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Skills » How to paddle a canoe (no, this is not a joke) » 6/15/2022 1:00 pm

Uppa
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Sorry, I thought it would be clear that the only way I'd ever be paddling a canoe is because there will be someone else in it with me! If I were solo then I'd be in my kayak, as God intended. 

@PaPaddler: yes, I could Google it (and have). But there are a million resources and a million instructional videos, and I have no way of telling the good from the bad because I know nothing. So I turned to those who do.

@RobW: See, I don't think the paddle strokes are at all similar between a canoe and a kayak - which may well mean my canoe paddle stroke is just that terrible. What I dislike about paddling a canoe is that a) it seems to be an incredible amount of work compared to a kayak and b) making the boat go where it want it to go. 

@MartinG: see above. You think there's any chance I'd be solo paddling a canoe? https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/shout.png
 Why would I put myself through that? Would a kayak paddle even work in a normal canoe? I mean a normal length kayak paddle, a 220 cm. I imagine it's at least 30-40 cm too short. 

@MooseWhizzer Dave: thanks, all of that is very helpful. As you say, it gets me thinking. 

@solos: interesting that you're also suggesting a kayak paddle. I just assumed Martin was being... Martin. Most of the trip will be open water, and the river we're going down won't be super windy. If I can actually use my kayak paddle I'll feel about a thousand times better about all of this. 

Skills » How to paddle a canoe (no, this is not a joke) » 6/14/2022 12:50 pm

Uppa
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Okay, so it seems I'm going to be doing a 9-day trip in Algonquin this summer... in a canoe. If there's anyone on this board who isn't already aware, I solo camp out of a sea kayak. I've rarely paddled a canoe, I strongly dislike paddling a canoe, and it's been years since I've so much as sat in a canoe. 

But the "I hate" part comes mostly from being bad and inexperienced at paddling a canoe. So all you canoeists, please give me advice and YouTube links that will give me a chance of learning how to be somewhat competent at paddling a canoe. I don't want to hate this camping trip. 

Thanks!

Trip Reports » Wendigo to Big Bissett Lake, Spring 2022 » 6/14/2022 12:45 pm

Uppa
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Great read and pictures Martin. You guys aren't messing around. 

Equipment » Packing » 5/19/2022 8:23 am

Uppa
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Being a kayak camper, having my gear properly organized isn't something I can mess around with. Everything I take on a camping trip has a specific place, in a specific bag, and even how I put things in bags is pretty much consistent from one trip to another. My gear checklist is likewise broken down based on how I organize everything. 

Which is to say No, I don't have this particular issue ;). Now finding all of my stuff can be a bit of a challenge. My water filters came in the house for the winter so they wouldn't freeze in the garage, as did my batteries, as did other random bits of gear...  but I tracked everything down eventually!

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/06/2022 10:04 am

Uppa
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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

You are too kind, Uppa, I really appreciate that offer.  I think I'm gonna pass on it though, I'll have my hands full on portages as it is.  

My plan is to dress for bugs, then later regret not taking you up on it, then writing a trip report that reminds everyone about your kind offer and my bullheadedness that declined your kind offer.  

Hah! I've seen the phrase "cube of sanity" floated around when talking about bug tents, and it really can be the case. If I'm on a bug-riddled campsite and have no relief except by crawling into my tiny one-man tent, I very quickly start questioning my life decisions. I went years camping without a bug tent in bug season, but now that I have the NoBugZone, it's basically essential equipment for a late May or June camping trip. 

If you change your mind, just let me know!

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/05/2022 8:07 pm

Uppa
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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

It sure looks that way.  I do have a bug shirt though.  It gets hot as H, but that's kind of the way it goes.  Serves me right for wanting to take a canoe trip.  I guess the idea is to wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves, and prepare to become Purina Blackfly-Chow.  I'm thinking the worst part will be on the thunderbox, where I'm a captive audience with exposed legs.

Maybe I'll catch a break and the wind will be ridiculous.

If you're anywhere near the Guelph area, you're welcome to borrow a Eureka NoBugZone from me. Even if I go camping the same weekend, I own two ;). No, I don't have a problem, you have a problem. 

 

Trip Planning » Barron Canyon Road » 5/02/2022 1:39 pm

Uppa
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Yep, that's what I discovered! The moment the pavement turned to gravel was a hell of a shock, as I hit that first batch of potholes at 95 km/hour. But it's all passable even for a car (which I was in), just annoying. And once you get to the Sand Lake gate the rest is just fine. 

Trip Planning » Barron Canyon Road » 4/29/2022 7:04 am

Uppa
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Ahh... nevermind. I see the Achray campground is actually opening today. If they're opening car camping then the road must be passable. 

Trip Planning » Barron Canyon Road » 4/29/2022 7:02 am

Uppa
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Anyone heard anything about its condition? I'm actually supposed to be heading in there today, wondering if I might get a nasty surprise. 

Catch-all Discussions » Ice Out 2022 » 4/20/2022 10:29 am

Uppa
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That's actually covered in the text right under the image you're looking at:

On average Lake of Two Rivers sheds its ice cover 3 days earlier than Lake Opeongo, Algonquin Park's largest lake, and the basis for declaring Algonquin Park's ice out (see Ice Out History below).

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 577 » 4/11/2022 10:07 am

Uppa
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La Muir? 

Trip Planning » Opeongo-BurntRoot-Hogan-Proulx » 4/04/2022 2:02 pm

Uppa
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I like the trippythings compromise route. You're not missing much besides a bit of river travel and a lot of portaging and still get to include Burntroot in your travel plans. 

 

Equipment » Experience with hood tie down loops? » 4/04/2022 12:43 pm

Uppa
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I used hood loop straps on my last vehicle for years and never had a problem with them. They're definitely a good option. 

Trip Planning » Algonquin Park Backcountry Camping Closure - April 1 to May 12, 2022. » 4/04/2022 9:19 am

Uppa
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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

I was prepared to quickly set up a reservation when ice out was declared and take my chances getting my desired route. Assumed trip would start around May 8th. The next date I am available after the 12th and my route is available is May 23rd so that's what it will be. That's very close to bug in. Crud.

On the positive side, this site is where I found out about the notice, which enabled me to set up a reservation before any opportunity disappeared.....so I'm grateful...even though I will probably become Purina Fly-Chow.

I wouldn't give up on a May 8th camping trip just yet. The long-term forecast is looking pretty solid right now, so there's plenty of ice melting weather coming. But as ice-out will be average to late this year, I also wouldn't expect you to have too many bug problems on a May 23rd trip... depending on how long you're going to be out there I suppose!

Catch-all Discussions » The Last Guide - Frank Kuiack (APP) » 3/25/2022 6:05 am

Uppa
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I watched that a few days ago, it's terrific. My wife saw me watching it and bought me the book, which I'm now 100 pages into and thoroughly enjoying. 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 559 » 3/10/2022 1:01 pm

Uppa
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Okay so hang on. You're in the rain, with a load of wet firewood, heading into a bay that has no campsites and no way out of it. 

What the heck were you doing? 

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