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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: CO poisoning
« on: December 22, 2019, 09:54:37 pm »
Letting fire go out for night is definitely much safer, I wouldn't be able to sleep with my flimsy tin stove fully stoked anyway, my imagining of things that can go wrong wouldn't let me.  Another point is to control the burning rate in your stove on the air intake side, that is by a damper in the stove door, not on exhaust, in the flue pipe.  The flue pipe should be always unobstructed, this way all exhaust gases (CO and CO2 included) will naturally rise up the chimney by convection.  This is a rule for home installations as well, and for good reason.

Group Trip Planning / Re: Calgary Rendez-Vous
« on: November 08, 2019, 02:47:15 pm »
Hi Everybody,
I am from Edmonton, or say, part time Edmonton and part time Lodgepole.  Unfortunately, first weekend of January I'll be at work.  But good to know that there are a few of us in the West too.  Always interested in some few days ski + camp on both sides of the Rockies.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Goals
« on: October 26, 2019, 10:17:26 pm »
Reply to Stormy on baking using a tin wood stove: - I found an interesting documentary on YouTube on Komi reindeer herders of Northern Urals in Russia, and this is how they were baking very yummy looking buns with berries.  Rather large tin stove was going hard, a piece of tin was laid under it on the ground, shovel-full of hot coals was taken out of the stove and spread over the sheet of tin on the ground.  Large frying pan with raw buns was placed on top of hot coals and the stove was stocked again. Heat from underneath and from the top - pretty much like in regular oven.  The end result looked delicious, couldn't taste though.

My goal for this winter is to explore area just S of Nordegg (AB, I live in Edmonton).  One area to explore is Bighorn and Wapiabi accessed from Crescent Falls trailhead (off hwy 11) and another is Hummingbird area, South Ram River (off Forestry Trunk road).  So far I've done only some of Bighorn in winter and it was very nice and very quiet.  Anybody familiar with it in winter?

Tents and Shelters / Re: Small tent options?
« on: October 21, 2019, 12:53:54 pm »
To original question by B V: - check Seek Outside site if you want to spend 600+ USD, they have pretty high tech and lightweight (silnyl and Ti) combos of pyramid tents and folding woodstoves.  There are some others: - Tigoat, now under their new name but Google will still find Tigoat, not to mention scandinavian manufacturers, which may not be that easy to find in N America.   Sportsmanguide has some cheaper (in price and in materials/finish)  pyramid tents ~ 100 - 200 USD range.  Finally, for anybody handy with a sewing machine it's not hard (i am guessing) to make one - few examples on this site.  I am always in favour of a tipi or lavvu style for its simplicity, standing room, good heat and air exchange.  Chimpac stove is amazing I read on this site, but there are simpler options.  I built a cylinder stove out of a 12" long by 7" dia black flue pipe with two cap pieces with a simple baffle and a side port for a chimney. It weighs ~ 4 lbs.  I have the same objective: - solo tripping with a small plastic sled for hauling with some uphills, so weight is of essence.  My small (7' x 7' x 7'  pyramid) tent plus stove is less than 10 lbs.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: DIY - Trekable Rocket-Type Tent Stove
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:13:49 pm »
Thing of beauty Snowbound!  I made something very similar out of 7" dia black flue pipe and two end-caps with a smaller baffle inside and it works fine as well.  My tin work skills are rather poor and the stove doesn't look as good as Snowbound's, so I wouldn't show it off here.  Still works well and quite enough for a small 7' x 7' square lavvu.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:51:29 pm »
Hi all,
I am in 300winmag camp, but probably because I grew up with ski, not with snowshoes.  Once I bought a pair (of snowshoes, modern ones from MEC), tried three times and sold them next season.  I live and ski in western Canada, where the bush is not very dense and have usually some trails, old forestry roads, rivers or just wide open alpine to ski on, so I never felt that ski (versus snowshoes) limit my mobility in any way.  And the snow is made for gliding!  But, again, like many other things, it's a matter of personal preference.  As long as it doesn't burn gas, makes noise and pollutes air - it's all good.

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Trak Bushwacker and Karhu Catamount
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:27:43 pm »
Hi Trip,
I have old Karhu Orion, which i believe are about the same as Catamount and i think they are about perfect for what you described.  They have very good no-wax base and if not in mountains, can get by without skins.  Anyway, myOrions are 85mm in tp, 70mm in waist and 80mm tail, if Catamount is about that go for it.   I wouldn't mind to buy a pair, although i have two newer pairs, as my old Orions are getting a bit worn out.  My first for this kind of skiing and still my favourite.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Snowdog
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:35:14 pm »
"The Snow dog looks like an economic way to get people and gear into the bush at distances of 5 miles or less. Not sure how comfortable one would be at distances over 5 miles. At distances under 5 miles, a snowmobile may be overkill in terms of cost and speed,  however it is well suited to traveling  more than 5 miles far faster than a Snow dog."

Hey, do we really need a machine to travel at distances of 5 miles or less?  How about good old legs + ski or a snowshoe?

Happy skiing!

