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Snowtrekker Tents / New sidewall pull out clips arrived!
« on: April 01, 2019, 06:53:40 PM »
Thanks Duane!  Arrived today, took about what 3-4 days?   Looks great, love the florescent color!   Hope to test it out with a possible New Jersey paddle this month!   Jursey!  haha   

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Trip Reports / Re: Snowstorm Solo Overnight - Fun Times
« on: March 27, 2019, 01:27:45 PM »
Just ordered 6 clips for my snowtrekker, thanks for posting Harlan.   Gpoing out to your area is on my list!  T

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Trip Reports / Re: Snowstorm Solo Overnight - Fun Times
« on: March 25, 2019, 08:56:33 PM »
Leaving a comment here.....wish I was there!  Fantastic!    My daughters dog, oops Neptune just wants his belly scratched all day also.  Thanks for sharing this year.  Making me dream while I pack away my woolies here in the NYC area.   I have enjoyed watching your trips, very informative.   Health and happiness!

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Just saw you using those new clips for the guy out system.  I tried buying those last year off another forum member, to late.   I will buy those soon from ST.  Paused the video, thanks for sharing. 

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Trip Reports / Re: 2nd time out and still tired!
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:27:37 PM »
bio!    Ouch!   That was tough to watch!   Thought you were going to somehow post my "Queens" video, haha.

GearFreak, that is an awesome gathering,  I would love to check that out some time.  I used to hake a lot 10 years ago but bad knees (left knee replacement) has slowed me down, but I'm still going at it, just not as much.

BV, yea big problem with wood, and there is no way I'm looking for any hidden stash!  Probably booby trapped.

OldGuide- your exactly right, wish I was doing it all over right now.

I actually though about  getting some wood delivered to the site from one of the snowmobiler's  (for future trips)   Is that a word? 

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Trip Reports / 2nd time out and still tired!
« on: February 28, 2019, 09:28:12 PM »
Hopefully I'll figure out pics this weekend.

Went for my 2nd WT trip in NY Adirondacks with my buddy IndianChris.  His first trip across ice and my second.  Boy did I move up into leadership after Bioguide took me out last year.   Made sure we both had those safety ice picks and throw bag just in case.  Reviewed safety videos and said a few prayers before going out.

Well how gullible I am thinking how easy it was going to be like last years glass ice hauling trip.  uggggg.   Only 1/2 mile meandering trail from the car to the lake.   I was using the 9ft toboggan and chris was using the Paris pulk.  So on the small downhills I let my sled fly down by itself, that was nice, but when pulling it I felt the slack in the rope and realized I was being chased by a 70lb sled!   I was trying to run like Groucho Marx!   But I was post holing along the side of the trail!  That sled kept banging into my heels, uggg.

Made it to the lake, real happy and then I realized that our broken trail was gone, uhhh.  Well, being out of shape didn't help either.  (How does one get into shape to pull a sled in snow?)   There was about 5-6" of snow on top of the ice with app 1/4" of ice on top of that.   Didn't wear the snowshoes (strapped on the sled) and started to pull the gear. uggg.   Every 20-30 steps I stopped and sucked up some cool air.   Then looked ahead and went another 20-30 steps...  this kept on for 1/4 - 1/2 mile I'm guessing. 

A cool yellow plane flew over us and  tipped it's wings at us to say hello.   He probably did that because I was trying to wave hello but kept swaying back and forth from being tired.  hehe   Skipping more tiring and sweating parts, we made it to the North side of the lake where our site was.   Totally exhausted, didn't drink enough water and hungry we stomped down some snow and had to walk our empty sleds back across the lake, up the trail 1/2 mile to our cars for the wood that we purchased in a town a few miles away.   We didn't want to take a chance of not finding downed fuel.   We also brought in I think 8 biobricks to burn.  At the car it was time to eat (I left my food at the car knowing we were coming back, bad idea, I should have eaten a few hours earlier) Also drank some left over water in the car. 

Back down the trail, sled hitting me in the heels, across at least a partially broken trail, to the site then set up the tent, get stove going and rest my knees.  It was getting late and we didn't want to drill through the ice for water that night.  So, we ate, and ate and ate.   Moon was full and a bit cloudy, temps around 13f.  Monday it would be clear, and a chilly night around -2f.   

Next morning we went out to drill for water.  first time using an auger that was brand new and had a sentimental value to it.   finally after app 18" we broke through and got us some needed water.  It's amazing how folks survived and still do in those type of conditions, water, wood and food. 

