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So on Monday I was in Red Lake, Ontario after 10 days in the bush moose hunting (no moose), when I stopped at Red Lake Outfitters, which is owned and run by Harlan. I wanted to meet Harlan, who I was told was having a sale of a lot of the retail sporting goods in his store. At the time, I did not realize Harlan started this website.

In the course of meeting Harlan and talking to him, I learned that he was the person who started Wintertrekking, and I also learned that he had sold it to Hoop just the day before. Big congratulations to Hoop and Harlan on the transfer of ownership! I wish Hoop the best of luck.

I had a nice time talking to Harlan, who was very generous with his time and sharing of some recent photos from a trip that he and his dog took into the bush. His store was one of the best outfitted sporting goods stores that I have been in and if you are ever in Red Lake, I would encourage you to stop and shop. Harlan is a very nice guy.

I am happy to see Wintertrekking continue under Hoop's ownership and guidance.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: - Site is for sale
« Last post by into the wind on October 17, 2017, 10:52:34 pm »
That's good news. Thanks guys!
Trip Reports / Re: How to Post Photos:
« Last post by HOOP on October 17, 2017, 10:13:25 pm »
Thanks for the feedback folks.  A new approach is definitely needed for the photo sharing.  When I get the web contractors hired and we start the changes, this is high on the list. 

For the upgrade here, my preference will be for free thread and photo viewing for everyone, and free photo sharing.  I think that is important not only to respect the member's hard work in obtaining the photos and posting the thread, but also for the outside world to find us on search engines and view cool content, and get interested and think of joining. Hopefully we can absorb the photo sharing costs with our hosting service (to be upgraded), buy we'll see.  I have to research the costs with the new web hosting company.  In the mean time, keep the ideas coming!

Also in the mean time I found a work-around that might work for you, if you can't find a free photo share website (there are some, I think Flicker is still free for 3rd part web sharing of photos?  I might try them soon).

Before I started using photo share websites, in the early days I shared photos from website storage space provided "free" as part of my Internet Service Provider's (ISP) basic email account.  With my ISP, they provide website storage space automatically when you sign up for an email account.  Something like 1 gig (its not actually free, its part of the basic package which I am paying for regardless - might as well use it).  I still have some capacity there, so tonight I just uploaded 4 more photos into it for a photo thread: "Cranberries are Ripe!").  It apparently still works.

The old method I used was I installed free FTP software from the web, which allowed me to send directly from my machine to the web storage.  Then copy-paste URL's from there, etc. Very cumbersome.  The new way is that my webmail page has a button called "website", and all my photos are still shared there, and I can still upload photos into it without FTP.  It's a simple upload box, browsing from my machine to upload into it.  However the photo link location when right mouse clicked on, now has a long "session" code syntax in it which changes as soon as its accessed again, and it breaks the link.  I long since lost that FTP software from previous old computers. But the front part of the URL from the FTP sharing method still works.

To make the sharable URL using my old FTP front end code, first I copy the location of the photo from my webmail website storage.  Then I paste that into a text file. It will have the session gibberish in it. Then I copy onto the front of the URL the old FTP link. http...etc.  Then I delete the middle session gibberish stuff. Then I keep the back end of the link location with the actual website folder name and photo.jpeg name, ensuring I have the proper fore slashes in there. Awkward at first, but once learned it's a quick URL fix and good to go.  It's a temporary work-around, not preferable. 

You can ask your ISP how the FTP share method might work for you.     

Once you test the URL in your draft thread post to see if it links, then wrap it as always with the IMG tags (highlight the URL then click the Mona Lisa "insert image" button, and it will wrap it properly).  Click the preview button to see if it works.

Hopefully your ISP might have similar "free" web storage? If not, they might sell space for reasonable cost?

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: - Site is for sale
« Last post by kiggy on October 17, 2017, 09:59:37 pm »
Great news, thanks to both of you
Winter Camping Photos and Videos / Cranberries are Ripe!
« Last post by HOOP on October 17, 2017, 09:42:32 pm »
I was out in the bush for work yesterday, on one of my increasingly rare field days (office bound mostly in the day job these days).

We have had our first frosts, and the cranberries in the spruce-sphagnum wetlands are perfectly ripe now.  The frost softens the fruit and makes them much sweeter, less tart.  Some cranberries have not yet been touched by frost, and the flesh is firmer and still somewhat tart, but very refreshing.  If you have never eaten fresh cranberries off the vine in a bog or conifer swamp, the fruit is very much like a micro apple, with firm white fruit on the inside. 

Typical habitat with the cranberries on top of the sphagnum moss. 


Zoomed in a little closer. You can see the berry on the right is frosted, and this one will be the sweetest.


Frosted cranberry – mmmmmm!


The typical habitat at a larger scale:  open black spruce-sphagnum swamp / bog. The low shrub with the closed leaves dominating the wetland growing on top of the sphagnum is Labrador tea.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: - Site is for sale
« Last post by redoleary on October 17, 2017, 05:57:25 pm »
Congratulations Hoop! And thanks for keeping this thing going.
Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New owner Black River sled
« Last post by Coldfeet on October 17, 2017, 05:49:01 pm »
Sled arrived today! Whoo hoo! 
Can't wait to get out and go trekking!

Looks great Chris, thank you.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: - Site is for sale
« Last post by snow-walker67 on October 17, 2017, 04:53:55 pm »
oh yeah!!!!
Thanks HOOP!!!
Trip Reports / Re: How to Post Photos:
« Last post by awbrown: N. Illinois, USA on October 17, 2017, 03:07:48 pm »
The inability to easily upload photos to this site is about the only thing that frustrates me here. I would love to be able to upload directly.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: - Site is for sale
« Last post by snapper on October 17, 2017, 02:46:53 pm »
Hoop - Thanks so much for taking on this site and offering to keep it going.  We're indebted to you to say the least.  Let us know how we can be of help. 

That's all for now.  Take care and until next well.

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