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Equipment » GPS, Emergency beacon recommendations? » 7/31/2020 10:16 pm

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Oh I didn’t realize InReach had no monthly suspension charge- I believe they also used to be $5ish a month. And I thought there was even a charge to reinstate service, but that was years ago that I last looked. I like that you can send unlimited pre-composed messages. Still, if you’re using it for a few months a year it would take a while to make up the difference in transmitter costs.

Equipment » GPS, Emergency beacon recommendations? » 7/31/2020 9:56 am

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It looks like there's a new player in the field now. I know nothing about them, but their pricing looks much more reasonable than InReach, which has always seemed strangely expensive (like all Garmin products).

https://www.zoleo.com/en-ca/satellite-communicator/

Catch-all Discussions » scary rescue at high falls july 27th » 7/29/2020 6:54 am

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Link didn’t work for me, here it is again:

https://www.insideottawavalley.com/news-story/10124771--pretty-dramatic-woman-airlifted-from-algonquin-park-s-high-falls-in-joint-rescue-effort/

I went to high falls for the first time a few weeks ago. Amazing place, and lots of fun. I was definitely taken by the fact that you wouldn’t want to go over high falls themselves- I can’t believe she survived actually. Very scary indeed.

Edit: maybe it wasn’t high falls proper, that seems like more than 20 feet. Anyway, lots of waterfalls there that you don’t want to go over- hope she’s alright in the end.

Trip Planning » Wow, the backcountry is overrun! » 7/13/2020 12:17 pm

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I think there’s an increase in bookings which are not being followed through on. Last week we were at Marie lake (east side), and both sites were booked for Friday night. The other site never got occupied. When I made the reservation, Marie was already fully booked for Saturday, and we had to move to Length for that night. When heading out on Sunday (late AM), only one site on Marie was occupied, so I expect the second site didn’t get filled for the Saturday either. If I recall, St. Andrews and Stratton were fully booked all weekend (and I believe the weds/thurs beforehand as well), yet when paddling through those lakes things looked to be at about 60% capacity. Very anecdotal, but I do think the free change/cancellation is making for a lot of reservations which are not being fulfilled. Great if you make your reso early and need to change it, but annoying if you have a plan but can’t book it.

Trip Planning » A way to find available number of campsites with the new system! » 6/29/2020 8:17 pm

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dcmcelroy wrote:

With regard to the actions of Ontario Parks and the new reservation system, or any other annoying screw-up, always bear in mind Hanlon's Razor:

          Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

 
This is where I land. I can’t think of any reason ontario parks would want to hide that information. I can’t imagine them wanting to hide it, and then replying to all of our emails saying “we have heard this and are working on reinstituting.” But I CAN imagine them not explicitly telling CAMIS that they want that information displayed, and the new hot shot website designer there thinks the old site was bogged down with this unnecessary info (and also it wasn’t buggy enough, apparently), so writes the new site to not show this information. Then it doesn’t get tested on anyone before going live, and here we are. Contract to OP is ‘fulfilled,’ and good luck finding money to change it now. There’s a pretty big game of telephone here- OP (some of who know about camping->CAMIS (probably a couple of whom know about camping)-> CAMIS IT department (or maybe even subcontracted out!), perhaps none of whom know about camping.

Beyond that, I’ve been on enough websites in the past number of years which work so appallingly badly, and have such horrible UI, that it could only be attributed to incompetence- not malice.

Anyway, I think we all agree it still sucks, but for a significant increase in personal time investment, at least that information is available via this method. Thanks!

Wildlife » Mushroom in SW Ontario » 6/29/2020 7:17 am

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Well the short answer is no one should eat a mushroom as nondescript as that! The old lady in question might be lucky to not be in the hospital right now. I’d be surprised if anyone will be able to tell much by that photo...

