Trip Report: Winter Camping at Mew Lake – 2016 Edition

Snowtrekker set up outside of Mew Lake

Early in December I received an e-mail from a friend looking to organize a women’s winter camping trip in January for Mew Lake or Frontenac Provincial Park. Lyn had the four-person Snowtrekker tent, the stove, and the sleds to hike in. We only needed to bring food and our own personal gear to round out the rest.

 

We ended up with a mixed group on the coldest weekend in February and had a blast.

Preparations

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Most of the preparations took place – as they seem to these days – within Facebook as well as that wonderful collaboration tool,  Google Sheets.

A week before the trip, I invested in a pair of my own snowshoes and trekking poles. Hooray!

I shopped on the Wednesday before the trip for snacks and ingredients for a Saturday night pasta dinner. On Thursday I rummaged through our second-bedroom closet / my gear shed and started pulling out and organizing everything I would need for a winter weekend in the great outdoors.

Equipment

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  • Pot set
  • Whisperlite stove and repair kit
  • White gas, fuel botter, lighter
  • FairShare mug, cutlery, coffee mug
  • Camp soap, hand sanitizer and towel

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  • -20 degree Celsius sleeping bag, -10 degree Celsius sleeping bag, fleece liner, and overbag
  • Emergency tarp, yellow foamie, and a Thermarest

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  • 1 extra set of long underwear, wool socks, and fleece jacket
  • Down booties, gaiters
  • 2 extra hats, balaclava, and a merino wool buff
  • Waterproof overmitts and snow pants
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (see daily log)

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  • Headlamp, compass, whistle
  • First aid kit for the group
  • inReach device
  • Waterproof matches

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  • Trail mix, granola bars
  • Kicking Horse Grizzly Claw coffee
  • Quick oats with seeds, nuts, candied ginger, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Dinner for Saturday (pasta, separately marinated eggplant and chicken)
  • Water (3 liters)

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  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
  • Deodorant
  • Toilet paper, trowel, pack-out garbage bag

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  • DSLR
  • Lenses, spare battery, and spare memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Notebook and pencil

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Daily Log

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I packed up my car Thursday night to try to reduce the amount of separation anxiety I cause in my Wheaten Terrier. On Friday morning Russ drove me to the King City rest area on 400 North in order for me to carpool with Stephane.

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We loaded up three sleds and headed further into the park along the rail trail.

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With enough wood collected, we walked east along the rail trail.

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With temperatures hovering around -15 degrees Celsius, I slept more soundly and warmly overnight Sunday night, just in time to haul out.

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

Travel happy. Outdoors professional. Writer. Photographer. Educator.

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