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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 11:13 am 
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Hey

My buddy and me (once I convince him to quit being a wimp and join me) are planning our first winter trip (1 day/night). So far we haven't done much research on where.

We have experiance interior canoeing and my only experiance interior hiking is Guskewau lake off the Western uplands trail this October.

We've got all the typical gear you would need for a spring/summer/fall canoe or hiking trip but nothing that is winter specific.

I would prefer the interior but am open to setting up a base at mew lake and simply checking out some of the snowshoeing trails.

Just wondering if anyone has any advice on where a good novice trip would start/end (Prefer close to west gate - interior) what gear you would consider a must have for winter tripping and any other comments or advice that might help us decide/plan a trip.

*Also I'm assuming if we properly layer and double up on our -4 sleeping bags we should be able to get through the night with minimal discomfort?

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 12:31 pm 
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Go to Mew, first time. You'll get some kind of idea how well your gear works during winter and what you'll need to get further out into the interior.

Here's a website to get you prepared:

http://www.wintertrekking.com/

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 4:01 pm 
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I also have always wanted to try winter camping. I signed up for this introductory camping course to be held in January 2011 from friends of frontenac provincial park to gain some knowledge before officially trying it myself.

http://www.frontenacpark.ca/pages/WildernessSkills.html

I don't think the overnight portion of the course is mandatory. Depending where you are located the one day session might be worth traveling to (and it only costs the regular park entry fee- = cheap knowledge :).


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 7:16 pm 
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We are going to do mew lake but would like to explore the area on snow shoes. Can anyone recommend a nice trail close to mew lake ?

*Can anyone tell me what the dog sledding trails are like and if there is a good chance of seeing them next saturday?

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 7:23 pm 
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I believe there are trails accessed right from Mew campground...just head out and begin discovering the joys of winter travel.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 8:04 pm 
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Winter in Algonquin
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/ge ... hp#/skiing

Mew Lake page (has a campground map)
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/ca ... ground.php

List of interpretive walking trails (each has a google map that can be zoomed)
http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/visit/re ... n-park.php

Jeffrey's updated Park map:
http://www.algonquinmap.com/online.html

Folks on Algonquin Adventures forum have been known to do some winter camping in the Park, and may be able to offer some tips and advice:
http://www.algonquinadventures.com/

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 8:06 pm 
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Twoifbysea,
Re your sleeping kit. Two summer bags and perhaps a liner should be OK. However most people spend more time thinking about the sleeping bag(s) and not enough about what's under you.

Don't wear to bed what you wore during the day as it will be damp. Consider changing into dry long johns, track pants before getting into the bag.

Keep in mind you will compress your bag under you, and if you don't have a good insulating layer you will get cold.

I splurged and got an Exped Downmat inflatable mattress which is awesome. If you don't have something like that then two thermarests or two ensolite (foam) pads will be OK. Even taking some flattened cardboard boxes will make a huge difference.

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PostPosted: January 9th, 2011, 7:19 pm 
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Thanks to everyone for the advice. We decided at last minute to do the interior instead of Mew Lake.

We chose the Sunday Lake trail and snow shoed to the Sunday lake portage. We went to the sunday lake portage and camped in that area.

re: sleeping I simply laid a fleece blanket on the inside of my tent, dloubled up my 5-0 degree sleeping bags and had a great sleep (aside from the discomfort of sleeping on the ground I wasn't cold)

I have to say Algonquin is beautiful in the winter and we were the only two people on Sunday Lake. Definately an annual trip now !

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I called this my ghetto sled, wouldn't win any fashion awards but did the job !

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PostPosted: January 9th, 2011, 7:33 pm 
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Nice shots. glad you enjoyed teh trip...Makes me want to plan one for February....


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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 5:50 pm 
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Looks like u had fun..once u get wintercamping .. u just want to keep doing more..
Great pics...
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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 9:10 pm 
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Debbie wrote:
Looks like u had fun..once u get wintercamping .. u just want to keep doing more..
Great pics...
Debbie


So true. When we got back we both agreed we'd make it an "annual trip" but within about 24 hours I found myself day dreaming about the next one (This month) :D

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PostPosted: February 1st, 2011, 9:14 pm 
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Glad to see everything fall in to place!

Sounds liek you've been bitten by the bug!

nice pics

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