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OK Just in case what I have been thinking about is too clunky and as somebody in the bushcraft forum refered to as hodgepodge, what are the opinions of the Western Mountaineering Kodiak as a base sleeping bag?
http://www.westernmountaineering.com/sleeping-bags/microfiber-series/kodiak-mf/

It is very slightly bigger than my current base bag and it is that 10 degrees warmer that I am told I need.
I would be using the Brooks Range half bag rated to -7C inside it as well as a very warm down parka. The Brooks Range half bag is itself 5 degrees warmer than my WM Tamarack short bag which is now for sale
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I think I've just crabbed another 5C degrees with my system
Even tho my beloved boss has told me I do not need any more sleeping bags she is bringing home one of the Brooks Range half bags for me. this is 5C degrees warmer than my current WM Tamarck and 150 grams lighter mainly because of the zipperless feature
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I remember we had a discussion along these lines a couple of seasons back
It's just our tradtional usage colours my outlook, this being a part of the world with summers 8 months long where maximising ventilation is the main aim
Yes we have been there before but I just want to jog your memory that the same 4 peg 4 pole tarp pitch I use can have all sides propped up making a sunshade open on all sides for hot sunny weather with out changing the corner pegs or poles.
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Northeast / Re: Is the "New Reality" now here in the NE USA?
« Last post by kinguq on April 24, 2017, 09:03:17 pm »
Even in Alaska? More so in Alaska... I lived in the Arctic for about 2 decades and the changes there were easily discernible over that time scale. Later freeze-up of sea ice, closer ice edge, earlier ice-out, thaws in the late fall and early spring. The Arctic is changing faster than just about anywhere else.

I try to be a climate activist, but I have to admit to feeling pretty hopeless about the whole thing in the last few months. The changes are obvious to anyone who cares to look. The probable cause is obvious to anyone who cares to look at the research. The solutions are out there. But I fear that we are not up to the task of making the changes we need. Not before too much damage is done. And even then, there are those who will say that there is too much uncertainty to take action.

I love winter. I love the snow and the cold. Guess I'll just have to keep moving north.

Kinguq.
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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: (sniffle) ...saying goodbye to the woolies...!
« Last post by Coldfeet on April 24, 2017, 08:31:14 pm »
Coldfeet; If your wife's like mine, she won't let you forget! :(

Or possibly if she is like my Ex she will "Help" by washing your things for you.  HOT and then tumble drying

Ha ha, reminds me when I came home and she "helped" me by washing and adding fabric softener to a pair of gor tex pants.  :( 
Took quit a few bottles of that Nik wash to almost get them back to new.   (Haven't worn them in a few years anyway)
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Northeast / Re: Is the "New Reality" now here in the NE USA?
« Last post by Bioguide on April 24, 2017, 06:45:41 pm »
That is sad stuff...
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Northeast / Is the "New Reality" now here in the NE USA?
« Last post by southcove on April 24, 2017, 01:02:22 pm »
Was reading and thinking about a post Moondog made about all of us having a real winter again, next year.  Maybe.

Collected some notes from some publications I was reading recently.   

For instance.   According to the "Adirondack Journal of Environmental Studies", between 1975 and 2005 average temperatures increased by 2.1 degrees in February, 2.3 degrees in January and 3.4 degrees in December.

Lake Champlain froze about two weeks later than it did in the early 1800s and about 9 days later than just year 1900.  The lake froze over all but three years in the 1900s, now in the last 40 years, according to a Nature Conservancy report, the lake has frozen only about 50% of those years.

Park temperatures routinely dipped into the -30F and lower, with only one or two warm ups/thaws during the season.  Now those temperatures are much more rare and the thaws much more frequent.   Places that thrive and depend on snow, like Old Forge (and snowmobilers and their trail permits and spending in town) have seen lots less snow (this year) fewer trail permits sold, fewer hotel beds rented, restaurant patronage down,  lower sales tax revenues, etc.  One year permits and registrations by the snowmachine crowd were off by 30%.    According to a newsletter stories from NYS Snowmobilers Association

Anecdotally I can relate to some of that during my winter journeys north to the ADK park since 1980 or so.  The number of times that I chose not to travel up because of extreme temperature conditions has dropped tremendously.  Now, my travel tends to be dictated by no snow, no ice or slush...or rain. 

While downhill ski areas have really upped the ante with computerized automated snow making equipment, us rather low tech winter camper guys have to make do with what we find on the ground and lakes.

Climate change, whether you are a believer in the man-made component of it or not, is real.  How we adopt and adapt will be the real boots on the ground story for the majority of us.

My brothers up in Alaska have talked for years about a general 'softening' of the winters up there, that includes all the way to the Arctic Ocean, where both have spent plenty of time.   

(Climate change) Even in Alaska, huh?!  Go figure.
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I am hoping that next winter is really cold for you fellers and some-one can trial my idea for me and tell me if it works or not
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I remember we had a discussion along these lines a couple of seasons back
It's just our tradtional usage colours my outlook, this being a part of the world with summers 8 months long where maximising ventilation is the main aim
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Any tarp can be pitched so that all sides come tight to the ground equally on all 4 sides. 4 corner pegs and 4 corner poles, chimney as center pole is all that is needed to hold a tarp in any weather. No tie outs. In a wild wind the sides maybe should have some firewood or something tied to them to keep them tight to the ground.
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