Trail Report – Bon Echo, Killer Lake – August 2012

(I apologize for the long trail report, but it was a long day!) As is often the case when camping is involved, we got off to a bit of a late start on Saturday, not knowing exactly what trail we would be running, and waited until the group met at the front gate to make a decision. After some discussion, we decided to head to Killer Lake leaving Bon Echo just before 11:00am with a convoy of 10 trucks including the Palko’s two Rubicon’s, Nick, Mike, Dana, Grant and myself from camp and Tom,...
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Trail Report – Camp EOTB – August 2012

Camp EOTB 2012 was a blast! Good times, good camping, good trail rides. On Friday before camp started, the real work started: Evan C. led a team of explorers through the Quinn Loop in reverse from the front door to the back door. This is a tight challenging forest trail that can be passed with stock vehicles but tests even the most skilled drivers. Thanks to Norm, Mark, Peter, Paul and Dominique. Saturday featured split runs to Crag Lake: Norm led the way in the Back Door for modified ...
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Trail Report – Rusty Bat – July 2012

Well that was quite the trail run. 7 of us headed out from Bells Corners Craig B, Greg C, Darcy in a monster JK on 37s, Martin, Mark G, Burns (coming out for the drive to Calabogie for a fishing trip) and myself. We headed west on 417 and picked up another 6 at Munfords including British Matt, Nick C, Darcy's friend (I think her name is Val) Tom, my brother who came in from Petawawa for the ride. I am sure there were a few more I just can't remember everyone's name . At the trail head w...
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Calabogie Storm Relief Report

Before I get into the details, thank you Nick (my son) Craig, Serge, Burns, Marc and his wife for coming out to help yesterday. I believe w represented the club well yesterday. After gathering at Munford’s we all made our way to the Calabogie Community Centre, where we understood there would be a list of people looking for help. We didn’t find that list, rather a book for people to sign-in to volunteer. There was only one name in the book. We had a brief chat with the emergency services r...
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Crag Lake Back Door July 2012

Ouf! I will make this short so people can read it fast and get the most important parts. I Love Crag Lake! We did the trail from "Front to Back" since it is more difficult in that direction. But man oh man! It is tight/technical/demanding/tiring/concentration needed,etc. We were 4 Trucks that made the trail in 6 1/2 hours. We got out at 5:30pm. THIS IS WHY I WANTED A LIMITED OF TRUCKS. (more…)
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Calabogie Storm Relief

After speaking with the Calabogie Fire chief this evening, it is clear that there are still many people in need of help in the wake of the storm that hit the Calabogie area earlier this week. There are two rally points for those looking to assist which include Munford’s and the Calabogie Community Centre. In order to assist those who live in the area in which we play, I am asking EOTB members to join me tomorrow to assist in any way we can. It is unclear what type of assistance we will be ren...
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Camp EOTB 2012 – Friday Aug 3rd – Monday August 6th, 2012

A chance for the youthful to feel older and the older to feel youthful as camping is ageless and priceless Once again Camp EOTB is being held in Calabogie at Black Donald Tent & Trailer Park. Sites are limited so reserve now. Eleven sites (#’s 3-4-5-6-7-8-10-11-13-14-15) have been reserved and you will be assigned to a site. Some sites will be doubled-up. The sites are booked from Friday night to Monday noon. For kids 17 and under camping is free. There is no catered Saturday night dinner...
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Trail Report – Crag Lake Front Door – June 2012

I love Crag Lake. The Front Door is a rocky twisty tight-treed climbing trail that takes you through and up and over the Canadian Shield to a lunch spot at the lake. It’s challenging for a new driver and will remind even experienced drivers with the odd bump or scrape that they need to focus. When we set off on Sunday it was with 16 trucks, some new, some experienced, but everyone knew what they were doing and it would make for a fun day on the trail. (more…)
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Trail Report – Gorge – June 2012

I would just like to start it off and thank everyone that showed up as it was great to see everyone again and to see some new faces. We all started the day off at Loblaw’s parking lot with coffees in hand and bright spirits…the sun was shining and the weather was warm. It reminded me of the summers I would spend in Rangoon……Sorry started to dream - back on point…. (more…)
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Trail Report – Quinn – May 2012

On Sunday 27 May we all met at our usual primary meeting location in Bells Corners where Ken G. and Burns came to see us off. It was nice to see some faces that I hadn't seen in a while. The contingent leaving from Bells Corner were comprised of Mike, Jerry, Dana sporting his new lift (looking good), Robert, Paul, Grant, Jason, Ken (our guest for the day), and Greg. The weather was a bit cloudy when we left at 9:30, but it was clearing up the closer we were getting to Calabogie. All in all t...
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Adopt-a-Road Clean-up & Rusty Bat too – May 2012

