Abbreviated Trip Report: September Killarney Canoe Trip

My fifth canoe trip of the season for Wild Women Expeditions.

September Killarney Canoe Trip:

Preparations

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I drove up to Sudbury Tuesday night after I finished teaching at the college. On Wednesday morning I grocery shopped, organized food, and packed group gear, finishing up by 5:30pm. All ready to go to meet a group of 8 women the next morning!

Equipment

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  • Canoes, paddles, PFDs, safety gear, maps
  • Tents, tarps, camp kitchen, toilet kit, expedition first aid kit
  • Food for 10 people for 4 days, water filtration + Aquatabs, waterproof barrels

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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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  • Splash pants, rain jacket, fleece jacket, hiking boots, Neoprene gloves and socks
  • Buff, camp pants, PJs, a set of base layers, winter hat
  • Plus what I was wearing when I left (running capris, tech tee, rash guard, baseball cap, 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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  • 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 pencil
  • Field guides, binoculars, oil pastels and water colors

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Daily Log

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New Route! We met our group of 8 women at the Bell Lake Access Point before setting out for a campsite on Three Mile Lake.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Weather: 18 degrees Celsius, partly cloudy

Distance: ~5 kms

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Our long paddle day into David Lake.

Date: Friday, September 16, 2016

Weather: 20 degrees Celsius, sunny

Distance: ~10 kms of paddling and 665m of portaging

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A rainy base camp day with an attempt at the summit of Silver Peak.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weather: 21 degrees Celsius, rain until late afternoon

Distance: ~9 kms of hiking

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We said so long to our David Lake campsite and headed back to Bell.

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Weather: 18 degrees Celsius, mostly sunny

Distance: ~6 kms of paddling plus a 200m portage and a 745m portage

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Published by Kate Ming-Sun

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

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