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Classifieds / Re: Custom Canvas Tent For Sale
« on: November 25, 2019, 04:03:55 pm »
Intriguing indeed! So, sleeps 2?


Fire and Woodstoves / Re: DIY galvanized ductwork wood stove.
« on: January 28, 2019, 11:22:27 am »
Great video! Thanks for sharing. I was surprised that he was able to bend the whole flange for the stovepipe down without snipping tabs into it - the galvanized metal stretches more than I thought it would. The result looks great. If I didn't already have a steel stove (built with a friend in his metalworking industrial shop with a cnc plasma cutter, hydraulic brake, etc.), I'd be considering some of his methods for sure.

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 26, 2019, 11:19:22 am »
... but i've cut and split a surprising amount of solid and dry-looking free-standing wood only to find it just won't go! I'd use a moisture meter, except I don't think they work on frozen wood.
Do you camp in boggy areas? Several years ago we had chosen a nice flat area that would have been bog in the summer. We were a group and while some of us were setting up the tents, others headed off to find standing dead firewood. The brought back a few poles and we began bucking it up. It was hard to cut and felt nice and dense. Later when the cook fire and camp stove were going we realized that they had harvested live tamarack. Green tamarack does not burn well.

Aside from tamarack, in a wet area that has flooded there'll often be standing dead stuff that looks perfect and is tempting, but will be damp from the water it's standing in.

Just a thought, and thought maybe someone might learn from our rookie mistakes.


Winter Camping Clothing / Re: water proofing winter moccasins.
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:54:56 am »
I've always wanted to get a pair of NEOS for that purpose. See a discussion from last year here, if you haven't already:

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: water proofing winter moccasins.
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:45:49 am »
I spray mine with silicone leather waterproofing made for boots - it shouldn't affect the breathability and helps shed some melting snow.

I have a pair of rubber army surplus overboots that I recently bought at Princess Auto. They are the same as these:
I bring them in case I run into slush or really wet conditions but hope not to need them. I like the style that AunNordDuNord posted a link to better than the large boots that I bought, but mine were pretty cheap and seem to do the job. The more conventional rubber overshoe style would be more practical around town - I don't like wearing my muks in the city due to the salt/slush that's everywhere and some rubber overshoes for dress shoes or specifically for moccasins & mukluks would be more practical.


Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days of Hammock Hot Tent Life
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:53:22 am »
Looks great, thanks for posting!
I'd love to see more pictures of your hammock and hot-tent setup. Might you have photos that you could post, or perhaps another post that already has them?

Thanks for the suggestion of the Taiga bags. I had forgotten about them, it's been quite a few years since I've checked out their website. I also realized that I have growing daughters to ensure that we have bags for. Both kids are in (or about to be go into) outdoor programs through their schools. The 13 year old is in EcoQuest, an outdoor-based grade 8 program here in Saskatoon. And the 16 year old just got accepted into the Outdoor School grade 11 program for the coming term. The programs have a bit of loaner gear, but since we're a camping family we'll have to decide what gear to borrow from the schools and what to invest in for the family. I think this week I'll pull all the bags out and see who still fits what and where we want to fill some gaps. Likely I'll have to put my winter bag wants on hold to make sure the kids can sleep warm first. The Taiga bags may be a nice cost-effective option to fill those gaps.

Thanks, I had forgotten about Kluane. That must be the shop that I wandered into in Edmonton off of Whyte Ave in the summer of '95, before I had any sort of decent sleeping bag. I drooled over the bags on display, but my student budget couldn't come close to having that kind of purchasing power. I'm not sure it's in the budget, but I know the old adage applies, you get what you pay for.

This started as a response to another post, but I decided to separate it out to a post of my own.

Hi folks, perhaps you can help me decide on what to get for a new sleeping bag/sleeping bag system.

Currently I'm using an old MEC -20°C or so down bag (Swan Dryfoot?), with an overbag (MEC "Emperor Penguin" if I recall correctly). But, I'm getting older, and that bag was a wedding gift 20 years ago (my wife uses it in summer) ::) so it doesn't have the loft or warmth that it used to. Similarly, I don't have the metabolism and tolerance of discomfort that I used to. I'd like to replace the sleeping bag with something warmer (rated for colder temperatures) for my occasional winter camping exploits. As with others, I hot tent, but 20 minutes after the fire dies it's not so different from cold tenting. Every time I head out it seems that we have a sub -30°C night, so I want a system that can handle things down to about -40°C.

