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Post by youonlywish on Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:15 pm

Hopefully within the next couple weeks I'll get the time to pack up and hike in.

I went to Rockwood Conservation Area in Guelf, ON and got charged nearly a hundred bucks to sleep on their dirt for two nights when I decided to try some back-country camping. Really, what better way to truly gear-test?

Anyone lend some advice to a first timer?

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Re: Backcountry Camping

Post by Wilson on Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:32 pm

Yeah, keep it to crown land and make sure to plan well. My biggest pointers (I learned these all in blood, sweat, and fear):


- Pack light.

- Make sure your kit is packed up and ready the day before you leave (or earlier) and double-check everything before you go. Checklists help with organization and minimizing load. It helps if you can have a buddy do a double-check on your kit before you do your own.

- Make sure at least three dependable people know where you're going. A last-minute call to a fellow sheepdog (or someone else on The Page) with your travel details (departure time, destination, return time) is never a bad idea - they'll understand.

- Keep first-line kit on your person, preferably on your belt or in easily accessible pockets, and train yourself to stage them (have it in your hand, or at the ready) when need be. You never know when you'll need your knife, that length of rope, your cellphone, etc.

- If you can help it, the buddy system is proven to save lives. Go with someone else, especially if you're inexperienced. You'll learn just as much with a friend.
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Post by youonlywish on Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:41 pm

Yeah - I wouldn't go WITHOUT someone.

Further - I always provide GPS coordinates when ON SITE to at least two people and my wife already has an IDEA of where I'd be.

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Post by Wilson on Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:43 pm

The reason why it's so important to tell multiple people where you're going to be is because something may go afoul when you're en route.

It's good SOP to tell your wife where your destination is and what route you'll be taking just in case of a car accident, plane crash, whatever.

You tell multiple people for the sake of redundancy. These are "freebies" that cost you only a couple seconds of your time and have, for many people, been the difference between life and death.

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Post by phynixx on Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:48 am

So I've gotta ask: what kit are you planning on taking? Bonus points for a well-stacked first-aid kit Smile Best way to help is to see what you plan on doing in the first place IMO.

(Yes I recognize this may spinoff into a kit-thread of its own).


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Post by youonlywish on Sun Aug 28, 2011 11:05 pm

I'll type out a kitlist as soon as I have time.

I'm gonna call the GRCA to see if I'm allowed to just 'find a spot' to camp on the Grand River shoreline.

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Post by Wilson on Mon Aug 29, 2011 1:43 am

youonlywish wrote:I'll type out a kitlist as soon as I have time.

I'm gonna call the GRCA to see if I'm allowed to just 'find a spot' to camp on the Grand River shoreline.


Most parks are totally cool you backpacking through and camping there, so long as it is "zero impact." Mind you, southern Ontario is funny so who knows how things are run in your neck of the woods.

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