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Trip Planning » September trip » Yesterday 8:14 pm

rgcmce wrote:

Am I clockwise challenged or is everybody else?  Maybe no one uses analog clocks any more!  Up unicorn hill on day 1 is counter clockwise; heading to Radiant on day 1 is clockwise.
I suggest going counter clockwise.

Must be the Radiant pyramid, it makes everything run backwards if you get too close. Why counter-clockwise over clockwise?

Trip Planning » Talk to me about Unicorn Hill » Yesterday 5:34 pm

I double carried it a couple years back. It ate up time, but honestly the worst part was the bugs. I’d say it’s worth it. You could come out along the Nip if you really didn’t want to repeat it at the end.

Trip Planning » September trip » 6/04/2020 8:19 pm

Hi all,

A couple of buddies and I are planning our annual September trip. The route we’re looking at is a loop out of Cedar, with nights on Catfish, Phillips and Radiant. What we’re trying to decide is whether to go clockwise or counter clockwise. I like the idea of the first night on Radiant and saving Unicorn Hill for the last day, but I’m wondering if going up the Madawaska would be a pain. I don’t remember the current looking that ferocious in this season of Mark in the Park, but maybe there’s something I’m missing.

Also, is Sunfish likely to be an issue with lower water?



Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 6/01/2020 2:46 pm

Hope everyone heading in today or in the next week has a great trip. I’m still a while away from overnight camping, but looking forward to living vicariously through you all.

Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 5/29/2020 2:48 pm

Uppa wrote:

'Public Lands', to me anyway, means crown land camping. 

That was my thought too.

Trip Planning » June 1 opening » 5/29/2020 1:27 pm

The extension of the State of Emergency order a couple of days ago did include a section extending the prohibition on camping on public lands To June 9. Would the parks be separate from that?

Trip Planning » Dawn 'till Dusk Loops » 5/29/2020 1:24 pm

Sunbeam circuit, but down through Vanishing Creek instead of Burnt Island. I’ve done it in a day, it’s a nice route, gives you a little bit of everything.

If you want something more off the beaten path a loop out of Canoe Lake through Dummer, Lupus, Susan and down from Rainbow via Potter Creek is also doable in one day and you probably won’t see very many people except on Canoe Lake.

Trip Planning » Campgrounds open Saturday? » 5/16/2020 6:01 am

So ... is the park open for day trip paddling? I was looking at the list of permitted activities on the website And I didn’t see it, but it’s not specifically excluded either. Has anyone heard one way or the other?

Trip Planning » Where are you supposed to be? » 5/16/2020 5:46 am

I was supposed to be waking up on McIntosh this morning.

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 4/27/2020 8:36 am

Thank you for the front line perspective Marko, and thank you for the work you are doing right now. I had wondered about hunting and fishing being open as well. The only thing I can come up with is that they are activities that people can use to feed themselves, so they would fall under the same category as the community gardens that are to be opened soon. Who knows if that is correct, but I like to think there is some overarching strategy at play because the alternative sucks.

Regarding testing, it seems to me that there must be a shortage, otherwise we would be seeing a more robust testing regimen put in place by now. I don't see how things can go back to quasi-normal without widespread testing, so to me that has to be one of the most important factors to be following right now. 

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 4/26/2020 1:19 pm

JoeScmoe wrote:

For additional context, this article says we have close to 2000 ICU beds equipped with ventilators.

Currently, as of April 26 we have less than 200 people on ventilators and just 258 in the ICU (ventilator or not). This updates daily.

Joe, I don't think we're going to come to an agreement on this, but I do want to stress one more time that pointing to ICU or ventilator capacity as a reason to loosen restrictions is not giving you a complete picture. It is great that ICUs are so far under capacity. The goal of these measures is to make sure we don't get to (or beyond) that capacity. So far it's working. That alone is not a reason to loosen restrictions. 

To bring this back to camping, I agree that it is an inherently isolating activity and that very likely the risk to the individual is low (crowded portages and gross thunder boxes aside). My guess is that everyone on this board would be able to put together a trip that avoids all others and doesn't increase risks to themselves or the broader population. My concern would be that if they reopen Parks, especially if there are still significant restrictions in other parts of the province, it isn't going to just be the people on this board rushing to the Park. My bet is you would get a milder version of Highway 60 during fall colours. You would also get people who aren't equipped for an early spring trip deciding to head into the backcountry to get away from the front country crowds (real or imagined). Both these scenarios would be counterproductive to what we have been trying to accomplish. 

Look, I don't think we should be locked down indefinitely and I do really want camping to come back. Like everyone else, I've been stuck at home for the better part of two months now. I'm sick of it. But I'm not going to take issue with things proceeding cautiously on this one. Hopefully by this time

Trip Planning » Ontario Parks Closed until June » 4/25/2020 7:58 pm

JoeScmoe wrote:

Not good. There is no good reason behind keeping the backcountry closed. ICU's are way under capacity. They need to start inching forward to giving us back our lives.

This argument doesn’t make any sense to me. ICUs being half empty are a sign that what we are doing is having the intended effect so far.  If anything it’s an argument that we should continue with the current measures because they are working. You can’t use ICU capacity as your litmus test. What we really need is a much broader testing regime and significant declines in cases of all kinds.

Equipment » New paddle » 4/25/2020 6:16 am

It’s a beaut. I love my Raykay and have been thinking about getting one of the Fishell paddles for a while as my current paddle is pretty banged up. Looking forward to hearing how your new one compares to your old one. Enjoy and happy birthday.

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Closed till at least April 30 » 4/22/2020 5:58 pm

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Dead_Weight (DW) wrote:

Closure or not I would not want to be on the water today … breezy and cold as heck here in Ottawa.  

This ^^^^^

Woke up to snow on the ground and a lot of swearing on my part. 

I generally love it here in Ottawa, but every once in a while I’ll start wondering why I’m willingly living in thIs land that spring forgot instead of some place warmer, like everywhere else.

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