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: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 25, 2017, 02:48:18 AM
Just putting it out there that these are my longer term goals.
Getting all the gear ready and I'll be clothing and footwear self sufficient.
The colder the better
I'd like to meet up and join in with anybody who would tolerate a Northern Winter newbie.
I'd need to share hot tent and stove and hire/borrow sled and skis/snowshoes or I can bring my own skis and bindings
I can bring a suitable winter cold tent if I had too
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Bioguide March 25, 2017, 10:11:47 AM
Very interesting goals Moondog. I've asked a couple of others about hooking up on a similar trip as I'm on the fence of doing this trip solo but I'm dreaming of a fly-in (by Harlan) to Haven Lake in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Base camp, cut wood, sleep on spruce boughs, fish, explore on by big a$$ skis', etc. I have all the equipment needed including 2 sleds and I'll have 2 pairs of my snowskisshoes by then. Harlan tells me Haven Lake would put you some 40 air miles from the airport with the possibility of hearing wolves and seeing northern lights and who knows what else. At the minimum I'd want to stay a week to 10 days. Originally thinking about early 2018 but I've put this on the "back burner" since those I've mentioned this to couldn't commit or take the time off so far in advance.

Should we talk further about about this mate?

Cheers, Kelly
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 25, 2017, 03:20:02 PM
Kelly that sounds like my kind of trip and I'd definitely be interested;.
If you need a referral talk to Southcove, we have met in person even if we haven't walked/dragged sled together.
If I could get the "Deep Freeze" meeting in first for a little practice that would be even better.
This will be me spending my inheritance rather than leaving it to my ungrateful children.
I'll PM you with my email details
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: wooley March 25, 2017, 03:54:12 PM
Look into HOOP's part of Ontario....at least he seems to get cold and snow....not like down in this part of the Province!

MIKE
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Bioguide March 25, 2017, 04:12:28 PM
Kelly that sounds like my kind of trip and I'd definitely be interested;.
If you need a referral talk to Southcove, we have met in person even if we haven't walked/dragged sled together.
If I could get the "Deep Freeze" meeting in first for a little practice that would be even better.
This will be me spending my inheritance rather than leaving it to my ungrateful children.
I'll PM you with my email details

Great. I'll send an e-mail shortly but Southcove as a referral???? Really? Anybody else you want to offer up? ;)
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 25, 2017, 04:42:34 PM
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Great. I'll send an e-mail shortly but Southcove as a referral???? Really? Anybody else you want to offer up? ;)
Bear Grylls??
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 25, 2017, 05:17:50 PM
: Bioguide
Great. I'll send an e-mail shortly but Southcove as a referral???? Really? Anybody else you want to offer up? ;)
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Better jump in here and defend yourself Brad, otherwise the Indians will start circling
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Bothwell Voyageur March 26, 2017, 11:11:31 AM
You'd be welcome in Winnipeg for a trip. You could combine it with some time polar bear watching in Churchill if you have cash to spare.

I have plenty of spare gear so could likely find everything you need aside from clothing and sleeping bag.
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 26, 2017, 04:48:50 PM
Thanx BV
Ithought it was important to get it out there early
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: GearFreak March 26, 2017, 04:51:25 PM
I'm dreaming of a fly-in (by Harlan) to Haven Lake in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Base camp, cut wood, sleep on spruce boughs, fish, explore on by big a$$ skis', etc. I have all the equipment needed including 2 sleds and I'll have 2 pairs of my snowskisshoes by then. Harlan tells me Haven Lake would put you some 40 air miles from the airport with the possibility of hearing wolves and seeing northern lights and who knows what else. At the minimum I'd want to stay a week to 10 days. Originally thinking about early 2018 but I've put this on the "back burner" since

You know that is in our neck of the continent right?

You'd be welcome in Winnipeg for a trip. You could combine it with some time polar bear watching in Churchill if you have cash to spare.
I have plenty of spare gear so could likely find everything you need aside from clothing and sleeping bag.

WCP is a bit northwest of HOOPS usual playground I imagine, at least his weekend one.  Find somewhere outside of the park and I can use my Sled!!!

Sounds like an interesting group trip - maybe we need to get something standard going.


: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 March 27, 2017, 04:19:59 AM
Better give Southcove plenty of time to get organised.
It would be great to meet some of the people who have been giving me all the good advice
Actually I have been thinking about International Couldn't Give a Stuff Week-end
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: southcove March 27, 2017, 10:45:27 AM
Better give Southcove plenty of time to get organised.

what you talking about, mate?!

It's already, bagged, tagged and ready to rock and roll!
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: memaquay March 28, 2017, 07:56:27 AM
I'm a 3 hour drive northeast of Hoop, and we have huge quantities of snow.  This year was pretty good from the middle of December till about now.  Still lots of snow in the bush, but it is getting too warm.

