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Hey Folks,

As we are running out of patches, we are looking for other items to use as a fundraiser.  We're looking into Toques and the like, but in the meantime, have the opportunity to offer up a good deal on the Codet grey 100 % wool pants that are used by many on this site, the Codet 6 pocket green pants well as many styles of Faber Traditional snowshoes. 

We are able to offer the 100% wool grey pants at $ 88.00 / pair
We are able to offer the 6 pocket green pants at $82.00 / pair

All inseams are 33" and the available waist sizes are: 32,34,36,38,40 & 42. 

For the snowshoes, we have the following available.

Faber Ojibwa - 12 x 60----- $ 175.00
                    - 11 x 48------$ 155.00

Faber Bearpaw - 16 x 30 ---$ 160.00
                      - 10 x 30 ----$ 140.00

Faber Sport - 16 x 48--------$ 175.00
                  - 14 x 42--------$ 160.00

Faber Sport A3 binding------$ 46.00

All shipping in Canada and the United States will be a flat rate of $10.00

We can accept Visa or MasterCard, Interact direct  transfer of Paypal.  If using paypal, please send to solotrip@gmail.com

If wishing to pay by credit card, please call us at 807-727-9797 or 807-728-0803 or drop us an email or PM and let us know the best number to contact you at.

All proceeds will go towards site development so this is a great initiative to make the site better and get some quality Winter gear as well!  Also a great way to get some early savings on Christmas ideas!

Thanks to everyone for their continued support of WinterTrekking.com

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Classifieds / Snowshoes For Sale
« on: January 13, 2013, 11:54:53 am »
Well it's time to clear out some snowshoes so I have the following for sale.  All snowshoes are brand new with tags on them and feature full grain rawhide...top of the line!

Shipping to Canada or U.S.A. only. I ship Canada Post Expedited with tracking number and fully insured.  I will flat rate shipping costs at $20.

Faber Bearpaw 16 x 30 - $150

Faber Sport - tight lacing (teardrop) - 16 x 48 - $150

Faber Ojibwa 12 x 60 - $160

Faber Alaskan 12 x 60 - $ 160

Faber A3 Work Harness - full grain leather - $ 50 each

I can accept Visa, MasterCard, Paypal.  Please drop me a PM or send me an email at solotrip@gmail.com or call 807-728-0803

Thanks,

Harlan

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General Winter Camping Discussion / testing
« on: June 18, 2012, 07:40:55 pm »
testing 123

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Classifieds / For Sale - 2 Pairs of Faber 16x30 Bearpaw - Brand New!
« on: March 18, 2012, 11:24:28 am »
Spring is here so these have to go.  I have 2 pairs of Faber Bearpaws , 16x30, brand new with tags on them. These were manufactured in january of this year.

Clearance price - $120.00 + shipping.

Please send me an email or PM if interested.

Harlan

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Classifieds / Traditional Snowshoes For Sale
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:04:05 am »
Mid season sale on traditional snowshoes.  I have 8 pairs for sale in all.  All are brand new with labels still on and fresh from the Faber factory.  Shipping within Canada is $25.00 via expresspost and includes tracking.  PM me, email me or call 807-727-1969 and ask for Harlan

Faber Bearpaw - 16 x 30 - $ 142.00

Faber Sport - 16 x 48, tight lacing - $ 147.00

Faber Ojibwa - 12 x 60 - $ 148.00

A3 Work Binding - $ 44.00


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Other Homemade Gear / Home Tanning a Beaver Pelt - Part 2
« on: January 08, 2012, 11:15:26 pm »
Part 2 of my home tanning project....

Tanning A Beaver Pelt - Part 2

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Other Homemade Gear / Home Tanning a Beaver Pelt - Part 1
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:37:55 pm »
I had posted a few weeks ago that I secured some fresh Beaver pelts from a local trapper in town and was looking to try my hand at tanning them at home.  Some here had asked that I document the process....today I began my project!

