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Offline White Wolf

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Is winter Trekking over???
« on: March 23, 2009, 12:31:21 pm »
It is with a sad heart I have to say Winter Trekking is gone and spring is upon us here in Kenora.

After about a week of  warm weather and melting snow here  Snowshoeing is out of the question. Winter boots sit idle in  the closet and the rubber boots have come out. Rain coats for today as it is pouring out right now.

Cups of tea on the deck sitting in pants and a tshirt have started. Looking at the lawn there is a lot of grass showing and thinking it may be time to pull out the lawn mower and get it tuned up. Kayak is sitting waiting to get wet as is the canoe. Already planning projects for the camp and man oh man that list is long

Canada Geese are spotted in some open water as well as a few crows can be seen and heard.

So slowly I will pack away the winter gear and check all the winter equipment for repairs and start planning on what equipment I will make/buy this year and what trips to take. And a silent promise to get out a heck of a lot more on the snowshoes and to get a few overnight trips in.

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 01:25:26 pm »
Hi all,

Sadly, I could roll my Grumman over from its resting place, and it would float.

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 02:05:42 pm »
We were out on an overnight trek this weekend and had good weather (not too warm, but close). Last night a snowstorm went through in the same area where we were and farther north so it looks like winter holds on for some time still here in Saskatchewan, particularly if you are willing to travel a bit.

The Atlas of Canada from NRC has a map showing Median End Date of Snow Cover.

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This map shows the median date of snow-cover loss (defined as the last date with 14 consecutive days of snow cover greater than 2 centimetres in depth) computed over 18 winter seasons (1979 to 1997).

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 05:08:26 pm »
there is still a good amount of snow in Dryden and people are still driving on ice today.Still planing to go camping, ice fishing and skiing Thursday.

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 07:19:42 pm »
Actually I had my best ski of the season yesterday. A light dusting of powder over consolidated snowpack made travel effortless. Sunny, about -2. It really doesn't get any better than that. The only problem was that I already had klister on my main skis so I had to go back to my old beat-up pair (I don't like removing klister in the spring).

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 08:56:22 pm »
I think it's just about over, at least here in the south. 

I was camping in Algonquin this past weekend.  The lakes still have lots of ice, so it's safe to cross them.  There is still snow in the bush, but it is very settled and crusted, and there is no longer any sign of the float that was packed on the trail earlier in the seaon, so the toboggan slithers all over the place and falls into all the holes instead of following you.  The snow has melted back from the lakeshores in a big way, so it's hard pulling to get from the lakes into the bush.  And the creeks are open.

However, there is some good news.  In January, I put the bike away ready to ride, so there won't be any shoulder season depression.
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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2009, 12:25:28 pm »
Id say  trekking is over for us southerners.
The sad realization came as Zel (aka PerchKing) and I had to walk the 2X10’’ planks at the Put-in on Cooks bay this past wknd. :o Shoreline is deteriorating fast. :(
Thanks everyone for a great season. ;D Cant wait for nxt years travels.


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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 08:20:59 pm »
Yup, gota to agree there with you although there's plenty of time to upgrade winter gear and setup things and idea's for this coming winter season!!!

HEck its only,,,,, 271 sleeps to prepare for this coming WINTER !!!

See, I've got a tent to reno, shoes to spar, possibly a anaorak in there not to mention sleeping gear, packing things...preparing for a Pre-Freeze, maybe scout a new location or two , or three.........by canoe, or train , or whatever?!

Busy busy busy !!!

 ;D


with so little time.......

Cheers

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009, 11:03:07 pm »
In Hamilton the snow has  been gone for at least a month now.  I have learned so much from this site.  I am really looking forward to doing at least 2-3 good trips next winter.  I am hoping to do some ice travel as well for the first time.  I will have the summer to think about my winter boot system for next year.  Now I am looking forward to doing some good canoe trips this summer and fall. 

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 11:33:02 am »
15cm of new snow today
Temps below freezing
Ice still think enough to drive a half ton on.

I thiught it was over, but we have a repreive. ;D
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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2009, 04:41:37 pm »
Rob

Yeah we got the same snow here was a shocker to wake up and see it.

Locals are still running the ice roads here but the landings are getting messed up pretty good.

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2009, 04:48:27 pm »
It's almost over.  In Algonquin Park, there is still snow in the bush and the ice is still solid, but the snow has melted back along the shorelines and the creeks are open.  The trail in the picture follows the streambank. 


Or at least it did earlier in the winter.   A couple of weeks ago, the same spot was starting to melt out, but I cut some brush and threw it over the wet spot, execting it would last the rest of the season.  I was wrong.  :(


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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2009, 06:05:51 pm »
Here in the yukon it's never over, you just need to climb a little higher as summer approaches.

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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2009, 09:15:45 pm »
Not only that, but you have more daylight so you can appreciate it all.
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Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2009, 10:06:44 am »
I want to move to the Yukon!   
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