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Snowshoeing Discussion / Re: Disintegration of my Atlas snowshoe bindings
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:44:30 am »
Late answering this thread but NO, I'm not getting new bindings for $75. I mean SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS! WTH??

I'll look at LL Bean bindings if they will sell them to me and then I'll "adapt" them.

For now I'm using my MSR lightning Ascent 'shoes and add-on tails when necessary.

Eric B.

Back Country Skiing Discussion / My backcountry ski(s) setup
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:40:29 am »
OPEN COUNTRY SKIS: Asnes Combi Combat Norwegian Army waxable skis 210 cm with metal edges
Voile' release bindings with heel cable retention.

HIGH COUNTRY (TELE) SKIS: Atomic TM 22 Telemark taxable skis, 200 cm with metal edges
Voile' release bindings with heel cable retention

BOOTS: Scarpa T3 plastic boots with removable insulating liners

POLES: Cascade Mountain Tech with large snow baskets (baskets screw on the threaded plastic tip section)

CLIMBING SKING: G3 synthetic mohair (a must-have in most situations and very helpful with heavy pulks)

Eric B.

Fire and Woodstoves / Anybody using Seek Outside Ti stoves?
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:19:48 am »
I'm thinking of buying a Seek Outside "Medium U-Turn" stove.

They are made of titanium sheet and very cleverly designed to pack small but set up quickly. Plus they are light, my most wanted feature.

Eric B.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Merry Christmas to All
« on: December 25, 2019, 01:01:02 pm »
Here's hoping you got some nice winter trekking gear and/or clothing.

I got a pair of light soft-shell gloves with that "all-important" touch screen finger material. Works on GPS screens too.

And my youngest daughter rented a condo at Mammoth ski resort for 3 days of skiing bliss.
I tried XC skiing there 2 years ago at Tamarack ski area and discovered that fast XC track skiing at 8,000 ft. is quite a bit more difficult than 2,000 ft.
So no XC skiing there  this year!

Eric B.

Tents and Shelters / Re: d-ring set-up for bi-pod replacement
« on: December 21, 2019, 02:43:04 pm »
I'm not getting how the D-rings are used on a stovepipe.

AundN, should you post the photo(s) of this on this thread or direct me to the proper thread? Thanks

Eric B.

Fire and Woodstoves / CO poisoning
« on: December 18, 2019, 11:17:39 pm »
Just a reminder of the distinct possibility of CO poisoning when using any kind of combustion inside a tent. For extended stays I'd recommend the smallest battery powered CO alarm you can find.
True, usually fresher is being sucked into your tent as heated air & smile rises up the chimney. But damper problems could arise, especially when you are sleeping.

Place it near floor level as CO sinks down, being denser that atmospheric air.

Happy snow trails, Eric B.

I live in the Las Vegas valley (i.e. no snow) but our Spring Mountains just one hour away from my house has 47 inches of snowfall. My ski area has all trails open. And I have a season pass! Yippie!

Plus I'm going to Mammoth Mountain Dec. 28,29, & 30 with my youngest daughter and two grandsons to ski (well, the boys snowboard).

So my winter is off to a great start, given that I live in the southwest.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: In praise of synthetic clothing
« on: December 16, 2019, 01:58:22 pm »

Yep, in "Paradise Below Zero" Rustrum shows he too used "what worked best" but hw also was flexible in that area.

Eric B.

Winter Camping Clothing / Re: BEST VBL SOX EVER
« on: December 12, 2019, 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: December 12, 2019, 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.Made in Austria where they know about quality products.

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.

The heavy gloves I use are all Gore-Tex shells with removable fleece of heavy pile liners. (Pile looks like shearling wool.) I carry one spare liner set each trip.

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. or lower 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.

P.S. I'll add that I'm creating a lot of sweat when back country skiing in my mountains above 8,000 feet because the air is thin and the trails are steep. Climbing skins are worn at all times, both uphill and down.

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 »


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