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walknabout
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 01-2015
Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 10:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

just planning our next wintertrekk and would like to attempt the Ishpatina Ridge and the surrounding area. Just wondering if and how far is Portelance Rd plowed in winter.
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richtheo
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

You might want to contact Lure of the North. They had an expedition there last week.
http://lureofthenorth.com/product/expeditions/ishp atina/

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walknabout
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Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks, I saw some amazing, post ice storm pics from their trek, but I'm pretty sure they approached it from the north. We're planning on doing it from the south.
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brian
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Post Number: 1669
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 8:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Contact Vermilion Forest Management.
http://www.sudburyforest.com/
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walknabout
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Post Number: 6
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

thanks!
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grncnu
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Let us know what they say, please- I'd be interested to know about that.
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walknabout
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Post Number: 7
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Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Here's the scoop from VFM: The road is plowed up to Stobie Lake cut off, Stobie Rd is plowed about 10km in.
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walknabout
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Post Number: 8
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Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

We’re back from our second tour of the area using the Portelance Rd access. Both times we found the road plowed well into Stobie Lake Rd and both times we got a little closer to the summit. This time we camped on Woods Lake and skied up to the elusive ridge trail via Scarecrow Lake. We had some gorgeous mornings and stormy afternoons, perfect balance to enjoy this wild part of our Province.
Base camp


Coming in from the stormy lake


130cm of accumulation in the bush


tough go even with fat skis


Scarecrow Cut just beyond that treeline
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grncnu
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Post Number: 374
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Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Wow, nice trip.
So by Stobie Road do you mean the road to the Sturgeon that branches off the Gervais Road? I assume you could not drive past the Sturgeon.
When you say the "Ridge Trail" do you mean the trail up to the fire tower- if so how was that on ski's, could you follow it in all the snow? And how far up did you get?
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walknabout
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Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 - 2:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not too familiar with the area, but sounds right. We parked where Gervais Rd starts heading north again to the river crossing.
We only used the skis to hustle through the lakes, then hopped onto snowshoes for all off lake exploration and even that was tough going. We were at Steep Lake when a system moved in reducing visibility to few hundred feet. We figured it was not worth the effort climbing all the way up if we couldn't enjoy the view. We'll have to plan another trip when we're guaranteed clear skies :-)
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brian
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Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Was there any sign of other travellers this winter?
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walknabout
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Post Number: 10
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Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

None at all. Heck even ours were mostly gone in matter of hours. The main road/trail up to the Sturegeon bridge and few km past it is well traveled and made the haul in a little easier on the machine :-)
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walknabout
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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

had a chance to check out some of the trails we traveled on in the winter and came upon our winter base camp spot from the pic above...haha

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brian
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Posted on Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Definitely an all-season site.

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