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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #250 on: June 28, 2015, 17:01:23 »
Lots of different trails around the Bay. On the New Brunswick side, you can get a great book called Hiking Trails of New Brunswick, currently the third ed. is out. I know it's on Amazon. I used the first edition my first time around and it was very useful.

Thanks for the recommendation Oldgateboatdriver, just ordered the book.  If anyone else has any insight on the Fundy Circuit I would be interested on hearing your advice.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #251 on: June 29, 2015, 08:39:24 »
Do you mean The Fundy Footpath?
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #252 on: June 29, 2015, 18:35:59 »
The Fundy Circuit is a series of trails that are all within Fundy National Park http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/nb/fundy/activ/ete-summer/randonnee-hiking/circuit.aspx where the Fundy Footpath looks like it takes place outside the park.  Thanks for the info though.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #253 on: August 21, 2015, 18:44:23 »
So glad I stumbled upon this! I love the outdoors and gear. I'm still in the application process for the military but, I work at SAIL outdoor store in the mean time. So, I love gear talk!

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #254 on: September 06, 2015, 17:11:47 »
For the Bluenoses: I paddled the Margaree recently, put in at Doyle's Bridge (Margaree Forks) and got out at the resort in Belle Cote. If you're rudderless then you're golden for some tight and quick stuff - if you've got a rudder like me, then you will need to haul her up a few times or bash it to pieces. I wouldn't mind heading down again with some more flow, but that's very relative as a good drenching can really swell that river.

I've been picking away at some new ski gear. I got a pretty sweet deal from Patagonia on a pair of Powder Bowl pants that are currently being hemmed and re-taped. I went with the Triolet jacket from them when I sent back another model that had crapped out. Seriously, you pay more with those guys but the kit is of exceptional quality, as is the guarantee. Don't get me wrong, I could have gone with MEC for a slight savings, but I have found, pretty consistently, that Patagonia has a great fit for me.

I've got some feedback in from some of the resorts I have contacted. If the dollar keeps the way it is then Jay Peak would be the only one I'd consider Stateside because they take Canadian bucks at par. I have the trio of Mont Sainte Anne, Stoneham and le Massif on my radar and they're currently winning out.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #255 on: October 11, 2015, 11:57:28 »
Hoping everyone is getting 'off the grid' or at least away from the computer and couch a few times this fall.  I had a pretty decent summer; despite living in NS for years I had never camped/canoed in Keji before but changed that in August.  Awesome couple of days on the lake, anyone close who can manage a backcountry site won't be disappointed.  Backcountry sites are avail for online reservation in 2016 beginning 26 Jan 16 and they go FAST.  This year, they've also extended the Keji camping dates to the end of October.

Gear;  my 3 ones from this summer/fall I thought worth mentioning are:

1.  Atlantic Canada GPS Backroad GPS Maps v5 by Backroad Mapbooks.  Easy in install, unlock and use, works flawlessly with Basecamp and my GPS (Garmin 62S) with zero issues yet.  Once you unlock it and add the included GMA file, it has much more detail and info than Garmin TOPO Canada; I've attached a screenshot of the same area (Keji National Park) in BRMB on the left, and Garmin TOPO on the right just to give you an idea.  A zoomed in view is too big to attach here but the BRMB version shows trails, relief, wetlands, portages, lots of great useful info.  Well worth the $100ish I spent.

2.  Optimus Terra Weekened HE cookset and clip-on windscreen.  I love the speed and ease of canister stoves when the temp's are warmer and use a Pocket Rocket and GSI Pinnacle Dualist most of the time, but their boil times start nose-diving in Sept or anytime there is more than a puff of a breeze.  I liked some reviews on the Optimus set-up so decided to part with some pay;  $33 and tax to MEC for the pot set and I picked up the windscreen on Ebay for about $20 from the States. 

