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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hello Everyone
« on: June 04, 2019, 02:11:51 pm »
Welcome Joens.  Like everyone here I like winter camping, but man, there is nothing like trout fishing in Montana.  I was hoping to get out and fish the Tongue down in WY last year, but circumstances changed and I could not go.  Maybe next year.

I suspect there are a whole stick of reasons folk would rather use social media instead of a forum.

Folk don't want to search for information. They want to post a question and receive an answer right back.

And they don't want anyone criticizing them or telling them they may have been a better way to do it or reason why folk don't do it that way. I suspect that in Facebook groups your much more likely to get positive feedback to whatever you post maybe from folk who really haven't got that much experience.

Just my take on it from brief views of public groups but it's been enough to deter me from joining the soshul meja crowd.
I think this is pretty accurate.  I also think a big part of it is immediacy; tap the icon and post text and image - done, and with larger groups you get a lot of responses pretty quickly too. 

I joined a group on FB earlier this year.  It didn't take long for me to get very bored with it.  I found there to be too many dumb questions like "I'm going camping this weekend, will my 5º  bag be warm enough?"  Well, is that ºC or ºF, are you going to be in a tent, and are you going somewhere in Oklahoma or Ontario? Also, there were way to many responses from people who seemed rather ill-informed but eager to be heard.  I gave up on it.  If I have any questions to ask about winter camping, or want to provide assistance to someone else, I'll do it right here on 

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?

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