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Trip Reports » Basin Lake 2021 - Covid Opener! » 9/17/2021 12:57 pm

Steve E
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Great videos!  Such a great area of the park eh?  Thanks for sharing

Equipment » Most Comfy Camp Chair (Car Camping) » 9/02/2021 7:34 am

Steve E
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I actually ended up getting this chair:  https://www.woodscanada.com/products/siesta-folding-reclining-padded-camping-chair-dijon

 Seems super comfy and I love that it reclines.  The true test will be when I get to sit around a fire for 5 hours in the near future

 

Equipment » Most Comfy Camp Chair (Car Camping) » 8/29/2021 11:56 am

Steve E
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So I'm looking to get a new camp chair for car camping and I'm hoping to get some suggestions.  I'm currently using a Costco chair but it's just not very comfy (although I love the side table).  For back country I use my Helinox One and it is fine.  I really like the idea of this one but some of the reviews are putting me off (squeezes the legs, back poles break through the fabric, etc.):  https://www.nemoequipment.com/product/stargaze-luxury/

Not really worried about cost but I want something that I can sit by the fire for hours in and be comfy.

Thanks!

Photos and Videos To Share » A Few Magic Mushrooms » 8/13/2021 3:38 pm

Steve E
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Marko_Mrko wrote:

How did they taste?

Hahaha jk, those are beauty pics!!

There are sooooo many mushrooms in the park this year, it would be great to have the expertise to know which are edible.

Lol I totally agree I love mushrooms but not nearly confident enough to bet my life on eating one that I can't identify!

Photos and Videos To Share » A Few Magic Mushrooms » 8/13/2021 12:57 pm

Steve E
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MooseWhizzer Dave wrote:

You are a talented man, Steve.  Gorgeous.

Thanks man I appreciate that!
 

Photos and Videos To Share » A Few Magic Mushrooms » 8/13/2021 10:11 am

Steve E
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Thought I'd share a few mushroom pics I took while in the park.  They are a series of blended images (1 for the foreground, one for the background and then another for the mushroom (lit with a flashlight).  All layered in Photoshop (to get rid of the flashlight, and stack the focus, etc.). 

https://i.ibb.co/YXcbbF4/untitled-1-5.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/cbP5bVD/untitled-1-4.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/xHVkCvs/untitled-1-3.jpg

 

Equipment » Favorite Online Camping retailer? » 7/30/2021 1:59 pm

Steve E
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Another great source for online gear with some GREAT deals is https://www.thelasthunt.com/

Trip Planning » 2021-2022 AFA Schedule of Operations Map » 5/04/2021 9:26 am

Steve E
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Thanks Barry this is always very useful.  I've emailed them each year before going on a trip and I always get a thorough response, usually with some added info about the area as well.  Great resource for planning a trip!
 

Catch-all Discussions » Ice Out 2021 » 4/12/2021 8:01 am

Steve E
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RobW wrote:

Steve E wrote:

TrevaH wrote:

It's official, April 10th!...... still holding out hope that they open the backcountry in April despite the ongoing restrictions.  Watching the covid update website closely.

https://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/2020/2020-03-14_covid19.php

Unfortunately I can't see that happening....Hopefully I'm wrong though!
 

I agree with Steve, they won't be opening up any overnight camping during the current stay at home order. 

On the other hand I am hopeful that they will open up reservations starting May 3rd or whatever the exact day is that the stay at home order expires. 

I was planning a trip to the park with my son starting May 3, but the 28 days from the start of the order takes it to May 6th I believe
 

Catch-all Discussions » Ice Out 2021 » 4/11/2021 8:23 pm

Steve E
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TrevaH wrote:

It's official, April 10th!...... still holding out hope that they open the backcountry in April despite the ongoing restrictions.  Watching the covid update website closely.

https://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/2020/2020-03-14_covid19.php

Unfortunately I can't see that happening....Hopefully I'm wrong though!
 

Catch-all Discussions » Day access free Mon-Thurs over the summer » 4/06/2021 10:07 am

Steve E
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RobW wrote:

This program scares me to be honest. It will have a negative impact on revenue - especially for parks like Sandbanks which was packed by day users during the week last summer. Any drop in revenue then becomes an argument for reduced investment and funding in the future. 

Exactly...but then they'll make up for that lost profit by jacking up the cost of back country sites for solo/couple users...ugh...
 

Trip Reports » TR104: Tim R - Shippagew - Devine - Rosebary » 4/01/2021 4:10 pm

Steve E
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Awesome report and wicked pics Peek!  I know the Tim isn't for everyone as some find it too boring, but I personally love paddling the Tim.  Always get that sense of you never know what's around that next bend...Those campsites looked fantastic as well....

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 3/30/2021 2:14 pm

Steve E
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Jdbonney wrote:

Steve E wrote:

There's a few posts circulating on Facebook showing someone on Kijiji stating that they use computer technology (bot) to basically book sites instantly (before the average person can).  They've purchased dozens of sites for the summer and sold them all on Kijiji at an inflated price.

 
You can see the link in the post I did above to a CTV story.

Ah sorry man I didn't actually read the link...my bad

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 3/30/2021 2:02 pm

Steve E
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There's a few posts circulating on Facebook showing someone on Kijiji stating that they use computer technology (bot) to basically book sites instantly (before the average person can).  They've purchased dozens of sites for the summer and sold them all on Kijiji at an inflated price.

Trip Reports » TR105: Moccasin - Misty » 3/15/2021 11:42 am

Steve E
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Another awesome trip report Peek!  I love the abundance of photo's you share.  Man that must have been scary hearing that tree snap and fall eh?  Had something similar happen to us last fall on Basin Lake...super windy night and several trees crashing down in the bush around us all throughout the night.  Totally terrifying eh?  Glad you made it out ok.  That's actually a trip I thought of doing last summer with my son but ended up going to Chibiabos instead.  Gonna have to get out to Moccasin/Bandit sometime soon...I even like the idea of Casey's lake for a few nights....

Once again, thanks for sharing!

Catch-all Discussions » i really do not know why i bother,, i contacted ont. out door re-fees » 3/12/2021 5:49 pm

Steve E
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Shared on the Ontario Back Country Camping Facebook page

Trip Reports » TR102: Basin & Buck Lakes » 3/12/2021 12:28 pm

Steve E
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Awesome Peek!  We went in there at night to explore and I have to say it was kinda creepy.  There was almost a full moon and the whole area where the cabin is was kind of lit up mysteriously.  So much history there you could almost feel it.  Any idea what that clearing is on the opposite side of the road?  Looks like some vehicles have driven down there and there's a make-shift firepit...

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