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Trip Reports / Re: Chasing Nanabush in Algonquin Park
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:53:03 am »
it's amazing where you can go on 5inch tires :o
This was a shakedown run to dial in this system, I packed heavy (about 60-70lbs) and carried a few "luxuries" with me.  Apart from being much slower, I didn't really experience any weird handling. From what I see from pro guys using similar set ups, skegs on the pulk help with off camber situations.
I'm hoping to use this set up more out on the big lake and go up the coastline of Georgianbay and stick to skiing in the backcountry. It was fun to switch things up though and I'm looking forward to some big ice travel next few weeks 8)
cheers Gents, hope everyone is having a good season!

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: GV Widetrails
« on: February 21, 2020, 11:39:23 am »
great float and tough as well.  I've been using mine, 11x38 for a number of years now. They see quite a bit of action out on the trails as well as the homestead. Everything from packing trails to logging, they've been through hell and  I would like to get the frames powdercoated as in certain conditions, they do build up with ice now that the factory coating is missing in sections

Trip Reports / Chasing Nanabush in Algonquin Park
« on: February 19, 2020, 12:35:41 pm »
What a gorgeous few days to be out camping this past weekend.  Some crazy temp swings, but that seems to be the norm this year, saw the temps go from -30 Friday morning, up to around 0 Saturday, just to drop back down to -25 Sunday/Monday.
Since colder is better for travel days IMO, it was time to pack the gear and head for a remote spot along the bike/railway trail in Algonquin Park.  Going solo this weekend, I decided to try something new and use my fatbike to haul the gear.  I set up basecamp about 10 k out and explored this part of the park on bike and ski from there.  As we usually head north of  HWY60, this part of the park was all new territory for me, and I’m so happy I decided to check it out.

Hauling heavy Friday morning at -30

This guy is always so happy to be out there, no matter how cold, how far, how tough of a go!

Found this perfect spot for a camp, with majestic views of the lake, cliffs and good supply of firewood.

Nice crisp morning in the Ontario backcountry.

Saturday, I wanted to ride the rest of the railtrail, hit up some of the side trails, and run over to the Mew Campground to check out the winter festival.  A loose plan, as always when out in the bush, that turned into 9hours of biking and taking in all the incredible views around this part of the park.

The face I get when the stove goes out

Sunday, I decided to check out some of the sacred sites around Rock Lake. It was another long day out, but conditions were perfect for lake travel and I was in search of the Trickster!!

Sunday night I had a pack of coyotes come for a visit and a quick intro. Male on one side, rest of the pack behind our camp…the Trickster found me!  After a quick exchange, they carried on their path, perhaps picked up a spark or two from the roaring fire inside my tent and I was greeted to the most beautiful sunrise I've seen in a very long time 8) ;D

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: steam pan stove
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:54:36 pm »
well..after 5 years of hard use, time has come to replace the bottom pan on my stove :'  it developed a hairline crack at the back of it friday overnight, by monday morning it opened up to about 1/8". Stove still worked OK at -25, just little hard to control the burn with the crack.
All in all, I can say I got my $10 worth out of this pan over the last few seasons;D ;D ;D

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Home made camp stove builds
« on: February 18, 2020, 12:19:35 pm »
that's awesome, mine just gave out after years of I might have to get a window installed in my next one ;D thanks for sharing Bioguide

Group Trip Planning / Re: 2 week Temagami Trip
« on: February 11, 2020, 03:15:55 pm »
Good choice, you are in for a treat sir!!!  Doug is such an awesome human with so much knowledge to share ;)
Enjoy your trip and hope to read all about it upon your return 8)

Group Trip Planning / Re: 2 week Temagami Trip
« on: February 06, 2020, 11:43:43 am »
Looking forward to the trip report already timdaman 8)

As kinguq already mentioned, access and safe parking (especially for that long) gets tricky up there.  A lot of the bush access roads are only plowed if there is active logging taking place, so always have a back up plan to your back up plan when traveling up there.

For this long of a trip, and to be on the safe side, you could always start your trip from one of the lodges up there. Sportman’s Lodge on Lake Kukagami offers safe parking, and you have a lot of travel options from there.  If you run into trouble out on the lakes, you can hop on one of the many bush trails up that way and still get a solid tour of the Wolf Lake forest reserve area and beyond.  Check with Smoothwater outfitters for parking.  There is some great lake/trail travel up that way that can take you right into the heart of Temagami.  Northland Lodge in town is another option, Doug can point you in the right direction as to route planning.  Have a loose plan, possibilities are pretty much endless up there and you're guaranteed to have a blast every single day you're out there 8)

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Ontario backcountry trekking
« on: January 23, 2020, 02:34:05 pm »
you are so right, the pics coming in from nfld are just nuts ;D and looks like most ppl are having good fun with all that snow 8) we could use a walloping like that in Ontario for sure!
Georgian Bay is still wide open :( and it doesn't look like that is going to change much this year....

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Ontario backcountry trekking
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:22:33 am »
Weather has been up and down this year (mostly up so far), and when things get good out there,  it’s always time to head for the hills.  With a foot + of fresh, dry POW in the bush, the trails were a tough go but the scenery was sublime and so worth the arduous trekk.  No camping this time around, just two looooong days out in the bush and some local trails.

Hope everyone is having a great season out there!!  8)

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: OAC bindings and fat boots
« on: January 22, 2020, 11:00:49 am »
If you're thinking custom bindings, how about something from this line up? Just mount them on a flex plate and go. 
I have the GV ratcheting bindings on my snowshoes and love them.  Quick in/out and they've been rock solid performers in some pretty cold temps over the last few years.  They get their share of abuse our in the bush everytime I'm out ;D

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

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