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May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
In an Ontario summer I generally find it is light enough to set up a tent and cook dinner until 9pm. So don't plan to get up at 7am and go to 9pm each day. Plan for leaving at 9am and stopping at 7pm. Then if you run into trouble you have 4 hours of slack. It's not the absolute length that matters: it's the difference between your planned length and the most you could do before carrying on was physically impossible. As for what to do with your time in camp, that sounds like another question, one I'd be happy to answer.
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
as I mentioned in an answer to the other question, Quetico, which is a provincial park, lets you camp where you like, so now you know one :-). It has to do with how popular and full the park is. outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/5739/163
May
25
comment How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
I suppose it depends on how full the park is and how prevalent camping at the wrong site or without a permit has been found to be. A park that's 100% booked every night needs more enforcement than one that's less than 20% full where it won't hurt if you camp in the wrong spot.
May
24
revised How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
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May
24
answered How are backcountry campground reservations enforced?
May
24
answered What Canadian national/provincial/territorial parks permit random backcountry camping, if any?
May
23
revised What is a freestanding tent and why should I want one?
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May
19
answered Logic behind hikers yielding to horses?
May
13
revised How to preserve cheese while backpacking?
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May
13
answered How to preserve cheese while backpacking?
May
7
comment Gloves for knuckle protection that can get wet but not necessarily waterproof
I have a summer pair of gardening gloves that are rubbery on the fingers and palm, mesh on the back of the hand. I am only protecting against paddling blisters and minor burns from touching hot cookout, but I expect they would work for your purposes too.
May
3
revised How to prepare for a 1 day 10 mi hike around Gettysburg, PA?
trekking poles
May
3
answered How to prepare for a 1 day 10 mi hike around Gettysburg, PA?
Apr
29
revised Kayaking - 'Brand' ? and Plastic vs. Fiberglass?
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Apr
27
comment When (if ever) do backcountry campsites in the major Canadian national parks in the Rocky Mountains grow quiet?
September is when I love to go into Algonquin, which is super crowded in the summer (eg spotting portages by the line of canoes headed to them). Pretty much everyone you meet there in September has grey hair :-)
Apr
22
comment Canadian Law with respect to knifes
You will see different enforcement of this on a Toronto streetcar or subway than at an Algonquin campsite - and rightly so - which is why a definitive answer isn't possible
Apr
17
comment How to deal with aggressive homeless when exploring urbex?
Allow me to recommend defining or replacing the word clochards - many North Americans make up portmanteau words that end in "ards" or "tards" to make them more insulting, like securitard for example. At first read that's what I thought you were doing. Using a word like "vagrant" or "street person" might make your question more understandable.
Apr
17
comment Is playing musical instruments like Harp/Harmonica, Flute unsafe during backpacking trips?
This is the theory behind bear bells. However you should know the joke about telling grizzly scat from brown bear scat: grizzly scat has bear bells in it :-)
Apr
17
comment Splitting up weight hiking as a couple/mixed gender group
related: outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/1306/163
Apr
17
answered Splitting up weight hiking as a couple/mixed gender group