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Geared up and ready. Leaving Friday morning for a 1000 km snowmobile trip around Algonquin park on the OFSC trails. Should be a good trip. I was going to go last weekend, but the trails ended up being terrible thanks to a Wed/Thursday downpour last week. Glad I waited with all this fresh snow. The trip should be four days and 3 nights in the tent. Never done a multi day trip on the sled before. We will see how it goes.

Family day weekend so trails might be busy, but I guarantee I will have the nights to myself haha.

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Winter Camping Clothing / Comfortable base layer
« on: April 12, 2018, 07:50:36 pm »
So, I am 6'2", 230 lbs and of all the base layers I have, I generally hate most of them. When I am trapping, snowshoeing, winter camping, running etc, I generally wear a good ol cotton T shirt for one reason. Comfort. I make so much heat that a damp t shirt has never been a problem. Damp one minute, dry five mins later. Most so called base layers make me overheat like crazy. I much prefer a loose t shirt and loose insulation layer. I have Under armor cold gear, Marmot microfleece, and a couple others. They all feel tight and restrictive, and hold in too much heat when I need to vent it out. A t shirt so far has worked fine because my insulation layer I always wear is a 200 or 300 weight zip up fleece, which is loose enough I don't sweat much.  My usual winter layer for my legs for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, etc is microfleece long johns and wind pants. My current ones are gore tex. Spend a couple days in a tree stand this December at fifteen to twenty below and used another fleece layer on my lower half as an insulation layer. it was adequate. 

I wore a t shirt and helly hansesn thin down puffy for a run last week and soaked the sleeves with sweat.

Just looking for comfortable all around base layer that wont cling to me, is comfortable and isn't too warm. Just trying to get away from cotton which I know is supposed to be a no no... despite being what I have worn for years.


Any suggestions?

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Fire and Woodstoves / Fourdog stove update.
« on: January 30, 2016, 08:18:09 am »
Well guys, as i write this, I am out on the trapline in the snowtrekker. Surprised I have cell service! Anyway, my experience with the stove has been the same as the last few times.

I found some dry maple, and cut and split it up. I fed the fire last night at ten, filled the stove once at three am, and am now writing this at quarter after eight, and am still getting heat off the coals. It was fifteen below last night, now about eight below, and it is quite comfortable in here. Using spruce for heat in the daytime, and the maple for night heat and my first fill I went 5 hours before a fill, and its been five hours, and needing a fill soon.

I didn't like that the damper is so far up the first section of pipe.  However the damper now serves double duty by holding the stove jack further up the pipe. Works like a charm.

Very happy with the stove,even despite the insane price tag and awful service and shipping time. If you recall I had a thread where I had some serious issues with customer service from Fourdog. Think of my experience as worst possible case scenario, and I will say that if you are thinking about getting one, put up with all of that because this is one case where the product is worth it!.

Now off to set some beaver traps.

Hutch

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General Winter Camping Discussion / Cutting down on bulk.
« on: January 27, 2016, 09:23:27 pm »
What are some things you all do to cut down on bulk on the toboggan? Or do you even care?

I am a bit weight and bulk obsessed, so I have designed a 1/8 inch toboggan, a small one person hot tent, titanium stove, down bag, and cut cooking gear down to the bare minimums. I still have a ridgerest, plus a regular prolite for comfort. The ridgerest is great, but uber bulky.
 
Anyone have issues with bulk, and what have you done to cut bulk, and also weight to allow for easier towing?

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General Winter Camping Discussion / So the next person who says...
« on: December 23, 2015, 08:49:51 am »
"Well, you don't have to shovel it!" In regards to this rain and warm weather, I think I am going to punch them in the face....

Lol

Seriously though, I hope Jan 1 it goes to twenty below and stays there for three months. Seeing all this rain that could be snow breaks my heart!!!

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General Winter Camping Discussion / What camera for filming?
« on: September 20, 2015, 10:55:52 am »
You guys who make videos, what cameras do you use for filming? Also, what about battery life? Seems like a bit of an obstacle for long term trips.

Hutch


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Tents and Shelters / Fleece liner for Snowtrekker?
« on: March 15, 2015, 08:12:29 pm »


Just sitting, and pondering how to get some more efficiency out of my non-existent stove...

So, fabricland has cheap fleece by the roll. I was thinking about a liner for my 8x10.  If I have some time this summer, why not sew up a white liner to go over the poles first, and then the rest of the tent to go over it. Sure, some space might be lost by sagging fabric, but I imagine it would cut how much firewood you burn in half.