I had my first chance to try it out when Mrs EITS and I went to northern NB for the weekend to do Mt Carleton.  Awesome day, awesome hike.  When we got to the top and into the winds...brrrr; time for a brew-up.  The temp's were 2-5'ish Celsius, winds about 2O.  The summit tower blocked most of the wind but it was curling around pretty good.  The heat exchanger and windscreen really made a difference using a canister stove.  Water boiled in about 2 minutes, faster than I was expecting as I didn't have the coffee or food ready for it yet.  Very happy to have dropped the $50ish on the kit.  The only part about the stove I don't like when compared to the Dualist is how the Dualist will fit scraper, lighter x 2, the bowl/mug set with lids and a 225g canister all in the pot; very compact and user-friendly.  The Terra Wknd will hold the canister but that's about it.

Highlight of the summer was probably the 2 days in August spent on Keji Lake; great weather and paddling.  The fall; a 3 day weekend trip to Carleton.  Overnighted the first night in Bathurst, into the park for the day, and on to Grand Falls that night.  Woke up to frost and -2 temps in early Oct, and off to see the falls and gorge that morning before a great fall day driving back home.  Even got 1 night of backcountry camping on an island site (#14) in Keji just a few nights ago.  Hoping and planning for a few more hikes before the snow starts;  South Granite Ridge, Devils Bend, and the first two loops of the Bluff Wilderness would be awesome to take in as it's been a few years since I've been to any of them. 

Hope everyone is enjoying at least some of the fall;  Happy (and safe) trails!!
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #256 on: October 11, 2015, 16:03:31 »
I had posted that the distances given in literature about Devil's Bend were off - I see that is now corrected. That said, it is still a good trail for trusting your gut when you lose the markers. Also some great lookoffs on it and the payoff of the falls at the end. Even the gravel road back out is a nice walk.

Speaking of trusting your gut: same for North Granite. Not so sure about the South section, it is one that has always eluded me. I'll say this, never, not everneverever hike that motherfucker unless certain all snow is gone.  :nod:

Speaking of snow: I am waiting for winter now! I heard that Sunday River just started testing snow cannons which means ski season is approaching. Yeah baby.

EITS, not sure if you like cycling, but Antigonish has something pretty special started with the Keppoch.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #257 on: October 12, 2015, 18:25:54 »
I had posted that the distances given in literature about Devil's Bend were off - I see that is now corrected. That said, it is still a good trail for trusting your gut when you lose the markers. Also some great lookoffs on it and the payoff of the falls at the end. Even the gravel road back out is a nice walk.

I did the DB about 3 years ago and really enjoyed it, especially the falls at the end.  Awesome afternoon.

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Speaking of trusting your gut: same for North Granite. Not so sure about the South section, it is one that has always eluded me. I'll say this, never, not everneverever hike that motherfucker unless certain all snow is gone.  :nod:

Opposite here...I've done Admiral Loop and South Granite 3 or so times, but not the north one.  I'm hoping to give it a go this fall though if I can scrounge an extra day off work in Nov...

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EITS, not sure if you like cycling, but Antigonish has something pretty special started with the Keppoch.

I have a CCM 29er 'mountain bike'.  I don't ride that often but would love to have a reason to do it more!!  I never could get myself to spend $$$ on a bike to date though...
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #258 on: May 14, 2016, 20:57:46 »
Thread has been dead, with summer around the corner, I thought I'd give it some life.

Gear stuff.  I've been on the lookout for a good mid-cut for day hikes.  I ended up going with a pair of Columbia Redmond's.  I didn't want a pair of waterproof ones, but these fit so well and felt 'right' the way they fit around the ankle, I didn't want to take them off.  Sold.

Aside from some big ticket items (a canoe for example) I want to get, there wasn't really much I needed for this year, but I did get this idea to get a tomahawk in my head.  It wouldn't go away, so I ended up picking up a CRKT chogan off ebay for about $60 CAD.  I added a black Kydex sheath for about $20 plus shipping.  Didn't really need it as my Gerber sport ax is still kicking but...I dunno, just had to part with some cash I guess.

