Abbreviated Trip Report: Temagami Canoe Trip

Donald Lake Temagami

My third canoe trip with Wild Women Expeditions for the 2016 season.

Preparations

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After two days in Sudbury following the second Women & Girls’ canoe trip, I spent a couple of hours Tuesday night grocery shopping. I like shopping by myself; it’s cathartic. On Wednesday, it took me 3 hours to organize food into meals by day and another hour to gather and pack the group gear. Kielyn came with her truck at 3pm; we loaded it up and headed out to the Sportsman’s Lodge. Our group of Wild Women was all in by 7pm and we went through the WWE philosophy, the map, and some key pieces of group gear.

Equipment

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  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs, safety gear, maps
  • Tents, tarps, camp kitchen, toilet kit
  • Food for 12 people for 4 days, water filtration + aquatabs, waterproof barrels
  • Expedition first aid kit

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  • Tent, fly, poles, stakes, and footprint
  • -10 degree Celsius sleeping bag, fleece liner, fleece-lined stuff sack (pillow)
  • Yellow foamie, Thermarest

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  • Camp pants, socks, and PJs
  • Splash pants, rain jacket, fleece jacket, running shoes
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (quick dry shorts, tech tee, rash guard, baseball cap, buff, sunglasses, Tevas [closed-toe])

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  • PFD, whistle, multi-tool, pigtail, throwbag
  • Map, compass, DeLorme inReach personal locator, cell phone
  • Headlamp, lighter
  • Small first aid kit

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  • Almonds, CLIF bars
  • 2-1L Nalgenes

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  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Deodorant, sunscreen, bug spray

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  • DSLR, Pelican Case, Gorillapod
  • Lenses, spare battery, and spare memory cards
  • Write-in-Rain notebook, log book and pen
  • Field guides, binoculars, Wild Women Mystery Cards, oil pastels and water colors

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Daily Log

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After a hearty breakfast at the Sportsman’s Lodge we loaded our gear into the trucks and headed out to our put-in.

Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Weather: 30 degrees Celsius, sunny

Distance: ~15 kms from our put-in at Matagamasi Lake to Karls’ Falls

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We portaged our way from Karls’ Falls into Donald Lake and enjoyed a windy afternoon to dry damp gear.

Date: Friday, August 12, 2016

Weather: 19 degrees Celsius, cloud and rain

Distance: ~6 kms

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The rain started as soon as we got on the water in the morning and didn’t let up.

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Weather: 17 degrees Celsius, rain

Distance: ~6 kms from Donald Lake to Kukagami Lake

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We were homeward bound on this easy summer day.

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

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

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