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Brian W.,
I looked once again  at the video link you posted on the Dustrude bucksaw and I am going to order one from Piragus tomorrow. Tired of the limitations of mold SVEN saw for canoe and car camping.

Eric B.

While browsing in a Fjellraven store in Boulder, CO I couldn't find anything that fit but spied some very nice sheath knives by HELLE.

I had not known of theHELLE brand of knives but holding them made me aware that these were very special knives.

Luz bought me the "GT" model which is one of theHELLE knives with a laminated blade having high Rockwell hardness inner laminate/edge and outside layers of softer, more piiable steel. This knife is [email protected] SHARP!

Together with my Council Tool SOOD-CRAFT 19" camp axe and my encyclopedic outdoor skills (hey, I'm 76) I am "Bush Craft Ready". ;o)

Eric B.
BTW, I'm looking for an appropriate slice of deer or elk antler to make a pommel B/C i don't like the cheap looking tang end and my hand fit could use a bit of an extension. Also I may have a custom gunsmith do a bit of checkering on the handle. Or I can woodburn a design on both sides.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Anorak from Russia
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:22:07 pm »
What does the Aorak weigh?

I would advise rubbing "Sno Seal" wax on your hands and then all over the exterior of the parka and pants. Do this 3 or 4 times using a hair dryer set on medium after each "rub-in" to get good water resistance and for the wool's longevity. I've done this on Dachstein heavy wool mittens and Knut & Knut heavy wool gloves.

Alternatively you could wash the garments in NIK WAX waterproofing in barely warm water.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / YEr favorite winter hats?
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:16:02 pm »
I like a "Peruvian" style wool with fleece liner. Wool part made in Nepal. Fleece liner added in US.

But I've recently bought a Duluth Trading Co. "Ushanks" insulated ball cap with rabbit fur ear flaps. I need the ball cap brim to keep snow out of my glasses. This cap is super warm.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / My winter shelters
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:10:30 pm »
I have slept comfortably in winter in the following"

1. tarp ->10' x 12'  rigged with low folded front entrance for storm protection
2. tent -> double walled 1, 2 and 3 person tunnel and dome
3. snow trench -> 2 person with foot "cave" from foot to knees
4. Quinzhee -> 2 person (-22 F. that night but we sere just fine)

What winter shelters have you slept in?

Eric B.
OOPS! forgot one. lean-to -> clear plastic drop cloth roof and front. Roofed with hemlock boughs over the plastic. Clear plastic front permitted a reflector fire to nicely heat the inside for hours.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Winter backpack
« on: February 22, 2019, 07:53:26 pm »
My old Dana Terraplane weighs 7.5 lbs. Much too heavy even for a large pack.

* 4.5 lbs.
* 75 cubic liters -  a large pack
* zippered sleeping sleeping bag bottom compartment (a must for me)
* very adjustable harness (5" vertically and huge horizontal adjustment in hip belt padding)
* removable top lid compartment (for fanny pack on day hikes/ski trips
*excellent quality (I own an Osprey EXOS 58 snd it's top notch, as is my Osprey daypack)

Since I cold camp in the western mountains I need a large backpack. Wish I could take my pulk.

Any other suggestions?

Eric b.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:52:35 pm »
Du Nord,

My experience in both Pennsylvania and Nevada supports - in spades - that skis require less effort than snowshoes in all conditions except very rocky, brushy or steep conditions. This resumes the skier has basic ski skills, of course, like braking and turning.

I have MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes with add-on tail extensions. These are the grippiest large 'shoes I could find. Yeah, traditional "Michigan" style 'shoes are perhaps more supportive in deep snow but I'll take my Tele skis or the new Black Diamond Glidelite short skis 90% of the time over any 'shoes.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Ski Climbing Skins
« on: February 20, 2019, 11:27:42 pm »
I have a pair of G3 ski climbing skins for my Atomic TM22 Telemark skis and Asnes Combi Combat backcountry touring skis. I need them for climbing "hills" here in the in the western US.

Skis with skins are FAR easier to use than snowshoes if you have even a modicum of XC skiing skill. I may even sell my MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes.

Anyone else use climbing skins?

Tents and Shelters / Hot Tent W/light canvas tarp over nylon tent anyone?
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:10:05 pm »
I can see protecting nylon tent made for a stove with a light canvas tarp. Also to help hold in heat.

Anyone tried this?

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / NOW is it cold enough??
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:41:31 pm »
You guys in the northern states are getting some really sub-zero temps this week. Time to test your winter clothing and take a short vacation to get out and camp.

I envy you those frigid temperatures. here i am in southern Nevada and even at 9,000 ft. in our nearby Spring Mountains it has only been done to -5 F. so far.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Not a great camp this week
« on: January 20, 2019, 12:40:02 am »

I did take some photos.I'll download them tomorrow and post here. They were taken before the "slush" hit.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Not a great camp this week
« on: January 18, 2019, 08:12:31 pm »
Went to 9,500 Las Vegas' Spring Mountains Wednesday. I used my Atomic Telemark skis and climbing skins. My70 liter Dana Terraplane  pack was 38 lbs. with a 2 person Tarptent Scarp 2 tent, -20 F. down bag, -40 F. down belay parka, MSR Whisperlite Universal stove (white gas mode) and other necessary items with meals for 2 1/2 days.