To begin, I purchased a commercially available home tanning product from Trans Canada Trapline Inc, also known as Fur Harvesters Auction out of North Bay, Ontario.

Very impressed with their quick delivery and price on the product.  I paid $13 / bottle and purchased 2.  They arrived within 5 days!

Here is what the product looks like.



It comes with specific direction on doing this at home, so I simply gathered the needed supplies and went right to it.



Step 1:

My Beaver had been on the drying hoop for a few weeks so it was fairly brittle.  I needed to soften up the pelt before beginning so I filled a large Rubbermaid tub with water and placed me Beaver inside.



Using a stick, I worked the water through until it was fairly supple, but didn't leave it too long as per the directions.  Total time, 20 minutes.

Step 2:

Then, I readied a box of table salt and some cord. 



Step 3:

I removed my pelt from the water and wrang it out by folding it onto itself skin to skin.....  This took a bit of time as I wanted to get as much water out as possible.  Total time, 10 minutes



Step 4:

Laid the pelt skin down and began sprinkling with a generous amount of table sale.



Step 5:

Work the salt in really good.  I ended up adding a lot more salt than I initially thought was needed.  Total time, 10 minutes



Step 6:

Once worked in, the pelt was folded over on itself skin to skin and then rolled up nice and tight.  Cord was tied around the entire pelt so everything is nice and tight.





Now we wait 24 hours, then repeat the salting process over again, scraping off the old salt and reapplying for another 24 hours.

That's it for now....I'll post the next steps in a few days once the salting process is complete!

Harlan





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Hi Folks,

In the Christmas spirit so here's a special deal for all WinterTrekking.com members!

Red Lake Outfitters is authorizing a Boxing Week Sale on all Faber Traditional Snowshoe models and bindings.  All models are in stock and ready to ship. All shoes are full grain rawhide!   Here's what's available.....

Snowshoes
Bearpaw - 12 x 30 - $144.99
Bearpaw - 16 x 30 - $ 149.99

Ojibwa - 11 x 48 - $ 154.99
Ojibwa - 12 x 60 - $164.99

Huron / Sport - 12 x 42 - $134.99
Huron / Sport - 16 x 48 - $149.99


Bindings:
A3 Work Binding - $46.99
A2 Work Binding - $ 43.99


To place an order please PM or email me or call 807-728-0803  Visa, Mastercard or Paypal accepted.  Sale will run until December 31....

Shipping charges are flat rate

Canada - $20.00
United States : $26.00

All items ship next day after order received.

Merry Christmas!

Harlan

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Other Homemade Gear / Tanning a Beaver Pelt For Mitts
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:42:55 pm »
I'm looking for some help here and hope the depth of this forums members can steer me in the right direction....

I was able to secure 2 fresh Beaver Pelts from a local trapper today in the hopes of eventually making some mitts and who knows what else?

One medium and one large pelt showed up at my shop today, hot off the drying rack. They will of course need to be tanned before I work with them and thus my need for help.

Does anyone know a good process for tanning a Beaver at home? They are also quite greasy at the moment so i'm sure i'll have to deal with that as well.  I'd like to work on this myself and not send it away to Winnipeg to the professionals.

Here's what they look like tonight....hopefully in a month they will be mitts!


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Fire and Woodstoves / False Bottom Project - 20 Minutes On a Sunday Morning
« on: December 11, 2011, 06:18:15 pm »
With some talk lately of the use of sand / false bottom in the bottom of portable woodstoves, I got the motivation to get off my butt and grab some materials for making the false bottom for my new Large Model Snowtrekker stove by Kni-Co.

I don't have access to the best of materials locally, but was able to source some 28 gauge Galvanized Steel (10 x 4 sheet), from a supplier, which I figured would work well for this small project.

Only -6 this morning so I figured today was the day. 

