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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: So the next person who says...
« on: December 23, 2015, 07:21:25 pm »
We have snow and cold here in the Northwest US, and we are very grateful. It was a hot dry summer and minimal snow last winter.  ;D

Thank you El Nino!

The best day of the year! I am sitting here listening to the wind howl as a storm rolls through right now. Music to my ears. :o

Snowshoeing Discussion / My favorite Snowshoe bindings
« on: December 21, 2015, 08:20:47 pm »

Just finished this pair of bindings. This is my favorite design, I do not take credit for it, It is a Gil Gilpatrick design out of his snowshoe making book. Used the scrap leather that came in this package, which includes one 13" x 13" piece of leather, enough to cut the two main pieces out of. The straps are from some US Army material I got at the local Army store. 48" of strap material for $1.50. That is where I got the scrap leather also for $6 a bag. I figure I have $9 in material in this pair of bindings. Attached to the snowshoe with 1/4" tubular nylon.

P.S. These snowshoes are some I made. They have 1/2" tubular nylon, which is the webbing material I prefer.

Sweet! let us know how that turns out. I usually have scrap ash lying around too.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Warmest Socks?
« on: December 16, 2015, 09:53:16 am »
That reminds me, I know a guy that wears sandals to work every day, no socks, 8 in of snow, 9 deg F this morning. He says it is not cold? I guess it is the same as ladies wearing short dresses outside, I used to see that a lot, not so much any more.  :o

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Altai skishoeing
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:42:28 pm »
I agree with kiggy, this dilemma will last forever. I have been known to xc ski with a pair of snowshoes strapped on my back.

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Altai skishoeing
« on: December 15, 2015, 10:01:42 am »
Thanks AunNordDuNord, I would be very interested in a report.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Stove jack install
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:45:24 am »
Not tried that particular sealant/glue. They do amazing things with glues these days, but I would prefer to have it sewed. Find a competent lady or gent that can do it for you. There are some talented people out there that might want to help for free. I would if someone asked me.

Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Altai skishoeing
« on: December 14, 2015, 04:36:12 pm »
I would like to try these, but I am an old dog now and maybe I should stick to one of my 5 different styles of snowshoes or one of 3 different pairs of long skis. That is all I need is another option. You young guys check this out and let me know.  :D

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: flue dampers, yes or no?
« on: December 13, 2015, 08:49:01 pm »
Yes it would I believe. No experience with that situation though.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: flue dampers, yes or no?
« on: December 13, 2015, 06:51:02 pm »
It depends on how air tight your stove is. If it is real air tight it should not be necessary. If your stove leaks air, as mine does, then a damper will slow the burn down. 8)

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Mono Laced Traditional Snowshoes
« on: December 13, 2015, 05:37:53 pm »
It is interesting to study the different frame and lacing styles that the Native Americans (North Americans) used. I am in no way an expert on this area, but I believe they used a variety of frames, some wider and longer than others. Their lacing patterns also varied greatly, some very tightly woven and others more loose.

I think they learned from experience what worked best in their local snow conditions. ;D

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Mono Laced Traditional Snowshoes
« on: December 13, 2015, 09:46:13 am »
Well, I guess it depends on snow conditions. My experience is just about the exact opposite. I do not have any mono laced snowshoes, but I do have some cable laced mag shoes and they do not float well in the deep powder conditions I see. The 1/2 inch tubular nylon webbing on a big pair of Ojibway or Alaskan frames works best. And this webbing is very abrasion resistant, being coated with 5 coats of varnish.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Mono Laced Traditional Snowshoes
« on: December 12, 2015, 05:19:00 pm »
 I see this lacing material becoming more popular. It is touted to have a 400# test strength so I might see its advantage over babich, but what would be its advantage over tubular nylon, which is wider, thus offering more floatation? Tubular nylon is also stronger, having a test strength of 1400#.

Also as I see it, if you accidently cut that mono line the whole snowshoe lacing is going to come unraveled. Tubular nylon is varnished with the wooden frames. It will not come unraveled if cut.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Skishoes
« on: December 12, 2015, 04:59:11 pm »
They look very interesting. I would like to try them. I guess it all depends on snow conditions as to how they will do. I am sure there are some snow conditions somewhere that this setup would be ideal. Those of you that have these wide skis let us know.

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