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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Pictographs by Snow
« on: December 22, 2019, 10:53:08 am »
We are fortunate to travel through areas with many picto sites on our trips. I def prefer the stillness of winter whenever we visit them. It's great to disconnect the mind from the present and take a mental journey back in time.
Thanks for sharing the articles, interesting info and some nice examples of pictographs which look to be in much better shape than some of the ones around Temagami.

it's been a great start to the season for us in the "near north" region of Ontario.  We've been making tracks since early November, which we haven't done in a long while. Keeping fingers crossed we will see this trend continue into 2020.
Happy Winter Solstice everyone 8)

Trip Reports / stoking the season
« on: November 18, 2019, 11:21:45 am »
Looks like we are in for a good season around here. We’ve been getting snow and cold temps for a few weeks now, with some areas around Collingwood already at about 50cm of total accumulation.  Ski hills are opening up…people are complaining about the cold already…it's time to get the stoke on, get out and enjoy this wonderful time of the year!! 8)
We got out Saturday for a 12hr tour of a bit of a mix of bush, Bruce Trail, and the many awesome trails up near Collingwood.

There is fresh powder for miles up in the hills

Awesome scenery along the route

Skiing well into the night, our season is officially open  ;D ;D

Enjoy the season everyone, be safe, play hard and keep stoking those stoves 8)

Trip Reports / Re: Lake Huron Flowerpot Islands
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:29:57 pm »
Great Pics!  I'll venture a guess that being there was better than the pictures can portray.
It was truly an amazing day. This spot gets overrun with tourists during the spring/summer/fall months, so to be there in such peace and stillness was a real treat for the mind and soul 8)

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: DIY - Trekable Rocket-Type Tent Stove
« on: March 11, 2019, 01:09:10 pm »
nice set up! love the internal baffle. Something on the to do list for my steam pan stove one day

Trip Reports / Lake Huron Flowerpot Islands
« on: March 08, 2019, 11:39:55 am »
Last time we had this much ice on the Great Lakes around these parts, was back in 2014.
I've been eyeing this part of ON for a winter trekk for a few years now. Wednesday was a good day to go on a recon mission  ::)
I grabbed my furry partner and headed for Tobermory with a loose plan to bike around the Peninsula and if conditions were right, bike around the Flowerpot Islands.
I was in for a treat!  Couldn’t have asked for better ice conditions 8) The Universe was on my side that day!  It being my birthday, I didn’t expect anything less…lol

Sorry guys, this is going to look like a Trek ad, I’m in no way affiliated ;D

First small island was breathtaking, the amount of ice formations was amazing, Nature’s best side for sure!!!

The big island was even more incredible.  The cliffs, the openness, the views of Lake Huron were out of this world. 

With incoming snowsqualls, it was time to seek out a cave to have lunch and really be in the moment.

After about an hour, the squalls rolled through and the sun came back out.  It was time to head back and leave the rest of the island trekk for next time…..whenever that might be.
Last bit of open water

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Georgian Bay cave hopping
« on: March 07, 2019, 09:37:22 am »
This is a pretty popular local spot called Giants Tomb. Lots of sled traffic, parts of the bay are actually staked here so hard to get lost. I do run trail forks app sometimes to track distance though. It's easy to smash a lot of k's when things are as good as they have been lately.
The ice conditions are amazing out there right now, so a lot of things are getting put on the back burner to allow for as much playtime as possible Steve ;D

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Georgian Bay cave hopping
« on: March 05, 2019, 11:35:27 am »
A perfect day out on the big lake.  Just enough fresh powder to protect the bases, sunny skies and solid ice for days 8) 


Trip Reports / Re: Fam long weekend in Temagami bush
« on: March 01, 2019, 11:32:06 am »
Thanks Gents. Yup it's been about 8 years since I've seen this much snowpack up there. We try to do at least two tours in the area per season.  The trails need a good trim, wish I had more free time on my hands ;D

Trip Reports / Fam long weekend in Temagami bush
« on: February 27, 2019, 11:37:46 am »
Here are some pics from our Love/Fam long weekend in Temagami.  Another great trip for the books with amazing weather, great memories and 3 days of solid BC skiing.  We re-visited some of the trails we used to day ski before getting into wintercamping, the forgotten Smoothwater ski trails 8) 

Perfect travel day, just enough fresh powder to cover up sled tracks.  Trying out my modified Paris sled, extra 2.5ft of length allowed me to spread out the load and keep the COG nice and low.  Perfect fit for our needs.

Familiar camp spot, out of the way of winds and 20cm of predicted accumulation

Haven’t seen this much snow around these parts in years, bottoming out my 165cm ski poles in the bush.  Lakes were full of slush, glad we basecamped and didn’t have to fight the slushmonsters everyday :o ;D

The vanishing trails :(

There is a line there somewhere ;D

The beauty of the Temagami bush is on full display out there right now

Happy travels folks, and keep your fingers crossed the rodent was wrong with his prediction this year ::) :o ;D

Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days in the Algonquin Back-Country with my Son
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:37:15 pm »
It was nice running into you guys ;)
You are not kiddin' about the amount of snow, wow, over 4ft in the bush! It was hard work getting in and out, but at least we have some wood to come back to.
The pics are amazing as always Steve, thanks for sharing and I'm sure we'll see you out there again!

is this what living large at -40 is all about? if so I'm all in ;D  8) You sir, are one lucky dawg!

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Algonquin bliss
« on: January 16, 2019, 10:09:36 am »
This was just one long day Pete, no camping, but i did scout a couple of new spots for future overnight trips.
The conditions are prime in APP right now, and when the going gets good, the good get out and play ;D

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