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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 10:16 am 
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Friday i headed out to a new spot with a friend. It was her first time ever on snowshoes, and I wanted to pick a spot that wasn't to difficult to navigate, but still introduced her to the joys of winter in the Boreal. I decided on a lake 40 minutes from town.

This is also a lake I had not yet been to, and one that holds promise for summer paddling options so I wanted to explore as much as I could.

We had more snow on Friday morning, and it began to snow heavily on the way to the lake. Temps have warmed up considerably and this heavy, wet snow and warm conditions were not ideal.

This was just a day trip, no sled, just a backpack. It was a hard slog through 2 feet of heavy snow and the warm temps had us sweating in no time. >:(

Taking a break

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Most of the shore around the lake is older growth Jack Pine and Spruce. Here's a typical stand. It's all starting to come down and provided ample firewood for us.

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Looks like this island burned awhile back, although a few resisted.

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Looking out on the lake. Deep, heavy, slushy snow.....

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We walked around to this point and settled in for a few hours of relaxing.

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Looking out over the lake

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Fire was up and running in no time and we begun to dry off. Water is on and a brew should be ready soon.

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BTW, that a Coleman Exponent Stainless Pot in the picture. Note the bail handle and swing out handles! A perfect pot and the set can be had for a bargain. I highly recommend these pots.

Great view of the lake from this spot.

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Laying dormant and waiting for fire....

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It was a great intro trip for my friend. A solid 8 hours in the bush, a little bit of slogging, a little bit of relaxing. Most important though, is allowing someone to experience something new.

One last look down the lake then it's back to town.

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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 10:26 am 
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Well I already teased you on your own Wintertrekking.com site, but that doesn't mean I won't do it again, here!!!

"Harlan's got a girlfriend"!! Harlan's got a girlfriend"!! :lol:

ANd of course, as I said there, I am just being immature and kidding around. Thanks for sharing, as I am sure she was just as grateful for sharing it all with her!

Now when are you gonna invite any of us to come out with you on you next trek? :wink:

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PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 10:52 am 
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It's great that you check out these places during winter. Not only is winter better for getting around in many places, but you gain some insights into the nature - plants and animals are the way they are because they are out there for twelve months and not just six, like most of us paddlers...

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