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Equipment » Canoe seat forward edge, 'Adductor Magnus' muscles and 'sitting pain' » 9/16/2022 5:53 am

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A couple of things- My seat is the contoured "Swift" one and is slightly higher at the back, and my kneeling thwart is adjusted to also be used like a toe bar (1" lower and angled back). this helps lock me in place and allows me to keep my knees slightly bent, making my calves take some of the strain and lifting those tender butt muscles slightly, helping relieve pain from chronic sciatica.

Trip Planning » Packing day » 9/06/2022 7:41 am

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solos wrote:

"Bug-Out" ??? Is that some kind of bug shelter? In September? If so, I think you'll be better off without it. Enjoy your trip!

some areas are having a second hatch due to the rain and warm weather...
 

Equipment » Ways to improve the taste of plain rice ... » 9/06/2022 7:40 am

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one camp favourite is chicken fried rice- boil up 2 cups of rice the same way you do it at home, while it's cooking add 1/4c dried corn, peas, and/or red peppers to a cup of boiling water, fry up an egg or two (chop them up as they cook in a heavily oiled pan (I use olive oil), pour the veggies in and add diced dried onion and garlic, and continue frying until the water is almost gone, add 2 oz soy sauce (I use 6-8 packets from a restaurant, about 2 cups of cooked, cubed chicken and the rice and mix well while simmering to remove any liquid from the rice, chicken and soy.
All measurements are approximate and can be changed for group size or to taste.
It takes 20 minutes to 1/2 hour and I've never had any complaints other than people wanting more...

Equipment » Where to acquire durable long-wearing cord/rope? » 7/03/2022 7:17 am

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I use stuff from the local surplus store made by Atwood Rope in the US, it's hard-laid, cored , uv resistant, and low stretch. The utility cord is 1/32 or 1/8" and the 1/8" stuff is proofed to 50kg/ 110lb. If you want ridiculously strong rope get the 1/8" DynaX 12 strand it floats and is proofed to 1725 Lbs / 782kg, But... it's as slippery as SYR. 
https://atwoodrope.com

Fishing » fishing/weather question and stringer question » 5/18/2022 11:02 am

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I always try to keep it live, as soon as you kill it bacteria starts it's job especially in the gut, and if you clean it before cooking the insides are vulnerable to waterborne bacteria unless you can put it on ice

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Backcountry Camping Closure - April 1 to May 12, 2022. » 4/16/2022 8:17 am

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Rob wrote:

Remember the days when keeping the customer happy was more important than keeping the laywers happy.
Sigh.....

It's about far more than "keeping the laywers happy"....
It's mainly to prevent erosion on portages, trails, and campsites, allow annual maintenance, and to cut down on rescues and possible need for medical intervention when some unprepared person goes for an unplanned swim in 33 degree water...
 

Catch-all Discussions » new park now open north east of bancroft 10k membership fee » 4/08/2022 5:52 am

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so... land owned by Domtar that allowed public access for decades through an agreement with the province is now to be off limits to all but a select few with deep pockets???? That will not go over well with users....

Trip Planning » Quick question » 4/08/2022 5:43 am

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ditch the rainsuit and get a backpacking poncho- the rainsuit doesn't fit over the pack while hiking, but the poncho will, and it's 1/4 the weight.
 

Equipment » Experience with hood tie down loops? » 4/08/2022 5:41 am

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breed85 wrote:

I wish I had something like them for the back, but I just end up tying down to my hitch.
Unless its really windy, I don't have an issue with it moving.

you can do similar in the back using the hatch bump stops- part of their job is to help prevent the hatch from entering the passenger compartment in  a collision, so they're usually through multiple layers of welded steel, and they're generally outside of the weatherstripping and won't leak in use.

 

Equipment » Experience with hood tie down loops? » 4/05/2022 5:34 am

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I've used hood loops for the last 20 years or so with no problems on trips up to 9 hours long, on several vehicles (basically since every vehicle but pickups came with plastic bumpers). I've always used ones that bolt to the fender to core support bolts- it's a one shot deal, the bolt is removed, and the strap added with a fender washer, then the bolt is replaced. The strap is flipped under when not in use. I don't really like using the tube type because they can put a lot of strain on the hood latch

Fishing » Best time for brook trout in May? » 3/21/2022 7:45 am

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brookchase wrote:

Appreciate everyone's opinion.

