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Winter Camping Clothing / Re: BEST VBL SOX EVER
« on: Today at 01:31:55 am »
Hotelfive, I think Dealskinz are breathable and therefore would not be a Vapor Barrier Liner.

Sorry for the late reply. Just happened to see your question today.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Mittens wanted
« on: Today at 01:28:22 am »
At -40 F. I was warm with Dachstein boiled wool mittens inside nylon shells W/leather palms.  Dachstein mittens and gloves are the gold standard. Boiled wool is very thick and dense. They are boiled on a wooden form to control shape.

Also I have a pair of double layer fleece mitten liners that are good to -20 F. in my experience but likely also good to -40 F.
I now use only Gore-Tex OR nylon mitten shells I've seam sealed.

or heavy gloves I use only Gore-Tex shells with removable fleece of heavy pile liners. (Pile looks like shearling wool.)

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Camera recommendations?
« on: December 09, 2019, 02:21:39 am »
Gotta mention the OLYMPUS TG-5 (and earlier 1 - 4 models) are waterproof to 50 ft.for TG 1, 2 & 3 and 60 ft. for TG 4 & 5.

And they all have GPS labelling and many, many mode features like underwater correction, snow/sand correction for glare, macro, soft focus, etc.

And I like to have one SD card reserved only for video. Yeah, they have a built-in mike as well.

But with all that and much more I still usually set it to "AUTO" and point-and-shoot. Gives me National Geo-worthy photos if I compose properly.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / "Travel" clothing v.s. "Camp" clothing
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:49:34 pm »
For winter travel i'm usually on my Atomic TM 22 Telemark skis with climbing skins. I'm carrying a 75 Liter Deuter Air Contact pack so I need "travel clothing" that:
1. vents well
2. has synthetic insulation that can dry well after removal

PARKA-> old EMS Gore-Tex mountain parka with pit zips and interior snow skirt
INSULATING LAYER-> Thermolite insulated jacket and pants (pants worn under TNF Gore-Tex ski pants W/zippered thigh vents)

PARKA-> Eddie Bauer -30 F. PEAK XV down expedition parka
PANTS-> Same as for travel

This is about the lightest combo I have found that truly keeps me warm in both conditions. Usually the synthetic layer lays beneath my winter air mattress for added insulation/dual use so I don't have to carry a Ridge Rest pad. But If I suspect temps in my tent may get to -15 F. I'll bring the pad in case I need to don my synthetic travel layer.
Also I can zip up my down parka and put it over the foot of my sleeping bag for, again, dual use and for keeping my bag's foot warmth from melting frost off the tent wall and into my bag. Seems I always, but always get the foot of my bag against the tent wall sometime in the night.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Mo money Mo Website
« on: December 04, 2019, 05:28:52 pm »
1. accountability for the budget
2. projected costs
3. projected improvements (partly member-driven) May I suggest the nice design of the "Long Range Hunting Magazine" website?
4. possible meshing/coordinating with similar websites, say Bush Crafter sites in our case
5. PAYING MEMBER benefits over non paying "members" (i.e no ads with membership v.s ads for non-members)??

Seems we have some discussing to do.

Eric B.

Tents and Shelters / Just finished making my solo tent more "winterized"
« on: December 04, 2019, 02:25:33 am »
I got a new fly for my Tarptent Moment DW B/C the other fly literally blew away from my backyard in a big windstorm and I couldn't locate it. I had done some seam sealing and tied it to heavy wooden lawn chairs. When I came back from shopping it was GONE! It had seen me through 6 years of backpacking in all weather.

So... I bought a new fly from Tarptent and it was improved over the original.
1. lower fly hem (good for winter)
2. stronger and better protected vestibule zippers that are now 2-way for better top ventilation (and using zipper lube on these and inner tent zippers)
3. better fixtures for securing the zipper closure and door hold-open straps
4. four fly hem stake loops (I had sewn my own on with the original fly)
5. Two guy points on the main hoop sleeve instead of one
6. re-fit crossing pole that I ran under the fly from end-to-end

My "winterization" was mostly adding reflective Spectra core tent cord loops to all fly hem stake loops, the strut feet at each end and pole sleeve and mid fly guy points.

*All staked down and guyed out and with the X-ing pole in place this tent an withstand 65 mph gusts as it did in tests with the original fly.

