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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Just an fyi folks, Mew Lake (presume yer camping there Rob) is a winterized campground. Heated comfort station and electrical sites. If one had a campervan and an extension cord...

    Lots of opportunities to plonk down your sticks around Mew and pull a few darkslides. Should be a great w/e if you get more snow.
    notch codes ? where we're going, we don't need notch codes.

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    I think you're right Fred.
    I plan to camp at Mew Lake, I think it's the only camp area opened this time of the year. I do have a winter tent, but plan to cheat... I'm going to run a cord to a small space heater in the tent.
    Washrooms are heated and most of the other people in the park will either be staying in a heated Yurt or a hard top trailer. It's a great time of the year but cold for sure... I would expect the nights to dip around -30. Hopefully warm up during the day.
    What to wear... I just put everything I own on.... just kidding but you do need a few layers for sure. Plus I sleep with hat/gloves on. You need 2 or 3 pairs of gloves... plus a wood tripod is not as cold as metal.
    Depending on the day I would expect to hike out to the bridge over the river on the Mew Lake trail... about 20 minutes if the snow is not fresh.
    Also check out High Falls back on the highway near Bracebridge... I haven't seen it in winter before.
    I plan to bring snowshoes and scout around for a while... I don't know the area real well in winter but am sure to find something.
    -Rob

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Oxtongue Rapids would be great as well but it's a snowmobile trail and a bit of a walk in from 60. High Falls is a great spot year round, especially if you can approach from the bottom in the summer.

    Have a great time Rob !
    notch codes ? where we're going, we don't need notch codes.

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Please let me know if you're planning on attending this gathering.... just trying to work out the details.

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Oh, how I wish I can be there. I have been camping up there in the winter almost every year until I moved south last year

    I normally head out either on the snow shoe path along the Minnesing Trail or cross country ski on the trail it self. 45 is the biggest format I can haul out there along with camping gears...

    Have fun and do share pix's or pic's

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    I couldn’t make it but I'm curious to know how the weekend went, and whether anyone has pics to share.

    I plan to head up in late February / early March and would be interested in any tips on winter photography in Algonquin, including some good spots for snowshoeing / photography. Are the hwy 60 trails a good place to start?

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Well it didn't really work out how we thought.

    In the winter I shoot ski racing most weekends but that was an open weekend which is why I planned it for then.

    At the last minute one of the races was rescheduled and I had to work. I'm not sure if the other guys made it up north or not.

    This past weekend a friend who was camping in the park called me up and asked it I could join him for a couple days this week.... so I went up Sunday after work and stayed until Tuesday night.

    The weather was great but real cold.... -29 the one night. I shot a bit with 120 film but didn't end up doing any LF.... just too cold to spend as much time outside as I would have liked.

    I haven't souped the film yet.

    -Rob

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    Which mf rig are you using Rob ?
    notch codes ? where we're going, we don't need notch codes.

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    Re: Algonquin Park Winter Gathering

    I just took in my rollei tlr... although I find it hard to use handheld so I tend to carry a tripod a lot.
    -rs

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