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Bug Index 2014

Postby theriault » Wed May 21, 2014 5:18 pm

mosquitoes where out this afternoon in CL .... out with a vengeance ! it was bad!
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Shawn B » Sun May 25, 2014 10:46 pm

Saturday at McQuirk they were insane at the truck but not bad at the cliff. It was cold though with a decent north wind. Sunday at Minkey tolerable for most of the day. Got bad a few times late afternoon. Blackflies only.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby F Côté » Sun May 25, 2014 11:03 pm

Was out at Sunnyside today. Black flies were bad but with lots and lots of bug spray they were tolerable.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby PeterA » Sun May 25, 2014 11:22 pm

Saturday at utopia the bugs were almost non-existent at the crag for most of the day, but started to get bad at around 6 o clock

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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby sam » Mon May 26, 2014 7:14 am

Sunday at Utopia the bugs were bad starting around 10AM it seemed ;)
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby cory » Mon May 26, 2014 9:55 am

At Munson on the 25th, the blackflies were the thickest I have ever seen. They were not particularly aggressive, though I had full protection and was moving the whole time. I could even hear them bouncing off the nylon of the bug hat. They were everywhere, no matter the sun/shade or wind exposure and in the right light conditions, actually obstructed the view.

On another note, the road is also in the roughest shape it's been. I was able to repair some more of the damage done by a few trucks that went out late last fall. The real problems seem to have been caused by an ATV that must have passed early this spring when it was really soft. They swerved all over the place, in some places they likely got stuck as it's especially chewed up. It's like they straddled each big rock, compacting/washing out the road around it, so now they protrude enough to scrapes low clearance vehicles.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Tue May 27, 2014 8:05 am

Samuel Stiles wrote:Sunday at Utopia the bugs were bad starting around 10AM it seemed ;)


There where large swarms of them but they didn't seem to be biting. Just super annoying but tolerable.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Shawn B » Fri May 30, 2014 2:05 pm

Rumour has it that McQuirk Mtn has disappeared from view and cannot be located...something to do with a black flying fog.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby PeterA » Sat May 31, 2014 5:05 pm

We were at Utopia today. Bugs were definitely out but with some spray and tim hortons trays they were manageable. We heard from some others at utopia that they had tried mcquirks earlier in the day and it was unbearable.

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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby PeterA » Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:33 pm

Out at Eagle Rock today, bugs were minimal. Applied bug spray once at the car and I was fine in a t-shirt the whole time. Definitely seemed like a good place to be in bug season. They did start to pick up as we were leaving around 5:30, though they were still not bad

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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:48 am

The bugs at Sunnyside last night where pretty bad but tolerable.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Dom » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:10 pm

If the Bug Index is on a scale of 1 to 10 where
0 = bugs on the Moon and
10 = being soaked in sugar in the middle of a swamp in Northern Ontario.

I would say that the Cave Area in Cl today was roughly a 4.

I also think it's one of the best spots for bugs because of the limited organic around and the constant breeze provided by the open boulderfield.

But I'm no bug expert...
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby F Côté » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:25 pm

I went climbing at bear mtn for the first time today. Did a few routes. Those slopers didn't agree with the hot weather, even easier grades felt hard due to poor friction.
bug index: 7.8 combination of black flies and horse flies and they didn't care that I was practically dripping with bug spray.
Went to Welsford falls to cool down afterwards and saw a black bear cub on that road. Mama bear probably wasn't far away.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:40 pm

Went to Welsford falls to cool down afterwards and saw a black bear cub on that road. Mama bear probably wasn't far away.


Wouldn't this be the second sighting in that area? I thought I heard that Eric saw one there as well?
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby *Chris* » Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:09 pm

My wife saw a female and 3 cubs cross the road between Sunnyside and Mt. Doug on Monday. You should basically assume bears are everywhere in southern N.B. That said... I don't know how you'd use that info to do anything differently as you go about your day climbing. Cheers.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:20 am

My wife saw a female and 3 cubs cross the road between Sunnyside and Mt. Doug on Monday. You should basically assume bears are everywhere in southern N.B. That said... I don't know how you'd use that info to do anything differently as you go about your day climbing. Cheers.


True enough! Kind of funny with all the time I spend in the woods I have never seen a bear :? Any ways I'll get back to talking about bugs :mrgreen:
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Terry_M » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:58 am

Climbed at a very empty Cochrane Lane on Saturday and Sunday. Bugs are probably a 2 or 3 on a scale of 1-10. There may have been 10 climbers out there over the entire weekend. Great weather for climbing!
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Shawn B » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:34 am

McQuirk on Sunday...some mosquitos on the walk in. Only a few black flies at the cliff/on the wall until about 3 and then they were a bit pesky...prob a 3/10 but had short sleeves and no bug dope. Mosquitos at the campsite and the walk out around 5 after 15 mins of rain were quite vicious but seemingly around the cliff they weren't too bad.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby PeterA » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:46 pm

Same sort of deal at utopia, about a 2/10

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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Shawn B » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:43 pm

We drove up after leaving mcquirk to see you guys sending 14's but you were gone. The road up is in bad shape...don't think you could get through that last puddle with a car...had to be close to a foot and a half deep.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby PeterA » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:17 pm

Shawn B wrote:We drove up after leaving mcquirk to see you guys sending 14's but you were gone. The road up is in bad shape...don't think you could get through that last puddle with a car...had to be close to a foot and a half deep.


We were on dystopia wall so our routes got wet after the rain shower and we were weenies so we went home :P The road is definitely rough, we just park at the entrance and walk up from there. Wouldn't want to risk a car in those puddles

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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby Adam » Sat Jun 28, 2014 7:23 pm

Terry got his car thru there in the spring. The bottom of it is pretty solid, but yah that puddle is getting deep! keep to the left on the way in.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:14 pm

Adam wrote:Terry got his car thru there in the spring. The bottom of it is pretty solid, but yah that puddle is getting deep! keep to the left on the way in.


hahaha ya it's pretty bad. I drove my truck through it and the water was easily over my tires. It's deceptive too since the puddles before it are relatively shallow.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:16 pm

I was at Sunnyside Sunday and today. The bugs where quite tolerable. Very annoying on the approach but the actual cliff wasn't too bad probably 2/10.
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby *Chris* » Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:36 am

June 30th at McQuirks. No bugs in the blazing heat of the day until he sun set at 4:00. When they came out they were 5/10
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Re: Bug Index 2014

Postby austinconrad » Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Jul 13th Mcquirks 2/10 most of the day. Once we got off the ground they where allmost non existent :)
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