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 OWFR expedition Blind River
Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 27 2011, 02:43 PM


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Folks we have a group of OWFR members heading up to the Blind River area and we are happy to report that we are going to try and do a realtime / neartime feed right here to the forum. As messages come in from our team they will be posted into this thread. If you wish to communicate back to the team, comment or ask questions, post them in this thread and we will see their response come in when possible.

We are dealing with a pretty rural area so communications may be limited at some locations. Lets wish the team the best of luck!!

When: April 28th to May 1st
Where: Blind River, Ontario



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Peter Smith
Posted: Apr 27 2011, 04:24 PM


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The weather may not be too favourable,but we certainly want to get in there before the flies start, or the leaves for that matter. We checked the area last week, and the bush is very open right now. Visibility is good, even though the bush is quite dense.

There have been several Cougar and Sasquatch sightings in the area. We will be camping close to Bearhead Lake, where a daylight Sasquatch sighting was reported on the BFRO website. Hopefully, with the ground being very soft, and saturated right now, there should be an abunbance of tracks.

We will keep you posted.


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 28 2011, 03:18 PM


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As of 4:15pm, we are anticipating that Tim will arrive onsite this evening between 11pm > 12am, depending on the weather and other conditions. Tim will be reporting in once he begins his journey. The reports will be relayed here.

Jason


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 28 2011, 09:22 PM


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UPDATE -

Just got word from Tim just after 10pm - He is leaving his house and he calculates that it is approx. 168 km to the destination at Blind River. He estimates about a 2 hour drive, give or take.


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 28 2011, 09:59 PM


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Update - Tim is passing through Nairn Center. He is making good time. Light Drizzle.

And a few moments later.....Passing through Espanola. Noted in his message that it is VERY dark - cannot see the moon.


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 28 2011, 11:43 PM


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**ARRIVED**

Tim has arrived at basecamp. Bear spotted at the trail entrance. Conditions are average. While he is not at the exact basecamp location, he is about 300 yards away. Right now he is weighing his options as to whether or not he is going to stay with the bear being around, possibly approaching the vehicle while he sleeps, or move to another location for the evening.





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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 29 2011, 12:17 AM


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Update:

Tim is getting ready to hit the sack. Needs to move about 400 yards away from base camp to send messge / get reception.

Next report tomorrow morning.

G'night folks!


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 29 2011, 09:38 AM


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UPDATE:

Received word from Tim. Clear sunny sky over base camp. Night went well. Looking forward to the rest of the crew arriving. Perfect squatching weather.


Great to hear Tim!


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 29 2011, 11:49 PM


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UPDATE

Heard from the group. Big wolf tracks, porcupine caught up close and personal in a video...LOL.

Tim pointed out that it is a low to no signal area so reports will be scarce.


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Jason Goldring
Posted: Apr 30 2011, 10:02 AM


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UPDATE

All is well - low signal reported. Audio recorded all night. Heading out now to do some exploring. Note that this was rcvd earlier in the day as we are having some text messaging delays with the phones going in & out of service.


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Jason Goldring
Posted: May 1 2011, 08:15 AM


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UPDATE

Received a few messages from Tim - The team is up there and we have a video report showing that conditions are favorable and all is good. Nothing more to report at this time, they have a very poor signal so I am assuming that they go to a specifica spot by base camp to send and receive, then they go about their day.

(Wink wink nudge nudge to the cell providers...Put some more towers up!!!)



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Jason Goldring
Posted: May 1 2011, 06:29 PM


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Nothing yet from the group but I am sure that we will get a report soon once they get back to camp, unless a squatch got to them!!!! LOL!!!!

Weather forecast has changed three times today for that area, from rain, to partly cloudy, back to rain. Will be interesting to see what actually happened up there....



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Posted: May 3 2011, 03:14 AM


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FWLIW, if you can't get good cell coverage on an expedition, I've read that 'Ham' radio operators have used kites to lift wire aerials (antennas) to improve range. I'm NOT an amateur radio ' type' - I'm not even IN Canada <g> - but if anyone in the group is a Ham, maybe you might want to check into it.

Of course, an amateur radio operator would probably already know that, so what I'm suggesting is really 'academic'....

My two cents. 'Nuff said....

-Allan, aka KITE-Squatch
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PS I was briefly part of an expedition...recently. One thing I thought of trying - though I was never able to do it - was to use a kite-lofted aerial just for reception. Some of the folks I go out with use those RCA <?>-type 2-way radios (I don't own one myself). They've had trouble receiving when someone travels some distance away. Using a kite-lofted aerial *might* improve reception, which could be crucial in case of an emergency in the field. More 'food for thought'....


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Jason Goldring
Posted: May 3 2011, 09:45 AM


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It was a real hit & miss according to the group and I know that Tim is on Telus - He had coverage but it was spotty at best, as you can see from the picture attachment anything north of Blind River has little / no coverage.

I like the idea of floating an aerial up onto a kite. We have used walkie talkies with moderate success for local communications and we have sourced out a resource that sells very cheap two-way GMRS radios that have a detachable antenna (unlike the typical FRS radios) so that an external antenna can be used. Past experience with these sort of setups have been promising.



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Peter Smith
Posted: May 3 2011, 06:17 PM


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I wish we had had that coverage map with us. Just above the word "Blind River" is a dead area, shaped like a fist and thumb. We were on the NW corner of that small lake.

So we had coverage all around us, just not where we were at.

We travelled on the trails NNE of the base camp, so we had coverage for most of the time, just not at base camp.

We will have to check coverage maps in future, before we setup camp.


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