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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 / 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 / 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 / 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

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Algonquin bliss
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:06:10 pm »
Just couldn’t pass up this weather we had on the weekend.  Fantastic skiing conditions out there folks, winter is in full swing in Algonquin.  Just pick a spot on the map, park and go :)

3ft of snow in the bush

When the lakes are solid, air is crisp and sun is out...pure bliss 8)

Found this little spot, perfect for a camp next time out :)

Running a little late in the day, but love spending the last bit of daylight out on the lakes 8)

Happy travels everyone!!

Back Country Skiing Discussion / ski base ice damage
« on: January 06, 2019, 10:08:17 am »
Looks like the Rosi bases sustained some damage on our tour last weekend  :o  My Fischer bases look ok, but they had more wax on them to begin with.
Any ideas on a fix?

time for a shave? :o

Trip Reports / Ringing in 2019 in AP
« on: January 03, 2019, 12:40:33 pm »
Happy New Year Wintertrekkers!!
This trip was delayed a couple of days due to the forecast, but we still managed to enjoy 4 glorious days trekking through and ringing in 2019 in Algonquin’s interior.
The rain and warm temps on Dec 28th  followed by a huge drop in temps overnight, made for super enjoyable/fast skiing on the lakes. We covered 14KM in just over 3hrs, which with all the pic taking and snack breaks, almost felt like cheating ::) ;D
The weird weather patterns made for some very interesting ice formations and the cold (-16 and sunny on Dec 29th) just felt so good on the body and soul.

At daybreak, the welcoming pack came out across the bay from our camp and made sure we knew who was in charge :).  Diesel (our GSD) howls with coyotes at home, but the wolf has such a drawn out howl, it was pretty awesome to hear him trying to mimic it.  The wolves weren’t interested in having a conversation with him and took off.  After assuring the wife of our safety and arming her with two pocket knives :o ;D, we spent the day romping around, collecting wood and just enjoying the surroundings. 

With a fresh couple of inches of snow overnight, we decided to pack the day pack, snowshoes and ski over to Trout Mountain, the site of one of the first wooden fire towers in the park. What better way to spend the last day of 2018, than bushwhacking through AP, while visiting some familiar summer campsites  :)

Only fitting to ring in 2019 sipping on a couple of Mad Tom IPA’s while camped out on Tom Thomson Lake during a snowstorm 8) ;D

We received about 10 inches of fresh powder overnight, and woke up to something we haven’t seen in a while...clear, blue skies 8)

We took our time breaking camp, and made a slooooow trekk back to the car (almost 7hrs  ;D), enjoying every single kick and glide in this majestic setting.

Cheers to 2019 everyone!! May it bring everything you wish and plan for 8)

Trip Reports / Temagami's Devil Mountain trekk
« on: February 22, 2018, 04:51:11 pm »
Good to see everyone getting out while we still can!  Looks like someone turned off the winter switch a little early this year.  With 4 days to play and rainfall warnings for most regions south of North Bay, we packed the truck and headed for Temagami. 
We tucked the camp into a quiet bay on Lake Temagami, out of the winds and with good supply of firewood.  Temps hovered around the freezing mark all weekend, so we didn't need much of it, but it's good to know it's there for next time.

With Devil Mountain skiing distance away, next day we decided to head up the mountain, explore the range and take in the incredible views from this vantage point. 

Plenty of snow on the side of the mountain, great workout getting up the ice covered ledges and numerous blowdowns.

Very rewarding climb and a perfect spot for lunch.  Long views of the heart of Temagami with Maple Mountain on the horizon.

It’s easy to cover a lot of ground while out’nabout on this lake.  The conditions were just right.  We put in a solid 18km day, the lake had a thin ice crust with just enough snowcover to get good kick grip.


Hope everyone is making the best of this crapshoot of a winter ‘round these parts!  Happy trekkin’

Trip Reports / ringing in 2018
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:14:56 pm »
Happy New Year everyone!!
We kicked off another hardwater season with a quick romp through the AP bush. With lakes frozen solid, and just enough snow cover to make the 10KM trekk a breeze, we set up camp on a nice quiet, “off the map” spot. 
Great views of the lake, running water, plenty of firewood, just a perfect setting to ring in 2018.

Finding beauty spots along our daily trekks is never an issue in ON backcountry.  With cold temps, clear skies, and low snow conditions, we managed to cover 18km on day two.

