4D 3 GTX. These are arguably the very last pair of hiking boots you will ever own. Unbelievably comfortable and tons of ankle support. In the summer months, these boots never come off until the end of the day. They're constantly in and out of water, mud, gravel, rocks, and loon shit. But at the end of the day, my feet love me. So unless you hate your feet, spend the money for quality footwear. Spend once, cry once.

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5056-424/Quest-4D-3-Gore-Tex-Hiking-Boots

I couldn't agree more.  I started wearing these several years back and have gone all in on Salomon footwear. I got my oldest 2 sons a pair of the Quests last year and they love them.  In fact, I have never had anyone tell me that Salomon's aren't a great boot or shoe.    I was skeptical that the sole wouldn't be as great as a vibram model or that the synthetic uppers wouldn't hold up like leather but it was unfounded.  They are built to last and are very grippy.

I have used their Mocs for several years now as my water/shore fishing shoe. They are great too.
https://www.salomon.com/en-us/shop/product/rx-moc-4-0.html#color=20162

Equipment » rental canoe options » 2/27/2020 12:44 pm

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we have 3 18.5 Keewaydin's reserved

I was told the Temagami has been phased out and Brent only has 2 three-man boats in their inventory (222's) so we had to pick up boats elsewhere anyway.

Equipment » Footwear? » 2/27/2020 12:40 pm

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Permits are done and Equipment is reserved. Now I have over 4 months to obsess over gear, food and packing.

My first concern:  our feet

What do you all do for footwear?  We will be single carrying  - 9 of us with 3 three-man canoes.  
We have 5 portages over 1km with the longest being 2960m.  But the most difficult looks like it could Unicorn Hill at 2345m

Some type of water shoe for loading and landing canoes (and while paddling)?  I could also see these also being good camp shoes and help with shore fishing.

Do you also bring boots to use while portaging?  I have always worn over the ankle boots while backpacking.    I like having ankle protection while carrying significant weight.   Or do you go with a hiking/trail shoe that can do it all?  Packing my boots, keeping them dry, and lugging them around for a week to use 5 or 6 times doesn't seem like too much fun.

I guess my options are:

water shoe of sorts + boots
water shoe + trail/hiking shoe
just a trail/hiking shoe

thanks for the input.  I am learning a lot from all of you!

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 3:04 pm

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solos wrote:

SmedleyCo wrote:

... It warned me 6 out of 8 days were too far to travel but I was able to book the lake. 1 out of 8 it refused to book because it was too far. I had to choose a different lake closer to my starting point..

Hi Smedley, Do you mind sharing the route you booked? I'm curious about the distances that the reservation system considers as too far.

it would not allow me to book Burntroot to Lynx but would allow me to book Perley to Lynx with a warning about the distance.  That is the only time I was not allowed to book a route.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 12:14 pm

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So, I am new here.   Do the horses help with portaging canoes?  They could be a real game changer.

Trip Planning » newbie questions » 2/20/2020 11:26 am

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Thanks for all of your input and great ideas.  I got the permits reserved yesterday after a long day of getting the spinning blue circle in the reservation system to cooperate with me.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/19/2020 3:34 pm

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I got it to work, finally. I used a separate account for our 2nd permit.

I think my problem was that I didn't shake my computer or use enough curse words this morning.  Although a little slow waiting between the 8 or 9 steps (and really slow loading up each new day's site) it worked pretty well and I wasn't kicked out.    

It only took me about 4 hours today so not the worst thing ever but lots of improvements to be made for sure.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/19/2020 12:14 pm

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ShawnD wrote:

I think they new mission statement tag line they're shooting for is :

Ontario Parks Reservations - More Painful Than A Portage

Ryan I have noticed that things will get stuck in your Cart. Give it a few hours to clear and then try to make the second booking  with the other 3 people under a different account. or just call them and set up that extra booking.. that would be the least stressful at this point I think .. good luck and I apologize on behalf of the entire country ;-) shouldn't  be this hard for you to come North and spend your vacation dollars..

I almost got it to work, does that count?

Except it was trying to charge me for 14 vehicle passes!  And there is no way to clear them out.  Awesome.

I'll try again tonight.
 

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/19/2020 11:39 am

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I have been staring at a blue spinning circle all morning.  I was able to book 1 of our permits but need to do a 2nd.  The first one worked after much patience.  The second time around I get stalled at the end when it comes to pay.  Instead of the credit card window I just get the blue spinning circle.  Then it kicks me off and tells me there are things in my cart, which aren't there anymore.    I've tried using a separate account and it doesn't seem to matter.  After 3 hours, I give up.

Am I am able to add more people to a permit?  I have one for 6 of us but need to get the last 3 people in my group permitted.  I was going to do a second permit so we could split up when needed but not sure that I can spend another 3 hours trying this.

Equipment » Large Group water filter » 2/18/2020 2:52 pm

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CanoeJeff wrote:

I had the exact same problem with the Katadyn pro, so following some advice from another site, i cut the filter out of the Katadyn and I just use it as the reservoir with a Sawyer mini attached and that drains into a dromedary bag. It’s super simple and it works great.

that is a really good idea.  My katadyn filter just unscrews from inside the bag so that is a an easy removal.  I use the katadyn bag as a water hauler (at least its good for something) and already bring the sawyer mini as a backup so I have what I need to put that setup together.

I already bought the MSR and it arrived today.  It looks really well built and I like that there is a micromesh screen inside the bag to trap debris before getting to the filter.  Hopefully it performs well. 

Equipment » Large Group water filter » 2/16/2020 10:15 am

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I bring a Sawyer as back up in case all else fails.  I have a few connectors extra as well so we can make it an inline filter to on a hydration bag if needed.  For very little weight and space (and relatively cheap) its good peace of mind.

Trip Planning » newbie questions » 2/16/2020 9:35 am

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John Connelly wrote:

Hey ryan72  ..... Yer plan sure does sound like a great paddle .
 Would think at the end of trip like that , on the last day , ya might want ta get back ta Cedar fer a bag of chips and a soda pop at the Brent Store .
Just a thought .... as the Whiskeyjack flies , it may not be the quickest way back to Cedar from Catfish less an hour or two , as many would say , but if ya want ta end with a real treat and make that last hour worthwile ... a paddle down the Nip from the Luckless portage is often rewarded with many a view .... a real enjoyable paddle with the current behind pushing ya back ta Cedar . 

thats a great idea.  thanks!  and awesome pics.

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