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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

Winter Camping Clothing / Wool pants question
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:01:40 AM »
Big Bill 100% wool or 75% wool, opinions on which ones to purchase. 
And I've read about sizing up, opinions on that also please.  Thanks

Trip Reports / First semi solo trip
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:36:30 PM »
Went on my first solo winter trip this past weekend in the NY area.   I am able to use the property of the sleep away camp that I work at during the summer time in Copake NY.  We had a dumping of snow a few days earlier and they had app 8-10" up there.  It was sort of car camping and I choose a location where I had to haul my gear to a site tucked away near the woods.

Going to keep this report simple.

What I learned,
1.  Stake the tent down after placing canvas on top of the frame, immediately.  Snowtrekker 9x11.5
2. Pole will split when wind blows tent over when my back is turned.  (already sopke to Duane, I'm the second one this week cracking a pole)
3.  Don't walk after tent, run!
4.  Newtons law of motion, tent will continue to roll until it meets an object, like a downed tree.
5.  Carry duct tape always (didn't have)
6.  don't over feed stove with those biobricks, smothered flames.
7    Setting up in yard on grass wearing sneakers is not reality.   Took a lot longer to do it on snowshoes and post holing at times without them
8.  I enjoyed relaxing inside and cooking once I was set up.
9.  Cot on snow sinks and tilts making pad and me slide off a bit.
10.  I need to stop feeding stove before sleeping because I get to hot once in the sleeping bag.
11.  Spam is pretty good but in moderations.
12.  I wish my whole family was with me to enjoy being out there,  not to sure if that will ever happen.
13.  I was bored being out there alone, I'm a people person.
14.  I would do it again and be prepared a bit more now mentally.
15.  I was only out 2 nights and wished I could have stayed longer.

I was solo setting up (and taking down), took me 4 trips with my Paris pulk bringing stuff from the car to my site, not a long distance to pull, maybe 200 yards to a quiet place in the camp where the kids go camping.   My friend showed up next morning and we drove around and did a short hike to a cave with a waterfall running through it (Dover NY).  I picked up two bundles of wood to burn that night and next morning because the wood at camp was damp and tough to burn.   Once again I brought to much gear but I figured why not, just in case.  Bad habit of mine but I can take less when I have to.  I listened to an audiobook that bioguide suggested, White Fang.  I still have a few chapters left to find out the ending, then I heard it was also made into a movie which I hope to watch one day.     Oh yea, my buddy up there gave me some venison cheese hot dogs, pretty good but a bit on the spicy side.   I enjoyed seeing the sun set, stars the first night, hearing the birds in the morning, cutting up a few pieces of wood and scraping off the bark so it could burn easier, watching some snow fall.  But I'm going to be honest, I felt lonely.   All of my winter buddies were busy but I needed to go because I knew it would be my last winter trip of the season, glad I went.  I guess that means it was a success :)   Many lessons learned, oh one more thing, the Sorels I bought used, makes my right foot sock keep sliding down.  Guess its the friction between the felt liner and my wool sock.   My modified Bear Paw snowshoes worked great until they too slid off my sorels!  And my feet were still cold!  Wish I could go tomorrow all over again!   Health and happiness to all.   Will try somehow this week to figure out posting pics.  Take care.

Sorry if this posted twice.

Classifieds / Kni co Trekker for sale
« on: February 23, 2018, 02:16:46 PM »
I'm selling a small Kni Co Trekker with side table.  Straight pipes comes with it, no elbow piece.   Was purchased last year by my daughters fiance who was taken away to early in life.  He bought it after going out with me and camping in the Snowtrekker with my Trekker stove.  Selling it for $125 plus shipping. 

 I'm located east of NYC about 30 miles on Long Island.   I can deliver it and meet up somewhere within 100 miles or on my next ADK or other trip going north when paddle season begins.  Please pm me for pics that I can send via email.  Thanks CF

Classifieds / Empire camp coat e bay
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:43:34 PM »

Not mine, I was just looked at wool coats and saw this.  To bad, my piggy bank is empty.  :(  Price looks good, noticed it's a bit different from the newer version.  One day...

Winter Camping Clothing / Decorative ribbon?
« on: January 30, 2018, 07:52:02 PM »
Suggestions on where to purchase decorative ribbon that folks sew onto their anoraks.  Saw one on google just like my Swedish one, looks sweet.  I'm thinking that's a nice easy beginning to start with.  Thanks.  I did a search here on "decorative ribbon" and some wonderful old posts came up but I didn't see where to purchase it from. 

