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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: New here
« Last post by GearFreak on December 17, 2017, 10:22:09 PM »
Welcome - lots of great threads to resurrect here!
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Back Country Skiing Discussion / My Two Back Country ski solutions
« Last post by 300winmag on December 17, 2017, 10:18:37 PM »
1. 215 cm. Asnes Combi Combat white (natch) NorwegianArmy skis with full metal edges -> for flat rolling terrain

2. 190 cm. Atomic TM22 telemark skis -> for mountainous terrain

Both skis have heavy duty 3 pin 75 mm bindings mounted on Voile' releasable binding plates and Voile' cable bindings as well. As a former Nordic and Alpine ski patroller I've seen enough accidents to know I need release bindings.

I use climbing skins on both pair of skis for tough terrain. Wax or endless herringboning just can't cut it when hauling a sled or heavy winter backpack uphill. And snowshoes are FAR too [email protected] much work. Yes, I do have a nice pair of 30" MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes W/ extended tails, but only for hunting in mountains.

Eric B.

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Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Very cold weather solutions for CC ski boots
« Last post by 300winmag on December 17, 2017, 10:09:47 PM »
I've seen these in Utah and Colorado ski areas. They do work and add about 10 F. more warmth.

Eric B.
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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Supplementing my -20 F. bag to -40 F. (??)
« Last post by 300winmag on December 17, 2017, 10:06:40 PM »
After posting this topic on BPL and Trailspace I have had some good ideas posted.

1. open both tent fly doors to ventilate tent
2. compress the down bag as much as possible immediately after getting out of it to vent remaining vapor
3. air bag outside (extreme temps helps with sublimation of bag frost directly to vapor)
-------------OR-----------
1. ** wear a VBL suit over thin poly "sleeping only" base layer
2. beat frost off both VBL suit & base layer every morning

For more than two days I like the VBL suit option.

Eric B.


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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: gas stoves versus wood stoves
« Last post by AunNordDuNord on December 17, 2017, 08:22:55 PM »
On a winter trip, when the plan is for an early start, I prepare a package the night before -- a roll of birchbark stuffed with dry splits. In the morning when my bladder wakes me up, I extrude one arm from my bedding, stuff the roll in the stove, light it with a strike-anywhere match, set the pot that has an inch of ice in into in the stove-ring, so it is half-immersed into the firebox, and then put my arm back inside my bag.

The stove explodes into life. I watch the ice-crystals on the stovepipe melt, and then vaporize. In about 2 minutes I get out of my bag and stand up in the flaring heat, add a few more splits into the stove, pull on my parka, and go outside to fertilize the universe. When I return the stove is roaring and the pot-ice is mostly melted. I add more splits. Then I pull on pants and hang my sleeping bag and get organized and by that time the water is boiling.

If the other guys want coffee then, I make it. Otherwise I add oatmeal to the hot water and set about the rest of the breakfast-making and camp chores.

It's a wonderful and efficient start to a trail day.

Dave

That is really similar to our regiment too, no crazy gas stove noise.... And really I'm in no rush when I'm in the bush. If I really need to get going earlier then I get up earlier....
 
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Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: Mini ice auger.
« Last post by Dave Hadfield on December 17, 2017, 08:03:22 PM »
It can, of course.

The rate of ice accumulation is slowed if you put a layer of spruce branches over the hole, then shovel snow over all as an insulator. By next morning there will be ice in your hole, but it will be thin, and no problem.

Dave
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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: gas stoves versus wood stoves
« Last post by Dave Hadfield on December 17, 2017, 07:59:08 PM »
On a winter trip, when the plan is for an early start, I prepare a package the night before -- a roll of birchbark stuffed with dry splits. In the morning when my bladder wakes me up, I extrude one arm from my bedding, stuff the roll in the stove, light it with a strike-anywhere match, set the pot that has an inch of ice in into in the stove-ring, so it is half-immersed into the firebox, and then put my arm back inside my bag.

The stove explodes into life. I watch the ice-crystals on the stovepipe melt, and then vaporize. In about 2 minutes I get out of my bag and stand up in the flaring heat, add a few more splits into the stove, pull on my parka, and go outside to fertilize the universe. When I return the stove is roaring and the pot-ice is mostly melted. I add more splits. Then I pull on pants and hang my sleeping bag and get organized and by that time the water is boiling.

If the other guys want coffee then, I make it. Otherwise I add oatmeal to the hot water and set about the rest of the breakfast-making and camp chores.

It's a wonderful and efficient start to a trail day.

Dave

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Campsite Recon, Fire and the Dog....
« Last post by rbinhood on December 17, 2017, 07:32:18 PM »
Nice vid. Enjoyed watching it as much as I enjoyed meeting you and your dog.
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General Winter Camping Discussion / New here
« Last post by Ultrafrozen on December 17, 2017, 07:28:01 PM »
Hi everyone,

I couldn't find a member intro section so I thought I'd join the others and introduce myself here.

I'm new to winter camping this year and I'll be pouring over old stuff to find the golden nuggets of info, please forgive me if I resurrect some old threads.

I'll be using a four season tent with a wood stove in the vestibule and see how it does.



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Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« Last post by mewolf1 on December 17, 2017, 07:17:59 PM »
Nice looking Ride. Makes me wonder if I need a new Missus.  ;D
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