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  1. Northern Dancer

    Add your Idea ---> Camp Hacks <---

    ------> Bear? Is that you? I've been looking for you everywhere; where have you been and where did you get that umbrella?
  2. Northern Dancer

    Add your Idea ---> Camp Hacks <---

    I USE A 72-INCH SPORTS UMBRELLA I don't know how many times I got things soaked before I changed to this idea. I remember one time in particular when I was honing my skills in canoe camping. The rain came unexpectedly. It was sunny and bright one moment then all of a sudden it turned black and...
  3. Northern Dancer

    CHECK THE HOME PAGE

    Crafting Your Own Bambo Walking Stick [On the home page.] A great rainy-day project.
  4. Northern Dancer

    Rain suit or poncho?

    ...and then again we have the "poncho raincoat". I tend to use a poncho raincoat on occasion, especially for drizzle and such. In reality, though, I use a sports umbrella the most. If I get caught in a storm I'm not looking through my pack for anything. I'm using one single...
  5. Northern Dancer

    Getting it Together

    -----> That's quite the shelter. I use the silicone tarp; quieter, stronger, easy to fold, and a lot lighter. I've found that grommets seem to get ripped out during a storm. I like the new telescope poles too that make setup easier. I remember a time I didn't have any of this stuff, but I sure...
  6. Northern Dancer

    Getting it Together

    -----> You mean...there's no gold? I've made mistakes like that and usually, they turn out to be funny. But I was thinking about the "line". I've noticed in the last few years there is a line on the rock formations in the area where I canoe most. It is the old water line. The water level has...
  7. Northern Dancer

    Getting it Together

    ----->Luv's it. We have a lot in common - I like your style and your skill. A line of quartz? Did you check for gold or diamonds? :Smile2:
  8. Northern Dancer

    Getting it Together

    -----> enjoyed and liked this pictorial - done well. I was particularly interested in the camp stove you made. I've never been that luxurious in my designs. The "steal" of the photos is the canoe. Looks like mighty fine country down your way. There's always something special about spring...new...
  9. Northern Dancer

    Fire Lighters

    ----->I do love those temperatures. We are experiencing much the same weather conditions but not nearly as warm as your area. I hope you have a refreshing and fabulous trip.
  10. Northern Dancer

    Fire Lighters

    Looking good. What...wait a minute. Chance of Storms? Exactly what does that mean in your neck of the woods? Because in this jurisdiction it means a violent atmosphere disturbance with strong winds and usually rain, thunder, lightning, or snow. The candles displayed - are they the eight-hour...
  11. Northern Dancer

    Fire Lighters

    -----> I just reread this post and laughed again.
  12. Northern Dancer

    Tent/Canoe Camping Likes

    -----> I was thinking that too; it's been a while.
  13. Northern Dancer

    Tent/Canoe Camping Likes

    ----->I have. I managed to get my favourite spot too. The skiters? Now that's a problem. In the last few years, they seem to be worse. There is no doubt weather patterns that affect the mosquito population have changed. [This year, in this area, the warmest winter has been recorded.] Usually...
  14. Northern Dancer

    Tent/Canoe Camping Likes

    ----->My base camp will be at Arrowhead Provincial Park so I will be exploring Mayflower Lakes and taking in the immediate attractions of the park. Since Algonquin Park is only 45 minutes away I'm planning a day trip to Tea Lake for a day.
  15. Northern Dancer

    Tent/Canoe Camping Likes

    -----> I hear you. Most of my trips are solo and have been for several years. One reason is that I don't have anyone to go with other than Eric. People are intrigued about what I would do, "by myself". The big thing is that you take care of yourself - because there isn't anyone else there to do...
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    Tent/Canoe Camping Likes

    THINGS I LIKE ABOUT TENT/CANOE CAMPING Camping/Canoeing has made me a lot calmer, relaxed, happier, and respectful of the great outdoors. I've come to realize what little I need to take care of myself in a possibly hostile environment. Time becomes irrelevant, other than getting there on...
  17. Northern Dancer

    COMMENTARY on Safety and Security

    A COMMENTARY OF CAMP SAFETY AND SECURITY __________________________________________________________________ I read this recently - here is the full text unchanged. "One way to secure your tent from the inside is to use a tent lock. This special lock attaches to the zippers of your tent and...
  18. Northern Dancer

    OUR COMMON EXPERIENCE...

    I was thinking to myself while reading several posts about how fantastic so many of the articles were. More especially the contributions made by so many individuals. Some people pop in from time to time, while others sort of hang around a bit more while others are pillars. There's wisdom...
  19. Northern Dancer

    Real Winter Camping

    NOW THIS IS WHAT I CALL WINTER CAMPING... Pour some hot coffee and watch Xander Budnik's winter camp in Inuvik. You may not be a winter camper but you will appreciate his excellent photography and use of drones plus his superb experience. He is never boring and the videos are always...
  20. Northern Dancer

    A Knotty Thing to Do

    If someone were to give me a camp skills evaluation which skill do you think I'd fail? Yep...that's it! Knots. I don't know why other than I don't seem to have a lot of manual dexterity. But they are important if you are taking your outdoor skills seriously. Each knot is designed for a...
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