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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: candle stick holders
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:34:47 am »
I am a fan of traditional techniques when they work (wool for instance) but in this case modern technology rules.   This light is brighter, lighter,safer and stores smaller,  than a candle.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 31, 2019, 07:28:53 am »
My campsites are primitive as the idea is to use it as a basecamp for tours for turns.  I can see where an excavated camp area would be quite cosey and wind hardy once you do the work.  Perhaps in the future I'll set this up for a week or two where shoveling might be worth it.  Of course if I was doing that I would bring in the hot tent.  Gonna try it next week.  If the fire collapses I'll look around for thin steel as you suggest.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:55:12 pm »
Right,  I was not planning to use a sled as I have to climb 500' vertical to my intended campsite.  I'll try it without a base and then go for there.  Welder's cloth perhaps?   My shelter is a variation on a super shelter.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 30, 2019, 08:45:24 am »
That would be a HUGE amount of snow to move in a 4' snowpack. It would also violate the leave-no-trace camping ethic which is in place here in Vermont-as opposed to the canadian wilderness.  I have to find another way.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 29, 2019, 07:43:57 am »
Interested in this but this query yields several different videos.  Can't find the author you mentioned in the first page of the search.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 28, 2019, 08:19:46 pm »
Hopefully next week. will report back.

Late to this conversation but we ski carrying 1/3 sheet of thermarest pad as an emergency gear and to sit on for lunch.  You could put one of these under your hip to augment your pad if that was the only place where you were cold. Adds minimal weight to your pack and can be strapped on mos anywhere.

Other Winter Camping Gear / swedish long fire on deep snow
« on: March 28, 2019, 09:39:12 am »
I am messing around with shelter/fire strategies popularized by Lars Kochanski and notice that all the utube  examples of the long fire have occured on bare ground or shallow snowpack.  We have a 4' snowpack here in Vermont where I want to camp and I am thinking about how to support a long fire such that it doesn't sink out of site into the snow.  My current idea is to place 3 or so  4' x 2"logs at right angles to the eventual fire build, then build the fire on them. These logs will stretch out into cold snow that will not melt during the burn.  The problem I see with this is that when the lower logs burn out they will collapse and the coal bed will fall into the crater below the fire.  Thoughts?

There is one more dynamic in play in this conversation.  When you are in deep snow, a bc ski, especially with a free pivot binding, is going to ride up on top of the snow surface with each stride.  It is exhausting to constantly lift a snowshoe out of 12" of snow each step.  That said, Kinguq is absolutely correct that the utility of a snowshoe around camp surpasses skis, hands down.  I am usually on skis because I am out there to ski.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« on: March 16, 2019, 04:55:26 pm »
A note on climbing skins.  If you plan on climbing any angle with them, be sure they are full width.  If you go with narrower skins, when you put any angle on the ski while traversing a slope, you lift the skin off the snow and will slip. 

I spend 90 percent of my time on skis, and 10 percent on snowshoes or traction devices when i am on ice or breakable crust, or in terrain too tight for maneuvering on skis

Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Pulk Question (DIY)
« on: January 28, 2019, 08:20:27 pm »
The jerking of carabiners drove me crazy. Went to rigid connection.

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 24, 2019, 01:47:39 pm »
Ditto on the wood.

Anytime we have had a hard time keeping the tent roasting it has been the wood. Not cut small enough, wet, rotten, hollow, coniferous, frozen (sometimes adding to much cold wood to a stove seems to suck some of the momentum out). Seek out hardwood if your area has it. I usually camp in Algonquin Park and have learnt its worth setting up near a hardwood stand, which are pretty easy to find in most of the park.

When I first started hot tent camping, I would seek out some beautiful location with sunset views, etc.  Now I camp next to good wood supply!

Tents and Shelters / Re: How cold before the stove can't keep up?
« on: January 24, 2019, 11:12:14 am »
Also the adequacy of your draw.  Our small 4-dog ti stove just pooped along with the standard 3" stovepipe.  Fire was much more robust once we began using nesting stovepipe which expanded from 3" to 4".  Perhaps the newer version of this stove begins with 4" pipe. 

MY wish list-- to  have a consistent  supplies of millenials who like to shelp gear (for $20/hour) but don't care about skiing. To transport our gear into interesting places to make turns.

Tents and Shelters / Re: New reflective tent
« on: January 12, 2019, 07:26:02 am »
I was wondering if the reflective insulation would permit a much smaller stove than you might think, or modifying it by installing a clear front gable end  and building a Swedish long fire out front with a reflector in the style of Lars (    )  can't recall his last name.

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