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Trip Reports / three nights four guys
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:05:38 pm »
Our Ontario winters have been less than desirable for sure. Get blasted with snow then a big melt only to get more snow. Makes it hard to plan for Adventures.
My friend and I went into a lake to do some scouting for an up coming trip. Our snow had almost melted away. we were using an old logging road and didn't know if we would be able to pull down the trail/road.  We walked down the trail and left the snow shoes at the truck. Made it to the lake and looked like no one had been there in a long time. Well except wolves.

wolf tracks by ravine rat, on Flickr

Well the wolves have been active.
Wolf kill by ravine rat, on Flickr

Travel was good and the trail was icy so pulling toboggans would be easy.
Two weeks later we were ready for the trip. I had worked a night shift so I needed to sleep a few hours. We met up at 1300 hr and drove up to our launch spot. by the time we got the toboggans loaded it was around 1530 hr. The weather for the past few days had been snow and we got about a foot of snow.

20180209_145732 by ravine rat, on Flickr
20180209_150955 by ravine rat, on Flickr

General Winter Camping Discussion / Help and form questions.
« on: January 21, 2018, 08:37:02 am »
Can't find a section for asking question for form help. Tried to do a report. When up loading pictures it says my pictures aren't writable. I'm able to load them on other sites. Anyone able to help. I have basic computer skills.


News & Events / Winter in the Wild
« on: January 10, 2017, 09:14:35 am »
Friends far and near. Come join us for a weekend of Hot Tenting and exhibits. Algonquin Parks Winter in the Wild family day weekend at Mew Lake.


General Winter Camping Discussion / Algonquin Park web cam
« on: October 18, 2015, 09:26:34 pm »
It has been snowing quite hard in Algonquin Park. The Friends of Algonquin Park have a web camera up and running. Great way to see weather conditions live.


Group Trip Planning / Ontario Nov 14 2015
« on: October 12, 2015, 09:38:00 pm »
Thinking on doing a cold weather camp the weekend of Nov 14 2015.
We will probably head to Algonquin Park due to the Deer Hunting season.  Staying a Mew Lake. Safer to stay out of the Crown Land for that month. If anyone would like to come let me know.


Tents and Shelters / Water proofing
« on: October 11, 2015, 07:00:15 am »
I have a Serria Desgins Stretch Prelude 3 season tent. I have had it 20 years and done most of my winter camping out of it. It has survived my kids growing up and many canoe trips in the shoulder season. It really owes me nothing

Last week I went to North Carolina and wanted my bomb proof tent with me. There was a Hurricane traveling up the Eastern Seaboard and it rained for 5 days. Well it poured for 5 days. I have never seen it rain so hard for so long.

My tent no longer sheds water. I have a foot print for the tent but the water dripped on to the top of the foot print allowing the water to puddle under the floor. This seeped through the floor to my gear. The fly seems to let water in but not too bad yet. I'm sure it will get worse over time.

I ended up going to Walmart and getting a plastic tarp to cover the tent and it kept the water out from the top. I figure I can place the foot print inside the tent since it is waterproof giving me a dry floor.

I haven't had much luck with a Scotch Guard trying to waterproof things. Is there another product that will waterproof the floor and fly?

Just trying to squeeze a few more seasons or trips out of my tent. I don!'t really want to get another tent as I have my Snowtrekker, a car camping tent and my Marmott two man for solo trips. Kids are gone and my lovely wife no longer wants to tent camp.


Fire and Woodstoves / Go Sun Stove
« on: February 28, 2015, 01:39:36 pm »
This is pretty neat. My friend sent me the link.


Fire and Woodstoves / Jute twine
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:44:20 pm »
I made some jute twine fire starters last year. Strike your metal rod beside and it would flame right up. This year I can't get it to light. Does the wax dry out over the summer? Do I need to relax it?


Group Trip Planning / winter in the Wild Algonquin Park
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:42:34 pm »
Just wanted to let people know that this Family Day weekend Algonquin Park runs Winter in the Wild. Great event to take the kids to.


Classifieds / Military Duffel bag
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:32:54 pm »
I have one large Military Surplus Gear bag. Like new condition except for a little spot that is discoloured. Full metal zipper. Bag can be used to hold gear on a toboggan or to store sleeping bags in at home.

$35  Buyer pays shipping. Located in Barrie Ont for pick up.


Classifieds / Military Half Shelter
« on: February 10, 2015, 01:29:10 pm »
I have one  Military Half Shelter for sale. It is Surplus and in like new condition. It can be set up solo or put two together to make a tent. It can also be put down on a toboggan and used as a long bag.

$60 buyer pays shipping. Located in Barrie Ont for pick up


Sleds and Toboggans / Newest toboggan/Pulk
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:02:13 pm »
I tried my hand at building a pulk. It just isn't turning out right for me.
So here is the story. I obtained a piece of HUMWPE last year. 1/8x32"x10'. My plan was to build a new pulk over the summer in the warm mths. Well that didn't happen. Like everything I wait until it is cold out and I can freeze my fingers, kneel on cold ground and handle cold tools. So going off AunNordDuNord post I started to make my Pulk. I made a frame out of 2x4 that I could stand the edge of the material up in and bend it over as I heat it up.

I wasn't sure if this was going to work. I didn't want to cut the sheet. I wanted 6" sides leaving me about 18" for the bottom. I was wondering if this was too large a foot print. We usually follow snowmobile track which are various widths. The normal track is 15" but now the Tundra's are 16" and the Lt are 20" wide. My current toboggan is 16" and it dragged in most trails anyway.

Tents and Shelters / Pop ups
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:38:46 am »
I have seen a few people make a hot tent out of a pop up fish hut.minseemed to work really well. I believe the material is fire retardant. The one draw back is the size. I was in Cabella's last night and these things have gotten huge. There was one you could put 4 cots in easily. I think it was a Frabril. I think it was priced just over $400 but can't remember since there were several models. Might be worth a look for someone who can't a fort the cost of some of these hot tents.


Sleds and Toboggans / New Fall Project
« on: October 07, 2014, 06:04:46 pm »
After searching high and low for a few years I finally found an old Military Toboggan.

I tis in rough shape but the price was right. I also have a pair of unused runners. The toboggan has a crack in it down one side and both sides on the bottom are thin.

I'm not sure how this can be welded. It is Magnesium does anyone no if it can be?
I'm sure looking forward to pulling this through the bush. May even have to get back into a few solo light weight trips like the old days.


Group Trip Planning / CANCELED Ontario Cold Weather Camp.
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:18:19 pm »
I was thinking about putting together a car camping trip before the snow comes. It would be South West of Algonquin Park. This would be Crown Land so there is no camping fees. The site is quite far back on the logging roads but any vehicle can make it. We do several winter camps in there. It would be early Dec 2014 to let all the Deer Hunters to finish. It will be dependent on no or low snow in the area. Don't want to get stuck back there.

So is anyone interested? I'll pick a date and then we can plan it out.


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