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Trip Reports / Re: Escaping the Corona up with Gunflint Trail
« on: March 27, 2020, 09:46:54 am »
We went in on Sea Gull lake so most of the way up. I do have a few photos, I will try to figure out how to post them when I have more time this weekend.

Trip Reports / Escaping the Corona up with Gunflint Trail
« on: March 26, 2020, 04:28:36 pm »
We left East Central MN about 2AM on March 13th. There was a dusting of snow on the roads for most of the trip so we took it pretty slow as we didn't want anything to prevent our trip. Once we made it to Grand Marais we made a quick stop at the Holiday and then headed up the gunflint trail. The road was again snow covered and a bit slick in spots so we took our time and made it our entry point shortly after 7AM.
The lake had a solid crust and you could walk right on top so we made good time to our camping spot. We found a nice bay with good wind protection which was important because the wind was gusting pretty good. I always feel the advantage of camping in the winter is you can get far away from campsites and it makes finding good firewood easier. We had camp set up and a good 2 days worth of firewood stocked up by 2PM. We then turned out attached to some fishing and were able to ice a couple smaller lake trout. We were both tired from the long day and called it an early night. The wind continued through the night and we figured the temps dropped down into the single digits F.
Saturday would end up being the nicest day of the trip. After breakfast we did one more run for firewood just to make sure we had enough for the next couple days. Although the fishing was very slow it was a perfect day on the lake as the temps were right around 30 with very little wind and no clouds so the sun was out and powerful. The wind did pick up a bit that evening and the sky stayed clear so the temps dropped pretty good, it possibly even got below 0.
We got up before daybreak on Sunday and had out best day fishing. We didn't catch anything huge as the largest fish was a bit over 20" but the action was steady. Fatheads on a spoon is what we caught all of our fish on. We also used frozen smelt and jigged white tubes but neither produced any fish. We headed back to camp around 4PM and started to get things in line to head out the next morning. Sunday night would be the warmest night by far as I was able to sleep without even zipping up my bag. I figured it got down to 20F or so. We woke up around 7AM Monday started the stove up for a couple hours to warm up while we packed things up. About 2" of snow had fallen overnight and it was still coming down although very lightly. We were back to our vehicle by about 10:30AM and on the road before 11.
 We got back to grand Marais around noon and enjoyed a pizza and a couple beers at My Little Sister's place. Little did we know that would be our last time eating at a bar or restaurant for a while. As is the case on most trips my only regret is I couldn't stay longer, but it was a great trip and I can't wait for the next one.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Heat at night
« on: March 26, 2020, 03:30:39 pm »
Forse07  Don't I wish I could spend the whole night in bed.  69 year old bladder has other ideas.
Haha! Yeah it is no fun getting out of bed to put on cold boots and go outside only to return to a cold sleeping bag Once you open up that bag all the that was stored in there is gone almost in an instant. I tried using an empty bottle one time but it was frozen solid by morning and I ended up having to pack it out.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Heat at night
« on: March 12, 2020, 01:09:24 pm »
We don't even really bother loading up the stove at the end of the night. We just keep it going enough so that we are warm when we crawl into our bags. We have spent nights out as cold as -42F and have no interest in getting up a messing with the stove, just stay warm in your bag until morning. We do always make sure good materials ready to start the stove when we get up

I still check the site somewhat regularly and the downfall has been sad for me as well. I found this site after watching HOOP's winter camping videos on YT and miss the new material there as well. I have noticed the downturn of other forums I follow as well.
I donated at the previous request and would have no problem donating again if it would help boost the site. I do certainly agree the issue with posting pictures is a big problem. I am going on a trip in 10 days and I will make a commitment to at least post some kind of report when we return, even though I am not good at those kind of things.

We always set up directly on the ice and start by trampling down the snow with snow shoes. Once the tent is set up we do shovel out some of the snow but its important to make sure there is snow between the tent and ice. As far as the stove we bring a couple sections of 1/8" plywood wrapped in tin foil and it does wonders for preventing melt. We also find a good dead tree where we can easily remove the bark and we lay the dead bark in the area of the tent where we will be stacking out firewood. This has been a nearly flawless system for us as we have greatly minimized any ice melt and it keeps all of our firewood dry.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Titanium vs Steel Stoves
« on: November 19, 2019, 01:27:32 pm »
I have owned a SS box stove, ti barrel stove and a ti box stove. I haven't really noticed a difference in performance as far as heating the tent between any of them. I feel like the quality of wood I have used has been more important than the stove. Although I use the top of the stove to warm up already cooked foods I don't really use it to do the cooking or boil water so I can't really speak to that. I will say I would not go back to SS as I have definitely noticed a difference in the weight on the sled. Ti stoves will also last longer.

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 03:16:31 pm »
Dash would you be able to let me know if it has a baffle and possibly post a picture? I may still be interested even without the shelf.

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:56:51 pm »
Do they not come standard with the side shelf and baffle?

Classifieds / Re: For Sale Four Dog Stove
« on: February 26, 2019, 11:34:07 am »
If it doesn't work out with Gnatwest I would be interested.

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: The Ptarmigan with a CCS cover
« on: January 10, 2019, 11:40:26 am »
That looks really nice. I like the high sides although it does look a tad short to hold the gear I typically bring. Would be very curious to see a pic of it fully loaded.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Pushing my -20 F. down bag to lower temps
« on: December 12, 2018, 05:05:48 pm »
I have an REI bag rated to 10 above and I sleep with wool socks, sweat pants and a sweatshirt on a exped downmat 7 (R5.9 I believe). Last year we spent nights in temps that reached -42 and I slept fine. I don't typically wear my balaclava to sleep but I am pretty sure I did those nights.

Tents and Shelters / Re: Snowtrekker Shrink?
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:46:14 pm »
I have had this same issue happen to me with my snow trekker and pop up fish house. I have learned to make sure and dry the tent out in between each use to make sure this doesn't happen while on a trip.

Classifieds / Re: light hot tent set up wanted
« on: November 14, 2018, 11:40:49 am »
Just a quick comment on the stove.  I have both a Kni-Co stove and a collapsible titanium stove and use the one most appropriate to the shelter I'm in.  That being said, I always read comments to the effect about the collapsible one having to be broken down and set up each time you want to use it.  My question is why?  While the broken down stove is easier to transport, which is one of its pluses, it doesn't have to be collapsed for travel.  You'll need to be more careful with it, in my opinion, than one of the rigid stoves but you can still keep it "set-up" if you'd like.  There's nothing that demands you break it apart for travel. 

Just my thoughts.  Take them for what they're worth.

That's all for now.  Take care and until next well.


I completely agree. I also have a collapsible titanium stove and I no longer take apart mostly because it can be difficult to put back together after years of use. I pack it in a bag that is cinched on top of my sled to prevent any damage to it. It saves time and frustration and I wish I would have been doing this from day 1.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hot Tent Sleeping Setup
« on: October 30, 2018, 03:17:54 pm »
Does that go for the whole superior national forest or just BWCA?

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