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Trip Planning » Lower Nip: Cedar to High Falls and Q re: Jeff's Maps » 5/03/2019 1:24 pm

Kurt
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I like John's humor when he says that the stretch of switch backs to the Nadine portage will "test your patience"....  Let's all be honest and call it the "I'm going to shoot myself" section, nothing like seeing the spot you were at 10 mins ago, 20 ft away from you..... I will agree though that if you're only going to see one moose on the trip, it'll be there. 
Also the portage from the Nip into Remona is not something I'd do just for kicks, it's straight up for most of it.  Instead, you could easily loose a day exploring along the High Falls portage and the pools above the actual falls (if you can get down there).  The Gauthier dam portage has an impressive timber slide/river diversion remnants to check out and all of these portages have springs along them for refreshments.... 

Trip Reports » Mattagami river (Last dam to Moosonee) Aug. 2018 » 12/18/2018 4:07 pm

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Not an Algonquin report but thought it might interest some members that travel outside the park.  I won't get into minute by minute detail here (pm me if you're looking for specifics) but I thought an overview as well as some tips might help others thinking about attempting it...

- We traveled from the last dam (below smoky falls) to Moosonee/Moose Factory, it took us 6 days covering an average of 30-35km/day.

-Water levels were low, we spent a lot of time standing at the stern looking out for gravel bars hidden under a few inches of water.... in a river that (for 3/4 of the trip), never got narrower than a 1 km in width.  It's not hard to imagine that a trip earlier in the year would be a very different experience.

-Based on previous trip reports, we assumed this would be mainly a straight-forward, flat water paddling trip, with a few rapids along the way.  Because of the low water, what we ended up with was a never ending series of shallow class 1 or 2 rapids, separated by 500-1500m of flat water.  It's hard to describe these features; the landscape is flat, the river wide, the rapids are not distinguished by a narrow bottleneck, they just appear like a mirage out of what looked like miles of flat water, randomly all over the place.  Often there were multiple routes that could be taken through them, less a danger, more a headache that slowed us down as we zig-zagged through them trying not to run aground. The name of the game was "Go With The Flow", even if it didn't immediately appear like the route would take us in the right direction.  Personally this made the trip more entertaining and broke up the monotony of flat-water paddling.  For people without much experience in rapids, it could be frustrating as a wrong turn might leave you dragging your loaded canoe through ankle deep water.

-There are a few serious rapids as well:  Grand Rapids was a maze of huge limestone slabs with 3-4ft drops, the path at low water is to start right of center, slowly w

Trip Planning » Little Sec to Log Canoe » 10/16/2018 3:06 pm

Kurt
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Yes, they are old logging roads, I've been on the one north of Little Sec, you can see them on the satellite pics because of the shadow contrast from the taller surrounding trees but if they're the same age as the other ones around that lake they'll be completely overgrown with smaller pines and bramble.  Looking at the ministry map, there's some spots as the road bends south of Log Canoe where the shadow dissipates and you can actually see what I'm talking about.  I use those "roads" only as a point of reference.....

Trip Planning » Little Sec to Log Canoe » 10/10/2018 3:02 pm

Kurt
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Been all around back there but never gone directly between them, would love to know what you find. The contour lines don't do that area justice; it's pretty craggy, probably should hike it first before attempting a portage....

I pulled something similar on Booth last year, went into Rumley from near Tattler cabin (instead of going back down Booth).  The way in was pretty brutal but taking another route on the way back I found an easier grade that would make bringing a canoe possible...

Wildlife » Bear Encounters? » 8/30/2018 7:02 am

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Had a run-in a few years back portaging out of a lake, came around a bend and the bear was already standing with it's ears up, looking at me.  There was a few moments where we just stared at each other, then I bent down, picked up a branch and started banging it against the side of the canoe I was carrying.  That was enough and it bolted, problem is, had it bolted towards me, I might have had enough time to lift maybe one arm in front of me before it would have reached me, it moved that fast... 
This past June, bushwhacking to a lake, we had one following us and hanging around, just before each encounter, we'd run into fresh bear sign, freshly stripped bark from trees, pine needle carpets flipped over etc... in the end we made enough noise that it wandered away but repeatedly running into it did not give me the warm and fuzzies....

And because dontgroandaddy opened the door:  Years ago during a couples party weekend at Sec, one of the lads stumbled over to the neighboring campsite (so many of us we had to split up the group) late at night.  He rooted around, making grunting noises until someone in a tent heard it and started screaming IT'S A BEARRR!  Chaos ensued and he ran back to our campsite laughing so hard he couldn't breath.  Early the next morning there was some karma when a couple of guys from the neighboring campsite snuck into ours, stole the lads canoe and left it anchored out in the middle of the lake.  He had to swim out to get it but because of the hangover, never noticed the rock anchor behind him and spent an hour slowly struggling to paddle it back to shore, we waited till he made it back and then pointed it out to him....

