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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:25:42 am »
I appreciate this thread...

I've had a pair of Glerup felted wool slippers/shoes for a number of years and have been very very happy with them. Though, my big toe has worn through the top of one of them. Leather bottom and I can run around in snow and they stay dry.

Possibly on the list this year is the ankle boot version with rubber sole:

https://www.glerups.com/products/ladies-gents/low-boot-w-rubber-sole/




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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Help and form questions.
« on: February 01, 2018, 08:12:08 pm »
Nice. It worked. But, it looks like your snow is a funny colour!

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Snowmobile winter camping
« on: January 25, 2018, 01:06:46 pm »
Good discussion here!

I'm torn on the snowmobile camping.

On one hand you could argue that it is arbitrary to draw a line in the sand at the use of snowmobiles. Even though many of us seem to strive to travel in the spirit of "traditional" winter trekkers, what we include and don't include on these trips is fluid and certainly not black-and-white. I think that it comes down to assessing what it is that we want to gain from our trips, and then balancing this with our impact on the places we travel.

On the other hand, I absolutely understand some of the negative impacts specifically associated with running a machine in the bush -- greater noise disturbance (to other humans and wildlife); potential for noxious spillage; wear on trails; potentially encouraging others to follow along and thus your impact grows; increased danger (although, a snowmobile has the potential to get back to town real-quick in an emergency situation); and maybe there's less satisfaction, or personal/emotional return/stress relief/whatever you are looking for if you're rumbling around on a machine. Personally I love how a tractless frozen lake looks, but not so much when it is criss-crossed with snowmobile tracks...

I've used a snowmobile for work in both populated and very remote areas, and also for winter camping several times, but also try to get out without it when that is an option.

Recently we spent around 2 weeks in the Temagami backcountry. The snowmobile came along with the intention of it carrying us and our gear from a major access point north up Lake Temagami at which point we would ditch the machine and make a big loop on foot with the toboggans in tow through smaller lakes. Travelling so far along the big lake would have taken a few days on foot, but was done in a morning with the machine. Understanding how easily you can get into trouble with a snowmobile, I had always made sure that we would be able to walk back to safety if needed.

During the trip our plans changed a bit. The weather was mostly quite cold (my crappy little thermometer bottomed out multiple times around -35), and we had a fairly young dog (puppy? 9-10 months old) along with us. The added stress of the young dog in the cold partly led us to stay with the snowmobile for the duration of the trip. The pup did amazingly well, but we were wanting to be cautions while we learn her limits and tolerance. The snowmobile added a bit of flexibility for us. We only ran it when moving camp (which we usually did every 2-3 days), and on non-travel days we would pack food and travel out on long hikes, returning to camp around dark. In this way the majority of our time outside certainly was not spent on a snowmobile.

All went well, but the machine adds stress... For future trips like this it is tempting to bring along TWO snowmobiles for redundancy. Agh, it is a slippery slope, isn't it?


The machine is a 2006 SkiDoo MXZ 600 SDI. It's not exactly a utility sled, but it got the job done. As it is snow/liquid cooled I had to shut it down and let it cool on a few occasions when running on bare ice:


And here, fighting through some slush. The water on top of the ice at this point was nearly knee deep in a few places... I asked my partner to walk through the slush so that we'd be less likely to get stuck with the weight of a second person onboard. Plus, somebody HAS to get their feet wet, right?



On that note, a good/necessary skills to have is ice/slush removal. Being able to flip the sled on its side for de-icing is useful. Other items in kit: spare spark plugs, oil if you think you'll need it, spare belt and knowledge of how to change it. What else do you all carry?

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Help and form questions.
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:18:45 pm »
re: TinyPic... I just read some of their terms of service. Without an account the images will likely be removed after 90 days without them being viewed. That could mean that the forum ends up with too many threads with broken picture links...

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Help and form questions.
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:16:29 pm »
At risk of muddying the waters....

I just took a look at how to do this through google images, and it isn't nearly as straightforward as with other image hosting services. I can see how it is giving ravinerat a link that won't quite work. There is a way to make it work, but it's not necessarily all that clear.

You could try tinypic.com. It's a free service with no sign-up. I can't really personally vouch for it, but apparently it is a company owned by Photobucket.

It's simple to use. Go to tinypic.com     Click "Choose File" to upload your picture. It'll upload the image, and then copy the link where it says "IMG Code for Forums & Message Boards". It'll have the [ IMG]     [/IMG  ] text around it.

Paste here and helpfully it works...!

I had to upload a random image to test it out, here's what I grabbed:








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I'm not sure if you're aware of this resource or not, but the Ontario MNR has a pretty great map that allows you to view different land-use maps in Ontario.

OMNR Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: https://www.ontario.ca/page/crown-land-use-policy-atlas

Also useful for the District of Muskoka is the Muskoka Web Map: https://map.muskoka.on.ca/Exponare/




Oh no, now, back down the rabbit hole of clicking around on maps I go...

