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Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/26/2020 9:44 am

SmedleyCo
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MartinG wrote:

Swift Fifteen wrote:

I've traversed Cedar to Plumb many times but have never been further than Snowshoe Raps in one day - and that was single portaging. I could go further but certainly not to Plumb.  In fact, the last portage before Plumb alone takes over an hour and half single portaging - and that's moving.  I'm a fairly experienced and efficient adventurer and can move at a steady pace, single or double carry.  But there is no way that many of you have traversed this route of over 7 kilometers of land with relatively tough portaging, plus put-ins and take-outs along with paddling Cedar, Petawawa River system, Narrow Bag, entire length of Catfish, both rapids systems, North Cuckoo, and ALL of this with the potential of wind and rain..ect......in one day.  As I mentioned, I've done this many times always leaving after I receive my permits from Brent Access Rd office. So I usually begin around 9/9:30am at Cedar Lake.

To be crystal clear, I'm not referring to some heroic cross country adventure race where the tripper is wearing sneakers, bicycle shorts, and carrying only a day pack filled with water purification tabs and energy bars to simply prove a point and complete the route. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/nerdy.png

 
To each their own. 24 km including 9 portages, totaling 7495m. Downhill, with the wind, with the current, not crossing Cedar. 4 hours of paddling at a very reasonable 4km/hour. 3 hours portaging at an even more reasonable 2.5km/hour. 1 hour messing about and arguing whose turn it is to carry the boat. No bicycle shorts required. Hope the weather cooperates. If not we will enjoy cocktail hour on Catfish!

Sounds like a perfectly good average day on a great many of my canoe trips over the years. I can't wait!!
 

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 4:34 pm

SmedleyCo
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A longer day for sure. But only 1%? That seems like a stretch to me. Are we not campers??

Last years spring trip ranged from 16K to 32K for daily travel. But now that I think about it, those were some tough days. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/worried.png

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 4:07 pm

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solos wrote:

SmedleyCo wrote:

... It warned me 6 out of 8 days were too far to travel but I was able to book the lake. 1 out of 8 it refused to book because it was too far. I had to choose a different lake closer to my starting point..

Hi Smedley, Do you mind sharing the route you booked? I'm curious about the distances that the reservation system considers as too far.

I booked this, but things may change a bit yet.

Cauchon
Manitou
Biggar
Gibson
NipR. Kelly Crk Junc. Aft P2715
Robinson
Plumb
Catfish

It would not let me book Plumb to Cedar.

Which makes me wonder, could I have left it at last night on Plumb? If they think you can't make it to Cedar, would they know/allow you to have your last night on Plumb? I imagine it doesn't handle that. You could have your last night on any lake in the park even if it was two days travel to get out realistically.
 

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 9:15 am

SmedleyCo
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I've been reading this and trying not to comment. Failed.

I have used the new system to make a reservation, it worked. It warned me 6 out of 8 days were too far to travel but I was able to book the lake. 1 out of 8 it refused to book because it was too far. I had to choose a different lake closer to my starting point. And yes, I too would like to see the number booked on a lake.
The only thing now is to see how it speeds up getting the permit when I arrive. Overall I give it a passing B grade.

I resisted commenting because I too am in IT. At the end?? of a multiyear, multi-million dollar IT project. I missed out on a trip of a lifetime because said project was at a major milestone and could not get the time off. Now, three years later, it has yet to be fully implemented or do what it was supposed to do properly. It is at great risk of being scrapped entirely, losing upwards of $11+ million. Luckily I am not high enough up the food chain for my head to roll.

So my point (finally) is that despite all the best intentions, shit happens.
Iron out the wrinkles and I think the reservation system will be fine, we'll all get our permits and be able to go camping.
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 321 » 1/29/2020 8:52 pm

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From the directions given doesn't seem right, but I saw this same thing on Red Rock L.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 302 » 9/28/2019 3:08 pm

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Martin, you know I stopped bringing the BumbleBee costume. And the kitchen sink is inside the pack.

I think I remember where this is, I may be trying to repress the memories of this trip.

Yes, that is my highly regarded PFD. I trust it to save my life more than Martin.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOXkfdssG2zVzsSf18UsLBfqtYTEFDTWXpdJjIfIENJ_OA4BFZNBO8_RWfw7BKpoQ/photo/AF1QipP86OBs_-GahPNerTOC6iDFMrlBUAX3J2E335Wq?key=Q3RoTThSTmZwVEJabWs2TDJmOU5DZ0tSSWFHcWVB

Where In Algonquin? » WiA 292 » 7/18/2019 7:39 am

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Not Linda. Not Queer.

Peek, is that a guess or just a comment?? But it is correct. 

Just starting to paddle Nadine after the portage from Osler L.

Where In Algonquin? » WiA 292 » 7/17/2019 1:46 pm

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Where is this?