Trip Planning » McManus Lake Campsite » 8/27/2018 3:01 pm

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that first campsite is just up from the put in and looks decent, although I haven't stayed there personally, not sure of the trail either but it would be a 5 min. paddle....

Trip Planning » Easy Lake Travers Sites? » 8/27/2018 2:48 pm

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The only site on travers that is truly terrible is that closest site to the put-in.....

History » What Is This?? » 7/26/2018 8:41 pm

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http://i67.tinypic.com/2yklwnm.jpg
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Found it in the Ottawa (near Petawawa) if it wasn't for the ring I'd swear it was a dagger, can't find any type of old logging equipment that resembles anything close to this, now it's your turn!

Catch-all Discussions » Park Guides... » 7/25/2018 1:26 pm

Kurt
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Thanks for the reply, the liability aspect would be the biggest hurdle for sure.  I know from traveling that there are lots of countries that allow locals with knowledge to run backyard guide businesses but of course, these are often developing countries with loose regulations.  Along with first aid, I would imagine SWR and a few other safety certifications would help.  Something to look into I guess, thanks for the input!

Catch-all Discussions » Park Guides... » 7/24/2018 10:59 am

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Thankfully, I'm gainfully employed but I've often considered moonlighting as a guide, mainly because I'm close, can carry a conversation and usually in there on my free time anyways....
Is there anything officially required to anoint myself a guide?  I assume registering as a business but anything specific from the park's perspective?  My 10-second google search came up with nothing....

Skills » Centering yoke pads » 7/19/2018 11:55 am

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I use two painters, tied to either side of the seat in front of the yoke.  I weigh the canoe so that it pulls slightly to the rear and wrap the painters around each hand so that I'm walking with my arms down and slightly away from the sides of my body.  It's a comfortable position, no switching hands, more control when walking around obstacles.  Don't usually have to touch the gunwales until I'm lifting it off of me...

Trip Planning » Crossing algonquin park » 7/19/2018 11:40 am

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This is an ambitious trip, the Petawawa would be easier in my opinion (all the portages around rapids are clearly marked and in the fall, the water level is low so there's no chance of being swept down), and there are sections that are identical to the Barron Canyon (around the natch rapids for instance).

Even with dried meals, I can't see solo one-tripping with 2 weeks worth of food, I'd suggest a food drop at Opeongo.

If you're determined to take the southern route, I'd recommend taking the hydro line cart trail from Green Leaf to Grand lake; that route through Carcajou and the Spectacles looks easier but it's not, especially in the fall.

One more piece of advice; you might as well accept that given the season, mother nature will be setting your travel schedule for you.  Opeongo for instance, could keep you wind bound for days if a storm rolls in....  don't fight it, "go with the flow".....

Trip Planning » Drive Sec to McManus » 6/25/2018 2:58 pm

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Add 3 minutes to your 15 Rob and you've got the time about right!

History » Logging and tripping! » 6/25/2018 2:54 pm

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The Petawawa has a number of fine examples of log chutes and timber slides but my favourite is along the Gauthier dam portage on the Nippissing.  The trail runs along and at some points, inside a man-made channel, you have to be standing there to grasp the scale and the effort it must have taken to build it...

Fishing » Fish Behaviour » 6/09/2018 5:05 pm

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-The infamous "double hit" hey Bo?  Heard of it with pike but not Bass.... I've also caught huge bass in Sec using pike spoons.

-I've had a few instances of lake trout hitting jigs at the surface Kenny but I've never had the patience to actually jig for them at the bottom, will have to try that later in the year

-On another lake I was making a trolling pass between two points of a bay, each time I passed from west to east, I landed a LT.  Each time I went back along the same line east to west, not even a nibble.... Went back to shore and got another lad into the canoe, he threw on the same rig I had (big spoon with a worm harness) and dropped it to the same depth, trolled on the other side of the canoe and didn't get so much as a touch, while I continued to land his share of LT, always heading west to east.... just ridiculous!

 

Trip Planning » Canoe route and site suggestions + canoeing at night? » 6/09/2018 4:32 pm

Kurt
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Avoid the campgrounds and drive-to lakes, a little bit of effort portaging will significantly reduce the traffic problems.... as for the cooler, some alternatives include cooler backpacks, available at your friendly neighborhood beer store and if your friends are REALLY committed, find an old frame-pack, take off the fabric and strap a cooler to it with bungees.....

....And although some will disagree; paddling at night (not portaging) can be much easier than day time, on a clear night you don't need a light till you get close to shore and the water is usually quite calm..... 

Fishing » gill lice » 5/25/2018 1:39 pm

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Yeah we caught a few this year in the park that had them too, meat was fine though so we ate them, no problem...  I've found that some years they're worse than others, not sure what exactly affects that, it certainly wasn't a warm water issue!

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