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Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Stove-Build, Pictures and Video
« on: April 02, 2018, 09:08:18 am »
Great build Dave!!! That's great to hear that you'll be updating your old wood stove-build site too. I still remember using that site over 15yrs ago on my first build.

Your bush gear knowledge and winter camping experience was such a huge inspiration for me to get started on my winter adventures. I still remember the day you gave me a piece of typar sheet to use as a "ground tarp" on our way up north for one of our first winter trips. To this day, I still use that sheet :)

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: My first stove build
« on: April 02, 2018, 08:56:33 am »
I absolutely love seeing new stove build posts!!! Def some great craftsmanship reflected in your work. I'll have to borrow the side-table/possible reflector idea in my next build.  Btw, the curved cuts are very elegant. How did you do those?

Btw, after my 2nd build, I thought I'd share my experience with incorporating "non-conductive" wooden handles into my door design. Def one of the best features that I find very useful since I can operate my draft and "load" with bare hands. I'm sure it's not for everyone but I'm throwing it out there in case you're interested.

Lastly, re: the nipple, a way to relieve the smoke build up and to improve draw may be to cut-out a portion of it out on the front side. Size wise, at a minimum, it should equal the surface area of your draft.

Trip Reports / Re: Haliburton, quick 2 niter (Feb 9-11) trip report
« on: February 15, 2018, 08:22:21 am »
Moondog - You're correct. I preload the frame using fixed length of cords on all sides before draping the tent over it. That way, I don't stress the joints and connecting ridge pieces when it takes the  ~18lbs of tent.

kiggy - I usually don't fish hard on these trips but what you said about the splake fishing seems to be the going theme from locals that I've talked to.

Trip Reports / Re: Haliburton, quick 2 niter (Feb 9-11) trip report
« on: February 14, 2018, 12:12:46 pm »
Thanks. The new snow was def nice to have but after the non-stop flurries on our second day, we were admittedly wishing for some blue skies :) Snowshoeing during our day trip was great tho. The snow was deep enough to enjoy (sans hauling of course :P).

RR - the haul in was easy as we were able to get on some skidoo tracks, which are generally pretty abundant on the lake. Mind you, we lucked out on the wknd as no skidooers came all wknd. In the past, we usually see quite a few come in on this lake.

News & Events / Re: Family Day, Mew Lake Algonquin PP
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:15:56 am »
We'll be up north too, tho west of the Park playing mostly at Arrowhead Prov Park with my girls.

We may just make the trip out to Mew Lake to check out the festivities on Sunday. Hopefully, I'll run into some of you trekkers while there.

Trip Reports / Haliburton, quick 2 niter (Feb 9-11) trip report
« on: February 14, 2018, 09:08:16 am »
Fellow trekkers,

I just want to quickly share some pics of our recent trip. It's been a long while for me since my last backcountry haul-in trip, which I really miss. This year, a friend of mine wanted to try it. We cautiously only planned a 2-nighter since he wasn't sure how comfortable he would be out there. He suffers from Raynaud's, which leads his extremities to get cold very quickly. But he packed a tonne of hot shots for when we were out tramping. I did guarantee him heat when we're back at camp, which he wasn't so sure about :) Overall it was an amazing trip and he looks forward to a much longer trip next season. Temps were perfect hovering around -10C, with non stop light flurries all wknd. Onto the pics...

Our home for 3d. This is my custom conversion egyption cotton tent from many moons ago (tent frame utilizes Eureka's Timberline frame). The original tent came with T-style door zippers which are great for opening it up for setting up and loading wood. Total tent weight is under 20lbs.

Wood's always a bit of a chore near our "designated site" since we're surrounded by mostly pines. A quick 5min trek gets us to some nice hardwood.

Rear shot of the tent. For this trip, I didn't use an elbow so the pipes were unsupported.

The original tent was German-made with incredible attention to detail . I incorporated the original tag to credit the German awesomeness.

My pal and his super neon yellow/green jacket during our day trip to a nearby lake. We're both avid cyclists and I swear, the guy brought mostly his cycling clothes for this trip. We had many discussions of what clothing was suitable for winter trips (ie more loosely fitted clothes and breathable fibers).

