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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: what's a good deodrant for men ?
« on: April 03, 2015, 11:21:34 am »
My everyday deodorant is called Liken Plant.  It is a stick, works really well and I use the unscented form.  It has a lot of plant based ingredients.  Can be found in health food stores or on Amazon.  I really don't like being around guys wearing heavily musk-fragranced deodorants.
I'm not yet into winter camping, but have used this on canoe trips.  It is kind of bulky to carry a stick deodorant, but I haven't come up with a better alternative.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: My Cree Snowshoes
« on: November 19, 2011, 09:25:41 pm »

Very nice looking.
Do you know why he used moose gut rather than hide?

Anyone know what the idea is with the "Green Zones" in Ontario?  I respect Ontario's right to set policies with regard to foreigners' use of public land, but I am curious what the reasoning is for certain areas to be set off limits to camping.

Winter Camping Photos and Videos / Re: My First Video!
« on: January 09, 2011, 10:55:04 pm »
Nice video, HOOP

I was kinda hoping you would go into how the stove supports/floats work.  Maybe a future video?

Other Homemade Gear / Re: Building an Anoroak, Tips Before I Start?
« on: November 18, 2010, 10:04:52 pm »
I have been thinking that some military-type ripstop cotton might work for this.  Like here  This is camo but someplace must sell it in solid colors if preferred.  I have a pair of pants made out of similar material (it's poly/cotton instead of 100% cotton) that I wear as overpants in cold windy weather.  Seams like it's fairly tight weave, but not too heavy.  It could be double layered if it was too light.

How about carrying a few roadside flares for emergency fires?   I have never tried to light a fire with one; in fact, I've never even used one before.  It just seemed like something that might be easy to light and would burn long enough to light a pile of sticks. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: ventile on sale
« on: June 26, 2010, 09:23:11 pm »
From the West-winds website:

Your Ventile® garment may eventually require a reproof. Either use a product such as Grangers Extreme Waterproofing For Naturals, following their instructions or a specialist reproofing company familiar with Ventile® such as SPH Clothescare."

I would assume that the fabric is treated with some kind of DWR.  It's not a coating, but a treatment (often fluorochemical based, i believe) to make water bead up.

Personally, I would prefer an untreated fabric since it's supposed to be more or less waterproof anyway.  I think all too often manufacturers are willing to subject us to weird chemical treatments for miniscule "performance" gains.

Other Homemade Gear / Re: Things to make with deer hide
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:57:11 pm »
I would think that they would be fine for making mittens or maybe even moccasins.  Clovis is right that they won't breathe as well as braintanned.  But lots of commercial mittens (check out Empire Canvas, for example) are made with what appear to be commercially tanned, smooth-on leathers.

I have a pair of smooth sided deerhide chopper mitts.  They either breathe well enough or moisture escapes out the tops, but there is no noticeable moisture build-up. 

I probably live on the southern fringe of readers of this forum (Missouri).  We actually had a colder than normal winter, especially when compared to some of the really wimpy winters we've had in the past 10-12 years.  Not a lot of snow, but not unusually light, and it stuck around more because it was cold.

Maybe there's just not enough cold air to go around. :(

Trip Reports / Re: Winter Rendezvous 2010
« on: February 12, 2010, 01:27:49 pm »
Hi JDRutstrum

Another question about your tent.  Can you tie the ridge rope between trees, rather than using the poles, or is that too high to reach?  There's a diagram in "New Way of the Wilderness" where the wedge tent ridge rope is tied off between 2 trees.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Traditional Northern Snowshoes
« on: December 25, 2009, 07:30:50 pm »
Impressive job! 

At first glance I thought each shoe was one long piece of wood bent around, but looking closer I think I see a scarf joint at the front.  Is this held only with rawhide?

What type of wood are you using?

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Double ventile anorak, jammed metal zip
« on: December 24, 2009, 08:07:50 pm »
I've seen my mom run graphite from a pencil on the zipper teeth to lubricate it.  I've even seen this work.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Capote/ Blanket coat
« on: December 03, 2009, 06:59:08 pm »
Some instructions for making a capote can be found here:

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