When you’ve got lethal mushrooms that look like this, there’s a reason every mushroom book around strongly recommends not eating ‘little brown mushrooms.’

https://www.messiah.edu/Oakes/fungi_on_wood/gilled%20fungi/images/Gal%20autumnalis%20Roody.jpg

Trip Planning » A way to find available number of campsites with the new system! » 6/29/2020 7:09 am

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Well this is just insulting! All these emails that have been sent to Parks, all the replies they’ve sent assuring us they are working on this specific request. I pushed them on this again in March, see response:

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 can’t imagine ontario parks wants to withhold this information. I can only think that Camis has decided that the contract has been fulfilled and there’s no budget for website tweaks/making it actually functional, or perhaps more likely their coders are so grossly incompetent that they can’t figure out a way to turn that info on, or are simply choosing not to try. That might sound unlikely, until you use the rest of the website. It quickly becomes clear that whoever wrote it put functionality low on their list of priorities. I have a hard time believing anyone tested it all that thoroughly before going live, because as Steve has just stated in a new post- it doesn’t work!

Trip Planning » Sites Show Available on "List View" but not available in "Map View" » 6/29/2020 6:56 am

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Yup, I’ve found it to be due to the website not updating. I usually log out, close the browser window, the browser, shut down the computer, and call them .

Equipment » Sleeping pad » 6/21/2020 5:38 pm

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Wow, crazy, I can’t believe that works. That’s inspiring me to try the same with my folding camp sink- I didn’t think an iron would get hot enough.

Equipment » Sleeping pad » 6/20/2020 11:08 pm

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How on earth did you do that and get an airtight seal after? Amazing!

Equipment » Sleeping pad » 6/20/2020 12:09 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

Very small. You’ll be surprised at how small if you haven’t seen one. Order the wide version. Totally worth it.

 
100%! Made in the USA too. Parent company is Cascade Designs, certainly one of the best in the industry for making high quality products, domestically when possible, backed up by a great warranty/customer service. Companies like this should be rewarded.

Trip Planning » Fees » 6/20/2020 12:01 pm

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IanTendy wrote:

Fun fact, now they're charging for additional cars that are being parked in the lot.  Never had that before, but the 8 day trip I've got over Civic holiday was going to be another 75$.

Gotta pay for the updates to the system I guess...

 
Still waiting on the updates though! :D.
When you have 9 person site capacity, there should be at least a 2 car allowance.

Catch-all Discussions » Anyone Doing Plastic Beer Bottles? » 6/03/2020 10:27 pm

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Ron S wrote:

Oh i'll check out the canteen.   And a plastic growler is a good idea too.  I might be able to find them on Kijiji or Facebook.

 
They’re (Kleen Kanteen) fantastic. Highly recommended and truly meets the regulations (unlike MGD in plastic bottles, since you pay a deposit on the bottle).

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 6/03/2020 10:21 pm

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yellowcanoe wrote:

MNR doesn't run the online reservation system - it is contracted out.   I would assume the markedly new web site is due to the contract for running the reservation system running out and a new vendor winning the contract.  However, it appears that the complaints about the site no longer showing site availability have fallen on deaf ears - the site still doesn't show how many campsites a lake has and how many sites are reserved.  I do like the fact that you can now easily view availability of a lake in the future.

 
It was Camis before and it’s them again now. They do their own software according to the booker I spoke with. The new website absolutely sucks and they really don’t seem to be interested in doing anything about it. In addition to not showing lake occupancy, I’ve found the entire site to be badly behaved- as soon as I start checking out multiple routes and dates it starts feeding back untrue availability information. It struggles with completing a reservation, etc, etc (as outlined in this thread already). The old site had calendar availability already (at least for some parks), so that’s not an improvement.

Equipment » Thermarest neoair » 5/16/2020 10:29 am

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That’s a crazy deal. The xlite is well worth it at full price- this is nuts.

Trip Planning » Where are you supposed to be? » 5/16/2020 10:23 am

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Would have been very satisfied to wake up in McKaskill cabin to find this great weather today. Ah well.

Equipment » A Couple DIY Reflectix Projects » 5/14/2020 6:45 am

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I’ll be interested to hear your review of your product, as it is reflecting body heat rather than fire heat, right? It’ll be neat to know what works better (assuming you were going to build a fire anyway).

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