My Solo Winter Camping Gear

Like most crazy winter campers, I'm always seeking ways to improve my winter camping gear.  This year, I purchased a few items to make my winter camping trips not only more enjoyable, but safer.  Camping in temperatures that fall far below freezing is much more challenging than fair weather camping, and it can be life-threatening to go out with sub-standard gear, particularly when adventuring solo.  To test my winter camping gear before setting out on a more extreme trip, I went snowshoeing and camping in Muskoka over the past two days. Here is the first video from that trip, showcasing the [...]

By |2017-02-19T08:01:24-05:00January 11th, 2017|Camping, Gear & Advice, Snowshoeing|1 Comment

Algonquin Day Trip – Photographing Nature at it’s Finest

Yesterday, D and I set out for a photographic safari day trip to Algonquin Park with six ambitious goals - photograph a spectacular sunrise, breath-taking sunset, animals such Red Fox, Pine Marten and songbirds, and hopefully catch a glimpse of a moose.   And we almost pulled it off! Leaving at 4:00 am Sunday morning, we arrived at Lake of Two Rivers shortly before sunrise - just in time to snowshoe down to the beach and set up our cameras.  Throughout the drive up, I was concerned that we wouldn't see the sun as the sky was mostly cloud covered [...]

Silver Peak Winter Ascent – Killarney Provincial park

On February 27, 2016, five wannabe adventurers, including myself, set out to hike to the highest point in the LaCloche Mountains - Silver Peak.  I use the verb, "hike" rather than "climb", as Ontario, Canada is not exactly known for it's mountain ranges and challenging climbs and Killarney Provincial Park is no exception.  However, by our weekend-warrior standards, it's as good as it gets, and the scenery truly is spectacular despite it's relatively easy difficulty and accessibility rating.  This was my first time winter camping in Killarney, and my first winter ascent of Silver Peak, so I was really looking forward to it. [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:14:04-05:00March 6th, 2016|Camping, Snowshoeing|0 Comments

Winter Backpacking the Western Uplands Trail to Ramona Lake

For two days last week, I took some time alone to backpack from the trailhead of the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail at the Oxtongue River Picnic Ground to Ramona Lake and back.  The hike north from the parking lot was made easier by a party of hot tent winter campers that broke trail to Guskewau Lake, but soft deep powder beyond that point to Ramona Lake required the use of snowshoes.  The temperature was -24C when I set out and dropped to -29C that night, but it proved to be a comfortable temperature for hiking and for sleeping in my -30C [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:14:05-05:00February 13th, 2016|Algonquin Provincial Park, Camping, Snowshoeing|0 Comments

Track and Tower Trail, Algonquin Park

The Track and Tower Trail at km 25.0 on Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park, is one of our favourite hiking trails in the park.  It passes through a variety of interesting landscapes, including beaver ponds, lakes, and old burn zone, Eastern Hemlock and Cedar groves, a historic train railway bed with evidence of trestles visible and a nice lookout where an old fire tower used to stand. When we snowshoed this trail in January 2015, there was over 90 cm of snow in the bush and we were forced to break trail the entire Lunch on Grant Lake January [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:14:06-05:00February 7th, 2016|Algonquin Provincial Park, Snowshoeing|0 Comments

Bat Lake Trail, Algonquin Park

Bat Lake Trail is located at kilometre 30.0 on Highway 60 in Algonquin Provincial Park. Bat Lake is a 5.6 km loop trail that introduces you to basic Algonquin Park ecology while visiting a beautiful hemlock stand, a fine lookout, and acidic Bat Lake. Bat Lake Trail - Jeff's Map On the day we visited in early February, there was under 30 cm of snow on the ground.  The previous day was warm and rainy, so there was a thin crust of ice on the snow and fantastic cascades of ice clung to the cliffs on either side [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:14:06-05:00February 6th, 2016|Algonquin Provincial Park, Snowshoeing|0 Comments

McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve – Hiking, Snowshoeing and Canoeing

The McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve is a 2,039 hectare managed area of crown land located in the Muskoka District of Ontario, Canada.  It's a very popular semi-wilderness area that is used for a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and photography.  There are several kilometres of maintained trails for each activity, and the relatively open terrain offers countless opportunities for off-trail exploration.  Extending from McDonald Lake in the east, adjacent to Highway 400, to Georgian Bay on the west and the Gibson River to the north, canoeing opportunities are endless.  McCrae Lake [...]

Copeland Forest Snowshoeing

Copeland Forest in Simcoe County, Ontario Canada is a favourite snowshoeing and hiking destination of mine.  It's a rare gem of dense forest and swampland found two hours north of Toronto and is prime land for a variety of recreational uses.  Copeland Forest is managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as a resource management area, so many activities are allowed, including horseback riding, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing (in season). A few years ago, The Couchiching Conservancy identified Copeland Forest as a prime candidate for overuse by the nearby urban and suburban population as well as by several organized recreational users [...]

By |2016-11-16T22:14:08-05:00January 3rd, 2016|Snowshoeing|0 Comments
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