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Equipment » Fire Gloves » 12/25/2019 1:59 pm

FredForest
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I can always find something at Value Village for about $7. Usually some high tech, well insulated ski gloves or  leather mittens do the trick and never pre-occupied with whether they will get wrecked or burned. Value Village has become one of my favourite stores for outdoor camp wear. 

Trip Reports » Late June Opeongo Loop - Happy Isle, Lac La Muir, Hogan, Big Crow, Pro » 7/05/2019 8:09 am

FredForest
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I have never paddled Opeongo for all the same reasons I would never walk a long distance on a street that has a bus going in my direction every 30 minutes. Not to mention that starting your trip with a paddle that could end your plan never appealed to me. Try shorter distances, smaller lakes and shorter days. It's way more fun. Good for you for getting out and putting another trip and more learning behind you. 

Backcountry » Lighter Weight Back Country Meals » 5/20/2019 5:40 pm

FredForest
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My favourite resource for lightweight, comforting meals is Simple Foods for the Pack. I frequently have a commercially dehydrated meal in my back up pack but they're typically my very, very last choice. Throw a scoop of protein powder, flavoured or otherwise, into just about any meal to bulk it out. My fave snack is granola in a sandwich sized ziplock with the dehydrated cream available on Amazon from Hoosier Hill Farm, you'll never buy another dehydrated milk again. Just add water, hot or cold, and eat straight from the bag with whatever additions you fancy, nuts, raisins, etc. Ovaeasy dehydrated egg crystals are an excellent addition to any soup or stew, best dehydrated eggs ever. Bring some Bisquick to make biscuits, pancakes or dumplings on top of a soup. The best strategy for managing food weight is to count calories and pack whatever you feel you need each day. You will be sure not to over pack that way. 

Trip Planning » Ranger Cabins AFTER Thanksgiving Weekend? » 4/14/2019 10:27 am

FredForest
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I was staying at the Kitty Lake Cabin and a summer student rolled up in a Park pickup with his girlfriend but I think they were hoping no one was staying there. He stopped long enough to wish us a good day and was on his way.. 

Trip Planning » Rain Lake Sites » 10/02/2018 6:35 pm

FredForest
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I stayed on # 8 for a couple of nights after having visited every other site on the lake first. It is easily the nicest site on the lake and has a very large/tall stone chimney in the centre. Google "Rain Lake Chimney". It was great during a cold wet spell as we could set up a big tarp and sit under it in front of the fireplace. It is really the only site that could comfortably accommodate a larger party.. you could use both sites on the island if necessary. It is nice and open and a lovely sloping rock landing. 

Trip Planning » Kitty Lake Cabin » 8/10/2018 5:53 pm

FredForest
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Great spot. Nice beach on the side. Nice hike down the road at the back. Swim over to the running water. Bring a ton of mouse traps. The mice will get into your food if you don't store it carefully in the cabin. Consider hanging food from the rafters or from a tree outside. 

Trip Planning » Input and advice for a short canoe-trip (1 night backcountry) » 7/31/2018 7:28 am

FredForest
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Access 3 & 4 are very good options, near the west gate, small lakes and you can have a canoe delivered right to the water's edge. You can paddle to a site very easily and portaging will not be necessary in order to get to a decent camp site. For your first back country experience (and just you and your daughter) I suggest you not portage, especially if you have never portaged a canoe before. If you are planning a single night I think you would enjoy time at a camp site more than a portage so I suggest you paddle in to a site without portaging and this is easily done from 3 & 4. You can always paddle to a portage and hike the portage trail for a picnic.  Always make sure you pull your canoe well up on shore, turn it over and tie it to a tree or a rock. Hopefully, you will have great weather!

Trip Planning » Input and advice for a short canoe-trip (1 night backcountry) » 7/30/2018 9:18 am

FredForest
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As a beginner travelling with a small child, who is unlikely to be of much help paddling, I would not recommend starting on Canoe Lake. It can be windy, rough and very busy. You may have chosen Canoe Lake because of the outfitting services available but there are other access points that are similarly developed that would be a much better option. You might consider a smaller lake where no portages are required to get to a site and you can explore a portage out of that lake as a day hike to get a sense of what it might be like to portage all of your gear on your next trip. If you would like more specific feedback provide more details about the reasons you are considering those routes and perhaps we can provide other options. Staying away/off of Canoe Lake appears to be a consistent theme. Good for you for taking the first step getting your daughter into the canoeing experience in Algonquin. It is a beautiful place for young people. 

