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Backpack Highland Trail 1st Loop - Algonquin (5/10/2019)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.You will then make your payment for this event at the venue, NOT in advance to the TOC.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Overnight
Event Location: Algonquin Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 10 2019, Sat, May 11 2019, Sun, May 12 2019  9:00 PM  (Carpool Departure: 3:00 PM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Apr 25 2019 11:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Friday Afternoon - Sunday Evening
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Vitaly
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Member Cost:$34.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 7 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Many TOC members have asked me to run an easier backpacking event, an event that does not require previous backpacking experience. This is such an event! It's perfect for getting into backpacking and practicing key backpacking skills.

So signup preference will be given to members without prior backpacking experience. You must be a strong day hiker, with at least 5 D4 or D5 hikes under your belt. You must also be committed to preparing for this trip (planning and packing for backpacking events takes time!) and attending the mandatory pre-trip meeting (details below).

We will depart from Toronto Friday afternoon and camp overnight at the Mew Lake campground in Algonquin Park. On Saturday morning we will head out to the Highland backpacking trail.

We will spend Saturday and Sunday backpacking the 1st loop on the trail. Total distance is about 19km. We will return to Toronto late on Sunday evening.

Please review the following very carefully to avoid disappointment:

  1. We will be hiking through Ontario backcountry in conditions that can be dangerous. As a result, there will be an extreme and continuous focus on safety.
  2. Walking will proceed at the speed of the slowest member. This is a team effort. It is not a chase-the-leader exercise that you may be accustomed to from day hikes or perhaps even other backcountry experiences. Why? See #1.
  3. It up to you to procure all the necessary gear for this event. Individual and group gear will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting. There will be a gear inspection at the point of departure. Only those individuals who have the necessary gear will be allowed to depart. Why are we being so strict? See #1.
  4. During the trip everyone is expected to follow the organizer`s safety instructions. Failure to follow safety instructions will result in disqualification from this and possibly future events. See #1.
  5. Note the early departure time. There is little daylight available and we would like to get as much sleep as possible on Friday night. It's up to you to escape the corporate world/school/family early enough to make it to the carpool on time.
  6. I drive an electric car (EV) and travel a bit slower than most gasoline cars. We will stop to charge 1-2 times on the way. We will try to combine these charging stops with meal breaks. EV travel up north is still in its early-adopter stage, so please be prepared for possible delays!
  7. There will be a mandatory pre-trip meeting at 6:30pm on May 2nd. The location is Bread & Roses Bakery Cafe at Bayview Village. You must attend to participate in the event.
  8. Algonquin Park has a limit of 6 people per site at a car campground and 3 tents per site in the backcountry. So we will target a total of 6 members in this event.
Still interested? I would love to see you on this trip!

Required Items to Bring:
Will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Will be discussed at the pre-trip meeting.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):600Km
Carpool Departure Time: 3:00 PM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $126.60 (calculated at total Km * $0.211, effective Thursday, November 14, 2019). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.


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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$34.00/Person
Cost Includes:1) Car campsite for Friday
2) Backcountry stay on Saturday night
Group expenses such as carpool and food are extra and will be calculated at the conclusion of the trip.
Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the TOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.
Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!