I think that there would have to  be an attachment point from the liner to where the guy lines pull out the sides of the tent. In a stuffsack, the liner would not weigh much more than an extra sleeping bag. Around the stove some aluminum flashing would be used in lieu of the fleece.

Just a thought at this point, but has anyone done, or tried this?


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General Winter Camping Discussion / Thanks to all!
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:20:42 pm »
Just wanted to say that as far as forums go, wintertrekking has the best atmosphere going. A lot of times the internet can turn into a mud slinging fest. A pissing contest.

Thanks to all for making it feel like a place to discuss ideas, and give and receive advice with like minded friends.

A lot of times all you hear is negatives and bad things, but I always look forward to stopping by this forum every now and again because things here usually remain positive, cordial and polite.

It must be because people who wear traditional snowshoes really are better than everyone else.... ;D ;D


Hutch


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General Winter Camping Discussion / Walking across Georgian Bay?
« on: December 04, 2014, 02:06:25 pm »
Anyone walk across any of the great lakes?

With the harder winters, and the Bay freezing over last year, if it gets a lot of ice on it I think it would be cool to walk across and see what Tobermory looks like in winter. The Bruce is a crazy rugged place, so in winter it might be all the more beautiful. It is 55 miles to Lions head from my place, and on my sailboat this summer it took about 9 hours to get there at 5 knots. I would have to camp on the ice, because 55 miles is a long way for one day, and anchor the snowtrekker well. Also, I will need a gas stove for dinner since there are not many trees out there.

I think it would be a cool trip. Anyone done anything like that before?

Hutch

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Tents and Shelters / Thoughs on Arctic Oven tents
« on: November 18, 2014, 07:14:13 am »
Aside from being pricey and brutally heavy, anyone like or hate them and why?

Hutch

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Fire and Woodstoves / Which Ti stove?
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:21:05 pm »
Looking at getting a Fourdog Ti for an 8x10 snowtrekker.

What size would those with experience get? The Ul-1, or the Ul-2

The 1 is 10x10x18,

the 2 is 11x11x23.

Both will be baffled.

What say you?

Hutch

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Fire and Woodstoves / Muskrat metalworks v fourdog
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:38:44 pm »
Just comparing the titanium ul2 from four dog and the full size from muskrat.

The listed weight for the ul2 is 14 lbs, and the listed weight for the full size is 12..


The titanium ul is an inch longer... , but two pounds heavier. The fourdog is pipe and everything, but even if the pipe and side shelf weighed five pounds on the muskrat, it is only three pounds heavier.

And like 600 bucks more for the fourdog to save three pounds? Am I missing something?

Hutch

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Fire and Woodstoves / Anyone use a ti roll up pipe?
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:41:47 am »
When you roll up your pipe for use, does the pipe seal along the seam? I cannot seem to get mine to seal nicely. There are gaps in the seam where it meets.

Anyone have any advice?

Hutch

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Fire and Woodstoves / Help needed with stove to pipe connection
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:47:23 pm »
Hey guys. I am slowly building this ti stove (ti box stove build thead) Dimnsions ar 11x11x 18 inches ade out of 0.012 titanium.

I am using a roll up stove pipe out of 0.005 ti, and was wondering how to make the turn from the hole in the top of the stove to the pipe. Logic would say that the easiest would be to make it go straight up out of the top of the stove. I cannot do this because I have designed the stove jack in the tent to have it go on an angle. WOul dbe a major proble to redesign the tent. Not impossible, just a real pain. I also want the pipe out there a bit to avoid sparks just dropping down in calm conditions. Not 45 degrees, maybe like sixty to seventy.

I am putting a baffle in the stove, So I cant just stick the pipe through a hole in the top of the stove, and angle it a bit. I don't think I can cut an angle on the pipe to allow it to clear the baffle either.

The plan was to make a damper out of steel wire and a round piece of titanium, and cut two slots in the end of the pipe that goes in the stove so that the pipe is held from dropping into the stove by the wire of the damper.

Any ideas on how to make the turn? I cant weld anything either, too thin, and I am trying to keep the roll up pipe overlap small as well so I can have as large a diameter pipe as possible.

Any ideas?

Hutch

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Tents and Shelters / Anyone have pictues of a Tupic tent?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:47:25 pm »
Hey. Just had a chat with Craig Macdonald.

Anyone have a picture of his Tupic tent? Just wondering what it looks like.

Hutch

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