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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.

Classifieds / Re: Winter camping gear for sale
« on: April 29, 2018, 01:30:05 pm »
pm sent on Black River bag

Trip Reports / Re: First semi solo trip
« on: March 16, 2018, 05:52:30 am »
Thanks for all of your ideas, tons of experience out there, I could only imagine the years of winter trekking between you all.  Life is good, if I could go out tonight again I would.   I'm going to take all of that advise for future trips.   Even in my house I can begin to practice some of those skills such as sewing, whittling and even just listening to a podcast or audiobook.     My father used to sit me down in the late 60's and listen to old programs of the "Shadow" and "Fibber McGee and Molly" on the radio.  It's amazing how your suggestions stirred up memories from the past.  Hey, paddling season is coming up shortly, I will try a solo trip out there using your ideas.  Now I also understand why folks like to camp alone and then meet up during the day time, never understood that until listening to others.  Have a great day, health and happiness to all.

PS, I'm going to London to see my son in 2 weeks and thought about an overnight somewhere so I can say I camped out on another continent, he thinks I'm weird.  haha  be well.

Trip Reports / Re: First semi solo trip
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:45:04 pm »
Gearfreak - haha, I did that!  I was making videos for the campers.  I took like 5-6 videos because I kept messing up the 7-9 names of bosses and directors that i was thanking.  I might try to post that on Facebook and see if I can copy it.  Thanks 

Trip Reports / Re: First semi solo trip
« on: March 14, 2018, 09:42:53 pm »
Hi guys, thanks for sharing thoughts.

ravinerat - the pole split at the end where it connects into the Y piece.  I might have helped worsen it when I was trying to pull it back over instead of getting to the back where it was held by a tree.  Totally my fault, could have been worse I realized after that.

I was unprepared with snow stakes at the time, didn't think about the wind.  I actually use the mini side wall ST poles to hold the tent down while I grabbed some thin kindling and made the switch, I was a bit upset with myself.   I should keep rope ready to tie down like Hoop suggested and maybe some painter sticks.  Or better yet wait for the wind to die down, patience is not my best virtue. 

rbinhood - oh boy, I can totally picture that.   That must have been a huge lake.    I pulled a Superman dive once on the cement to catch a dog leash that was attached to my wife's bosses dog that I was sitting for.  Took one second for me to drop the leash and the little brat started to scamper away.  I was watching a $2K dog run away with 1/2 my pension!   I landed on the leash and stayed on the ground for 2 min holding my ribs, no more dog sitting!

Hoop- I've always told my kids to not wait for others, just sign up, buy a ticket and enjoy the ride.   I appreciate the many ideas that you suggested most importantly the tying down of a tent corner.

CPete- I'm guessing my 57 years of never really being alone in the NYC area has gotten me programmed in certain ways.  Weird, I wonder how the other side of that feels?   I know many people can't stand the city and some city folk can't stand the country.  I'm tired of the city but I enjoy the company of others.  Tough to explain. 

trapmusher- I think you hit the mark with the dog idea.  So, my daughter recently moved back in with us and she has an awesome lab/shepard mix dog.  He is smart, friendly, full of energy and big.   I asked her if I could take him out with me and she didn't think it was the right time.  I understand, she is very attached to the dog for certain reasons.  G-d forbid he got loose and I lost him, I can't, don't want to even think about that.   I thought about my own dog but the timing isn't right.  But that would make me feel much better I believe.   Wonder if I could rent a dog for a trip?  haha

snapper - go figure, but one day, one day soon again.

okanagan - thanks for your words.  I had a great time with my buddy during the day, but when he left it seemed like I cooked dinner early, read 3 magazines in 10 minutes, listen to music for 10 min, listened to audiobook for 20 min and then found myself going to sleep way to early.  I have solo hiked a bit, paddled solo a bit but the truth is, I enjoy being out there with others.

I wouldn't mind going on an expedition like Lure of the North, not knowing anyone but joining the group, no problem with me being shy.  But if you gave me the choice of a 7 day solo trip or a 3-4 day group trip, I honestly at this point in my life would enjoy the 3-4 day trip with the company of others.  Not thinking about safety, just companionship. 

It's an interesting topic, how does one enjoy doing something they normally don't do?   For the solo folks, can they really enjoy a trip for a few days in a group?  Then the opposite like me, can a people person go solo for a few days and really enjoy it?   

I'm glad to have done it and will probably try it again next season some time.   I did try posting pics, no luck.  It's my fault, I need to join some type of pic program.   Best to all, be safe.   

