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Back Country Skiing Discussion / My backcountry ski(s) setup
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:40:29 am »
OPEN COUNTRY SKIS: Asnes Combi Combat Norwegian Army waxable skis 210 cm with metal edges
Voile' release bindings with heel cable retention.

HIGH COUNTRY (TELE) SKIS: Atomic TM 22 Telemark taxable skis, 200 cm with metal edges
Voile' release bindings with heel cable retention

BOOTS: Scarpa T3 plastic boots with removable insulating liners

POLES: Cascade Mountain Tech with large snow baskets (baskets screw on the threaded plastic tip section)

CLIMBING SKING: G3 synthetic mohair (a must-have in most situations and very helpful with heavy pulks)

Eric B.

Fire and Woodstoves / Anybody using Seek Outside Ti stoves?
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:19:48 am »
I'm thinking of buying a Seek Outside "Medium U-Turn" stove.

They are made of titanium sheet and very cleverly designed to pack small but set up quickly. Plus they are light, my most wanted feature.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Merry Christmas to All
« on: December 25, 2019, 01:01:02 pm »
Here's hoping you got some nice winter trekking gear and/or clothing.

I got a pair of light soft-shell gloves with that "all-important" touch screen finger material. Works on GPS screens too.

And my youngest daughter rented a condo at Mammoth ski resort for 3 days of skiing bliss.
I tried XC skiing there 2 years ago at Tamarack ski area and discovered that fast XC track skiing at 8,000 ft. is quite a bit more difficult than 2,000 ft.
So no XC skiing there  this year!

Eric B.

Fire and Woodstoves / CO poisoning
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:17:39 pm »
Just a reminder of the distinct possibility of CO poisoning when using any kind of combustion inside a tent. For extended stays I'd recommend the smallest battery powered CO alarm you can find.
True, usually fresher is being sucked into your tent as heated air & smile rises up the chimney. But damper problems could arise, especially when you are sleeping.

Place it near floor level as CO sinks down, being denser that atmospheric air.

Happy snow trails, Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / "Travel" clothing v.s. "Camp" clothing
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:49:34 pm »
For winter travel i'm usually on my Atomic TM 22 Telemark skis with climbing skins. I'm carrying a 75 Liter Deuter Air Contact pack so I need "travel clothing" that:
1. vents well
2. has synthetic insulation that can dry well after removal

PARKA-> old EMS Gore-Tex mountain parka with pit zips and interior snow skirt
INSULATING LAYER-> Thermolite insulated jacket and pants (pants worn under TNF Gore-Tex ski pants W/zippered thigh vents)

PARKA-> Eddie Bauer -30 F. PEAK XV down expedition parka
PANTS-> Same as for travel

This is about the lightest combo I have found that truly keeps me warm in both conditions. Usually the synthetic layer lays beneath my winter air mattress for added insulation/dual use so I don't have to carry a Ridge Rest pad. But If I suspect temps in my tent may get to -15 F. or lower I'll bring the pad in case I need to don my synthetic travel layer.
Also I can zip up my down parka and put it over the foot of my sleeping bag for, again, dual use and for keeping my bag's foot warmth from melting frost off the tent wall and into my bag. Seems I always, but always get the foot of my bag against the tent wall sometime in the night.

Eric B.

P.S. I'll add that I'm creating a lot of sweat when back country skiing in my mountains above 8,000 feet because the air is thin and the trails are steep. Climbing skins are worn at all times, both uphill and down.

Tents and Shelters / Just finished making my solo tent more "winterized"
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:25:33 am »
I got a new fly for my Tarptent Moment DW B/C the other fly literally blew away from my backyard in a big windstorm and I couldn't locate it. I had done some seam sealing and tied it to heavy wooden lawn chairs. When I came back from shopping it was GONE! It had seen me through 6 years of backpacking in all weather.

So... I bought a new fly from Tarptent and it was improved over the original.
1. lower fly hem (good for winter)
2. stronger and better protected vestibule zippers that are now 2-way for better top ventilation (and using zipper lube on these and inner tent zippers)
3. better fixtures for securing the zipper closure and door hold-open straps
4. four fly hem stake loops (I had sewn my own on with the original fly)
5. Two guy points on the main hoop sleeve instead of one
6. re-fit crossing pole that I ran under the fly from end-to-end

My "winterization" was mostly adding reflective Spectra core tent cord loops to all fly hem stake loops, the strut feet at each end and pole sleeve and mid fly guy points.

*All staked down and guyed out and with the X-ing pole in place this tent an withstand 65 mph gusts as it did in tests with the original fly.

Can't wait to ride out a big storm in this little gem.

Eric B.

Tents and Shelters / The ideal lightweight 2 P hot tent?
« on: December 02, 2019, 01:16:41 am »
I realize that many of you are bush crafters at heart with canvas tents, camp axes, saws, wool clothing, wooden snowshoes, etc.
But I'm looking for the ideal hot tent that is definitely not a wall tent design, due to its lack of stability in high winds.
I think a variation of a hot tent may be a large dome tent with a stove jack and some kind of fire resistant fabric, even tightly woven cotton.
I have seen many pyramid ('mid) shaped tents but to me that's too much tent material (read weight) and space wasted at the top 1/3 of the tent.

1. What wind-worthy shape would work well?
2. Is there a good fire resistant treatment for synthetic fabric?
3. Are there some very good spark arrestors out there (like double or triple screening)?
4. ARE there any light cotton canvas dome tents with stove jacks  - or to which a stove jack can be installed? Does that animal already exist?

I'd like to see a tent that is light, has a floor with say, a fiberglass cloth "stove area" and zippered door with the same quality zipper one finds on a winter parka.
SO... maybe what I really want is a modified Snowtrekker tent with strong, slightly pre-bent Easton aluminum poles or DAC aluminum poles in the roof area to resist winds and give a bit more useable interior space by making the roof area "rounded".

Am I asking too many questions? The only "hot tenting" I've ever done is in a 3 person double wall nylon dome tent using two backpacking collapsable "Candoil" oil lanterns. Worked very well at -5 F. It was 45 F. inside the tent on a windy night.

Eric B.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Do you carry a MULTI-TOOL?
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:45:32 pm »
Leatherman was first into this category. I now have a Gerber multi-tool and use it sometimes when car camping but never carry that weight when backpacking.

But in winter I have ski or snow shoe bindings that may need the use of a tool. THEN I carry a multi-tool.

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 / 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 / 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.

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