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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Scouting for winter campsites
« on: September 09, 2015, 10:54:06 am »
A key factor to me is access to ice fishing which gives me something to do during the day.  Of course this means hauling in fishing gear, bait, auger, etc and adds more weight to my load.  Without fishing, I think the time around camp would be long.

I was hoping this would provide info on winter camping in Seney?  Anyone done it?

Trip Reports / Re: Tuscarora Lake - BWCA Minnesota 3/6-8
« on: March 17, 2015, 05:35:48 pm »
I realized during the trip that jeans are not the best and there must be better options.  I found a pair of snowpants on sale at LLBean and ordered them.  Then I started looking on the site for wool pants information... still looking.  What are some wool advantages?  I found the jeans comfortable enough and they are fleece lined and with long underwear they were warm enough.  They tended to ice up around the cuff and didn't fully dry overnight in the tent.

Trip Reports / Re: Tuscarora Lake - BWCA Minnesota 3/6-8
« on: March 12, 2015, 09:09:15 pm »
I knew Tuscarora has a good population of lake trout although they tend to run small.  That was okay as I just wanted to catch one thru the ice.  My wife and I enjoyed one for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday this week!

Rbinhood:  The tent is working great for me.  I started with a Baker's tent, but it is too large for just one and I seem to often end up trekking solo.  The Empire tent is just the ticket and so easy to set up.  My wife knows about both my tents... but has never wanted to go with me.

Southcove:  The Neos are Voyager overshoes.  I need them because my Chota boots are getting leaky and my feet and socks end up getting wet.  The overboots work great and have a drawstring at the top for a tight seal.  The jeans are comfortable but tend to get icy and wet around the cuff.  I need to find something different for winter pants and boots.

And I really need to get serious about less gear if I travel this route and/or distance again!

I am on track to meet my goal this year which is to "Camp in a tent in a different place each month of the calendar year"

Trip Reports / Tuscarora Lake - BWCA Minnesota 3/6-8
« on: March 11, 2015, 08:41:44 pm »
This was a rugged trip due to the travel distance, tough "Tusc Portage" and windy conditions. Temperatures
were mild but wind chills not so good.  It made fishing difficult, but I was able to catch two lake trout.
I brought too much gear and the weight made pulling the toboggan difficult, especially on the exit from
Tuscarora Lake.  I had to unload the sled and make several trips uphill and then reload and secure gear at the
top.  Also, for the work to get there a winter trekker really needs to spend extra time.  The campsite I had
was great.  It faced the south and was out of the wind so it was easy to enjoy the sunny weather.  All
camping aspects worked fine… tent, stove, sleep system, etc.  Packed too much food as usual.  There was
a lot of learning and new experiences on this trip.  I found the portage trails well traveled and easy to
follow.  Lake travel was a little more difficult, especially when you got off the float.

I traveled up the Gunflint Trail early Friday morning headed for the Round Lake Entry.

Here is the trail from the parking area headed to the entry point.

At the Round Lake entry point, a self-registration kiosk.

Here is my toboggan on Round Lake... I had to return to the kiosk to pick up my hat and gloves.

On the portage from Round Lake to Missing Link Lake you pass into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Follow the trail on Missing Link Lake.  I got passed up by a younger group of 4 on skis.

Here is a look back at Missing Link Lake from the Tuscarora Portage

This is early on the "Tusc" Portage.  It is a mile long, but well used.

Here I am at camp on Tuscarora Lake.  I was exhausted, but feeling good.

Here is the tent not fully set up yet.

This friendly bird visited a couple times to eat some of my gorp.

I didn't know where to fish, so drilled a hole out from my campsite the next day.
A fellow came snowshoeing by and after we talked a while he took my pic for me.

Ten minutes after he left I caught this 17" lake trout.  This was my goal of the trip.  Mission Accomplished!

Fishing conditions were tough because of the wind and blowing snow.  I felt good to catch 2 lakers.

Sunset Saturday night lit up the trees across the lake.


Heading out of Tuscarora Lake Sunday morning.  The return route was so steep I had to unload the toboggan and shuttle the load uphill piece by piece.

Back at Missing Link Lake feeling a little tired.

Back at the edge of the BWCA feeling more tired and still a mile to the truck!

The final leg back to the truck was all downhill

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: does anyone use pee bottle?
« on: February 28, 2015, 08:08:17 pm »
I use a wide mouth Nalgene bottle at night in my tent or in my bag.  Otherwise I would be stepping out every couple hours!  Empty outside in the morning, rinse with snow, close up and you are ready for the next night.  Wash throughly when back home and you are ready for the next trip.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Removable Baffle for Kni-Co Stove
« on: February 16, 2015, 05:23:57 pm »
Nice to hear the good results on your modification.  Why doesn't Kni-Co make a baffle option or add-on??

Tents and Shelters / Re: Stuffing a tent into canvas bag
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:11:24 pm »
Great idea Sleddawg!  I got so involved with getting it stuffed in the canvas bag, I never stopped to consider my alternatives.  I'll give that a try next time.  Thanks!

Tents and Shelters / Stuffing a tent into canvas bag
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:44:28 pm »
I'm looking for a little help on stuffing my 7' x 14' Baker's tent into it's canvas bag at the end of a trip.  It seems like the friction of the tent on the canvas bag is just making it difficult to pack, especially when the tent is stiff and cold.

It could be that the canvas bag is too long and small in diameter, but the dimensions seem good for my toboggan.  Should I be considering a heavy duty nylon bag, a zippered duffle bag, or other.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Tent wood stove safety - Ventilation concepts?
« on: October 04, 2014, 10:48:36 am »
Last year was my rookie season as a winter camper.  One nugget I missed regarding new stove operation was to be sure and fire up the stove outside any enclosure on it's initial firing so that oils can burn off.  I started my new stove for the first time in the tent... it took me a long time to air it out!

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: tent stove not burning well
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:52:16 pm »
Are you using a spark arrester on the end of the stack?  That could reduce air flow enough to cause your problem...

Classifieds / Re: Campfire Tent
« on: June 24, 2014, 01:43:32 pm »
I have this tent, but just made a deal for the used Empire 8x10 listed on this forum!  I think most of my winter outings will be solo, so I am looking to reduce weight and have an easier setup.  When all the buddies make the trip, we will use the Baker's tent!

Classifieds / Re: Campfire Tent
« on: June 24, 2014, 07:51:13 am »
The front vestibule roof has a center loop that allows a rope to pull it up and create some pitch.  But the snow does tend to accumulate when the stove is shutdown.

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