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News & Events / Re: 2nd Annual Ontario Winter Camping Symposium
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:52:04 AM »
It was a very good event. I enjoyed all the speakers, but in particular, I really liked Tim’s and Hoop’s presentations.

I hope Hoop makes his slides for his presentation available for download on this site. There was lots of great information in his presentation.

Their video skills far exceeded their winter camping skills. Makes me wonder a bit, how much of this was staged.

Nothing suggests that having good video editing skills makes them an experienced winter camper.

I started a pole as I'm curious to see everyone's opinion. See the top of the thread to vote.

True, and I don't think they're necessarily experienced winter campers per se either. Just that whatever their background is, it's not exactly as portrayed. I don't have any knowledge of Atuk, but is it likely they'd get a tent without the poles? I can see getting the wrong pole for example but no poles at all seems unlikely.

The Atuk doesn't come with poles. You have to provide your own centre pole or get a sapling from the woods.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Snow shovels
« on: January 06, 2018, 11:40:20 AM »
I have a different model Voile shovel with a shorter handle than the one Bioguide has. Never had a problem with it. Very well made.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: New Year 2018 in Mew Lake
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:49:08 AM »
Hello AunNordDuNord:  Thank you very much for that explanation.  I'll have to put these techniques to work on my upcoming winter trips.  It seems fairly simple.  Within the next few months I should be able to distinguish a balsam fir from a spruce tree. 

Take care,
Cousin Pete

One way I was taught to remember which is which by touching the needles is using the saying “Spikey Spruce, Friendly Fur”.

Bothwell Voyageur / Re: Free Stuff
« on: January 01, 2018, 06:20:04 PM »

Bothwell Voyageur / Re: Free Stuff
« on: December 30, 2017, 08:30:35 PM »
I would like the untensil roll. Thanks Bothwell Voyageur for your generosity!!!

News & Events / Re:'s 2017-18 Fund Raising Drive!
« on: December 21, 2017, 01:11:19 PM »
Done!  Happy to support a great website.   :D

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« on: December 20, 2017, 02:55:40 PM »
I tend not bother attaching them as we like to bring the whole thing into the tent for packing. The tank is just dumped fully loaded on to the toboggan. Others do like to fix them on first usually with some short lengths of paracord tied into the corner webbing and then tied with a bow into the running lines. I was never great at tying the bow in the cold so gave up!

This is good if you have a longer tank, I have made them up to 10ft long, and then each person packs a smaller duffle that gets packed into the tank. Good for school or outfitter groups.

Once loaded it is the webbing straps tightly cris-crossed over the top that holds the tank in place.

Thanks for responding.  I like your idea of just using the webbing to hold everything in place so you can take the tank on/off easily.   

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: New Toboggan for the Mrs
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:45:10 AM »
@Bothwell Voyageur, I was wondering how you attach your tank design to your toboggan. Do you pass the running lines through the loops at the bottom of your tanks (which would make it hard to remove) or do you clip it on somehow?

I am looking for the best solution to attach my tank to my toboggan. Thanks!

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: November 22, 2017, 12:08:26 PM »

You got me really excited there for a minute... Until I saw the temp range... They should go -45 to +40( I don't know many places in Canada that the temp goes above 40c ...

I might still get one!

The one I have has markings until -35 C, but there is room below the last marking so you can probably guesstimate down to -40 C without much trouble. 

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: November 22, 2017, 11:30:35 AM »
Those interested in measuring the temperature the analog way might like a Weksler Armoured Thermometer.  They are available at MEC:

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: dual purpose reflector over?
« on: November 17, 2017, 12:22:50 PM »
You can buy a roll of Reflectix at HomeDepot in Canada for cheap. Use what you have leftover to make a pad for your sleep system and the rest for pot cozies. The stuff has many uses.

Classifieds / Re: Bags & Boggans for the Coming Season
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:26:12 AM »
I just received my new tank and top duffle from Bothwell Voyageur yesterday in the mail.  Can't wait to try them out. 

Last season I had ordered a stove, a tent, and a pole bag along with some barrel organizers (for canoe tripping).  All the gear is very well made and at great prices.  I highly recommend his gear!!!

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Roof Box?
« on: October 11, 2017, 09:05:30 AM »
I have had a Yakima box for 10+ years. They are built solid. No issues at all.

Other Winter Camping Gear / MSR Arctic Fuel Pump
« on: May 03, 2017, 10:30:39 AM »
MSR has a new Arctic Fuel Pump:

Might be useful for those who use MSR stoves for winter camping.  Note, it is not compatible with their Dragonfly stove.

From the website:

"Specifically engineered for use in temperatures below freezing, our Arctic Fuel Pump features extra-robust seals to prevent leaks in arctic conditions. It is field-maintainable and works with all MSR liquid-fuel stoves, except the Dragonfly® stove. Use only below 0° C (32°F)."

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