Tents and Shelters / Re: I think I found my winter tent!
« on: November 22, 2016, 03:09:07 pm »
Hey Eric,

"That is a forest only tent and definitely not good in a windy snowstorm" - not so.  Lavvu is widely used on tundra by Saami, Komi and Nenets people from N. Norway to Taimyr Peninsula, and prairie Indians of N. America used teepis, because they stand up to very strong winds.  This is of course more true for traditional lavvus and teepis supported by several poles, but even one central pole design can be quite wind resistant if properly anchored.

I agree that, like with any other tent, it is preferable to pitch it in the forest and shelterd from wind, but it is not a limitation.

Tents and Shelters / Re: I think I found my winter tent!
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:32:39 pm »
There is a way for everything.  Traditional lavvus and tipis didn't use 1 central pole and stakes - they used several poles on perimeter and rocks to weigh down the walls.  Same works for modern small lavvu. Any combination: 3 poles plus 3-4 stakes, with 6 - 8 poles doesn't need any stakes.  In boreal forest finding a few ~3m long poles is never a problem.  For stakes sometimes I take a few 5" or 6" nails and can pound them into any frozen ground or ice.  Ski and snow shovel make good snow anchors. 

Tents and Shelters / Re: I think I found my winter tent!
« on: November 06, 2016, 02:43:30 pm »
JusAguy and AunNordDuNord,
You're right on money - economic, simple, wind resistant and snow shedding, fast setup, I can add effective venting (chimney effect) and this feeling of sitting by the fire or stove.  The traditional tipis or lavvus can be quite large, large enough to house entire families of reindeer people in Siberia (lots of interesting material on Youtube).  Anyway, for a minimalist type I find this combination of ancient design (reliability and simplicity) with modern lightweight materials as close to perfect as possible. For those who like comfort more than light weight, there are larger lavvus available as well (although pricey!)where you can have cots, chairs, table and what not.

"the residual moisture from thawing condensation would become problematic on longer outings"  -  it is not with synthetic materials, at least not with polyester on my lavvu.  Water vapour doesn't penetrate the fabric, that's why it condensates inside.
So it dries quickly and what does not dry freezes and can be shaken off when rolling up the tent.

Tents and Shelters / Re: I think I found my winter tent!
« on: November 05, 2016, 02:54:09 pm »
I am another tipi (or lavvu as they call them in Scandinavia) enthusiast.  I use a small one and very basic with a little cylinder (upright) stove.  The tent is polyester and with a pole and all stakes and ropes weighs maybe 2 kg. When the stove is going condensation is not an issue, maybe up to 1' above ground in corners.  The stove is next to a centre pole and beacause the whole thing is about 2.1m x 2.1m of usable space you sit close to the stove.   When I don't want to take a sled, then the stove is out and it is a 6" tin can with a little fire in it.  Smoke venting through the smoke hole at the top, no problem.  This hole is also keeping air moving through which helps with condensation (and overheating).  At night the walls are sure to frost up, but quickly dry in the morning after fire is lit.  I never had to leave camp in the morning damp.  So, IMO tipi is the way to go, I wouldn't bother with wall tents.  There must be a reason why all Scandinavia, northen Russia and Siberia use lavvus. 

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Tracker Skishoes
« on: November 01, 2016, 02:50:31 pm »
Hok is still a ski, this isn't.  In my humble opinion this is another showshoe, definitely not even 25% ski.  Way too short, no glide possible (and glide is what defines a ski), not even downhill glide possible (too short plus crampons of sort built in) and definitely no turns.  Another modern yuppi style snowshoe if you ask me.   

Tents and Shelters / Re: Is this tent to small? opinion wanted
« on: November 01, 2016, 02:38:53 pm »
Hi Wooley,
I followed your advice "Check out Cousin Pete's trip reports then; that's how to travel from place to place".  My God!  I guess I am an ultra-light winter trekker.  My usual load is probably 1/4 - 1/8 of Cousin Pete's, at least by volume.  Mind you I Live in AB and have some hills to contend with (and enjoy) and rarely I am on packed trails.  So, I have to be very selective about what I take with me.  My total load between a small sled and med-size backpak is rarely more than 30 kg.  Canvas and big stoves are out of question, but I still manage to have some wood heat in my tent and never been unpleasantly cold for longer than 15 min.

Again, different people different styles and likings.  That's why it's so interesting!

Tents and Shelters / Re: Is this tent to small? opinion wanted
« on: October 31, 2016, 03:03:05 pm »
Hi Coldfeet,

You didn't mention how you want to use your tent.  Is it for a base camp with lots of lounging around or is it for strictly overnight use after a day of travel?  For a base camp I'd agree that it's rather small.  But if you like to cover some ground every day and need something light and quick to set up, i'd say it's just right.  Of course you'd have to find or build some small stove (see Chimpac's stoves) to use in it and it wouldn't be all night burning, just evenings and mornings to cook and to dry/warm up.   That's how it usually goes, if you like comfort you have to haul or carry more weight, if you like to travel light it has to be very basic.

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