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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Price Point of Winter Camping Gear
« on: December 04, 2015, 08:51:44 pm »
Price need not be an issue. Here is a list of my gear and what I paid for it:
- Tent, canvas 8.5 ft x 7 ft    $10
- stove, 3" pipe                    $30
-Polarguard -15f bag             $80
-plastic toboggan                  $10 for parts, scrap oak wood, plastic came out of a dumpster.
-snowshoes                          $60 made myself, Ojibway design
- xc skis                               $22 220cm, good bindings
-Kasinger leather xc boots     $7.50 from thrift store (best find ever!)

And on and on and on. I got most of this gear from thrift stores, online sales, made it myself or yard sales. Money need not be a factor. 

Tents and Shelters / Re: DIY hot tent question
« on: December 04, 2015, 08:34:38 pm »
Buy a used canvas family tent from the 60's or 70's and modify it. I just found a nice one for $10 at a thrift store.

Tents and Shelters / Re: Anchoring a wall tent
« on: December 04, 2015, 08:29:12 pm »
I use 1/2 inch conduit, 12" long, smash one end to make it sharp, paint the top to somewhat make them rustproof, though I have never had a problem with that, and to make more visible. Cheap, lightweight. rebar is heavy.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter Camping in Texas ???
« on: March 17, 2015, 11:44:51 am »
Go for it there in Texas or Colorado! I understand the fickle weather of the high desert and the Great Plains. You have to get out and ski on the day it snows. I know a snowmobiler down in Georgia! ;D

Tents and Shelters / Re: Kifaru Paratipi and Small Stove review
« on: March 15, 2015, 05:30:58 pm »
Are those magnesium snowshoes with some kind of add-on cleats on the sides?


For that price you might as well get a wood stove. ;D

Electrical connections to connect to a battery to run the blower I am guessing. Plus you need a propane tank. Sounds heavy AND bulky!

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: bathing?
« on: March 08, 2015, 12:17:02 am »
I have to wash my hair often, it gets oily fast and bugs me. I warm up some water in a pot and do it that way. I have my shirt off and take a wash cloth to my upper body while I am at it. That seems to be good enough for a week or so. At least I think so. My wife says I have no sense of smell, thank goodness! ;D

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Re-lacing snowshoes...
« on: March 04, 2015, 09:16:44 pm »
Another option for lacing material is this stuff:

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: winter trekking in Russia
« on: March 01, 2015, 07:46:23 pm »
Those skis look like water skis.

Very interesting trip. I like it myself and am glad to see it.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: motorized trekking
« on: February 28, 2015, 06:22:39 pm »
Go old school, vintage. Ski-doo elan, Tundra, really old school Olympic from the 60s. I have an elan: 250cc, 10 hp. Weighs about 250 lbs. A little hard to ride for someone my size, 6-1. Oly, about 15 hp, 300cc motor, about 300lbs, plenty of room. You will have to find one and restore it, I have several.

Probably the easiest thing to find is going to be a Ski-doo Tundra from the 90s. Long track, 250cc motor, plenty of leg room, highly recommended. Used by many trappers, wish I had one. The newer Tundra's are bigger and heavier, not what you are looking for.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Pulling your sled, the easy way
« on: February 25, 2015, 07:28:22 pm »
An electric version of the old Hus-ski snowmobile from the 60s. I will say one thing, that sled has some torque :o

Trip Reports / Re: 3 night solo Feb 19 - 22, 2015
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:54:14 pm »
Bio, nice looking snowshoes leaning against the tent, what kind are they exactly, and what size.

Other Homemade Gear / Re: My take on the food box
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:39:10 pm »
Nice box and table conversion.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Snowshoe advice
« on: February 24, 2015, 08:00:35 pm »
You are asking a lot to find one pair of snowshoes to do all those things. I do not know your terrain and am not familiar with Faber, but I have about a dozen pair of traditional snowshoes and this is what works best for me.

Deep snow-Alaskan
Long distance travel-Ojibway
Brush/around camp work-Green Mountain Bearpaw
All Around, If I could only have one pair-Maine/Michigan(what ever you want to call them) My pair is actually called a Skowhegan, which is a Gil Gilpatrick design.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Stoves Failing at Cold Temps
« on: February 24, 2015, 12:06:30 pm »
The colder it is, the less volatile the fuel is-harder to change from a liquid to a gas.  :-X
Realize stoves like the Optimus 123, which is a white gas stove, have been used for over 50 years at such extreme places as Mt. Everest and the poles. White gas stoves do work in cold weather.

I have a Whisperlite and a Featherlite Coleman. In extreme cold weather I would take the Optimus 123. It has proven itself in expedition use. Because they have no pump and the fuel tank is directly below the stove burner, so the tank eventually gets warm from running the stove and it works better.

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