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Ditto. Most of us have to be content with vicarious winter experiences for a while.

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Stove Location
« on: May 11, 2009, 03:12:33 pm »
Flatbow,
You make some good points about evenness of heat and stability of the stove pipe. I have not heard of an "in line" spark arrestor. Home made?  Is it better because ash is burned off due to the increased temp. of exhaust gasses vs. the cooler gasses further from the stove?

Sorry for the topic "drift"

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Stove Location
« on: May 07, 2009, 03:01:42 pm »
I suggest you ask the Garret\Alexendra Conover, the authors of "A Snow Walker's Companion".  I think this is the tent they designed, right? They use it on their commercial trips and will surely have well reasoned opinions on the matter. I got out my copy and it appears they locate their stove in the side panel immediately to the left of the door as you enter the tent. Also, what did Peter Say at Tentsmiths?

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Not possible to give a helpful answer without knowing what kind of terrain you wish to travel over and what percentage of the time you are hauling a sled vs. what percentage is spent skiing, and is ski time spent touring around over low angle terrain or are you needing good control (ie turning ability) over higher angle terrain. Care to give a little more info?

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Winter bag choice
« on: April 28, 2009, 06:48:02 pm »
I bought a North Face Solar Flare -20F 800 fill down bag from LLBean for less than $400 last fall. Don't know if that option still exists. You also might think about your floor insulation. I don't sleep well on most pads but have been happy with the EXPID 9 pad. This is a down filled air mattress which takes about 3 minutes to pump up to it's 3" thickness. Forget what the R value is but it is better than most any thermarest type pad.

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Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Last ski today?
« on: April 23, 2009, 06:44:19 am »
Bad news. I deleted all 60 of my photos from my camera :(

Here are a few from my ski buddies.

This beautiful bowl is steeper than it looks here. Tops out at 38 degrees.



Here is a southern view.


I'll send a few more when I get them.

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Saws
« on: April 21, 2009, 06:25:41 am »
Very helpful link. Thanks for posting it.

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Saws
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:40:23 am »
You folks have a get-together in the Fall right?  I am wondering if it would be an interesting activity for everyone to bring their favorite saw for a "competition" not for speed but for efficiency, counting the number of strokes it takes to cut through a standard diameter of wood. This isn't totally standardized as it probably takes more energy to draw a 36" blade through a stroke than a 20 inch one, but the event would foster interesting discussion.

I forget if I asked this earlier, can someone explain to me what the difference between a dead wood and live wood blade is?

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Cold Tenting
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:26:59 am »
I just thought of something. Perhaps the Snowtrekker folks should design a tent with a tarp bottom in the sleeping area, and floorless in the stove/circulation area in the front.

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Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Last ski today?
« on: April 19, 2009, 06:38:15 am »
Just got back from ski trip to Newfoundland. 3 feet of snow in Gros Morne. We skied two bearutiful corn days, then it snowed the rest of the week. Heard the Gaspe got 18" during that time!

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Saws
« on: April 05, 2009, 10:07:27 am »
Oops, CeltGinger already discussed this saw in depth. Sorry to have not read entire thread ::)

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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Saws
« on: April 05, 2009, 10:01:09 am »
Don't all these saws cut on just the pull stroke? I have never done a test even though I have both but I would a saw like this would be more effecient for cutting firewood. Less convenient if you are just cutting brush along the trail.


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Winter Camping Safety / Snow Bridges over small streams
« on: March 23, 2009, 05:45:25 pm »
This is related but really different question.  As a down hill oriented skier, I am trying to get close to distant mountains and hills to "tour for turns" in places too remote for day trips. In New England, the best route is often up a "frozen stream or river" but this moving water really isn't frozen at all--it is covered with a snow bridge. I think my basic training in avalanche science is relevant but would be interested in anyone with experience in assessing strength of show bridges.

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Thanks Jaunty. I'm not sure what gage my elbow is but wil keep an eye on it. As you predicted, it isn't real adjustible at this point.

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my stove and most of the pipe is ti, but my elbow is galvanized and is placed at the cool end of my first pipe section. Should I be concerned about this?

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