Trip Planning » How are the bugs!? » 7/27/2018 7:57 am

FredForest
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You are welcome. A very poorly drafted piece of legislation, unfortunately. You can smoke as long as you are not walking or working meaning it would seem you can smoke if you are sitting around a camp fire during leisure time. You can also smoke as long as you don't throw a lit cigarette/cigar/match into the bush. The mosquito coils may produce 'hot ashes'  but who knows what is intended by 'hot'? Likely, hot enough to create combustion in what the ash lands on but it's hard to know. Didn't mean to highjack this thread about bugs but I guess the mosquito coils, cigarettes, cigars and fires as bug deterrents may not be too far off. 

Trip Planning » How are the bugs!? » 7/25/2018 6:19 pm

FredForest
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From the Act FYI:
Smoking prohibited

28 No person shall smoke while walking or working in a forest area during the fire season.  R.S.O. 1990, c. F.24, s. 28; 2009, c. 33, Sched. 22, s. 3 (9).


Smoking material, etc.

29 No person shall throw or drop, in or within 300 metres of a forest area,(a) a lighted match, cigarette, cigar or other smoking material;(b) live coals; or(c) hot ashes.  R.S.O. 1990, c. F.24, s. 29; 2009, c. 33, Sched. 22, s. 3 (10).

Trip Planning » Tim River/Rosebary in August. Passable? » 7/23/2018 6:20 pm

FredForest
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We enjoyed the beach but had to deal with the leeches lurking in the sand. We did not see any wildlife along the Tim on the way in or out. We loved watching a big bull feeding on the south shore across from the southern most campsite. It is obviously hit and miss and to each their own. As I say, lots of more interesting and rewarding trips in the park other than the Tim R. Just a personal observation as someone who is more interested in the rocks and the trees and the open water.
 

Trip Planning » Tim River/Rosebary in August. Passable? » 7/23/2018 7:53 am

FredForest
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This is a very personal observation. I would do fifty other trips before I travelled the Tim River again between Tim Lake and Rosebary. It is shallow, narrow, choked with beaver dams and has few, if any, redeeming features. Sections of the Tim are 'ditch like' and with the low water this year it's hard to know what conditions will be like. It is easily manageable but mind numbingly tedious. Having said that, it might just be the adventure you are looking for.

Trip Planning » Rosebary Lake campsites » 5/06/2018 7:28 pm

FredForest
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Have a look at Jeff's Map. The beach sites are marked. They are a great option for families/kids. 

Trip Planning » Rosebary Lake campsites » 5/06/2018 9:30 am

FredForest
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I stayed on the more southerly beach site with family and having access to the beach right off the campsite was a real benefit. We had four young boys with us and they loved being able to race up and down the beach. They spent most days in the water and it was quite nice being able to lounge on the beach. 

Trip Planning » Lake la Muir to Merchant » 4/21/2017 8:02 pm

FredForest
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I have taken those unmaintained portages in May and there is a lot of blowdown and brush to stumble/push through. They will slow you down relative to a fully maintained portage so you should take that into account when estimating your travel rate. It is quite pretty through the area and very quiet. We didn't see a soul through the entire area and it was quite enjoyable but definitely more work, however, we survived and I would do it again.

Trip Planning » Canoe camping with kids recommendations » 3/22/2017 8:30 pm

FredForest
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I completed a four night trip into Rosebary down the Tim R. about five years ago with my three boys who were about 9-13 at the time. I swore after that trip that I would never travel the Tim R again. I thought it would never end between the switchbacking and forthing of the river and the seven beaver dams I thought, in hindsight, that was a terrible idea. I have done a lot of canoe tripping with my kids and that route had few redeeming qualities beyond the beach on Rosebary. Some of our best trips with our kids have been out of Achray and Grand Lake on the east. Shall Lake and into Shirley or Booth and Rock/Smoke/Louisa. 

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