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Tents and Shelters / Re: Snowtrekker Tent Choice
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:56:36 AM »
I have the medium Snowtrekker version of the Kni-Co stove for my Snowtrekker EXP Basecamp 9 x 11.5 tent and it has no problem keeping my tent warm.  The medium is what Duane had suggested when I bought the tent.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: water proofing winter moccasins.
« on: January 20, 2019, 05:28:11 PM »
Rubber over boots (as mentioned) are the way to go. I bought a pair from Lure of the North when I made my moccasins at one of their workshops.

I switch back and forth between the Boreal 21 and the Silky 2000. Both have there place in the boreal forest. 

The best deal for the Silky 2000 is right now on for $85CAD shipped.

$79 @ MEC

Plus shipping from MEC, unless you have a MEC retail store reasonably close to you.   The Silky BigBoy 2000 is on Amazon Prime so shipping is included/free. 



MEC has free shipping on orders over $50 right now.

On a related matter, I have heard that the tooth design of buck saws like Bob's are designed to cut dry wood whereas the blades of saws like the Silky are designed to cut green wood.  Comments?

You can buy buck saw blades for either green wood or dry wood. Lure of the North carry Bahco replacement blades for either wood type.

News & Events / Re: 2nd Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:52:04 AM »
It was a very good event. I enjoyed all the speakers, but in particular, I really liked Tim’s and Hoop’s presentations.

I hope Hoop makes his slides for his presentation available for download on this site. There was lots of great information in his presentation.

Their video skills far exceeded their winter camping skills. Makes me wonder a bit, how much of this was staged.

Nothing suggests that having good video editing skills makes them an experienced winter camper.

I started a pole as I'm curious to see everyone's opinion. See the top of the thread to vote.

True, and I don't think they're necessarily experienced winter campers per se either. Just that whatever their background is, it's not exactly as portrayed. I don't have any knowledge of Atuk, but is it likely they'd get a tent without the poles? I can see getting the wrong pole for example but no poles at all seems unlikely.

The Atuk doesn't come with poles. You have to provide your own centre pole or get a sapling from the woods.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Snow shovels
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:40:20 AM »
I have a different model Voile shovel with a shorter handle than the one Bioguide has. Never had a problem with it. Very well made.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: New Year 2018 in Mew Lake
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:49:08 AM »
Hello AunNordDuNord:  Thank you very much for that explanation.  I'll have to put these techniques to work on my upcoming winter trips.  It seems fairly simple.  Within the next few months I should be able to distinguish a balsam fir from a spruce tree. 

Take care,
Cousin Pete

One way I was taught to remember which is which by touching the needles is using the saying “Spikey Spruce, Friendly Fur”.

Bothwell Voyageur / Re: Free Stuff
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »

Bothwell Voyageur / Re: Free Stuff
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:30:35 PM »
I would like the untensil roll. Thanks Bothwell Voyageur for your generosity!!!

News & Events / Re:'s 2017-18 Fund Raising Drive!
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:11:19 PM »
Done!  Happy to support a great website.   :D

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:55:40 PM »
I tend not bother attaching them as we like to bring the whole thing into the tent for packing. The tank is just dumped fully loaded on to the toboggan. Others do like to fix them on first usually with some short lengths of paracord tied into the corner webbing and then tied with a bow into the running lines. I was never great at tying the bow in the cold so gave up!

This is good if you have a longer tank, I have made them up to 10ft long, and then each person packs a smaller duffle that gets packed into the tank. Good for school or outfitter groups.

Once loaded it is the webbing straps tightly cris-crossed over the top that holds the tank in place.

Thanks for responding.  I like your idea of just using the webbing to hold everything in place so you can take the tank on/off easily.   

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:45:10 AM »
@Bothwell Voyageur, I was wondering how you attach your tank design to your toboggan. Do you pass the running lines through the loops at the bottom of your tanks (which would make it hard to remove) or do you clip it on somehow?

I am looking for the best solution to attach my tank to my toboggan. Thanks!

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:08:26 PM »

You got me really excited there for a minute... Until I saw the temp range... They should go -45 to +40( I don't know many places in Canada that the temp goes above 40c ...

I might still get one!

The one I have has markings until -35 C, but there is room below the last marking so you can probably guesstimate down to -40 C without much trouble. 

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:30:35 AM »
Those interested in measuring the temperature the analog way might like a Weksler Armoured Thermometer.  They are available at MEC:

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