Pukaskwa National Park: A Journey Along the Coastal Hiking Trail
Dec 18, 2015 at 11:15 am #3371115
Companion forum thread to: Pukaskwa National Park: A Journey Along the Coastal Hiking Trail
Following a memorable trip along Lake Superior a year ago, the author returns for another adventure filled with solitude and scenery.Dec 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm #3371127Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
Great trip report. We were there 18 months ago.
Is that a ZPacks Duplex tent in the photos? What did you think of it? It’s on my short list of perspective tents to replace our Hexamid Twin. My wife and I have agreed that the Hexamid is too cramped for two, especially when wet weather rolls in and hangs around.Dec 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm #3371164bayden clineSpectator
Personally if using it all the time for two people I would prefer a triplex. I have used my duplex with a second person and if you prefer wide 25+” sleeping pads it just does not work well. Normal ones would work okDec 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm #3371182Gator PaddlerBPL Member
Nice trip report.
And yes, I agree that a triplex is just right for two adults to be comfortable. It offers room for gear or the freedom to pitch it high without losing too much floor space.Dec 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm #3371188Colin ParkinsonBPL Member
@parkinson1157Locale: Ontario Canada
I never thought of doing an out and back on this trail. Certainly saves on the ridiculous water taxi fee. Must plan this for next year. I have done the superior coastal trail so know the boulder beaches well.Dec 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm #3371189Jeff McWilliamsBPL Member
By contrast, the Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo has a 54″ wide floor and the TarpTent Stratospire 2 has a 52″ wide floor.
These seem much more reasonable, but are significantly heavier due to use of Silnylon instead of Cuben. :-(
Making the leap to the ZPacks Triplex seems excessive. That thing has a lot of lines to guy/stake out, and they increase the “footprint” of the tent significantly.Dec 18, 2015 at 10:37 pm #3371209Ryan JordanAdmin
@ryanLocale: Central Rockies
If only the Stratosphire came in Cuben…
I *love* the silnylon version but the weight is too high and there’s the whole sagging thing in cold/wet.
But Cuben! Yes.
Alas, though, Tarptent has a vision that works for them and it doesn’t involve Cuben. I do have to respect that. It keeps their focus.
But…Oh Henry! Pleeeeease give us a little CF love :DDec 19, 2015 at 8:37 am #3371256Tom BBPL Member
@tmbebee1Locale: Northern NY
Nice trip report. Always great scenery and the chance to meet nice, interesting people!Dec 19, 2015 at 8:39 am #3371257Stephen BradshawBPL Member
Just to confirm yes this is the ZPacks version of the Duplex shelter. Did a ton of research of reviews online for one of the most important pieces of backcountry gear, although it is a bit on the pricey side Cuben Fibre is totally the way to go for UL, keeping the elements out, drys very quickly, fits two Exped 25˝ width mats with plenty of head space for extra stuff, ease of entry/exit and just plain ease of setup/takedown. What more can you ask for? Just an example, on one particular Hot extremely humid weekend trip over the Summer we ran into a huge localized thunder storm where we had to make a very quick emergency pitch, the locomotive sounding wind, heavy rain and thunder raged all around us for easily an hour or more and was never more terrified for our lives but that just over 686g all inclusive 1 piece shelter including stakes, hiking poles as supports extra, held up incredibly well and most importantly kept us dry. (heard there were reports of tornadoes that had touched down in the area after. Yikes!!). Everyone may and will have differ of opinion but for us it’s exactly what we need for 3 season UL use especially with the variant weather in northern Ontario.
BTW This Pukaskwa trip was the most awesome and beautiful adventure to date with Leanne and can’t say enough about her… She’s a tried and true adventure machine. Let’s just say I’m a very, very lucky guy! :)Dec 19, 2015 at 1:53 pm #3371302Ashley LaurenceBPL Member
Greeting from one of the Kitchener-Waterloo group. Your trip description just gave me a flashback. It really is a special trail and we felt lucky to hike it as well.
Good luck on future travels, hope to bump into you again. Feel free to look us up at http://www.meetup.com/KW-Backcountry/Dec 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm #3371334
Yes Jeff it is a Zpacks duplex. See Stephen’s comments below. Stephen’s the gear junkie out of the two of us, but from my perspective, it’s been spacious enough for both of us, light, and more than sufficient to protect us from the elements.Dec 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm #3371477
I did Pukaskwa the week before you guys and Lake Superior PP last year as well. Are you following me???Dec 21, 2015 at 6:57 am #3371535
Anthony: well maybe we are following you, but mostly, Stephen and I are just trying to experience all the beauty we have right here in our home province of Ontario and to share our journeys and love of backpacking so that others here at home, across Canada, and around the world will be able to see the rugged wilderness we are so fortunate to have right in our own backyard.