Can't wait to ride out a big storm in this little gem.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Camera recommendations?
« on: December 03, 2019, 07:41:18 pm »


Tents and Shelters / The ideal lightweight 2 P hot tent?
« on: December 02, 2019, 01:16:41 am »
I realize that many of you are bush crafters at heart with canvas tents, camp axes, saws, wool clothing, wooden snowshoes, etc.
But I'm looking for the ideal hot tent that is definitely not a wall tent design, due to its lack of stability in high winds.
I think a variation of a hot tent may be a large dome tent with a stove jack and some kind of fire resistant fabric, even tightly woven cotton.
I have seen many pyramid ('mid) shaped tents but to me that's too much tent material (read weight) and space wasted at the top 1/3 of the tent.

1. What wind-worthy shape would work well?
2. Is there a good fire resistant treatment for synthetic fabric?
3. Are there some very good spark arrestors out there (like double or triple screening)?
4. ARE there any light cotton canvas dome tents with stove jacks  - or to which a stove jack can be installed? Does that animal already exist?

I'd like to see a tent that is light, has a floor with say, a fiberglass cloth "stove area" and zippered door with the same quality zipper one finds on a winter parka.
SO... maybe what I really want is a modified Snowtrekker tent with strong, slightly pre-bent Easton aluminum poles or DAC aluminum poles in the roof area to resist winds and give a bit more useable interior space by making the roof area "rounded".

Am I asking too many questions? The only "hot tenting" I've ever done is in a 3 person double wall nylon dome tent using two backpacking collapsable "Candoil" oil lanterns. Worked very well at -5 F. It was 45 F. inside the tent on a windy night.

Eric B.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Shovels
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:46:32 pm »
I always carry collapsable avy shovel when winter camping. It has many uses.

Eric B.

Other Winter Camping Gear / Do you carry a MULTI-TOOL?
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:45:32 pm »
Leatherman was first into this category. I now have a Gerber multi-tool and use it sometimes when car camping but never carry that weight when backpacking.

But in winter I have ski or snow shoe bindings that may need the use of a tool. THEN I carry a multi-tool.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Safety / Re: Spot X - First Look
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:40:33 pm »
I have had a SPOT Gen 3 beacon for about 5 years and it is OK. But a newer Garmin In-Reach Mini is about the best beacon these days.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Safety / Re: Falling through the ice: MUST light a fire!
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:38:17 pm »
->Pressurized butane lighters (directional torch type flame)  must be kept near the body to keep warm so they will function.

->magnesium sparking sticks W/ striker attached by string and Vaseline soaked cotton balls in a ZipLoc will ALWAYS work.

->Wearing ALL synthetic base and either wool or synthetic mid layers is a must.

->Down parkas and mittens should be made with DWR treated down like DriDown or Down Tech. Absorbs l30% ess water and dries 60% faster.
-> extra food like fruitcake, cookies etc. should be available in pockets to fuel you furnace.

Eric B.

Saws, Axes, Knives, Cutting Tools / Re: knife holsters
« on: November 20, 2019, 08:30:02 pm »
REBOOT of this thread:

I have 4 knives with sheaths.

1. HELLE GT W/ leather & shesthheath
2. DH Russell belt knife
3. Gerber Parabellum S/ convertible sheath from folded to open sheath knife
4. dull point short river knife (worn inverted on life vest when sea kayaking or canoeing)

If I were "bushcrafting" or hunting I'd take the HELLE GT. A "most excellent" large knife. Belt carry or in pack pocket.

Eric B.

Brian W.,
I looked once again  at the video link you posted on the Dustrude bucksaw and I am going to order one from Piragus tomorrow. Tired of the limitations of mold SVEN saw for canoe and car camping.

Eric B.

While browsing in a Fjellraven store in Boulder, CO I couldn't find anything that fit but spied some very nice sheath knives by HELLE.

I had not known of theHELLE brand of knives but holding them made me aware that these were very special knives.

Luz bought me the "GT" model which is one of theHELLE knives with a laminated blade having high Rockwell hardness inner laminate/edge and outside layers of softer, more piiable steel. This knife is [email protected] SHARP!

Together with my Council Tool SOOD-CRAFT 19" camp axe and my encyclopedic outdoor skills (hey, I'm 76) I am "Bush Craft Ready". ;o)

Eric B.
BTW, I'm looking for an appropriate slice of deer or elk antler to make a pommel B/C i don't like the cheap looking tang end and my hand fit could use a bit of an extension. Also I may have a custom gunsmith do a bit of checkering on the handle. Or I can woodburn a design on both sides.

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