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Skills » How to not bust an ankle? » 5/22/2018 1:09 pm

Unfortunately for those of us who have rolled our ankles over and over, me being one of them, once it happens several times it only makes it more likely to happen again. I've rolled my right ankle so many times now my body reacts before I know what happened, I drop like a stone regardless of what I'm carrying. I've had bruises from my ankle almost to my knee. Problem is once a certain amount of time passes you inevitably forget and the confidence comes back and wham. I do find now that because I drop so fast I rarely get it as bad as I did in the past, concentration on footing is key in my opinion but easier said than done, I rolled mine again the first time out this year.

Trip Planning » Tom Tompson-Timberwolf-Misty Forks-White Trout-Sun Beam-Tom Tompson » 5/20/2018 6:06 pm
Thanks guys,

​Great trip reports, I've had the maps out and all of a sudden everything is up in the air, good thing about the last week of September is there's not rush. Me and a friend of mine did the loop around Opeongo-Big Crow-Lavieille-Dickson route in 2016 and we didn't see a soul except a few boats on Opeongo, plus we got to see this fella.

Trip Planning » Tom Tompson-Timberwolf-Misty Forks-White Trout-Sun Beam-Tom Tompson » 5/18/2018 8:20 am

Thinking about doing a loop in late September and I was looking at a 6-7 nighter staying on, Tom Tompson-Timberwolf-Misty Forks-White Trout-Sun Beam-Tom Tompson with possibly an extra night on White Trout. anyone done this trip or something like it in early Fall? Any advice re: better options/ fishing or otherwise would be appreciated.

Catch-all Discussions » Blue Green Algae! » 5/14/2018 1:13 pm

Jdbonney wrote:

Pretty sure the cormorants and Canada geese are playing a part in this along with increased water temperature.

That makes sense, I used to spend opener every year on Dickson and one of the islands on the lake was completely taken over by cormorants, I think we counted 50 or so on one tree alone. Seems to me that would be an easy fix though! There was a study done according to Friends of Algonquin park website checking if core samples show a history of Blue Green Algae on Dickson but the results were never posted, on the bright side it mentioned that Hardy Bay was likely a result of runoff from the river to Dickson not a different bloom. An update would be nice though, nothing new in the last couple of years.

Trip Planning » Wendigo-Clamshell Tips » 5/09/2018 10:29 am

I did that run last May 24, It's a fairly easy day from Wendigo to Clamshell, not a whole lot of big scenery from what I can remember but the river is nice. I did run into a little issue at one of the portages, it seemed to end a a little pool and we put in there, the portage actually continues on to the right and the rapids below the pool were not passable, we ended up doing a lift-over to continue and we lost some time, I think it was the 390m at the end of North Depot, just have an eye.

Trip Planning » 2019 trip Crow River » 4/25/2018 7:46 am

I've fished the section between Lavieille and Mallic on day trips from Lavieille and camped once on Mallic. The fishing in that stretch can be excellent, I remember getting triple headers at the end of the first portage below the dam, the outflow from Mallic is good as well. Then again I've got skunked on that stretch as well. The campsites on Mallic are so so. I did talk with someone while on Mallic who worked for the park and he said the fishing was good below Mallic as well. Should be a cool trip, I've thought about it myself.

Trip Planning » Dickson Lavieille Loop in Reverse » 4/10/2018 1:26 pm

The crow is fairly slow moving lazy river, you should have no issues, the water is moving a little faster near the portages just be careful where you put in. Personally I find the 7 portages on the crow more tiring than the Dickson-Bonfield portage, seems like you just get started and your unpacking an packing all over. I've only done this trip in late April and early May so it may be a different story in low water conditions. Definitely do-able but I would personally do the opposite. One more note the Dickson-Bonfield portage is long but its in good shape generally so not that bad.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #245 » 3/31/2018 12:34 pm

Guess  I should pay attention, thought I had it too.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #245 » 3/31/2018 12:24 pm

Lavieille heading south towards Hardy Bay?

Trip Planning » Best Algonquin Cabin » 3/28/2018 3:57 pm

What is inside the cabins? I've camped beside the one on Big Crow a few times and always wondered whats inside. Bunks, Stove, Table? 

Trip Planning » Red Rock Lake Sites » 3/24/2018 12:19 pm

Hello All,

​I'm heading into Red Rock in May and was wondering if anyone has been in there and how the sites are. I'm thinking of taking either the big island site or the one on the north end of the lake near the portage to Ne-Pa-Win.


Earth Sciences » Dickson Lake? » 3/17/2018 3:11 pm

That's too bad, hopefully it will run its course at some point. I saw on the friends of Algonquin Park website that they took sediment samples in 2015 to determine if it was part of a natural cycle but I haven't seen any results posted. Dickson was one of my favorite lakes in the park and I'd like to spend some time there again, shame about Opeongo and others as well, lets hope it doesn't get too wide spread.

Earth Sciences » Dickson Lake? » 3/16/2018 9:39 am

Anyone pass through Dickson Lake last year? I went through in October 2106 and it was still pretty soupy, just wondering if it appears to be getting any better. 

Equipment » msr whisperlite universal vs international » 3/14/2018 10:12 am

I ended up buying the international, I liked the idea of the canisters but one of the reasons I was buying it in the first place was to avoid having to dispose of the canisters afterwards, so a bit of an irony. I have a pocket rocket so I guess I could always bring it along as a backup with one canister if I felt the need. I was thinking for simmering I could bring along my hobo stove and use the top to elevate the pot above the burner and that might do the trick, I guess experimenting is half the fun.

Thanks again for all the comments and suggestions. 

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