Snowshoeing Discussion / Treating poly cords?
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:01:51 PM »
Hi folks, picked up a very old pair of Bear Paws probably from the 60's that was hanging on a wall for the last 40-50 years.  The decking is a type of polyester rope maybe nylon.  I though I read that Spar varnish was not a good way to treat the wood and decking.   Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks, will try to post a picture this weekend. 

Bothwell Voyageur / More great gear!
« on: January 16, 2018, 07:38:44 PM »
Just received a stove bag and a bag for tent poles.  Looks to be another great piece of workmanship by BV!   Quick delivery and very helpful online.  Thanks BV!

Ahh, plus a mini stuff bag!

Winter Camping Clothing / Clothing list for 3-5 day trip?
« on: January 02, 2018, 07:50:01 PM »
Hi folks, I'm getting ready for an excursion next month (love the pre plan) and was making a list about clothing to bring. 
Let me set the stage, pulling gear on a 9ft sled, probably over frozen lake, New York State Adirondacks.  Can't even guess the temps yet with this polar vortex coming our way.

So how many "back ups" do you take?   My 10 essentials are now 20, and I'm hoping not to get into the 30's!

I understand the idea of carrying a pack with emergency clothes in water proof bag which will also be left outside the tent just in case.  I was going to keep big down parka, upper and lower base layers, extra pants, fleece, beanie, gloves, socks, possibly vapor barrier socks that was mentioned to me earlier.  Food and waterproof matches and my spare car keys it I want to get home!

How many duplicates do you bring?  I know everyone is different, just trying to find a medium.  I also know that it's a learning curve.  I was out car camping other day with buddies and my clothing gear was spot on. 

I should have also said that I will be hot tenting.   First time pulling the sled, I'm hoping to get out this weekend in the snow and start my huffing and puffing :(

Fire and Woodstoves / To much heat?
« on: December 19, 2017, 01:44:17 PM »
Being this my second year using a kni co stove in a canvas tent I recently set it up in my yard to enjoy the last few weekends and spent one night sleeping in it. 
I threw on a few more pieces of wood and crawled into my bag. After a few minutes I became to hot and zipped open the bag.   Then I got even hotter and took my shirt off. Of course the wood burnt up and I got chilled. 

My question is, how do you try to regulate the heating of your tent before going to sleep?  Keep it hot up until an hour before turning in?  Ideas?  I’m guessing it comes with experience. Thanks.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Suggestions for ladies size 5
« on: November 28, 2017, 07:18:33 AM »
Taking my 21 y/o daughter to NY ADK in a few weeks and want to go snowshoeing. It’s also the rule to wear them when snow is a certain depth.
Problem is she has a small foot and the msr’s didn’t fit right at the store.  Any one have suggestions?  The children’s pairs are not aggressive enough and not long enough for her weight. opinions wanted. Thanks
PS. They rent shoes there at the LOJ but I’m afraid that they will not fit when we get there so I’m trying to buy a pair.  Thanks.

Bothwell Voyageur / Great tank for my sled!
« on: November 08, 2017, 07:57:11 PM »
Just received a 5ft red and black tank for my sled from Chris!  It was delivered quickly considering from where it was sent to NYC.  I can tell you first hand that Chris answered at least a dozen questions I had since I'm a newbi to the idea of hauling a sled with gear.  He gave me suggestions even at times steering me away from purchasing some of his products with some DIY ideas.  After reading so many great reviews about his work I wanted to give him a try.  My wife even looked at the tank and said "it's nice".   So a thumbs up to Bothwell Voyageur!   Now it's time to start exercising and get off my butt!   One day soon when conditions are right I will load up the sled and take some pics.   But I'm actually going to use it next week on a canoe trip and show it off, why not?  PS, Red is faster!   Take care.  Coldfeet

Winter Camping Clothing / Advise on Sorels
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:41:24 PM »
Looks like I'm trying to figure out this boot stuff again.  Would like to try Sorels again and thought about buying used pair on eBay.

Question, do you advise going 1/2 to a full size larger and wear extra socks?  I noticed the "Kauffman" brand.  Was that the model made in Canada and is better than the Caribou?   I read Hoops message about the larger toe box with the old double liners.  Tough to find those oldies.

I did get rid of a pair of Sorels years ago, just rubbed the heck out of my right ankle.  Suggestions appreciated.

Thanks.  CF.

Sleds and Toboggans / New owner Black River sled
« on: September 25, 2017, 03:13:52 PM »
Ordered the 9ft version. Can't wait to go tripping.  Not to sure where but probably ADK in NY
Hot crazy temps this week!  What's going on? 

Classifieds / Wanted Black River Sled
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:45:57 PM »
Looking for a used sled. Would like the 11ft.  Thanks Coldfeet

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