On Saturday 5 May we met at Loblaws in Bells Corners a little earlier than usual as today we would have both a road cleanup followed by a trail run. After a little administrative details and signing insurance forms, we left at about 0900hrs. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for the road cleanup and trail run. I thought it was a very quiet drive up to Calabogie, but then I noticed that my squelch was turned way up and we had a very long line of about 14 vehs. We arrived at Munford's...
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EOTB 2012 AGM

Saturday March 24th, 2012 5:00 pm Biagio's Italian Kitchen, 1394 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON K2B 6R8 We are once again getting ready for the upcoming season and part of that will be the election of your board representatives; the first look at the trail run schedule and of course the annual general meeting where we officially kick off the new season. The eating, drinking and being merry starts as early as 5:00 pm. Please come at this time to order food and to renew your membership. You...
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Trail Leader Program

Further to our trail leader seminar, which was very well attended, I would like to introduce to you our most recent effort to further develop EOTB – The creation of a Trail Leaders Committee. The Trail Leader Committee is referenced in Article 11 of the Club Bylaws and it’s a committee of trail leaders with a chairperson that makes recommendation to the board for officially adding and removing trail leaders. The bylaws state that the Chairperson is not a board position and it is not a voting pos...
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Killer Lake

Killer Lake trail can be accessed from hydro line north of Bon Echo Provincial Park. The trail winds south from the hydro line to Killer Lake. Killer Lake is about 3 hours in and 3 hours out with low water levels. OF4WD Rating: 3 (more…)
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Lingham Lake

The Lingham Lake trail follows the hydro line from Hwy 62 to Hwy 41. This can be a full day drive if time is taken to play on the rocks. The hydro line trail is very long, rocky, and passable with stock vehicle with opportunities to play on large and small rocks along the way. One very long smooth steep rock face offers a challenging climb for longer wheelbase vehicles, short wheelbase vehicles should exercise extreme caution. Lingham Lake Rd. departs from the hydro line and heads north to Lingh...
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Ferguson’s Rocks

EOTB negotiated with the landowner for special event usage of this rocky portion of the hydro line. The area offers many rockcrawling options that are currently being explored. OF4WD Rating: 4
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Straddlebug

This trail has been decimated by logging and chopped up by new logging roads. It is seldom used by EOTB. The Straddlebug trail was used for several years as an overnight camping expedition by OVLR. EOTB typically visits this trail once a year and does it in one day, although since the entrance is remote this is usually a long day. Beginning at Straddlebug Lake, the trail is rocky and bumpy and passes two hunting cabins. There are some offshoots that could be travelled back, likely to the Barr...
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Quinn Loop

EOTB opened this trail at fall camp in 2011. The trail starts at the Quinn trail back door and loops around the Quinn lakes back towards the lunch spot. From there you can run the main Quinn trail in reverse and come out the back door or pick up the trail and the logging roads and come out the front door. This is a tight technical trail with inclines and trees. It's more soil than rocks. The trees are tight and body damage is likely if you aren't paying attention. It's fairly lengthy so it wil...
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Quinn Lake Trail

This very popular well-known trail has been used for many years by all kinds of groups. In 2008, tire manufacturer BF Goodrich awarded it the status of “Outstanding Trail”. The trail has seen a lot of wear and tear lately due to traffic. It is very rocky with rocky climbs and off-camber areas. In some areas even the bypasses can be challenging. This is a full day trail; there is a traditional lunch spot at top of the hill overlooking the lake. We usually go in the “back door” (north entrance) w...
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Crag Lake Back Door

A longer alternate path to Crag Lake, known as the Crag Lake Back Door, leads from the road through tight trees and large rocks for a good distance before reaching the lake. Body damage is possible. Modified vehicles with 33” tires. Experience required. OF4WD Rating: 4
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Crag Lake

EOTB began using the trail about 2006. The road down the power line to the Crag Lake turn-off is dusty, rough and lumpy. The trail crosses a beaver pond and climbs through the forest to reach a lake at the top of the hill. Skid plates recommended. This trail has seen a lot of abuse lately, please STAY ON TRAIL. The lake makes a good lunch and swim spot (beware of leaches). Normally we turnaround at the lake and exit via the entrance. OF4WD Rating: 3+ (more…)
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Lavant Back Door

There is an optional steep exit from the top of the Lavant Trail, known as the Lavant Back Door, which requires 33” tires and may be extremely tight between the trees. OF4WD Rating: 4 (more…)
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Lavant

The Lavant trail is a favourite EOTB trail located about an hour west of Ottawa. This is a beautiful forest trail. At the lake there is a camp site and lots of space to air down and prepare for the trail. At the trail junction is a rocky creek crossing or uphill bypass. Midway to the top, a challenging narrow rocky pinch point requires careful spotting and may result in body damage. Skid plates recommended. Exposed rock ridge at top offers lots of spots for crawling over rocks. This is a gre...
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