West Canada Lakes Wilderness
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Jan 28, 2015 at 2:35 am #1325058Stephanie JordanSpectator
@maiaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Companion forum thread to:Jan 28, 2015 at 8:05 am #2168901Luke SchmidtBPL Member
I enjoy articles that highlight areas I would not normally visit or hear much about. Thanks for writing.Jan 28, 2015 at 10:12 am #2168938Greg MihalikSpectator
What a great trip and report!
Good motivation for getting the BWCA on the calendar.Jan 30, 2015 at 1:55 pm #2169805Mark ArmestoBPL Member
I have hiked all over the high peaks and the western Adirondacks. But I missed camping this Columbus Day. A tradition broken. You brought back many memories. Thanks.Feb 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm #2171843
Thanks for the kind words. I do highly recommend visiting the area if you can, its so unique and there's lots to explore.
You can come in from a few different directions, and there's even an option to go in from a car camping area as well. Its less crowded than the high peaks region.
There are lots of pockets back there where beaver dams and swamps flow and become unique and varied waterways that support native fish populations. Beavers keep the size down in some places but not in others. I sat on a rock and watched some 4-5 inch brookies trolling for an evening meal.
They readily take my favorite adirondack fly – the fran betters "usual" pattern.
Pay particular attention to the area southwest of spruce lake, off the northville placid trail. But take care not to underestimate the terrain… its very dense and easy to get lost back there. Just be prepared and you'll be fine.Feb 8, 2015 at 9:43 am #2172495HkNewmanBPL Member
@hknewmanLocale: The West is (still) the Best
Always great to see an area I've never been. On the condensation, did you open the doors? My Hexamid + was right next to the Gila river and got very little vs. my sil-nylon bivy, a buddy's Goretex single wall,etc…Feb 26, 2015 at 4:22 pm #2178225
HK, yes… I always sleep with the doors open, unless its absolutely pouring.
The issue was the temperature. It was COLD.
The next night we camped farther back from the water and a bit higher up and there was no condensation.
It likely helped to camp under trees, whereas on the night I had condensation, we were camped in a clearing.
There are a few past BPL articles that discuss the issue but I don't have a link handy…
That's where I read about the tree cover vs no cover.Mar 18, 2015 at 11:21 am #2183777karl hafnerBPL Member
@khafnerLocale: upstate NY
There are several canoes and flat boats stored around cedar lake. If you go again email and I'll tell you where to look. There location changes depending on water level. karlMar 19, 2015 at 8:42 am #2184049
Thanks, that's very kind of you!
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