Anyone think it's a good idea to attach a dry fly lure on a spinning reel?

I do it all the time, you just need to use a "spinning bubble"- a float that can be filled with water. As  long as there's sufficient airspace left to allow it to float it'll act as a casting weight
pretty good tutorial here-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9BrJbALZzM

 

Trip Planning » Backcountry Site Closures for 2022 » 2/27/2022 7:02 am

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swedish pimple wrote:

        the infrastructure is already in place along the algonquin highway corridor,, it is called car camping,, permitted sites are available for people with " some degree of physical limitations"  although that is open for interpretation.  safety is a over riding priority ,,, do you not agree?
   jon,,, you thought that the p.c.i. inventory was a great tool for people to help recognize a suitable campsite,, perhaps we need a portage scouting reports as well , we gotta know what is over that next hill?  
   
    
    

Seriously???
you've met me many years ago and KNOW I'm partially paralyzed, yet STILL manage to trip regularly. To say those disabled spots are sufficient is insulting and demeaning. Algonquin is for ALL users, not just the able bodied, and literally has nothing to do with the topic on hand- to book by lake or site. Barry's PCI project is no different than the hundreds of bloggers out there that review different sites, except by scope, and has little to do with the changing face of regulations, all it does is provide a detailed description of each site and lets the user decide if it's suitable for them, that won't change one bit as the decision to use that site is still YOURS, whether you proceed to the site to pick it or have to pick from a map...

Trip Planning » Backcountry Site Closures for 2022 » 2/25/2022 6:51 am

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Trippermike, I too was warned once for a filthy site, but in my case we had just arrived and were in fact trying to pick up the offending garbage before setting up. The warden claimed that we were leaving and it was our mess, in my case it was easy to prove otherwise though because we had only set out that morning...
fortunately it's rare that they're so belligerent but like in every enforcement role you do get the odd power-tripper

Equipment » Non-Traditional Portage Pack » 2/22/2022 9:53 am

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I gave up on waterproof packs decades ago because one little rip or pinhole exposes the contents to water and have seen dozens of them fail. I prefer the uncoated nylon or canvas traditional style canoe packs equipped with modern  hiking style suspension, and filled with various drybags that are colour coded for contents. That way the pack acts as protection for the drybags and still allows you to carry wet articles in it.

Catch-all Discussions » i really do not know why i bother,, i contacted ont. out door re-fees » 2/13/2022 6:41 am

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Jdbonney wrote:

That canoe wholesale is probably still close to $5000.

and realistically they might sell 1 or 2 annually in that price range... I suspect the average price paid is closer to $1000- many people paddle beaters or buy used canoes, I know I did, I bought one brand new one in 60 years and it was an anniversary present for both my wife and I, Even then it was only $2200.
but what does the price of your canoe have to do with anything? If I kept that canoe for 20 years, that's a total investment of $110 annually, less than 3 days fees....

Catch-all Discussions » i really do not know why i bother,, i contacted ont. out door re-fees » 2/08/2022 8:25 am

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CptCanadaSid3Cups wrote:

scoutergriz  ... Very obvious I read it ... I posted it .
One thing about being an old fart , always rejuvenating to reflect over the years .
Pointing fingers and pointing blame , it has most often been from the same .
The Right Honourable Bill Davis enjoyed McKaskill Lake.
Doug Ford has a cottage North of TO .
I paddle you paddle .
I'm confident in the management of Algonquin Park .
 

i'm anything but confident with the current crop of politicians and bureaucrats. The very first thing the superintendent did was to shut all user groups or stakeholders out of any discussions, and DF is KNOWN for riding roughshod over taxpayers, concerns- He's gone in June...
 

Catch-all Discussions » i really do not know why i bother,, i contacted ont. out door re-fees » 2/06/2022 7:04 am

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CptCanadaSid3Cups wrote:

For those rightfully concerned at the time , and possibly ignored the word " Pilot project "
Good to see politicians that listened to feedback and came to a reasonable conclusion .


https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ontario-parks-backcountry-camping-fees-revealed-for-2022-season-1.5766252

Did you actually READ the entire story? As usual Ford completely ignored ontarians... "The ministry continues to review all feedback including the results from the visitor survey conducted in 2021, and we can confirm that the Massasauga Provincial Park and the Temagami Cluster of parks will continue to participate in the pilot for the 2022 season,"

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