We spent some time wacking along the edge of the woods and took pics of the open water and river.  I saw some snowmobiles across the lake and hoped they knew where the open water was for their safety.    While my friend was ice fishing I knew it was time for me to step up and break trail for our trip back across the lake.  Yep, did my WT forum readings and saw pics and watched videos.   I couldn't believe how tired I was just post holing across the lake.  We had gotton maybe another 3-4" that day on top of the other layers.   I took some video to show how smart I was , it would be a lot easier leaving the next morning, I hope.

Another lesson learned, BAD IDEA!  That night as we slept the wind gods and snow gods filled in my tracks :(   All you could see was the ridge marks of my snowshoes.  ahhhhh!   So another heavy pull across the lake stopping every 20-30 steps.   As I got closer to the other side I ended up stopping every 10-20 steps, thinking about bioguides Snowdog!   

We we got back to the trail and went uphill, my best best best friend Chris took over and hauled his sled uphill and came back and pulled mine uphill as I huntched over it and tried pushing it uphill as he pulled,that too was tough.

We made it back to the cars, loaded up and went on our ways back home app 300miles.   I was dreaming about so many different things but mostly how important it is to work as a team before the trip to get gear ready and not duplicate to many items.  work together while tripping and be honest with each other about one feels, both mentally and physically.  I was exhausted and realized that I need to slow down, drink more water and rest or something could go really wrong.   

I must say that I appreciate all of you for sharing your thoughts and experiences both good and bad ones so newbies like me can think about the What if's?  I know now that I was blessed my first time out hauling across clear ice and now understand how conditions can really change ones ability to move gear.  Oh yea, I did carry a small backpack and discovered much it wetted out my baselayer.   Another lesson learned, should have used my Osprey with the vented back.   Light pack wasn't worth it.   Oops, and I used an old narrow bag and a top bag, worked a bit but had to release the bungies to get to the zipper.  Looks like another BV order coming up! 
Health and happiness to all!  coldfeet

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Bothwell Voyageur / Re: Thoughts on Tanks & Top Bags
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:24:28 PM »
BV, just saw this post.  Your toboggan bag and stove bag went on it's 2nd trip a few weeks ago and they both worked wonderfully.  I had to much gear and wanted a top bag for those objects you just talked about.   I ended up finding a long thin bag to strap on top but had to bungi it down and it was difficult opening the zipper to get gear out or put gear in.  I realized that a top bag is the way to go.  Looking at your site now, hope to contact you soon.   

PS, thought the red bags would make me go faster, I was wrong :(     haha, it was an exhausting pull.   how the heck does one get into pulling shape?   I'm guessing I'm going to need to cut down on those NY bagels!  Take care. 

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wow!    I'm speechless.    Thanks for the tips.  Stay safe.  When we meet I need to give you some NY bagels!   

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Classifieds / Re: Empire Wool and Canvas, Wool Boreal Hoodie
« on: January 24, 2019, 12:43:49 PM »
Interested. Sent PM

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Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days of Hammock Hot Tent Life
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:03:35 PM »
Thanks for the video, think i saw something like that before on this site, probably yours, wonderful!

Set up a gathering!  I'll bring the NY bagels! 

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Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days of Hammock Hot Tent Life
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:12:17 PM »
Thanks for sharing, beautiful pics of mountains and the steak and the sausage and everything else.

Was the hammock set up and the hot tent set up over it?   Excuse for asking. 

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Tents and Shelters / Re: Clear vinyl door
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:23:18 AM »
Can't help you with that type of tent, I tried it on a snowtrekker.

I can tell you a mistake I made, actually I think 2.

Didn't really size the vinyl correctly when I cut the width.

Then I didn't sew or staple the velcro on the vinyl, just stuck it on.   The heat coming from the stove melted the glue backing on the velcro and the whole right side of the vinyl door began to droop off the canvas.

My fault for being lazy.  But having a vinyl door is cool, looking outside during the daytime is nice. 

I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 

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Trip Reports / Re: Ringing in 2019 in AP
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:27:21 PM »
Thanks for sharing, love all the pics.  Do you mind if I ask a question about the wolves and your dog?  When they hear your dog howl do they want to investigate what it is?   Just a city boy wondering.  Thanks.

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Other Homemade Gear / Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« on: December 12, 2018, 08:10:14 PM »
Hi Jawax, I too take orders and pay the bill!   

Love your work, I'm sure those keepsakes will be in the family for a very long time.

I can imagine the kids talking about their gear during show and tell in school.

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Classifieds / eBay Empire wool jacket
« on: December 12, 2018, 03:22:11 PM »
Not mine nor do I know the seller.
I missed out on buying one from Kevin last weekend so I was just searching online and saw a used one on eBay.  Size Medium.  Sad but not my size.  Nice price.  Hopefully some one here could use it.
My turn will come up one day hopefully.  Good luck.    I can’t include the link, sorry

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