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Classifieds / CCS Lean for two people for sale
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:47:05 pm »

Excellent, like-new condition,  very lightly used,   +/- 4yrs old. Not used at all for 3 of those years. Smells new, stored dry, not a speck of mold smell.

Check the CCS site for details:

This Lean is designed to be an ultra-light extremely spacious two-person shelter. Full sylnylon. Green. Has the strong CCS telescoping side poles. Has full bug netting on the front.

If you are interested in one of these shelters, this will save you many $$.

Send me an offer in a personal message, please.

I am motivated to sell soon.

Classifieds / Eureka 4-Person Alpine Meadows
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:39:19 pm »
Is anyone interested in a well-used Eureka Alpine Meadows tent to covert to a small hot tent?

All parts included.

Found it at the end of a garage sale and my memory twigged that some folks had mentioned the potential for converting a Timberline to a hot tent. An Alpine Meadows tent, with the mid-tent hoop, might work even better.

You get the tent for the same price I paid - FREE. It'll cost you shipping from Winnipeg, only.

....and the reflection of the cake, and the reflection of the reflection of the cake ...

Another flue-in-the-front design, too.

SOLD    Thank you!

I appreciate that our site here is devoted to a more traditional approach to winter camping than this tent provides, but someone might be interested in an extremely strong 2-person, 4-season mountaineering tent.

Brand spanking new: this tent has only been pitched once, in my living room, but a glance at the number of North Face Mountain 25 tents at Everest Base Camp is likely high testimony to the functionality and wind/snow resistance of this tent.

They retail for just over 700.00 Cdn. I am open to offers ....high offers, please.   ;)  Ha!!

Prairie Provinces / Winter is Starting!
« on: October 26, 2017, 08:34:19 am »
Hey, Hey!!   Waves of white stuff billowing by the window here in Winnipeg as I type ! Happy happy!

Has anyone else noticed the Google Search Page mural celebrating Nansen's B'day?

Reading "Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen got me through some long boring university days way back when (...when I should have been studying!

His expedition attempting to get locked in the ice drift and float over the North Pole amazed and inspired me. On top of that adventure was his inventing/adapting his ship, sleds, tents, "cookers", kayaks, etc. The sleds were for the journey he knew would come when his ship reached its "farthest north" and he and one partner struck out for the pole on foot. The real adventure lay before them as soon as they were a few days from the ship, for Nansen knew they would never be able to get back to it. Rather, they committed themselves to travelling Northward as far as they could, then trekking South again, to the inhospitably stormy edge of the Arctic sea  ice, then travelling by sea in single kayaks all the way to the islands of Spitsbergen! There he met scads of hungry polar bears waiting en mass for the ice to arrive ... you'll have to read the rest!

I am happy to see that Google recognizes a true adventurer, statesman and humanitarian of his day.   

Classifieds / A lot of canvas for $20.00
« on: February 06, 2017, 10:26:01 pm »

Local to Winnipeg, this appears to be a lot of material for $20.00. I have not looked at these in person.

11' x 15' equals 30 feet or 10 yards (9 meters) of fabric off the bolt. Maybe works out to just $2.00/yd (or just over $2.00/meter)

Pretty heavy looking fabric for making a tent, but might be worth looking at for tobaogan tanks, ground sheet, covering that project at home, .... 

Sleds and Toboggans / Building Non-traditional Sleds
« on: February 22, 2016, 10:15:15 am »
This gentleman has lots of experience that he is willing to share:

Most folks I've tripped with agree that this type of sled hauled by a pole attachment is generally more efficient for ski trips in varied terrain and a packed trail than are flat toboggans with rope haul lines. I believe the enhanced sled control is less beneficial when tripping with snowshoes, especially along trails through tighter bush/trees.

Has anyone read his book?

Prairie Provinces / SE Manitoba Ice Thickness
« on: December 20, 2015, 01:40:11 am »
Averaged 15 cm of ice in 7 holes chiseled along the shore of Tulabi Lake in Nopiming 4 days ago. Long, wide stretches of open water anywhere there was any current at all.

Averaged 12 cm along the shore of a calm stretch of the Assiniboine River within city limits. (5 holes)

Averaged 15 cm of ice on a half-protected bay on the SE side of Lake Winnipeg (8 holes all within 3 km south of Grand Marais). Still lots of open water further out on L. Wpg.

No slush anywhere when I was walking around 4 days ago, but this recent dump of snow will have changed that!

Winter Trekking Ice Fishing / Ice Fishing Madness :)
« on: December 20, 2015, 01:18:06 am »
The only thing better than all these fish is all the fun William Larkham Jr. is having!

Wish I was there!

Classifieds / Stove Base Welder's Cloth
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:14:07 pm »
Hi Folks,

If there is enough interest I will pursue this idea....

Well, there was enough interest!

For sale:    Yellow/gold, 24 oz, 1000F degree "welder's blanket" cloth,

                * unfinished edges, @ $4.00 Cdn. per yd. x 48 in. wide, or

                * 24 X 38 inch hearth, @ $20.00 ea.
                               (edges finished in exterior grade woven acrylic bias tape)

Purchaser pays shipping. No packaging or handling costs.

If you are interested, that's great!

Please send me a PM, including:

     - item(s) you wish to purchase
     - your email address or your phone #
     - your shipping/mailing address
     - your preferred method / company for shipping / mailing

I'll get back to you with shipping costs, total cost, and shipping date.

The weight of a finished, packaged hearth would be a under 2 lbs.

Thank you for looking!

The material is exactly like the material used for welder's blankets sold by Princess Auto:

Snowtrekker sells a very nice black-coloured version. his material is yellow / gold coloured.

Many wintertrekkers use this fireproof material immediately beneath their stove for heat/fire/spilled coals protection and to insulate the snow/ground under the stove. This is what I use it for.

The width of the material is 40 inches. Length is whatever you'd want until I run out  :-\.

To keep the edges from un-raveling, you would want to sew a simple hem, or serge it, or spread some silicone sealant on the edge, or? The material may be a bit heavy for some newer domestic sewing machines.

If you are interested in a larger piece for your own project, just let me know.

Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Original 4 hr "HAPPY PEOPLE"
« on: January 31, 2015, 09:35:41 am »
In 2008 the original "Happy People" documenting life in taiga of mid-Russia was published to only moderate acclaim. Film-maker Herzog made a much shorter version from the original footage, changed the music, included his own dramatic narration, but kept the title.

These urls link to the original 4 hour version. For those of us who love the details, there are many more images of daily life, footwear, axe use, ski & bindings, etc. If you can take the time, you might enjoy them!


The original 4-hour-long “Happy People”:
Part 1:
Part 2:   (Thanks Douglas!)
Part 3:
Part 4:

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