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UER Forum > Canada: Ontario > Climbing above the trees (Viewed 485 times)
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Climbing above the trees
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View from the start



This spot gave me a fair bit of difficulty as it required me to make 2 separate 4-5 hour trips to access it. This is a former fire tower that used to be manned for months at a time. It hasn't been used in decades but is in remarkable condition.

The first time I tried to get to it all the directions specified to approach the site from the south. After going down numerous logging roads unsure of where I exactly was I realized that a former bridge had been destroyed in recent years and wouldn't be able to access it from the south at all, even with my jeep. I passed another local in his own jeep off on his own adventure with his family but they hadn't even heard of the fire tower.


The second attempt we went at it from the north a couple months later. After trekking for about 1.5 hours down an overgrown trail we emerged literally below the tower with no warning. I had heard others mention this happens. You'd expect to see a tower that is 30 metres above the treeline from far off but its very well covered by the trees below. We were suddenly surrounded by metal struts and standing on pavement.



We could see a makeshift fire pit with some beer cans tossed around but other than that it was in great condition. Its several hours away from any sizeable town so hardly any locals know of its existence. After climbing the tower it offered a great view








This was a fantastic day trip and the amount of recce work and preparation paid off. I'm very proud to have found this location.




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Re: Climbing above the trees
< Reply # 1 on 4/30/2019 11:54 PM >
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Pretty cool Great post.
How high is it?




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It's apparently 99 feet tall. I actually had cell phone reception at the top and this is 2 hours into the bush. I remember reading stories of people staying in the tower for weeks a time even through thick rain and then trekking into town for supplies at the end of the month.

Unfortunately the government has been slowly tearing these towers down due to inactivity and because they are risks to people like us. I know they have torn others down up here in recent years. Only a matter of time til they get to this one.




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< Reply # 3 on 5/1/2019 1:20 AM >
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well, you don't see this every day! what an amazing location. love the wilderness




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< Reply # 4 on 5/2/2019 11:40 PM >
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That is amazing! The area looks beautiful. Great find!




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Very cool.




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Really nice spot. No way I'd climb that.




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That looks like a fun adventure. I've never seen a fire tower with a ladder before.




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Really nice spot. No way I'd climb that.


That's what my friends said but I've always had some spark in me that had to experience stuff like that even if it was risky. Guess its the same with me and motorcycling riding.




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< Reply # 9 on 5/5/2019 8:48 PM >
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I've been up this one before, not sure how high up it is, but damn high:

https://goo.gl/maps/jDJRXHvzNMAyiYRDA

No security, but the road up to it is very rough (I was on a dirtbike), and if you leave your car on hwy 511, they will know what you are up to.




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