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General Winter Camping Discussion / tipis
« on: October 31, 2019, 05:32:50 pm »
Hello all,

Buddy is looking into purchasing a tipi. It will be set up year round in her yard. What should she know? Are there any good Canadian dealers?


General Winter Camping Discussion / Justin Barbour has a new video
« on: June 03, 2019, 06:08:59 pm »
It is a winter camping trip during last February on the big land. Well eorth watching.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Justin Barbour - youtube
« on: January 29, 2019, 06:35:12 am »
Anyone else following his video on the trek he took across Nfld? Lots of cold camping and sled hauling so far.

Classifieds / old authentic moccassins
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:21:22 pm »
I have a summer and a winter pair of very old Atikamekw moccasins.

They are no longer serviceable. You cannot wear them as the leather is died out and, frankly, why would you want to. They would be pretty terrible footwear compared to what you can buy now.

But they are VERY cool, real, and interesting. Nice as a curio or if you like antique stuff.

The tops are old blanket or army pants. The bottoms are probably moose. There are no holes in the soles and the stitching is very well done.

$50 plus shipping for the pair or $30 plus shipping if you only want one pair. Paypal only.

Fire and Woodstoves / a stove story
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:10:26 pm »
I live on a river with the water flowing about 50 feet from my computer. A couple of springs back, Wifey and I saw a large, flat reddish object semi-submerged in the rocks by the rapids.

Fools still throw trash in the water and we correctly thought that this was one more object that had drifted down with the ice break up.

As the spring flood receded the object remained and I eventually went to retreive it just so the eye sore would be gone.

It turned out to be the cover/case of a Honda generator. I threw it by one of the sheds and the water eye sore became a yard eye sore. Wifey finally got fed up with it and asked why I was keeping it.

I said that I wanted to make a wood stove with it. She laughed.

I pounded the cover to form a squarish shape, cut the metal pieces to fit, added a few old stove parts I had, and took it all to my crafty neighbour who welds.

The result is a very cute stove. The stove lid fits over where the gas cover was. The stove door is where the exhaust was.

It isn't a great stove. It takes forever to heat up and forever to cool off. It has a baffle inside and it also had a double wall liner. I removed the liner because it just too too long to cool off. It also limited the amount of wood burning too much.

The stove it about 12 inches long and nearly as high off the ground. The stove pipes all fir inside the stove.

The feet are made from spikes and scrap. Notice the handle to carry it.

Thanks for watching.

Back Country Skiing Discussion / waxing Hoks
« on: April 12, 2018, 06:08:07 am »
I've never done it. I bought the spray and the brick of wax. I'm trying to avoid the massive wet snow build up under the foot. However, I don't want to impact my hill climbing.

Won't the wax prevent the hairs on the skins from working?

So ... how do I wax? Do I use the brick or the spray? Do I wax the entire ski or just the skins?


Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / good read
« on: April 10, 2018, 06:59:56 pm »
"Arctic Adventure" by Peter Freuchen

This lad takes winter camping to a whole new level! If you like exploration/autobiography/life in the north it is an excellent read. The people were tough and it was a terrible time to be a sled dog.

I ordered it for my Kindle.

Tents and Shelters / tent and canvas retailer
« on: February 25, 2018, 04:32:36 pm »

Fire and Woodstoves / wood
« on: February 14, 2018, 04:17:58 pm »
In his last video, Hoop talks about wood. In the comment section he goes on to explain why he isn't a fan of balsam fir if other essences are available.

Obviously, you burn what is available. However, there is more to the burn than heat. There is ease of lighting, smell, sparks, splitting and the list can go on.

Personally I would not burn popular in a tent stove if I had balsam fir. But in an open fire, where sparks are a concern, popular would be my number one.

In hard woods black ash splits by itself. But it can be a pain to get going as it takes a long time to dry. The odour of the smoke is loved by some but despised by others.

