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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Pee issue (just for guys)
« on: January 29, 2009, 02:48:46 pm »
Straying off topic.....

There is a house here in Red Lake I looked at purchasing. It is on the lake, off the grid and no ammenities of town living like running water or sewers. There is no road access but snow machine, ATV or walking are all possible without too much trouble.

The house has solar, and generator power as well as a composting toilet. Grey water is run into the ground into a gravel filled barrel to be filtered.

When the guy showed me the house he pointd to "his" outhouse. "Composting toilet is fine but I prefer the outhouse" he claims. I raised a Spockian eyebrow at his claim. Then I went in to have a look. :o

Over sized, tounge and groove cedar interior. Vented from below to reduce the odor. Reading light. Girly calendar. Pail of ashes from the fire to sprinkle on your business when done. A virtual shagri-la of man thrones. Best part was the south facing view of the lake. Sit there doing your thing, looking out onto the water with nary a sound but the birds chirping, the leaves rustling in the wind and waves lapping up on shore.

....back to the topic.

Waking up to pee int he night is a PITA and this is part of the reasons I don't like to drink alcohol on trips. Going outside in your skivvies to paint the snow ain't going to kill ya if you are only 2 or 3 minutes.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Posting Pictures ?
« on: January 28, 2009, 05:14:49 pm »
I use facebook.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Winter Clothing on Warm and Wet Days
« on: January 28, 2009, 08:06:02 am »
Wool will still keep you warm and mostly dry in a drizzle. But cool and heavy rain is wet. No getting around it. Make it a reading day.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Winter Clothing on Warm and Wet Days
« on: January 27, 2009, 09:08:25 pm »
There is a place where that type of wet cold weather is predominant most of the year. The native dress there that has been around for hundreds of years is a kilt. May seem weird but in that type of weather it makes allot of sense.

Trip Reports / Re: Winter Day Trek 2
« on: January 27, 2009, 06:16:23 pm »
Very nice work.

Is the lean to in a spot that will likely be there for the rest of the winter?

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Naptha Lanterns
« on: January 27, 2009, 08:06:32 am »
Okay now this topic is straying, but that's okay it's my topic.

I brought the lantern inside last night. Warmed it up. Pressurized the tank. Turned it on. Heard the hissing of the fuel and set the match to the mantle and nothing! >:( :-\

So what now brown cow? Anybody have any ideas?

Where can I get parts for that lantern Scoutergriz?

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Naptha Lanterns
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:11:27 pm »
Model 335.

I have looked at your great little website there and there is little info on the site about this lantern.

To be honest it looks just like the newer models.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Naptha Lanterns
« on: January 26, 2009, 01:14:12 pm »
Rob- what is the model of your lantern- I may have parts and suggestions for you.

I think it is model 333. I am at work getting paid to post here right now  ;) I will check it out when I go home and verify the model number.

I think I am going to buy a new one anyways.

But the pump having a winter cup and summer cup. I thought they were all leather.

Trip Reports / Re: Camping on the Bayfield
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:44:30 am »

How many quinzhees did you build? How many slept in each one?

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Naptha Lanterns
« on: January 26, 2009, 08:42:58 am »
Last year I had the lantern completely apart. Cleaned every piece as best I could and carefully put it all back together.

It did not seem to be pressurizing as you put it. Did not light at all. I will bring it in the house and try it see if that changes. I haven't lit it since I cleaned it becaseu I have had a very hard time finding a mantle. It is an odd-ball model only built for a short time in Canada only and the run lasted a relatively short time.

Rob, That is what I wanted to know. The heater is another issue. I would not want to run it in my North Face one person Goretex tent, but in a smaller canvas tent was my thought. Even an open ended Mason Tent.

The heater I am thinking can help keep the tent warmer while the woodstove burns out overnight.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Naptha Lanterns
« on: January 25, 2009, 10:40:51 pm »
I tried to light my Coleman Lantern last night, but it wouldn't go. The temperature was -25C.

Could it have been the lantern or the cold?

I also have a old coleman flameless naptha heater. This I know work, I lit it during the summer. Do these give off enough heat to keep your tent warmer through the night. Is there CO2 issues using one of these in a tent?

Trip Reports / Re: Winter Day Trek
« on: January 25, 2009, 10:53:11 am »

I just watched your pictures backwards to get he feel of the return trip ;D

I didn't notice an ice auger, what did you use to make your fishing hole.

Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: wipe out !
« on: January 24, 2009, 12:46:12 pm »
I fell a few just before New Years into what looked like nice soft snow. There was a stump from a cut sapling that jammed into my thight. I didn't get skewered, it just felt that way.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: les stroud, the real deal???
« on: January 22, 2009, 03:46:35 pm »
I will parrot what the others have said about the book. It is a good read and there is lots of useful knowledge.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Sometimes You Just Get Lucky
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:41:54 am »
Do you blame her, me with my manly beard and all.  ;D

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