I've been looking recently at the Wiggy's bags. Some reviewers love them, others not so much. I'm considering their dual bag "FTRSS" systems. Either the 0°F/-40°F Super Light or the -20°F/-60°F Ultima Thule systems. On one hand I don't want more bulk/weight than I need, but on the other hand I don't really trust temperature ratings an know that it'll lose some loft with time (despite the claims). I am probably fairly average when it comes to being a hot or cold sleeper (slow to warm up though once I get cold if I'm not active). I like the modular approach and would use the overbag in the summer for canoe & kayak camping if it's not too bulky. Price seems OK, and some of the wet sleeping bag reviews seem promising (not that I intend to sleep in a sopping wet bag, but moisture management in the winter is an issue, and there's the potential for wet sleeping systems when canoe & kayak camping).

Shipping to Canada from Wiggy's is atrocious but I can have it shipped to Montana for free where a friend can bring it across for me (then I just have to figure out how to get it the last ~400 km north).

What's the conventional wisdom these days at the forum here on sleeping bag systems for hot tenting and hauling sled? What do folks think of the Wiggy's bags? Anyone try the boat foot bags that they sell? For those that like their Wiggy's bags, how have you found the flat hood that cinches with a draw cord? How bulky when packed have you found these bags compared to other bags of similar warmth? How have you found their sizing? (I'm 6'3", 205 lbs or so.)

Other cost-effective bags that I should be considering?

So, here's my parameters:
  • Hot-tenting/cold-sleeping to -40°C in a cold dry environment (northern Saskatchewan)
  • ~4 nights out per year, wish it were more but...
  • Usually snowshoeing and hauling gear on a 10' HDPE toboggan, meaning bulk & weight matter, but it doesn't have to fit on my back (bonus if it does)
  • Tallish guy at 6'3"
  • My current system would likely get used by my kids, so I'd prefer to build a new set-up rather than accessorize what I currently have
  • I appreciate durability
  • Less than $500 cdn, please
  • Bonus points for versatility in any system I get (i.e. overbag that can be used on it's own for bikepacking & paddling)


I'm using an old MEC -20°C or so down bag, with an overbag (MEC "Emperor Penguin" if I recall correctly). But, I'm getting older, and that bag was a wedding gift 20 years ago (my wife uses it in summer) ::) so it doesn't have the loft or warmth that it used to. I use my wife's exped downmat in the winter, or a pair of self-inflating pads (usually an older Thermarest pad plus a MEC pad).

Edited to remove my questions about getting a new sleeping bag system, since I'm about to move that into a topic of it's own.

p.s. It's been a long time since I've visited the forum, work has kept me from winter camping but this winter I should have time to get out again.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Traditional Winter Camp - Video
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:39:01 pm »
Another great video Harlan. Thanks, and have a happy new year.

Has anyone had the chance to try out this saw yet? This summer I was camping with a friend and saw first-hand how much faster his sawvivor saw was compared to my pruning saw. Thus, a better camping saw is now on my christmas list.
Is it built tough enough?
Is the blade good?


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Firearm cases for winter travel
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:27:43 pm »
Hi Mark,
Graphite powder should be at a hardware store like Home Hardware. Otherwise, I have some you can borrow. A little goes a very long way.

Food and Cooking / Re: Coffee in the bush
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:32:50 am »
The system from MEC that I linked to above uses a #4 Melita filter. After a year's worth of use in winter and summer (2 trips each season), I'm happy to report that I really like the system for the same reasons as DKS mentions. Toss the filter and grounds into the wood stove or camp fire and clean-up is practically done.

The one thing to keep in mind is the size of the filter holder base, and the size of the pot you are going into. In summer use I would boil water in one pot and filter the coffee into a 2nd pot. My pots are too large for the filter to sit on top of, a problem easily solved by spanning the top of the pot with a couple of twigs to support the filter apparatus.

In winter, I tended to filter directly into my thermos. The mouth on the thermos is sized that the silicone rubber portion of the base of the filter apparatus makes a nice seal if your not careful, but lifting once in a while solves that minor issue. Also, the thermos is tall so with the filter on top full of grounds and water, it's top-heavy and can tip if you are not careful of it's placement. A shorter and wider thermos would be perfect for this, but it's not a problem I feel a strong desire to fix.

The GSI filter holder works well for 2 to 4 people. It can plug up with grounds if you are not careful and overflow the paper filter so that grounds are washed over and into the bottom of the filter apparatus. Or, if you are impatient (ie me) and start mucking with the filter, lifting it a bit to encourage better flow - the filter will eventually tear and then you've made a mess once it does.


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Anyone else burning tamarack?
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:24:46 pm »
Over new years we were on a trip with a group of 7. Myself and 3 of the others set up the tents while the remaining 3 went off to find firewood. We were in a spruce bog with the occasional standing "dead" tree scattered around. An hour later with the tents up we were all sawing wood and getting the campfire going and tent fire. Man that wood they found was dense, lots of hard work cutting it. We didn't give it much thought, but that evening our fire was not burning as well as it should (it was below -30 too). We weren't sure why until it finally dawned on us that the standing "dead" firewood that the others had collected was in fact live tamarack.  Doh!


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