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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Shovels
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:46:32 pm »
I always carry collapsable avy shovel when winter camping. It has many uses.

Eric B.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Do you carry a MULTI-TOOL?
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:45:32 pm »
Leatherman was first intros category. I now have a Gerber multi-tool and use it sometimes when car camping but never carry that weight insurer backpacking.

But in winter I have ski or snow shoe bindings that may need the use of a tool. THEN I carry a multi-tool.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Safety / Re: Spot X - First Look
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:40:33 pm »
I have had a SPOT Gen 3 beacon for about 5 years and it is OK. But a newer Garmin In-Reach Mini is about the best beacon these days.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Safety / Re: Falling through the ice: MUST light a fire!
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:38:17 pm »
->Pressurized butane lighters (directional torch type flame)  must be kept near the body to keep warm so they will function.

->magnesium sparking sticks W/ striker attached by string and Vaseline soaked cotton balls in a ZipLoc will ALWAYS work.

->Wearing ALL synthetic base and either wool or synthetic mid layers is a must.

->Down parkas and mittens should be made with DWR treated down like DriDown or Down Tech. Absorbs l30% ess water and dries 60% faster.
-> extra food like fruitcake, cookies etc. should be available in pockets to fuel you furnace.

Eric B.

Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: knife holsters
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:30:02 pm »
REBOOT of this thread:

I have 4 knives with sheaths.

1. HELLE GT W/ leather & shesthheath
2. DH Russell belt knife
3. Gerber Parabellum S/ convertible sheath from folded to open sheath knife
4. dull point short river knife (worn inverted on life vest when sea kayaking or canoeing)

If I were "bushcrafting" or hunting I'd take the HELLE GT. A "most excellent" large knife. Belt carry or in pack pocket.

Eric B.

Brian W.,
I looked once again  at the video link you posted on the Dustrude bucksaw and I am going to order one from Piragus tomorrow. Tired of the limitations of mold SVEN saw for canoe and car camping.

Eric B.

While browsing in a Fjellraven store in Boulder, CO I couldn't find anything that fit but spied some very nice sheath knives by HELLE.

I had not known of theHELLE brand of knives but holding them made me aware that these were very special knives.

Luz bought me the "GT" model which is one of theHELLE knives with a laminated blade having high Rockwell hardness inner laminate/edge and outside layers of softer, more piiable steel. This knife is [email protected] SHARP!

Together with my Council Tool SOOD-CRAFT 19" camp axe and my encyclopedic outdoor skills (hey, I'm 76) I am "Bush Craft Ready". ;o)

Eric B.
BTW, I'm looking for an appropriate slice of deer or elk antler to make a pommel B/C i don't like the cheap looking tang end and my hand fit could use a bit of an extension. Also I may have a custom gunsmith do a bit of checkering on the handle. Or I can woodburn a design on both sides.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Anorak from Russia
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:22:07 pm »
What does the Aorak weigh?

I would advise rubbing "Sno Seal" wax on your hands and then all over the exterior of the parka and pants. Do this 3 or 4 times using a hair dryer set on medium after each "rub-in" to get good water resistance and for the wool's longevity. I've done this on Dachstein heavy wool mittens and Knut & Knut heavy wool gloves.

Alternatively you could wash the garments in NIK WAX waterproofing in barely warm water.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / YEr favorite winter hats?
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:16:02 pm »
I like a "Peruvian" style wool with fleece liner. Wool part made in Nepal. Fleece liner added in US.

But I've recently bought a Duluth Trading Co. "Ushanks" insulated ball cap with rabbit fur ear flaps. I need the ball cap brim to keep snow out of my glasses. This cap is super warm.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / My winter shelters
« on: November 06, 2019, 10:10:30 pm »
I have slept comfortably in winter in the following"

1. tarp ->10' x 12'  rigged with low folded front entrance for storm protection
2. tent -> double walled 1, 2 and 3 person tunnel and dome
3. snow trench -> 2 person with foot "cave" from foot to knees
4. Quinzhee -> 2 person (-22 F. that night but we sere just fine)

What winter shelters have you slept in?

Eric B.
OOPS! forgot one. lean-to -> clear plastic drop cloth roof and front. Roofed with hemlock boughs over the plastic. Clear plastic front permitted a reflector fire to nicely heat the inside for hours.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Winter backpack
« on: February 22, 2019, 07:53:26 pm »
My old Dana Terraplane weighs 7.5 lbs. Much too heavy even for a large pack.

* 4.5 lbs.
* 75 cubic liters -  a large pack
* zippered sleeping sleeping bag bottom compartment (a must for me)
* very adjustable harness (5" vertically and huge horizontal adjustment in hip belt padding)
* removable top lid compartment (for fanny pack on day hikes/ski trips
*excellent quality (I own an Osprey EXOS 58 snd it's top notch, as is my Osprey daypack)

Since I cold camp in the western mountains I need a large backpack. Wish I could take my pulk.

Any other suggestions?

Eric b.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« on: February 22, 2019, 06:52:35 pm »
Du Nord,

My experience in both Pennsylvania and Nevada supports - in spades - that skis require less effort than snowshoes in all conditions except very rocky, brushy or steep conditions. This resumes the skier has basic ski skills, of course, like braking and turning.

I have MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes with add-on tail extensions. These are the grippiest large 'shoes I could find. Yeah, traditional "Michigan" style 'shoes are perhaps more supportive in deep snow but I'll take my Tele skis or the new Black Diamond Glidelite short skis 90% of the time over any 'shoes.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Ski Climbing Skins
« on: February 20, 2019, 11:27:42 pm »
I have a pair of G3 ski climbing skins for my Atomic TM22 Telemark skis and Asnes Combi Combat backcountry touring skis. I need them for climbing "hills" here in the in the western US.

Skis with skins are FAR easier to use than snowshoes if you have even a modicum of XC skiing skill. I may even sell my MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes.

Anyone else use climbing skins?

Tents and Shelters / Hot Tent W/light canvas tarp over nylon tent anyone?
« on: February 17, 2019, 09:10:05 pm »
I can see protecting nylon tent made for a stove with a light canvas tarp. Also to help hold in heat.

Anyone tried this?

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / NOW is it cold enough??
« on: January 29, 2019, 09:41:31 pm »
You guys in the northern states are getting some really sub-zero temps this week. Time to test your winter clothing and take a short vacation to get out and camp.

I envy you those frigid temperatures. here i am in southern Nevada and even at 9,000 ft. in our nearby Spring Mountains it has only been done to -5 F. so far.

Eric B.

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