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Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands - 2018 Pulk Pull
Adventure anyone? When ice conditions permit, pulling a sled (a.k.a. pulk) over canoe routes can be an efficient means of traveling. This is something we aim to do on this trip. Although there are pulks/sleds specifically designed for this, any sled with means of tying your gear down with a low center of gravity should work. There are also a lot of online resources that can help you develop an appropriate pulk; it is not difficult. Organizers will be monitoring ice conditions in the week leading up to the trip. If they are not suitable to travel we will leave the pulks at home and backpack along the trail. Itinerary: Saturday: 10:00a.m. We will meet at the Devils Lake Access Parking lot, strap on our snowshoes and pack up our sleds, and head out on Devils Lake. We will be following the canoe route over lakes and portages. Our ultimate goal is to camp looking out over Wolf Lake (10 KM) that evening, but the hosts will make a decision around Sheldon Lake about the feasibility of the whole group reaching our intended destination. Snow and ice conditions, weather and group speed will all play into this. Sunday Return to parking lot by mid-afternoon and head home. Weather and time permitting we may be able to stop for something to eat as a group before making our way back to the warmth of our own homes. Cost: There are no park fees for QEW so this should be a relatively economical trip. Shared gas cost is estimated at $20-$30 Snowshoe rentals approx. $20 Gear: This is a pulk pull trip so sleds are highly recommended, and pacing will be appropriate for them. Before renting gear, please consider asking others on the trip if they have any to share or loan. The best way to do this is to note your needs on the spreadsheet linked to below. Also note, given the heavier winter packs, sharing stoves and tents is highly recommended. If you still need to rent snowshoes or other gear there are the following options: • MEC in Barrie has snowshoes - open Friday night until 9pm, closed Sunday at 5pm • Adventure Guide in Waterloo also rents and provides a Friday to Monday time frame. It is winter camping and you need to be prepared to tent in temperatures of -25 or colder. That NO COTTON should be worn should go without saying, you will get too cold and wet. Use the shared Sheet to make ride and tent sharing arrangements. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_qh3hm2LC0Kbs-1bCpkt9BqUON1ehWwk9oYLJPb7qwM/edit?usp=sharing Difficulty: This should not be your first backpacking experience. This trip will be considered moderately difficult and participants should be comfortable traveling over frozen lakes. It is recommended to do research into travel on frozen lakes if you don't have prior experience. If we are lucky we will be able to pull our sleds in snowmobile tracks, but will have to get out of the way if they come flying by. Participants should also be prepared that we may not reach our objective. Navigation: If you have a GPS consider bringing it. A map can be found at https://www.explorethebackcountry.com/qewmap Alternatively if you have a smart-phone consider loading the “Avenza PDF Maps” app onto it. Within the app you can download the 'Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park Backcountry Map' map for free. Final details: When you RSVP please remember to answer questions in the spreadsheet. A logistics email will be sent out after the RSVP closes. As with all KW Backcountry Travel meetups, you are responsible for your own transportation, food, gear and personal safety. Gas expenses should be shared evenly between the driver and their passengers.

Ganaraska Trail parking lot

1126 Devils Lake Rd · Minden, ON

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Are you interested in overnight backcountry travel? If you long to sleep under the stars, do multi-day treks in the wilderness, or paddle all day and sleep on beaches at night you have come to the right place.

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