Trip Reports / First semi solo trip
« on: March 13, 2018, 06:36:30 pm »
Went on my first solo winter trip this past weekend in the NY area.   I am able to use the property of the sleep away camp that I work at during the summer time in Copake NY.  We had a dumping of snow a few days earlier and they had app 8-10" up there.  It was sort of car camping and I choose a location where I had to haul my gear to a site tucked away near the woods.

Going to keep this report simple.

What I learned,
1.  Stake the tent down after placing canvas on top of the frame, immediately.  Snowtrekker 9x11.5
2. Pole will split when wind blows tent over when my back is turned.  (already sopke to Duane, I'm the second one this week cracking a pole)
3.  Don't walk after tent, run!
4.  Newtons law of motion, tent will continue to roll until it meets an object, like a downed tree.
5.  Carry duct tape always (didn't have)
6.  don't over feed stove with those biobricks, smothered flames.
7    Setting up in yard on grass wearing sneakers is not reality.   Took a lot longer to do it on snowshoes and post holing at times without them
8.  I enjoyed relaxing inside and cooking once I was set up.
9.  Cot on snow sinks and tilts making pad and me slide off a bit.
10.  I need to stop feeding stove before sleeping because I get to hot once in the sleeping bag.
11.  Spam is pretty good but in moderations.
12.  I wish my whole family was with me to enjoy being out there,  not to sure if that will ever happen.
13.  I was bored being out there alone, I'm a people person.
14.  I would do it again and be prepared a bit more now mentally.
15.  I was only out 2 nights and wished I could have stayed longer.

I was solo setting up (and taking down), took me 4 trips with my Paris pulk bringing stuff from the car to my site, not a long distance to pull, maybe 200 yards to a quiet place in the camp where the kids go camping.   My friend showed up next morning and we drove around and did a short hike to a cave with a waterfall running through it (Dover NY).  I picked up two bundles of wood to burn that night and next morning because the wood at camp was damp and tough to burn.   Once again I brought to much gear but I figured why not, just in case.  Bad habit of mine but I can take less when I have to.  I listened to an audiobook that bioguide suggested, White Fang.  I still have a few chapters left to find out the ending, then I heard it was also made into a movie which I hope to watch one day.     Oh yea, my buddy up there gave me some venison cheese hot dogs, pretty good but a bit on the spicy side.   I enjoyed seeing the sun set, stars the first night, hearing the birds in the morning, cutting up a few pieces of wood and scraping off the bark so it could burn easier, watching some snow fall.  But I'm going to be honest, I felt lonely.   All of my winter buddies were busy but I needed to go because I knew it would be my last winter trip of the season, glad I went.  I guess that means it was a success :)   Many lessons learned, oh one more thing, the Sorels I bought used, makes my right foot sock keep sliding down.  Guess its the friction between the felt liner and my wool sock.   My modified Bear Paw snowshoes worked great until they too slid off my sorels!  And my feet were still cold!  Wish I could go tomorrow all over again!   Health and happiness to all.   Will try somehow this week to figure out posting pics.  Take care.

Sorry if this posted twice.

Trip Reports / Re: BWCA and Voyageurs N. Park crossing (21 Days)
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:26:50 pm »
I apologize for asking maybe I missed it but what about some precipitation clothing if needed.   Thanks for sharing your experience once again.

Classifieds / Re: Kni co Trekker for sale
« on: March 07, 2018, 08:10:46 pm »
Sorry my Canadian friends, Federal Express wants app $125-$145 to ship the stove.  They charge by weight and size of item.   That's crazy.  I will check other shippers next week. 

Classifieds / Re: Kni co Trekker for sale
« on: March 06, 2018, 04:10:55 pm »
Trapmusher, I will go find out ASAP what the approximate shipping cost will be to you.  Meanwhile 8-12” of snow predicted tomorrow in NYC.  Thanks. Will get back ASAP. 

Classifieds / Re: Kni co Trekker for sale
« on: March 05, 2018, 08:18:25 pm »
Lowered to $100

Trip Reports / Re: 3 nights Breadloaf Wilderness Vermont
« on: March 05, 2018, 06:23:31 pm »
Wow!  Vermont?   Great pics of dogs, huge and tiny.  Love the blanket pics, and the steak, and the pancakes and the...nice little cabin, thanks for sharing. 
I cold camped this weekend in lower NY and itching to get back out again, another nor easter coming in.  Be well

Trip Reports / Re: BWCA and Voyageurs N. Park crossing (21 Days)
« on: February 28, 2018, 05:53:36 am »
Wow, fantastic!   Congrats and super cool.   Thanks for sharing, now time to start a new dream.  Love that cool looking sled.   Take care. 

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