White birch is great but you need to cut it live and keep it dry. Standing dead birch seems to rot from the inside out.

Yellow birch can be king unless you have to split it. It always gives me splinters unless I'm wearing gloves.


Winter Camping Clothing / neo over shoes
« on: January 29, 2018, 05:53:06 pm »

Winter Camping Clothing / interesting source for woolens and other gear
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:23:08 am »
Fast service, wide variety of prices, and quality stuff. It ain't always pretty but the bush doesn't care.

Just ordered a blanket shirt from them but the Finnish M65 is a steal.

I bought the Finnish M65 wool trousers a year ago. As low tech as you can get with a button fly and buttons for braces. Mine have a liner in the knee. I like them.

Hope this is useful to some.

Tents and Shelters / my Atuk Alaskan experience
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:42:16 pm »
Hello all,

I am new here but I have been lurking for a while. Learned a lot for which I wish to thank all posters. In kind, I would like to share my Atuk Alaskan 10 by 10 purchase experience.

First of all I do not use my tents as most here do. My tent stays up. The last prospector I had, a 16x12(I think) Woods. The snow and sun killed it after quite a while. It was huge which was fun. But it was a beast to warm up, a hassle to keep snow off of, darn near impossible to set up alone, and weighed a lot.

But it served me well.

So I was looking for a replacement. I knew about Atuk since they are popular with dog mushers. What steered me there to make that my new tent was a video that Shawn James made of tear_knee. I went with her suggestions and a few of my own. The tent has been up since late July in 2 different locations and I am pleased.

I found Guy quite pleasant and professional to deal with. He is very busy so delivery was long. He must complete the orders from outfitters before those of individuals. Makes sense as they are repeat customers.

He told me which of my ideas were good and which he disagreed with. He suggested the Alaskan junior stove, as opposed to the size smaller, and he is not a fan of angled stove pipe. Straight is the only way to go for him. He sleds malamutes but I have alaskans. He took the time to show me his set-up and dogs.

I went for the 10by10 with 28 inch nylon sides (ease of hosing off of dog urine) with the stove in the left rear (danger of dogs knocking someone on the stove if it is near the entrance and I don't like a stove blocking the only exit.) placed as close as possible to the wall. Straight pipe.

The nylon sides get cellulitey when wet but get normal when the stove is hot. I have one small burn due to a spark and a scorch due to the weight of the snow forcing the canvas too close to the stove pipe. I foxed that by placing a sheet of tin the length of the stove pipe along the nylon/canvas. Guy told me that he dislikes sewing the nylon on the canvas. It is tougher to do hence the price increase.

I had a loop placed at the peak so that I could pass a rope through it to set the tent if 2 trees are well placed. That would eliminate the center pole. After tear.knees suggestion of a painting pole, I used an old adjustable handle of a pruning saw as my pole. I put a tennis ball on the top to spread the pressure off the canvas.

I added a clip on attachment, bought at Canadian Tire, to each seam halfway up the sides. I tied those out with the guy lines. To do it over I would have Guy sew loops. I would also have two loops per seam so it would really tighten. The tauter the tent, the easier the snow slides off. A firm but gentle shaking clears the tent for me. I then shovel the snow away from the sides.

10by10 is small. But it sets up with ease, alone. It is also very easy to heat. With a few pieces of yellow birch in the stove, you almost cook if you stand up. The door stays open or partially open a lot.

Hope this helps someone.

General Winter Camping Discussion / introduction
« on: December 17, 2017, 12:03:38 pm »

Just got onto the forum after being a lurker and a wannebe member for a while. I am a recreational dog sledder and trapper in Quebec.

Thanks to the new administrator that went out of his way to fix the glitch that kept me from posting!

I love the traditional gear viewpoint of many on this site. I am surprised that the use of dogs for gear hauling or skijoring isn't prevalent.

I have learned a lot from reading the wealth of material on this site and I look forward to exchanging information with you.

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