Our sad attempt at fishing. Most of the time, we spent eating lunch and tossing a plate in lieu of a frisbee (to stay warm), which is generally a standard piece of gear but forgot to pack on this trip. No fish were harmed from our pathetic attempt...

Relaxing after a wood-haul trip.

Post-dinner entertainment involved a few games of chess, whiskey and pipes. I usually turn into a pipe smoker when I camp with my friend. It is a nice and relaxing ritual as we settle in for the night.  Btw, in the background is my homemade sheet metal stove (Version 2). Version 1 was straight out of Dave Hadfield's instructions from nearly 15yrs ago. The man is a legend and really was a huge resource for getting my gear set up. Thanks Dave!

Unhappy selfie on the haul out. I'm unhappy because our trip is over. It was also snowing pretty well that morning.

Thanks for looking.

As an avid cyclist and camper, I thought this video was incredible. Sure, one might question some of his winter gear choices but man, this guy's determination is inspiring. The power of the human spirit....

Self-shot and edited whilst cycling around the world, this short film charts my winter journey into the Canadian Arctic as I completed my bike ride up the American continent. Compelled by Jack London’s assertion, that ‘any man who is a man can travel alone’, I sought an adventure of perfect solitude. Yet, as I came to realise, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romantic images I’d held of this land. The Frozen Road is an honest reflection on my solo trip; of the wonder, terror and frustration I experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world's 'last great wildernesses'.—Ben Page

Same. Going in Fri AM, out Sunday.

RR - Sent you a PM in case we run into each other :)

Trip Reports / Re: Eustache lake, Algonquin, Jan. 27-29, 2018
« on: February 06, 2018, 09:52:57 am »
I don't know how I missed this trip report :)

Looks like a great trip. Plus amazing job on the tent..and sleds too?

Thanks. I'm getting pretty excited about heading out, even though it's only for a couple of nights. It'd be nice to dust off my hot tent since it hasn't been used in almost 5yrs.

Tents and Shelters / Re: Eur-trek!-quinox: DIY Hot Tent Conversion
« on: January 31, 2018, 05:23:49 pm »
Amazing work!!! Mad creativity right there.

Oddly enough, i considered that same tent model when I did my own conversion over 10yrs ago. But then I ran into a gem of a find on craigslist in the form of a an old Eqyptian cotton tent that I converted instead.

You kept the floor intact? What size is the door opening? Also what year is that tent?

Incredible job again!!!

Ok, we're now a week away from our short 3d trip. Anyone have an update of snow and ice conditions in the Bracebridge area? Also curious about ice safety as we may plan to do a bit of walking on the ice. I imagine that it's ok since people are fishing further South.

kiggy, I've not been to those specific lakes but we've done a trip to Little Margaret lake many moons ago. Nice area. We've also xc ski'd the Frost center. I'll have to check the lakes you mentioned. Do you have any more details to share (ie access road, parking, etc...)? Also are these lakes in crown land or are they part of the HHWT system?


I believe Eric Batty is also the brother of our star Canadian mountain biker Emily Batty.

Thanks for the suggestion TRW. I'll def consider it for future trips. For my upcoming trip, I'm taking a newbie so I'd like something a bit closer to Bracebridge and south of Huntsville.

RR - you're correct about Poker lakes being primarily bass. Though "locals" that I've talked to in the past mentioned a sprinkling of splakes in some of the lakes there. Never experienced this myself though we hardly ever devote serious time to fish in past trips.

Fellow Trekkers, I'm finally looking to come out of "winter camping retirement" this season.

I'm curious if anyone here is local to the Huntsville or Bracebridge area. I'm looking to do a short trip in a couple of weeks. Requirements are:
- decent/plowed parking
- 1-2hr haul in
- decent ice-fishing would be nice,  tho not mandatory
- land or lake travel, doesn't matter

Right now, our top and familiar choice is to go to the Poker Lakes area in Haliburton. I've done several trips off Big East and we could just as easily go back there. But I certainly wouldn't mind camping in crown land.


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