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I found it interesting on the Hubbard expedition how little attention they payed to local knowledge. It surely would not have been impossible to find someone who would guide them at least to the mouth of the Naskapi. Instead they ascended what was basically a creek, called Susan Brook locally. Certainly a colossal navigational error and perhaps a sign of the arrogance of contemporary white "explorers". On the subsequent expeditions they did engage local people and went up the right river.

Unfortunately the big lake Michikamau is now the Smallwood impoundment, and it has changed totally. Sounds quite unpleasant for canoeing, judging from this trip report. But the George sounds fun!

http://www.recped.com/george2018/contents.html

Kinguq.

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Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Re: The Lure of the Labrador Wild
« on: February 25, 2019, 12:04:10 PM »
Yes a great story of one of the worst navigational errors in history!

I would also recommend Great Heart by James West Davidson and John Rugge, which tells the same story but includes the follow-up expeditions by Wallace and the competing expedition by Hubbard's wife. A race over the watershed and down the George! One of the best adventure stories ever.

https://www.amazon.ca/Great-Heart-James-West-Davidson/dp/0140105352/ref=pd_sbs_14_1/138-4534747-0626619?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0140105352&pd_rd_r=2c7b544f-391f-11e9-9e49-b9c377d1057c&pd_rd_w=OM8Og&pd_rd_wg=G9PAo&pf_rd_p=5dcda75b-8643-4da3-9bb1-5c0233790500&pf_rd_r=4ZPEEQ6MRR493CN4R3MA&psc=1&refRID=4ZPEEQ6MRR493CN4R3MA

Kinguq.


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Like Brian said. Use a stove with a baffle and don't worry about sparks.

Kinguq.

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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: DIY - Trekable Rocket-Type Tent Stove
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:54:32 AM »
Excellent. As yo say it is a somewhat larger and simplified version of a Chimpac stove. I would not call it a rocket stove as it lacks a riser. I like your baffle design as I was puzzling out something similar for a new build.

Kinguq.

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:49:03 AM »
I use moderate touring skis (Asnes Marka) with "skinny skins" for bush skiing here in Ontario. I cut regular skins in half lengthwise to make a pair about 13 mm wide. See https://www.wintertrekking.com/community/index.php?topic=3827.msg34219#msg34219

That said I also use large traditional snowshoes. It depends somewhat on the conditions and on my mood. Generally I prefer the physical motion of skiing but sometimes they are a bit of a hassle and I just want to strap on the old shoes. Also it is far easier to use shoes for tasks like making camp and gathering firewood.

Kinguq.

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Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days in the Algonquin Back-Country with my Son
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:28:03 PM »
I can't see them either.

Kinguq.

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There is practically nothing but crown land outside the city limits. The real issue is finding a place to park safely. One option is to take the "Budd Car" train, pick a spot and have them drop you off. That way you can park at the station in Sudbury. You can flag it down to be picked up. However don't expect it to be on time.

Kinguq.

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Ontario & Quebec / Re: off to a great start
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:50:24 AM »
Yes lots of snow here in North Bay. Was some slush on the lakes when I was out last week however.

Kinguq.

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Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:48:52 AM »
I don't really understand how it steers. Unlike the SnowDog it doesn't have a handlebar, just the remote steering joystick. I thought it must have twin tracks but the website says not. So, how does it turn?

My guess is that the range/endurance will be rather low. Tracked vehicles require more power than wheeled vehicles in general and the power density of batteries is still much lower than a tank of fuel. Might be suitable for work around a farm or for a set distance but not for anything where long range is required.

Kinguq.

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Group Trip Planning / Re: Deep Freeze 2019
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:31:07 AM »
Looking forward to seeing you and the gang there, Joe.

Daniel.

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Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: ski base ice damage
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:21:10 PM »
Maybe just shave off the fuzz and forget about it. My experience leads me to believe that minor scratches don't matter much, and may actually make the ski hold wax better.

Kinguq.

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Tents and Shelters / Re: reflectivity of tent materials
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:05:02 AM »
Gurrrr.   Wonder where manufacturers of grow boxes or ice houses get their reflective material.  Research to continue.

As a grower myself (legal in Canada), I use Reflectix material. However it is too bulky to use in a portable shelter. If you look online you will find a variety of reflective materials, some of which are even fire resistant.

Kinguq.

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Tents and Shelters / Re: reflectivity of tent materials
« on: December 29, 2018, 08:36:32 PM »
That is indeed the issue. White materials do reflect visible radiation which includes the wavelengths plants use, but not necessarily infrared which is most of what comes out of a fire. So, no, it won't work nearly as well as an IR reflective material.

Kinguq.

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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: In praise of synthetic clothing
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:43:05 AM »
I like a mixture of both. Love my wool underwear and wool pants. But I prefer a fleece sweater.

I've never understood why anyone would want a cotton anorak unless they were working around an open fire. Uncoated nylon works just as well and is a fraction of the weight and bulk. Dries much faster too.

Just try to keep an open mind, try new things and use what works best for you.

Kinguq.

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Nice. Have you had issues with yours pulling to one side like my buddy in Yellowknife?

You should change your name to By-Tor! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UU62UcP_BA

Kinguq.

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