Frontenac Provincial Park has some amazing canoeing/backpacking trails and it’s one of my favourite spots to visit. I’ve been there a number of times for day hikes but I once did a 6 person canoe trip which included a couple who were new to the portaging scene. I was given the role of food police for Matt and Michelle as we had to trim the weight from their packs since some of the portages were quite long. Despite the inspection, Matt still managed to sneak in some heavy food.
While I settled on the current title for the name of this adventure, “Trial by fire in the Adirondacks (or how Ikea tealights saved us)” is a lot more descriptive of how it went down. This was my first real backpacking trip and I can honestly say that it taught me most of the lessons I needed to learn for all my future backpacking trips. Painful lessons but at least I didn’t have to take a survival course to learn them right?