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Somehow I missed the start of this year's adventure.  Thanks for the reminder Slushwalker. 

Sleds and Toboggans / Scares on the Bottom of My Toboggan
« on: March 29, 2019, 10:26:16 AM »
After my last trip I was looking at the bottom of my UHMWPE toboggan, and it had quite a few battle scares from being dragged over rocks that stick up on the trails.  I started wondering at what point these scares would make a noticeable difference in glide.  Just curious if any one here has felt they had to replace their toboggans due to the bottoms getting chewed up, or has anyone ever tried to sand or buff the bottoms? 

Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days in the Algonquin Back-Country with my Son
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:31:52 AM »
Glad I can now see the images.  Great shots of a a great trip.  Glad you both had such a good time.  Photos are great, but have to say we've sort of come to expect that from you!  Thanks for sharing. 

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: February 01, 2019, 04:59:27 PM »
As a quick follow up, we did hit -35ºF one night, maybe a bit colder, but my stove did not have any trouble heating the tent up to comfortably lounge in my base layer and make pancakes.  Was just a little hard rolling out of the sleeping bag to make the fire.  I suspect there is some lower limit where my stove won't be able to keep up even with decent wood, but it is well below -40ºF/C I am sure.  Thanks for your input all. 

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 25, 2019, 08:03:42 AM »
Thanks for you input everyone.  I'll take this all as mildly good news.  I know where I'll be and it is tucked well into the woods, so wind should be negligible.  Firewood will be supplied by a local firewood vender and should be pretty good, but not top quality hard wood; just may have to spilt a bit more.  Current forecast look like about -33°F, so I grinning and thinking it could be worse.  Im at a remote checkpoint for a dog sled race, and town is only 15 minutes away if needed!  I'm warming up my car to head out now.  Will report back. 

Tents and Shelters / How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 23, 2019, 05:29:12 PM »
So I'm heading out this weekend for a few nights, and the forecast just keeps dropping.  I've had my Snowtrekker and medium Kni-co out in about -20ºF (-29ºC) and had it nice and toasty warm pretty easily, but I'm wondering how much colder I can go before the stove just can't keep up?  Assume sheltered from any wind pretty well, and pretty good fire wood is abundant.  Anyone been in temps so low you just could not warm it up inside? 

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Not a great camp this week
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:00:26 PM »
Though conditions, and at that altitude!  Rainy slushy camping just around freezing is tougher than -20.  Glad the tent mods worked though. 

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Algonquin bliss
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:54:30 AM »
Love it!

Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days of Hammock Hot Tent Life
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:53:53 AM »
Wow, I love my home area but nothing competes for scenery like those mountains.  Magnificent.  And I have had vinyl windows on tents before and loved them.  May have to look into modifying my Snowtrekker. 

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Shovels
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:41:08 AM »
Neat looking, but my Black Diamond shovel collapses and is narrow enough that I can fit it into my stove to scoop out ashes when breaking camp.  These things look like they have a bigger scoop which would be helpful if digging out after an avalanche, but they also weigh almost 4 times as much as my Black Diamond. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: New down mountaineering parka on its way!
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:10:42 AM »
Aaaaarrrggghhh! That LL Bean "Big Baffle" parka was SEWN-THRU, and NOT baffled. The ad copy was wrong and their Product Specialist admitted it.
I sent it back.
Ad copy?  Seems like a very poorly chosen product name given the construction, and I can't believe they would charge that much for a sew-through..  Better luck on the next one. 

I have a Mountain Hardware big hooded puffy belay jacket I got on clearance from Backcountry or Sierra TP.  I always bring it with me on my winter trips as I think of it as my "fail safe" warmest layer, but in honesty I rarely wear it as its usually too warm. Then again, I'm not at your altitude, and I hot tent.  My ruff is on my Wintergreen shell anorak, which is always my outer layer. 

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: The Ptarmigan with a CCS cover
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:01:01 AM »
Very nice looking.  First out of the mold?  Is that a Northstar Ptarmigan, or did you do it yourself?  How long is it?

Trip Reports / Re: x-mas and post NY camping
« on: January 07, 2019, 10:27:41 AM »
Beautiful photographs!  Thanks for posting these.  Those boots do look awesome.  I'd be curious to know what camera you were using?

Funny, when I first saw this post I had a little dyslexia kick in and I read it "Xmas and NY post camping", and I wondered what the New York Post would have to say about camping?  Snowshoer Abducted by Aliens?

Trip Reports / Re: Ringing in 2019 in AP
« on: January 04, 2019, 11:29:22 AM »
Very cool photos and report.  Sounds like an ideal way to ring in the new year.  Fascinating about the wolves.  GSD's often have strong prey drives, so glad he didn't see them and take off in pursuit.  I often take care of my sister's GSD, and had to pull him away from bear he put up a tree this summer. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Making my first ruff
« on: December 13, 2018, 11:05:02 AM »
Sounds like and interesting purchase!  If the skin side is hard or rigid, I think you will have to do something to soften it up.  Ideally the skin should be as soft and pliable as a soft leather glove, though it will still be very tough when you try to pierce it with a needle.  I'm sure the softening is something you can find info about on the Internet.  Not sure what the shape of your fur is, but don't be afraid to cut and sew pieces together to get it the way you want it.  My ruff ended up being 5 different pieces sewn together.  Last week I cut mine partially apart to cut out some coyote fur that was worn out (where it rubs against my head when down) and stitched in a strip made of 3 pieces of beaver I had left over, so my ruff now has 8 pieces of fur.  Be sure to use a "glover", or leather needle - they are triangular at the tip and very sharp - will make it much easier.  Available at any sewing place. 

As far as attaching goes, there are many ways that can work, including zipper, velcro and snaps.  When I did mine, I used both zipper and velcro to make for a very firm attachment all the way around the anorak hood, but the way I did it was probably more complex than others ways.  You can find the details of how I did mine here. 

When I was planning mine, I had a hard time finding a lot of good info about exactly how to attach it.  Ultimately, I got the best info from two other members here, Pake and Pinecone, who each had posted how to's here.  I am not sure why, but I can not find their posts now.  There was also a post from Sewingmama that had a way and that thread is still out there, but all the images are missing (thanks Photobucket).  I really liked how Pake explained making a Cordura "collar" - the Cordura then attaches to the hood, and the fur gets sewn to the collar.  For mine, the collar when attached sticks out about an  inch in front of the front edge of the hood.  Then one edge of the fur was attached to the inside (face side) edge of the collar, then wrapped around the top and was attached to the outside near the edge of the anorak.  To imagine, hold your right hand out in front of you flat, and make a "C" with your left hand where the bottom of the C does not go as far over as the top like if your thumb goes as far as your middle knuckle.  I loved how mine turned out, but I'm also 100% sure there are easier ways and hope someone knowing one will pipe up. 

My red anorak with my ruff is always my outermost layer.  Any other insulation layers go inside. 

If you ever get curious about the true origins of your ruff, you may be able to tell with a piece of hair and a microscope (or maybe you have a biologist friend).  Each animal has unique hair shapes, and biologist routinely discern wolf from dog from coyote or cougar or anything else.  Wolf and wolverine are particularly popular for ruffs because the shape of the hair causes ice from respiration to form differently - its called rime ice.  It's more easily knocked off (i've read), where as on my coyote is just forms a clump of ice I have to pick or melt off. 

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