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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Noob with Footwear Questions
« on: December 10, 2018, 08:40:01 pm »

I think either will get you in - how comfortable you will be once you stop I think will be the issue.  Cold feet takes away some of the fun.

Tell me about it :(

Winter hiking in the NE taught me about boots like the Columbia, Vasque, Merrels and others.  200-400 grams of insulation, sock liners and smart wool, plus a foot hot pack and gaiters.  Problem is frozen boots next morning if cold camping, difficult to start the day but a hot nalgene in the am warms up the boots.

I donated a pair of Sorels, hurt my ankle but I picked up another pair on craigs list for the campground if winter car camping. 

Have fun experimenting, I wouldn't go above treeline with trail runners in winter, just in case something happens .  Sorry, that's what my trip leaders always stressed when peak bagging in the NE.

Other Homemade Gear / Re: DIY: Fur Hats & Mittens my projects
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:04:19 pm »
Nice!  love the colors.  Great job!  taking orders? :)

Fantastic Kelly, looking good.
Looks like I’m going to have to start pulling my gear about 2 hours ahead of you on the next trip 😩

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: December 05, 2018, 07:43:59 pm »
I did pick up 2 of the Pocket Bellows, sent one to my daughter out in Denver for her camping trips.

Also picked up the Feathered Friends down booties with the outside liners for, $99, I chose the green liners.

My birthday is coming up so I'm asking the family for some other goodies :)  keep the suggestions coming,  happy holidays.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Christmas Gift Guide
« on: November 20, 2018, 05:44:57 am »
Question here, just about to pull the trigger and order the down booties when I started to research the topic of "down vs synthetic".  Enlightened Equipment (I have their 30f down quilt) uses synthetic and mentions feet sweating and that's why they prefer synthetic.   Now their booties are also just for sleeping bag, no sole on them for wearing outside.  Almost the same cost.  I also understand about wearing a thin liner inside the bootie for dirt and body oils

So, down vs synthetic?  opinions?   Does the downtec treated material and fabric keep sweat from entering? 

side note, I love that pocket bellows, nice holiday present for myself.  Thanks

Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:19:04 pm »
pretty cool, thought the guy was very amusing.   Nice to see others around the world enjoying the great outdoors. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:52:52 pm »
Received the new order and tried them on. Weird but I’m usually a size 36 and these are big on me. I’m not spending any more $ exchanging them. Will take them to a tailor to get taken in. I’m wondering how much they would shrink when washed?  Not going to try just curious.

Cool video Harlan, also appreciate your thoughts on how to react when sh-t hits the fan.  I went on my first solo paddle this past summer in the BWCA, not as long as others but my first time out for 6 nights.  There were many people around but after my first and thankfully only fall the first day,, I looked at every step before I took it and thought about "what if" and how to react.  I know my limits and when I do want to cross that one day I will make sure that I'm with others that have more experience and I too need to increase my experience and learning.  All the reading I'm doing on this site is helpful but real life "hands on" is the most important.  Thanks for sharing.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: October 25, 2018, 05:44:47 am »
sorry, I already paid the fees and will be shipping them back hopefully tomorrow. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: October 24, 2018, 08:04:11 pm »
Good new, bad news.  I received my pants the other day, great looking and feels nice.  Tried them on and way to big going one size up.  Exchanging them but I have to pay restocking fee plus shipping both ways.  Cost me an extra $37.   I'm not mentioning the name of the company because maybe it was in the fine print when ordering.  Guess I have to learn to read everything.  Probably a small company so I don't want them to pay for my mistake.  Will keep you updated. 

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:59:04 pm »
I just ordered the Merino wool blend 6 pocket cargo a size up just in case southcove shows up with brownies! Plus Bioguides pancakes!

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:04:52 am »
I have several pair of Bill Bills, starting at size 32 inch waist from 8 years ago before I met my current wife, a French Canadian who thinks any man that doesn't eat two plates at supper is starving.

I've got them in two inch increments all the way up to 42, which seems pretty tight right now, where as my 42 dress pants seem way to loose.

I have both the blend and the 100 percent wool.  I really prefer the blend.  I find it warmer, especially if there is wind.  Even at 35 below, I just wear a pair of fleece long johns under them.  Plus that plaid design on the 100 percenters makes me feel like an overweight leprechaun with a drinking problem.

Mem, thanks for starting my day with a smile.
moondog55, I guess it was a bad time to start weight watchers when I'm getting ready to start hanging with Southcove soon.  But i need to drop a few lbs to help out my knees.   I'm ready to make some matza ball soup trades for low calorie brownies, if there is such a thing.

And I do like those green cargo pants, thanks.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Wool pants question
« on: October 15, 2018, 01:07:08 pm »
Thanks guys

Bio- the 100% I think is 4 pockets.  I really like the cargo 6 pockets. Will keep looking

Rbinhood- if Southcove continues to share his brownies with me I will keep growing and growing and ...

Southcove - I do like that fire engine red will do my best to find them!

Winter Camping Clothing / Wool pants question
« on: October 15, 2018, 06:01:40 am »
Big Bill 100% wool or 75% wool, opinions on which ones to purchase. 
And I've read about sizing up, opinions on that also please.  Thanks

Trip Reports / Re: A day trip with my new lead Dog...
« on: September 16, 2018, 09:06:17 pm »
Very cool bio. Can’t wait to see it in action one day.

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