The haul out was brutal. Long open lakes, head/bone chilling wind and snow, gnarly moose trails …the works!!  Loved every minute of it… :)

Hope everyone has a great season and cheers to 2018 y’all 

Trip Reports / Weekend in the Temagami bush
« on: March 09, 2017, 02:59:28 pm »
When going gets good, the good come out to play….Couldn’t have asked for better weather for this trip.  Fresh 10” of POW, cold temps and wide open skies…. Temagami was the place to be this past weekend!
We spent our first night at Northland Paradise Lodge in town to get an early start on what we knew was going to be a slow go given the terrain….great plan until we met Doug (the host) and spent better part of the night looking over maps, getting minnows, eating pie and taking in all the stories he was willing to share…
We were on the trail by 9am and headed into a spot 7km in.  Untouched fresh powder all the way in, slooooooooow go with all the hills and not many downhills. 

Winds were brutal that day so we picked a quiet spot sheltered by an awesome cliff and started processing wood for the next three days.  Friday night was cold, the trees were popping all night, especially around 4am…always a good sign to add more wood to the stove and climb back into the sleeping bag….

Saturday we processed more wood before hitting the trails….

Silly dog, told him that wasn’t dog food kibble he found under a tree

Finally had some time after late lunch to go for a hike around our lake and enjoy some of all the beauty Temagami has to offer

With all the camp chores out of the way, Sunday was play day!!!  18km loop through some of the finest bush, lakes and rivers in the province

Sunday night was very mild, had to let the stove burn out early, strip down to nothing and let the -40 rated sleeping bags do their thing.   Monday we woke up to rain drizzle…it was time to pack up and head home.  All the work put in hauling in uphill paid off hauling out…lol  With some sled traffic on the road over the weekend, which packed down the trail, we were hitting 36km/h on the downhills (gps speed) and were back at the truck for lunch. 

Till next time, happy and safe travels ya’ll

Trip Reports / On the trail of Tom Thomson in APP
« on: February 24, 2017, 01:05:58 pm »
This trip was planned for our Xmas holidays, but due to questionable ice conditions we had to postpone it until Family Day weekend.  As many of you know, this year is the 100th anniversary of Tom’s mysterious death on Canoe Lake, and we wanted to get in during hardwater season to his favourite spot on the lake.  With the forecast calling for sunny days, but less than ideal temps for lake travel, we set off bright and early Friday morning for Canoe Lake.  Thanks to park staff setting us up with permits before 9am, we were unloaded and on the lake just after 9am. 

Untouched powder for miles ahead….with wolf, moose and small game tracks all over the place heading into Tom Thomson Lake. 

say whaaaat?  I can get used to this ;D

The neighbourhood welcoming committee came out as soon as we reached TTL.  Pregnant cow with her bull, they would come out to check us out both nights we stayed there.

Saturday was a warm day and we watched over 5inches of snowpack disappear in front of our eyes while roaming around TT and Little Doe Lakes.  Not wanting to deal with murderous slush all day Monday, we decided to move the camp to Canoe Lake the following day.  We packed up early in the am and took our time heading back, getting a dose of much needed Vitamin D….

We picked a point on CL with southern views of the lake within a short walk of Tom’s Cairn and Totem Pole. After dinner we went over to have a drink and pay our respects.
Quiet spot this time of the year which is quite the contrasts from this lake’s  summer vibe.

The morning crust had us back to the car by lunch time, with one tired pooch, big smiles and already looking ahead to our Temagami trekk in a couple of weeks…
Keeping our fingers crossed things firm back up out there……

Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Toronto Blacksmith axes
« on: January 28, 2017, 08:15:10 pm »
For anyone in the market for some of the coolest axes around, check out Paul's hand forged tools made right here in Toronto!

Sleds and Toboggans / lexan toboggan
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:19:18 pm »
I've been looking at some 1/8" lexan that's been kicking around from a project and thinkin' why not build a toboggan out of it.  Since the wife has other plans for it, I should act quick or my stash of potential gold will turn into a green house of sort.... :o
So what's the consensus about Lexan.  Google search didn't turn up much, apart from some company making snow racing kneeboards, and being priced higher than other plastics.  I did manage to find a bit of promising info from Dave at LON
I had a thin strip of lexan from the project and put it to the flex test... think it passed  ;D


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