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MidWest / Re: Time To Get Away
« on: February 10, 2009, 09:29:03 pm »

Fish always bite better in the rain!

That's an old dad's tale and has no basis for truth. But it is a story I tell my kids today to stop them from whining when it begins to rain. ;D

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Conover's Anoraks
« on: February 07, 2009, 09:13:43 am »
I can't remember where I added, I decided to go big and then take in where necessary and turned out good the way it was.

IIRC there is 3/4 inch per size.

I did make the hood considerably deeper for a couple of reasons. One was so I could later fold  over a piece of fur when I got a piece and the other is theirs just looked to shallow.

Single layer is plenty IMHO. Double layer would make it too warm and you want it only to cut the wind and serve as a protective outer layer. Warmth will come from your layers under it.

I have no pockets on mine but need to go back and add some.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lampwick
« on: February 06, 2009, 05:13:28 pm »
There is lots of wick for tying into bigger boots. The adjustment is not done by tying the knot but from unravelling the loop from the toe piece. Those are a size 13 pictured there.

I have not actually worn them yet, so I will let you know how they handle but I can't see them slipping too much. The toe piece is rather snug.

I did exactly as the Conovers described in their book. I will let you know as I plan a day trip this weekend to a friends cabin for a beer. Turns out it is not far from where i want to go camping in a few weeks when the weather gets better. (Tooooo warm right now)

Other Homemade Gear / What about a tipi?
« on: February 05, 2009, 10:12:04 pm »
I was reading about using a tipi as an emergency shelter and started thing why wouldn't this work all the time. A little googling produced this great pictorial how to....

Looks super simple to make. No fancy seems, just edge sewing for the most part. No poles to carry. The benefit is you could even have a open fire inside or still use your stove and have the pipe go straight up. The secret to venting the smoke is to have a channel at the bottom of the tent going to the fire.

There are lots of up sides, just can't see too many bad sides to it. Anybody tried it?

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Binding Set-Up
« on: February 03, 2009, 10:12:41 pm »
Bring your camera to work tomorrow

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Binding Set-Up
« on: February 03, 2009, 09:53:58 pm »
Hey Bryan, I just switched mine from the leather to lamp wick and I noticed the wide leather part was on the bottom. That is the the bottom of the your boot sits on that part. I got the shoes like that and the way they were set up worked. I just didn't like the lack of fine tuning with the leather ones.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lampwick
« on: February 02, 2009, 09:22:05 pm »
Will do.

Other Homemade Gear / Re: Making a Baker/Campfire/Mason tent.
« on: February 02, 2009, 07:55:04 pm »
I was thinking of using the lamp wick I bought to make loops to tie off the corners

Other Homemade Gear / Making a Baker/Campfire/Mason tent.
« on: February 02, 2009, 06:03:35 pm »
So I found the local TimBr Mart has canvas drop clothes for $42. 12x15 feet :o

Judging by the plans in the Conover's book this will be enough to make one tent.

The only other thing I need to begin is the nylon strapping and the brass grommets.

Like the Anorak I built, I am going to keep the plans simple and the tent will be functional but not fancy.

Between this is and the Anorak I will have more than saved the $160 I paid for the sewing machine.


Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lampwick
« on: February 02, 2009, 05:48:54 pm »
Bought some lampwick today at the local Home Hardware for 49 cents per foot.

Using the diagram in the Conover's book to tie them it was easy. Now I got to get them out in the field and test them. Anybody thinking about doing this you can count on using approx 6 feet for each foot. $6 per pair.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Pee issue (just for guys)
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:42:17 pm »
This topic is going in a piss poor direction

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Snowshoe Repairs
« on: January 30, 2009, 03:40:15 pm »
$129 each!

Other Winter Camping Gear / Snowshoe Repairs
« on: January 30, 2009, 01:40:45 pm »
I got a price today to repair 3 pairs of snowshoes. $129 to varnish and re-lace using monofilament. Now I don't think that is a bad price, but for the same price I can buy brand new ones with babiche lacing.

Any thoughts?

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lampwick
« on: January 30, 2009, 09:10:49 am »
That's about as Canadian as you can get. Thanks Sid

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: lampwick
« on: January 30, 2009, 07:55:44 am »
Anybody know of a Canadian source?

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