There are vast expanses of wilderness within minutes of my doorstep.  I don't man haul though, those days are gone, I pull mt gear on a skidoo.  That's a lot of fun!
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 May 10, 2017, 10:34:44 PM
Of course all offers of accomodation and guided tours will be accepted gracefully.
Still a while away from anything definite but I am not adverse to re-learning how to ride a snowmobile
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: TheRuggedWrangler August 03, 2017, 02:06:09 AM
This is something I'm very much interested in as well. I was actually hoping to bring something like this up to  everyone at Deep Freeze to guage interest. WCPP has been on my list of places to camp for quite some time. I'm interested in how this plays out. Keep me posted if possible.

I have a hot tent and a stove and all my own winter gear. I'm currently a wilderness guide, so I have lots of experience in places like Algonquin, Temagami, French River, Killarney, Kawartha Highlands etc. Never had the chance to get to Woodlands Caribou though.

Cheers,
TRW
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 August 03, 2017, 06:03:18 AM
I'm getting my stuff together an in the queue for a double hip replacement but I am in for and up for almost anything short of climbing Denali
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: JoDawg October 04, 2017, 10:08:15 PM
I too would be interested in a trip like this. Just recovering from a hip replacement last Dec. Moondog. You won't regret it, I have my life back. Keep me in the loop on any further discussions on this if possible. I'm waiting on a pair of Kelly's snowskishoes and that would be a great trip for them after breaking them in this season. Maybe we could discuss if anybody is coming to the Ont. Symposium in Nov.

Cheers
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 January 11, 2018, 03:32:36 PM
Well it is now January 12th 2018 and my Op is scheduled for next Thursday but Right hip only at this stage.
As for my getting back over to North America that still depends on Dads will or my winning the lottery
Maybe I'm dreaming but such wonderful dreams
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Chicken Farmer January 28, 2018, 02:55:03 PM
Hmmmmmmmmmmm..........2yrs out. Gives me time to accumulate and/or upgrade equipment........... It's a 20hrs drive to Red Lake Outfitters from the flatlands of Ohio, but that's no big deal..........I could be a little more stingy with my vacation time over the next two yrs. and roll an extra 2 weeks ahead for the trip.............Hmmmmmm...................Gotta get Ti stove and -10° bag.........Hmmmmmmmm..........sounds interesting...........
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 May 02, 2018, 06:03:47 PM
Survived the operation and I'm recovering slowly
I have my airfare over the big pond put into a saving account and now I need some concrete goals. Anybody here ever gone to the Gates of the Arctic National Park in winter? Alaska and Denall look really interesting as another aspect of a Northern winter.
Also just jumping off the Polar Bear Express for a weeks camping as an introduction to the cold and other small group adventures
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: rbinhood May 02, 2018, 07:31:36 PM
Glad you survived your operation. Ah, the joys of aging.

As for Bio's suggestion of the Woodland Caribou Preserve, I went on a moose hunt there last October. Flew into and stayed on Telescope Lake. Our outfitter was the same one who flies for Harlan. Viking Outpost. Great people, and very flexible. They flew in a canoe that we brought with us.

The Preserve was beautiful. One morning as we were calling for moose, about a half dozen wolf packs answered our calling. It was quite the serenade. Having seen it unfrozen, it would be a great place for a Winter trip.
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 May 02, 2018, 10:13:51 PM
What are the plans for Deep Freeze 2020?
That gathering was one of the  things that first got me hooked on this forum.
I'd appreciate any referrals to guides and guided trips in and around Denali.
Also some refresher information on clothing for that area, it gets a lot colder there than the East Coast Boreal I am advised
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: trapmusher May 03, 2018, 05:55:27 AM
rbinhood; How did the hunt work out with the wolves around? Here, it would have been a flop. Wolves answering your calls don't help with the call! Lots of stories about hunters being encircled by wolves. But the guys with the stories use lots of urine.

The laker fishing seems great in that park if I base my judgement on a Robinet video.
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 December 07, 2018, 12:47:27 AM
Getting closer
LOTN isn't yet taking bookings for 2020 but a trip with them may still be on my list as a break-in to deep cold. A part of me wants to have a close look at Denali tho. I now have LW a really warm sleeping bag, ditto the new down parka and I have confirmed an order for a twin Paris based pulk system.
Looks like late October / early November 2020 is when I'll arrive in New York and seeing Family won't take more than a day or two
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: GearFreak December 07, 2018, 02:34:13 PM
Looks like late October / early November 2020 is when I'll arrive in New York and seeing Family won't take more than a day or two

Got your priorities in order I see!  I really do hope North America lives up to your expectations Moondog and good for you on chasing your goals.
: Re: Winter 2020/2021 Tentative bucket list trip
: Moondog55 December 09, 2018, 06:40:05 PM
Despite the added extra high cost I may apply for an extended visa rather than the 90 day electronic one. Just in case family ask me to stay a bit longer. My savings account isn't growing any larger either and I need to make an effort to increase my balance before I fly over, my pension income won't go far in the USA and even less so in Canada and Alaska. Buying a van is going to take a bit more than I would pay here, old vans are no longer cheap in America I am told