Managed to get some sites booked for this summer as well:

Keji - getting *island* sites at Keji is pretty difficult and I wasn't able to get Site 16 at all  >:(.  However, we were able to get Site 14 for a night for a 2 day trip [awesome site!!] and site 18 for another 1-nighter followed by the Yurt down by Jakes Landing.

Porters Lake - the southern point on Loop C (Site 77) was a car camping site I've always wanted to try; snagged that for one night earlier on in the summer.  I've stayed at 44 on Loop C before and really liked it for a car camping night.

Fundy - never really spent any time there in the summer but am going for a few nights this summer.  Considered doing a night at the Goose River sites, but opted to stay in Point Wolfe and hit the park in all direction out of 1 site for my time there. 

Looks like I'll be getting some time off in the fall too.  I've got my eye on Kathadin and the White Mountains combined in with some shopping and stuff around that area.  Anyone who's done the Hunt Trail or White Mountain trails before, I'd be all ears to thoughts and experiences.

Hope everyone is enjoying the spring, happy trails.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #259 on: August 08, 2016, 22:24:30 »
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #260 on: August 08, 2016, 22:25:07 »
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #261 on: August 09, 2016, 07:51:29 »
Anyone have experience with truck box tents? Wifey nae so happy with sleeping on the ground anymore. I know the costs, which aren't too bad, I just want to hear some pros and cons.

I have also been thinking about a cap and integrated storage box under a bed of sorts. That just looks like an even bigger pain in the arse to get in and out of.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #262 on: August 09, 2016, 10:09:12 »
Anyone have experience with truck box tents? Wifey nae so happy with sleeping on the ground anymore. I know the costs, which aren't too bad, I just want to hear some pros and cons.

I have also been thinking about a cap and integrated storage box under a bed of sorts. That just looks like an even bigger pain in the arse to get in and out of.

Used one for a week, hated it.  You got to set up and take down every time you want to drive some place.  Likely good for overnight and "move daily" camping but if you basecamp and explore locally this is inconvenient.  No experience with the ground base that stays set up and you can drive out of. 
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #263 on: August 09, 2016, 10:15:28 »
Not a truck box set-up, but have you thought about something like this?  Light, camp kitchen on the end for some models, can drop it off and use the car to 'get around'.  I've been looking at these with semi-serious interest for a year or two. 



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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #264 on: August 09, 2016, 11:36:21 »
Anyone have experience with truck box tents? Wifey nae so happy with sleeping on the ground anymore. I know the costs, which aren't too bad, I just want to hear some pros and cons.

I have also been thinking about a cap and integrated storage box under a bed of sorts. That just looks like an even bigger pain in the arse to get in and out of.

I had one and thought it was great. Once you get set up and takedown figured out, it takes no time.  If I was site camping with it, I'd just pull the poles and tuck it in, then used a bungee cargo net to secure it in the box.  One thing, once the weather gets a bit cool, you're surrounded on all sides by cold air, much like hammock camping. A couple of cheap bubble type windshield reflectors on the floor helped greatly.  Pretty good quality for the money, too.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #265 on: August 09, 2016, 13:48:13 »
Wife made me promise to not purchase anything I can tow for at least two years. And, to be honest, I want a no muss/fuss solution. I'd rather go with hammocks (off the ground, eh?) then make the much larger purchase, and commitment, of a trailer.

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #266 on: August 09, 2016, 14:07:19 »
Wife made me promise to not purchase anything I can tow for at least two years. And, to be honest, I want a no muss/fuss solution. I'd rather go with hammocks (off the ground, eh?) then make the much larger purchase, and commitment, of a trailer.

Thanks for the great feedback!

