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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Continuous Camping Club (C3)
« on: March 09, 2018, 05:32:17 pm »
In 2015, I camped in a tent every month of the year.  Add 2 months prior and 1 month following, I camped a total of 15 months in a row.  174 blows me away!

Trip Reports / Re: A Comedy of Errors Trip Report
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:21:23 pm »
Great story!  Sounds like a fun time.  Where it the UP were you?

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Howdy
« on: February 14, 2018, 04:27:30 pm »

What's a yooper?


Michigan's Upper Peninsula is referred to as the "UP". "UP" gradually morphed into YOOPER. So, if you are from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, you are known as a YOOPER. There is a whole language dialect that goes with being a Yooper. Doncha know, eh?

Ya hey!  But if ya move to da UP, yor just a Transplant.  Ya gotta be born dere ta be a Yooper!  I'm a Transplant, but better dan a Troll, eh?

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Woodstove Table Usefulness?
« on: January 30, 2018, 03:28:50 pm »
Never used my water tank and ended up selling it... but the side table attached to the stove is used ALL THE TIME!

Trip Reports / Re: Places to hot tent north of sault ste marie?
« on: January 27, 2018, 08:36:25 pm »
troutfisher--wish I had known you were in the area, I would have joined you at Blackjack Springs. It is a favorite spot for my wife and I to go snowshoeing. I have walked back to the springs many times. Did you go in off the forest road where you have to cross the log bridge into the wilderness area? That is my usual entry point.
Yes... the logging road ended at Whispering Lake.  I came in on the north end of the lake and camped on a hill near the NW corner of the lake.  I walked back to the springs one morning and had a wet, chilly walk back to the tent... slipped off a log overlooking the spring.  A fun outing!

Trip Reports / Re: Places to hot tent north of sault ste marie?
« on: January 25, 2018, 08:20:31 am »
rbinhood -  Thanks for the advice on Sturgeon River Gorge!  Somehow, I pictured coming in via an open end and avoiding uphill and down.  It's all just a place on the map until you go there.  The United States Congress designated the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness in 1987.  For 2018, my goal is to visit a different Wilderness Area each month of the year.  Googling has been a great help.  January I was near you at Blackjack Springs where I picked a tough route in, but found an easy exit.  Good Sledding!

Trip Reports / Re: Places to hot tent north of sault ste marie?
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:14:41 pm »
welcome to the forum... lots of info here.

Closer to home for you are some places I have enjoyed.  The Hiawatha National Forest has lots of potential places.  I often find good access via logging roads to lakes with good fishing.  Big Island Lake Wilderness and Pretty Lakes Quiet Area are fairly close. I have not been to Seney.  Further, but still in the UP are Sylvania, Craig Lake State Park, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  On my list this year are Rock River Canyon Wilderness (Feb), McCormack Wilderness (Sep), and Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness (Oct)... all in the UP.

Have fun searching for and finding great places to go!

Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: Ice Augers
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:11:46 pm »
Isn't ice auger heavy ?

it must weight 40-50lbs.

Why do you just randomly assume that they would be 40-50lbs? This is the internet, you can look the stuff up and that way you save yourself a mining less post...

Once was cute.  Twice, not so much.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: fat wood & super market firelogs
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:18:20 pm »
Ouch... tough reviews from the critics here. 

ps.  It is not worth buying firelogs.  And it is cheaper to find your own fatwood to use as fire starter.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: fat wood & super market firelogs
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:30:55 am »
Does anyone make their own "firelog"??  If so, I would be interested in the recipe.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: rust proofing wood stove?
« on: January 10, 2018, 03:26:03 pm »
I saved these notes from the internet when I planned to paint my stove... never did.  Hope something here helps you.

I used a Scotchbrite pad quickly over all surfaces...think it did better than scraping or sanding...wiped it down w something too, but no memory of if it was turpentine, paint thinner, etc... then I painted.
I went over the stove with some steel wool and spray painted it with Rustoleum Hi Temp BBQue flat black spray paint.
Rustoleum Hi Temp BBQue flat black spray paint for stove (Tremclad high heat enamel black is better)
Remove oil, graphite, or other burned-on substances from the surface of the stove. Put on eye protection and gloves. Use a clean, white rag and pour a small amount of tri sodium phosphate onto the
surface to be cleaned. Scrub the surface with the rag to remove all dirt, or use a wire brush for heavier debris. Wipe the surface with another clean rag.
Remove excess oil. Use a lacquer thinner instead of tri sodium phosphate for very oily stove surfaces. Apply with a clean, white rag and scrub the surface. Use another clean, white rag to wipe it down.
Remove stubborn, chipped paint. Use medium-grit sandpaper on areas of the stove that have paint bubbles or stubborn chipped paint that can't be removed with the rag. Lightly sand the stove until it is as smooth to the touch as possible.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Sleeping Bag Colour?
« on: January 07, 2018, 08:54:17 am »
Doesn't show stain and dirt as much... But other than that I don't think it makes a difference... One thing for sure that if you sleep in a -40c bag that is black inside out make you look slimmer!!!

Dark colors make my butt look big...

Snowtrekker Tents / snowtrekker modifications?
« on: December 02, 2017, 05:24:42 pm »
I was out the last couple nights in my Baker tent and got to thinking it would be nice to have a couple Velcro-removable windows on the front sides.

Looking at your website, I don't see any mention of custom tent work.  But I did see some mention of retro-fit doors and screens.

Do you undertake custom tent work and modifications at Snowtrekker?

Trip Reports / Re: Hello MariJane- Our Trip to Nopiming Provincial Park
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:52:58 pm »
Great trip report and video!   Thanks for sharing.

My suggestion is to dive in and make it happen this month.  You still have plenty of snow and cold.  Give your equipment a test run in your backyard a couple times so that you can see how things work and what needs improvement.  Don't wait for next season.

You don't have a stove, but you will want your sleep system to work overnight in an unheated tent anyway.  The tent is only one component of your winter camping gear.

What are your camping goals?  Snowshoeing, ice fishing, relaxing?
How old are you?
Where in the UP are you located?

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