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/n-eLd7_XdXrfCgKfsyewsTrZbyBk8sC83_zdhMdZgbuWpP1IEtyiaSSUgDpkcHvxljgIcUDlX7aIbf6aQVb2ioeJXUFzZLqrUKiM1n7N00wRi-FvTDy9ijl5ShRFhiix_q2LqC5YLrglpIQZzO90TWSGZaxam4hfytkjQZsui5c3Tm6WpHp_d974ewoL_LvQ7X1vUGgd9XIvG5SW-OZBTyN9VgN2qBDtltAl96XWvyhTWhDF_cCoNGTOM63a6VtGHF5NIqjwPUfOZTb25RUYhXhDxkzM02sUDZjKDq0riEGxgfAGUg-OmYbvIbuC2XTfRXJ0LMg8eTKMr27RvZ4DYi2hypd5e1SBJjjCzRvQNBJVtpd0uw8IXwudB1dglw84UB9YMlLTmp29B8ha4eOXz6knUbFXUuAyoT5VInDotFFJNLgE1F6057WpzA_m4R4zLsPB8UylbQBh92N_eBcBLXYZ0FatzxOpy0ESCajSOSWzbbMnXdW388NAAgSWUSDvDs4Jar_rRR9iNlxu4kmSdQX1tcz-jQy0QPB3g1ylr061mToUL85e-HzfDUkeXDUOLq-X7TmbxFL8Z2qUqAYjyD6U-e7JbIjHiIJXoK6tvM-H8QeDFIn_Ef5gg9c292xl8OjxR5scU-c8A_k9xqenlN761pXUiVOCrbfVdOsz11a44YeyIzaWGLc61009sJfH8AfnzyxS_AHauisewZtjepWhJg=s1200-no

Where In Algonquin? » WiA 291 » 7/17/2019 11:27 am

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If I recognize it, then it's easily recognized.

Petawawa River top of Devils Chute, from the rail bridge. Looks like pretty low water too. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Trip Reports » May 2019: Kiosk to Birchcliffe Cabin - 4 Day Loop DAY 3 » 7/12/2019 8:32 am

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MartinG wrote:

Off the list! That looked like hell.

What you talking about MartinG?? I told you on the Top to Bottom death march that this was going to be our route next spring. Totally remember you saying it would be great, looked like a fun trip.
 

Catch-all Discussions » Direct from "The Friends of Algonquin Park" » 4/01/2019 8:08 am

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Right you are Bo. And here is a trip report for an Easter weekend canoe into Potter Lake on April 6 2012. Not going to be the case this year!

http://smedleyco.com/Algonquin-Park/Trip-Logs/Potter-Lake-04062012/Potter-Lake-04062012.aspx

And for those interested, here's one with Bo on the famous White Partridge Express a couple years before that.

http://smedleyco.com/Algonquin-Park/Trip-Logs/White-Partridge-Express-05152010/White-Partridge-Express-05152010.aspx

 

Backcountry » Anyone know if the Basin Road is being plowed this winter » 1/21/2019 1:31 pm

SmedleyCo
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Hi John, have you got any updates on the Basin Road? Going to be heading up there the end of the week.

Thanks a lot.
S.

Trip Reports » Missing, un-mapped and un-reservable campsites? » 12/28/2018 9:20 am

SmedleyCo
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In case you were wondering Jeff, the camp site on the island was there in 2015 when we went through. There wasn't a thunderbox however.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2zjcnsj.jpg

Trip Reports » More PCI Campsite Reports from Chris Taylor » 12/05/2018 10:07 am

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I guess I just never paid attention before, but wow. 46 Camp sites on Manitou. That seems crazy to me, Opeongo North Arm has 29.

Is this because of school groups coming in through North Tea? North Tea (60) has a crazy number of sites too.

 

Trip Planning » Planning a winter hot tent trip » 11/27/2018 8:53 am

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Hi Gord,

I may actually be your demographic, if I wasn't so cheap!

First of all, I understand the liability concerns. But if a few people can be given a canoe, a life jacket and a paddle and have at it, then there is likely a way to rent a tent and a stove. I've sat at Canoe Lake and watched, not much concern about those new to Canada renters getting in a canoe there.

$80-100 per day does not seem unreasonable to me, although it gets pricey if you do the 4-5 day trips I think would be most common? Perhaps a bit of the usual discount for longer trips? $300-400 for up to a 4-5 day rental I don't think I would have a problem with, much more and I may think twice.

I've been winter camping a bunch of times, just don't have the equipment and am unlikely to buy my own. So, decent printed instructions would be adequate for me I feel. If you had some sort of video when I was picking up I would likely take 5-10 minutes to watch that.

We usually throw some sort of tarp or floor in the tent, so I like that idea. And a rental pulk would be required for most but maybe not all, I have several.

The center pole tent is fine, I like it better than the prospector for an in/out trip.

So to sum up those rambling thoughts. A rental package for "semi" experienced winter campers may be worth your while. Offer the big ticket equipment the occasional winter camper doesn't have, tent and stove and pulk. For new winter campers you may want to have an area to recommend they go to, something easier to get in to and setup.

S.

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