Some of next year’s plans include completing the Ottawa Temiskaming Highland Trail starting from Temagami. We did 4 days here this past summer and want to go back and do the entire trail.
Also wanting to do Heaven’s Gate on the LaCloche Range, as well as some possible out of province treks.
So many trails, so little time!!!!Dec 21, 2015 at 7:50 am #3371536bayden clineSpectator
If you want some additional info on heavens gate trail or a set of gps tracks let me know. Have done that one a couple of times now and know that there is not a lot of info on it out there. Also have a couple of photo albums I could share with pics so you can see what you are getting into. Would recommend doing it in late sept/early October so you can see th fall colours and there will be basically no bugsDec 21, 2015 at 8:28 am #3371544K. Urs Grütter, LL.M.BPL Member
Gunshot: a hefty branch getting snapped during a stormy night might sound quite gunshot-like. The only way to really distinguish a gunshot from other noise is hearing the supersonic pre- or after-“bang” (according to your position relatively to the gun and the path of the projectile). This applies to rifles, where the projectile usually travels with supersonic speed, shotguns are a bit slower but the pellets apparently still travel supersonic. And: no one in his right mind will hunt during a stormy night. Chances for a miss outweigh a hit by far. Chances it was a snapping branch outweigh here all other possibilities…
Nice report! Cheers, UrsDec 21, 2015 at 9:55 am #3371565Stephen BradshawBPL Member
That’s awesome Bayden, Thanks for the tips and we’ll definitely be in touch.Dec 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm #3371616
Ashley, just checked out your web page looks like you guys have a lot of fun! we’ll be in touch!Dec 21, 2015 at 6:59 pm #3371677
Leanne – now you’re scaring me. I’m doing the Ottawa Temiskaming Highland Trail next year as well!!
We must have the exact same bucket list!
I may pm you for your insights from your four day trip last year if that’s ok with you?Dec 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm #3371714Dan @ Durston GearBPL Member
@dandydanLocale: Canadian Rockies
Colin, here’s another option if you don’t want to water taxi or do an “out and back” :)Dec 24, 2015 at 1:15 am #3372153Travis LeannaBPL Member
Most excellent! I just today got back from 4 days along Lake Superior (Pictured Rocks Lakeshore) and I simply love the topography, flora, and fauna found along the lake. For my next summer trip I was heavily considering somewhere in the Wind River Range, but being from Wisconsin, I’ve probably changed my plans because of your trip report.
The Pukaskwa is closer for sure, and having a certain affinity for Superior, it calls to me. Thank you for putting together a great report with pictures that make me go, “Ooh, I wanna go there!”
Edit: Dan, your expedition-style version of this is ridiculous. In a good way. Fecking fantastic.
Edit #2: Merry Christmas, y’all.Dec 24, 2015 at 4:14 am #3372162
Anthony- please by all means go ahead and pm me or Stephen for more details about the Temagami trail. It was challenging and beautiful> you’ll love it!Dec 29, 2015 at 10:49 am #3373009
PM Sent.Dec 29, 2015 at 3:46 pm #3373088Adam HolbrookBPL Member
@pharmerLocale: SW Ohio
Very nice Trip report/ video. Thanks for sharing!Jan 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm #3374022Blake LytleBPL Member
@cirrusblLocale: Upstate South Carolina
What a great trip report! As a former Michigander who lived in the UP for a bunch of years during college (Go Huskies!) I absolutely fell in love with Lake Superior and the landscape up there, though I’ve only seen it on the USA side. I keep seeing these amazing places on the other side of the border, like your photos and report of Pukaskwa NP, and my Canadian-Superior bucket list keeps growing. Thanks for introducing me to this new place. Someday I’ll get up there and check it out.
Your photos are great and made me antsy to get back up north again, especially the shots from the cliff of the lake and rolling ridges (Day 4) and the foggy, rocky coast (Day 7). Again, great read!Jan 11, 2016 at 11:22 am #3375113Ethan A.BPL Member
@mountainwalkerLocale: SF Bay Area & New England
Thank you Stephen and Leanne for sharing a fantastic trip report, which I’m still finishing. It’s hard putting down a good trip report mid-article late night.
The Ms. and me have a Duplex/Triplex on the UL shelter short list and we wanted to ask – understand that two 25 in. pads will fit in the Duplex, but what happens to the bathtub floor? Does it deform or put the seams under extra stress? Do the tub edges get pulled down very low? If the shelter is listed by Zpacks and all the reviews I’ve read at 45 in. width, that extra 5 in. has to come from somewhere.
Also when you want to batten down the hatches in high winds, can you get all the edges of the shelter flush or nearly flush to the ground?
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