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[–] Lemongarb 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Backpacking is my favorite thing. Glad to see you enjoyed it even though your feet got fucked up. Things like that only make you stronger and wiser. Make sure you wear wool/blend socks.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I was wearing some bamboo socks the first day. I wore people socks for the rest of the trip. I don't know that it was the socks fault that much though.

I agree, I'm wiser coming out of the trip, knowledge to build on.

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Awesome ! There's nothing quite like being on your own in the wild, it's so relaxing & stimulating at the same time. .

Once you're a bit more used to it, I highly recommend a canoe camping trip for a few days. Going down a river & making camp every evening is exhilarating.

The sights are awesome too, the first 3 are on the Black River (Rivière Noire) & the 4th on the Coulonge River, both north of Ottawa.

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2 - Panoramic

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And a typical breakfast while canoe camping

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That looks awesome. I absolutely love being on the water. I would definitely enjoy that!

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[–] Tester1027 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh my goodness how scenic and beautiful, I would need to practice some rowing before hand though, not like I have much experience.

I am a strong swimmer though, eh it may help.

DUDE that is just really cool man!

How did you manage to keep some eggs bacon and bread handy, a little cooler bag on the canoe or something?

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[–] Rotteuxx 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Well if you plan on flipping your canoe in the rapids, yeah being a good swimmer helps ;)

I have a 25gl plastic drum to store all my food in, a smaller lunchbox with ice packs inside. It works pretty well for a few days if all the meat is frozen when leaving. Eggs are farm fresh, they're good for a long time.

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[–] 1WinfieldBlue 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Awesome to hear man, where were you hiking?

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Zaleski State Forest in Ohio.

http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/zaleski

Good to see you stopping by.

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[–] 1WinfieldBlue 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Looks awesome man, good to hear you're getting amongst it!

Cheers man no way I could leave Voat when there are good blokes like you still here.

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[–] BlancoCanyon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

What was your water situation?

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I started with 4 liters. That was way more than I needed to carry. The forest service had water available at three points along my route. I didn't want to totally rely on that water being there, I saw comments about the trail that mentioned they sometimes run out, but luckily it was there. I ended up going through about 8 liters total.

There was water I could have filtered although I didn't bring any means to do so. However it isn't recommended due to metal pollution from 1850s until turn of the century.

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I'll see. I've heard good things about them. I went with some Kelty poles I found on sale, so it isn't a huge investment if I don't care for them. With winter coming I figured a little extra stability wouldn't hurt either.

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[–] Tester1027 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is such a cool little overview, some good tips too. Sorry about the toes, the reviews on these super expensive sleeping pads are amazing and I think it will be a good investment. What about a super light hammock, would this work?

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thanks.

I looked into a hammock, I've never tried one. My one person tent is 2 lbs 6 ounces. With a hammock, by the time I added the straps and a bug net I'm not sure I'd be doing much better.

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[–] Tester1027 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Yip, I have been eyeing the Hennessy hammocks for a while now, really want one. Here is a little review, you may get the same weight and the added advantage is the really good sleep you get in a hammock as it supports your body perfectly. I took the exstreme cold weather review as I was chilly now while looking, hehe... It’s an idea I guess...

https://hennessyhammock.com/blogs/news/15183375-a-test-of-the-hennessy-hammock-in-an-extreme-cold-weather-environment

PS: love the adventures, keep sharing, for real... :)

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[–] Fishy-business 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I love backpacking. It's so satisfisying unpacking all the gear, getting the tent set up and after a mad scramble for firewood relaxing with risky all night. I actually proposed to my wife on a backpacking trip during a massive unexpected snow storm. What kind of boots did you have on?

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[–] Titus-of-Voat [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Merrell hiking shoes.

That's an awesome way to propose!