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Equipment » Two paddles, or not two paddles, that is the question » 10/01/2018 8:49 pm

Craiger05
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Breaking a paddle is likely rare, but we had another scenario almost unfold one spring.  Windy evening, one of us dropped a paddle overboard in the process of landing a nice trout, which was OK, until the other one dropped over too, and in that wind they'd have disappeared fast.  Luckily we grabbed the 2nd, and had no trouble tracking down the first.  Sure I should have never left one across the gunnels, but trout can mess with your brain at times!  I like the 2 different paddles idea for soloing, I now travel with a square blade and an otter tail, and often pick and choose accordingly.

Equipment » Aquaquest has a website now » 6/15/2018 6:57 am

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I used an amazon gift card I'd received to buy a small guide version a couple years ago (7x10) very happy with it for solo trip purposes - it does the job well - I would have bought the 10x10 but it wasn't available at the time.

Likely going to pick up a 13x10 now for multi-person tripping.  I was on the fence about sil-tarps forever, the cost always being a put-off, but these are great tarps and very well made (although not actually manufactured in Canada I don't believe . . .) I've got a dry-bag from them as well I'm quite pleased with

 

Equipment » Recommend 4-person tent for backcountry camping » 6/01/2018 6:41 am

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El Capitan 4 is pretty hard to beat for 3 adults, or a family of 4.  2 doors, 2 vestibules, heavy duty fly.  fbeauregard called it - bombproof and dry - also, 12lbs or so isn't terrible for 3 adults if you average it out.

Trip Planning » Bug Report? » 5/22/2018 5:20 pm

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Saturday morning the mosquitoes were out in the SE corner of the park, but only on the lakes not in the bush, and they were not biting - I'd bet by this weekend that won't be the case - at least not in that corner

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/26/2018 11:19 am

Craiger05
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Bridle it is, from the portage from the Opeongo River side

you're up Ash

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/26/2018 10:01 am

Craiger05
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getting colder . . . the map formerly known as Jeff's shows this lake and its features as a low maintenance area - whether it should be is a different story

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/26/2018 6:48 am

Craiger05
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Not Rumley, but the lake in question and Rumley would fit almost all of the same clues . . . including the ones not yet provided . . .

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/25/2018 10:25 am

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much smaller than Galeairy - only two portages to this lake and even less campsites

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/25/2018 9:25 am

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nope - photo taken from a portage landing

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/25/2018 7:48 am

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nope, east of all guesses so far 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin #243 » 3/24/2018 6:47 am

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sorry crazy day yesterday - not sunfish or little trout

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin? No.242 » 3/22/2018 8:16 pm

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150 yards in front of where I'm standing to take this pic =)

Facing O'Neill L. coming back down from Robitaille . . . 
http://i64.tinypic.com/241tctj.jpg

Equipment » Wich tents keep the bugs and rain out. » 7/05/2017 10:09 am

Craiger05
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Not the lightest, but Eureka El Capitan tents have a very heavy duty fly and solid floor (which to me are the most critical spots to have it) I have a 4P for group camping, and its bomb proof, simple, and comes in 2P and 3P sizes as well . . . reasonable cost for performance.

I also acquired a solo size Naturehike (grey silicone version), and my take is that it is somewhat fragile, but heard the Big Agnes versions are as well (ultralight will never be ultra durable)  That said, the fabric is great, and 100% water proof, its just the poles/zipper I'm cautious with, but solo, I see this as much less of a risk as its just me using it.  I'm 5'8" and its basically just a spot to sleep and store clothes, but I can sit up, and pivot around in it, so suits me well.

As with all tents, I would NOT use the footprint under the tent though, it'll collect water.  use it as a liner inside, and you're good to go.





 

Equipment » Headlamps » 6/06/2017 7:39 am

Craiger05
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For anyone with kids (or a thing for chocolate) the XL size kinder eggs have a plastic case inside that is PERFECT for holding a standard size (3x AAA) headlamp, crush resistant, light, pretty waterproof, and most importantly, guarantees your switch won't get bumped on inside your pack!

Petzl Tikka goes in great! 

Trip Planning » Galeairy L (Farm Bay) Alligator? » 5/08/2017 6:59 am

Craiger05
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Thanks Ash!

Now . . . it is of course entirely possible there is ANOTHER one at the location indicated on Jeff's map =)

When speaking with Jeff, he only had 2nd hand information about the one possibly at the Farm Bay location . . .

Trip Planning » Galeairy L (Farm Bay) Alligator? » 5/03/2017 8:00 am

Craiger05
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That's what struck me as so odd also Peek, if its that close to Whitney, you'd think it'd be brutally obvious and more well known . . .

Perhaps to the locals its just one of those "its always been there" items . . . 

Might not fit into my plans this year, but surely somebody here will check it out =)

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