My purpose was to test the "winterizing" mods I had made on my Scarp 2 tent under a snow load B/C the US sweater Service had forecast 2 ft. of snow at that altitude. The mods were optional X'd crossing poles that I ran under the fly for much better wind and snow load than the factory exterior straps system.

Anyway, rain, not snow, from 11:00 PM Wednesday to 6 AM Thursday then finally rain mixed with snow but not in great amounts. In other words just miserable weather that was wet and slushy. The tent did very well with 2 inches of literal slush on the fly so I was a bit satisfied with its ability to handle a heavier load.  But with that rotten weather I packed up and skinned back to my car.

I'd planned to stay two nights but in actual cold, snowy weather, not in that dangerous wet situation. I had an eVent WPB parka but my pants were heavy nylon fabric cargo pants lined with fleece over polyester long johns. They had good DWR water repellant on them but were not water resistant enough for snow mixed with rain. Interestingly the front of my knees & thighs got soaked but I never had water penetrate to my long johns.

I had pondered wearing uninsulated GTX ski pants instead but felt I needed warmth over waterproofness. WRONG! The weatherman got it wrong and so did I.

I had a decent time until Thursday morning but the weather gods did not favor me.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: New down mountaineering parka on its way!
« on: January 13, 2019, 07:23:14 pm »
OK, the Eddie Bauer PEAK XV parka arrived 2 days ago and it is an excellent "expedition" severe weather parka.

1. DWR treated down - absorbs 30% less & dries 60% faster than untreated down
2. baffled construction in torso, arms and hood
3. hood is "helmet compatible" (will fit over my ski helmet)
4. Drawstrings at hem (tighten from inside hand warmer pockets if desired), face (ends inside hood to keep wind from slapping them in your face), rear of hood drawstring pull  (horizontal drawstring  to pull hood away from eye area on each side)
5. light and tough Cordura brand fabric shell (does not lock like Cordura pack cloth but is tough. Snagging it on a Ponderosa pine branch stub did not phase it.
6. 800 fill down
7. Three outer pockets and three inner pockets (2 large mesh pockets, one on each side)

1. needs more down fill in upper sleeves (easily fixed from an inside lining seam.)
2. interior zipper baffle needs filled with down. (another easy fix) and maybe a 2nd baffle on the other side like the Patagonia Grade VII parka has.

I took the parka on a ski camping trip this week and though the temps were just barely below freezing the parka proved to be a virtual "cocoon" after sunset. Yeah, it's bulky to pack but to me it is comforting to have that "insurance" along.

TODAY (2/19/'19) I unstitched the top of the zipper baffle and filled it with down then sewed up the baffle. It's now very puffy and I'm ready to add a left side similar baffle so it looks like the Patagonia GRADE VII and Fitz Roy parkas' baffles. I figure if Patagucci did it there's a good reason to do it that way. Those guys make very few design mistakes.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: BAFFLED down parkas?
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:09:26 pm »

Thanks for the info on the snaps. I'll use some "industrial strength" Velcro. Fabric shops carry it. I'll test it before sewing to on my parka hood.

The Tenacious Tape with snaps is a good backup plan. Or at least 3 strategically placed snaps on the Velcro. (Belt & suspenders, ya know.)

Eric B.

UPDATE: The Eddie Bauer PEAK XV parka arrived today and it is very nice. FULLY baffled in torso, arms and hood.

->Hem drawstrings can be accessed from inside the hand warmer pockets, but must be relaxed from the outside hem.
->Hood face drawstrings can be accessed from inside the hood (loose string stays inside & will not whip your face in windy conditions)
->Back of hood drawstring is horizontal to pull cinched hood away from eyes for better peripheral vision
->Shell is light Cordura brand material. Very tough
-> Down is Dri-Down DWR treated

->upper arms need more down fill (easily remedied
->interior zipper baffle needs sen filled (Again, easily remedied)
->front zipper is only one-way (I'll live with that)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: A very good parks for $299. that has a few fixable problems.

Thanks gents, quite a range of bag brands and fills including several double bag systems. I've found double bags to work VERY well.

Wilderwes,  I had a Mountain Hardwear - 20 F. Polartec bag but sold it B/C it was far too bulky and heavy to backpack. I'm in Nevada and pulks don't fare well in the mountains so I must backpack on skis with climbing skins.

That bag had a full length zippered gore above the main zipper and when opened added another 6" or girth so I could actually insert my WM Megalite 20 F. down bag inside with no problem. THAT combo would have been good to -40 F.

I may later buy the REI 4 season FLASH Insulated air mattress if the 3 season one is too cold for winter with a 1/8" closed cell foam mat cut from underlayment foam. (No lie, try it.)

Eric B.

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