Cabela's has tent cots for $279.  My wife thinks they are the cat's meow.  That feeling will last til the first dark night something is sniffing her cot but not mine, then they will suck and be in a yard sale for $10.  Thus I am avoiding a Cabela's run til it gets cold, as much as it pains me not to be in the store when it is open. 
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #267 on: August 09, 2016, 14:15:36 »
I'd rather go with hammocks (off the ground, eh?)

I bought this one a few years ago...love it.   http://hennessyhammock.com/products/explorer-deluxe-asym-zip

I added 2 sets of snake skins (extra one for the rainfly/tarp) and used the setup in this vid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iJTjful66M).

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Another "hammock for 2 peeps" idea for you though...this will actually be cheaper for me and the Mrs than my Hennessey was (I already had a Scout tarp for a rainfly or will use my Hennessy one). 

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-550/Sling-Double-Size-Hammock

https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5047-552/Debug-Hammock-Bug-Net

Add in a tarp/rainfly...voila!!

I'd love to be able to tell you what I think of this hammock, but mine is on backorder from MEC right now.  Hoping to give it a whirl later this month;  lucked out and got Site 14 at Keji somehow for a night.   ;D

Speaking of Keji...hope it rains soon!  We were down there just this past weekend.  Ugh.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #268 on: August 09, 2016, 15:26:44 »
That feeling will last til the first dark night something is sniffing her cot but not mine, then they will suck and be in a yard sale for $10.  Thus I am avoiding a Cabela's run til it gets cold, as much as it pains me not to be in the store when it is open.

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EITS: I am going to have her look into hammocks, the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that they're the way to go for us (sniffy things aside)
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #269 on: August 09, 2016, 15:28:05 »
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #270 on: August 09, 2016, 16:17:07 »
Our wives are obviously related.

EITS: I am going to have her look into hammocks, the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that they're the way to go for us (sniffy things aside)

I've used common sense to get my better half to realize sniffy things are going to go thru a tent as easily as they can get thru my hammock. 

You can always put a 'warning fence' out...couple of hundred feet of paracord that you can tie about knee-high.  Grab a handful of extra beer bear bells. Instant, light weight 'trip line' that will let you know they are around (and let the sniffy things know something is there too).  I'd like to claim the idea as mine but...I got it from a guy who used to do backcountry stuff in the Yukon and NWTs.
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #271 on: August 09, 2016, 21:52:46 »
Anyone have experience with truck box tents? Wifey nae so happy with sleeping on the ground anymore. I know the costs, which aren't too bad, I just want to hear some pros and cons.

I have also been thinking about a cap and integrated storage box under a bed of sorts. That just looks like an even bigger pain in the arse to get in and out of.

Scott, I've used a few different half-tons with caps on the back for camping in. They've always worked fine for me. If you go the storage-under-the-bed route, do take care to keep it as low as possible -or restrict your storage to the sides.

Slide-in campers are another option. They can be as basic or as fancy as you want. When I was using one of those, I'd drive the truck out from under it at the campsite and lower it down to rest on a couple of short sawhorses or even some firewood rounds.

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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #272 on: August 09, 2016, 21:59:54 »
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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #273 on: January 09, 2017, 16:15:59 »
Not bad....by the looks of it, just a levitating tents that claims to sleep 7 but only cosy for 3 min and max 4 pers

Not a truck box set-up, but have you thought about something like this?  Light, camp kitchen on the end for some models, can drop it off and use the car to 'get around'.  I've been looking at these with semi-serious interest for a year or two. 



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Re: Outdoor Gear Thread
« Reply #274 on: January 10, 2017, 05:44:33 »
Recently swapped out my Salomon Q85 174s for a pair of Head Monster 83s at 170. I know I am giving up a bit with the length, but those Salomons were going to kill me, and I don't need that much of a powder ski.

I am off to Killington Monday for three days and can report back if anyone's interested.

We have a trip booked to MSA for the second year running in February. I love that hill. Great atmosphere, not much run out and plenty of terrain options.
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