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Ontario & Quebec / Re: Ontario Ice Conditions 2017/2018
« on: January 19, 2018, 07:51:35 pm »
no snow cover at all?

Yes, that was the case on a number of lakes. Lake Temagami was the clearest of any that we travelled on.

The warm temps + rain seems to have melted and then re-froze the already small amounts of snow present on the surface. Snow loading was already minimal on most lakes, but especially those that run in a general North-South direction as there was 4+ days of high winds (paired with temps in the -30s!). Of course this meant 4' drifts in some locations and much slush in some places before the big melt.

As the lake surfaces refroze the ice boomed and bellowed like I've never experienced. Anybody who was out probably heard this. Constant rumbling and cracking. Amazing!

The picture is from Grey Owl Lake:


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Ontario & Quebec / Re: Ontario Ice Conditions 2017/2018
« on: January 18, 2018, 10:04:04 am »
Well, an ice condition thread would seem to be not so useful now given that we've (mostly) had nice cold temperatures and are creeping up on February.

We're just back from a nice few weeks in Temagami and were certainly mostly pleased with the ice conditions. Nice and thick!

After the slight warm up we had last week and the 24+ hours of rain (not fun, we were wishing for the -30s to come back), some of the lakes were a total slush mess... and then they froze into brilliance... no snow, all hard cold ice! Should have brought the skates along! If you're looking to get out in slush-free conditions now might be the time!

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I also ordered a wood stove thermometer,... other then too hot  and wasting fuel or  too cold and risking gases, do these gadgets tell any other stories?

I suppose it could help you gauge consistency of the fire by noting how the temperature fluctuates, from this you could then get a better idea of what wood is and isn't working, how much to stoke the stove, other adjustments etc. Maybe too scientific for the task at hand, however. This is one of those subtle but useful/important skills to learn: how to best control/maintain fire in a small portable style wood stove.

If I have a mixed collection of wood in terms of dryness I'll usually do some mental sorting of the "grades" of wood and choose what I put into the stove when based on this.

In terms of heat... I recall once noting a 60 degree C temperature differential between the outside and inside of my tent. -30C outside, +30C, inside of a home-made prospector-type 10 x 12 tent... it was a bit much!
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Ontario & Quebec / Ontario Ice Conditions 2017/2018
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:25:01 pm »
I'm searching for information on ice conditions in various parts of Ontario. Specifically information from the Temagami area would be appreciated. I'm looking for safe "early" season routes to head out on ASAP.

I'm hoping that members with information can share it, and in turn I'll try to report here with what I find out.

-In central/NE Ontario/Algonquin/Almaguin/Muskoka we've had frozen ponds and small lakes for nearly two months, but conditions are variable. As of last week the major lakes in Muskoka only just started to fully close up.

-"Freeze up" was called in Temagami on December 17th: http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Seasons/Winter/freezeup2017-06.htm

-As of December 29th apparently snowmobiles are running on Kukagami Lake, but I don't know about actual ice thickness/consistency

-Algonquin's lakes are apparently now all ice-covered, but "thin and unsafe": http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/2017/christmas_newyears_2017_update.php

-Entertaining video ice reports from Lake Nipissing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bWS71IA8VU


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Trip Reports / Re: BTO detected in Manitoba
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:13:10 pm »
Packing up now for a few weeks of tripping... Despite these dire warnings, but after reading this post, I've decided that we'll be bringing along a healthy supply of butter tarts. Maybe we can stop at a few different bakeries on the drive out -- butter tart recipes are taken seriously around these parts.

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: LOOKING FOR A CABIN TO RENT
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:26:08 pm »
Also, my apologies for creating a thread with title in ALL CAPS - I think I was feeling particularly excited at the time...

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: LOOKING FOR A CABIN TO RENT
« on: December 06, 2017, 09:25:21 pm »
Thanks for the great replies, everyone!

"Glamping" and Red Lake area fly in are both quite tempting... I'll follow up if those options end up working best for us.



We would also be open to renting a hunt cabin, or other remote cabin in an area that is good for winter exploration. I suspect finding something like this is best done through word of mouth. -- there's some listings on services like AirBnB, but it's not quite what we are hoping for. We're already covered in the "cottage" category.

Thanks again!





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General Winter Camping Discussion / LOOKING FOR A CABIN TO RENT
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:17:44 am »
Hello everyone,

I'm not sure which sub-forum to put this in, but I figure that this one might be my best bet!

I'm looking for a cabin to rent for a few weeks this coming January (and end of December after Christmas).

Ideally the cabin is:

-quite rustic
-remote
-and somewhere lucky enough to be frozen over already

It does not need to be road accessible. Ideally it isn't. Ideally we take the snow machine in, and from there can do day trips, or multi-day trips hauling sleds w/ the canvas tent.

Does anybody have one, know of one, or have advice how I can find such a thing? I'm flexible on location, but am currently Ontario based.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Classifieds / Re: FS 10 x 10 Atuk Alaskan PRICE REDUCED
« on: January 11, 2017, 08:55:52 am »
PM sent!

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