Materials Needed:

Sheet of Galvanized Steel (I used 28 gauge)
Metal Shears
Mill File
Measuring Tape
Marker or Chalk
Pliers
Gloves

As per HOOP's suggestion of it being easier to work with 2 smaller pieces rather than 1 large one, I measured out the length and width of the inner stove, then split it down the middle (although I added another 1/2" of material as I'll be bending the steel back).

Once I had the material cut I grabbed my pliers and began working the edges over.  Now I'm no metal worker so I'm sure there's an easier and more accurate way to do this but i just had at 'er!  Took about 10 minutes to complete the folding over of all edges on both pieces....again I'm no expert and didn't even use a vice. I simply held it in my hands (wear gloves) and worked on it. 

Once all edges were bent I grabbed my file and went to work on all sharp edges....woke up the neighbours too!  ;D

Soon I was all done and ready to cure the Galvanized steel with it's first burn.

Again, I probably butchered this but it all worked out well.  Both pieces have fit into the stove nicely and are now ready for my first trip in  a Snowtrekker 10 x 13 Shortwall!

You folks figure this will work well?

Steel and materials









Fits nicely!





First Burn....oh how good that feels!



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Trip Reports / Caveman TV...Another Video Staring At Fire
« on: November 20, 2011, 07:07:31 pm »
Not much content here, but at least it's winter, it's fire and I'm wearing wool!

Winter Camping Opportunities - Boreal Forest

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News & Events / Anyone experiencing issues logging in?
« on: November 08, 2011, 09:21:06 pm »
Anyone out there experiencing issues while trying to login to the forums?

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Other Homemade Gear / MOVED: Pot stove
« on: November 02, 2011, 08:18:46 am »

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Trip Reports / Video - More Campsite Exploring...
« on: February 06, 2011, 08:56:49 pm »
Another stellar day in the bush.  Headed out at the crack of dawn, -21 degrees and windy.  I'm too tired to write much of a report, but i headed to a potential campsite location, got a fire going and explored a little.  Here's some video and pictures from today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSSstas-qec

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMM8Ivp2hwc








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Trip Reports / Yawn...Another Day of Campsite Hunting.....
« on: February 05, 2011, 05:37:54 pm »
Yesterdays trip had me pumped for more exploring so.....up early to do it all over again.  I picked a closer location this time, only a 10 minute drive from the house.  Time to continue in my hunt for summer camping locations on Red Lake. 

Only minutes from my vehicle I encountered my first real slush of the year...this stuff was nasty and it only got worse!  Luckily I was wearing my Sorel Glaciers and not my Steger Mukluks.  If I had been wearing my Stegers this trip would have been over right there and then. 

I managed some photos and a short video of the slush and what it's like to work through it.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qdnc_CJwYI

The slush was an problem for most of the day, but i did find some better sections of ice to travel on. 

I headed for a point on a large island.  It looked fairly flat and I figured it to be a good bet for a campsite.



Yup, this should do fine this summer. Lots of standing dead spruce nearby, and the flattest section of the site have immature jack Pine and spuce growing....should be easy to brush it out!



Northwest view from the site



Then I noticed something odd.  Looks like someone's been here before......branches have been cut from this spruce a long awhile ago.





It pleases me that someone has been here before.  There are so few people using these resources.  I can only wonder what I'll find under the snow?  Perhaps some fire rocks?

Back out on the ice and heading for another island.



It was a small island, and there is no camping possibilities.  Still, the view down the lake was spectacular. 



The clouds were lifting and it was warming up. What a perfect day to be on the "water"

Looking west from the Island



And Northeast



Almost walked right into this....instead, the dog got a soaker. I should have been paying better attention.  Beware of slush!





Then I spotted something you don't see everyday.  Anyone see it? 



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blIoqflR4oU

Yup, a spider.  What's he doing out in the middle of the lake?  Here's a little video of the spider..just after I finished the vid, my dog ate the spider  :o

My pup leading the way



One last look back



Another day of exploring in the books.  Hmm, I wonder where I'll go tomorrow?


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