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Trip Reports / Re: 4 Days in the Algonquin Back-Country with my Son
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:28:03 PM »
I can't see them either.


There is practically nothing but crown land outside the city limits. The real issue is finding a place to park safely. One option is to take the "Budd Car" train, pick a spot and have them drop you off. That way you can park at the station in Sudbury. You can flag it down to be picked up. However don't expect it to be on time.


Ontario & Quebec / Re: off to a great start
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:50:24 AM »
Yes lots of snow here in North Bay. Was some slush on the lakes when I was out last week however.


Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Hmmm
« on: January 17, 2019, 08:48:52 AM »
I don't really understand how it steers. Unlike the SnowDog it doesn't have a handlebar, just the remote steering joystick. I thought it must have twin tracks but the website says not. So, how does it turn?

My guess is that the range/endurance will be rather low. Tracked vehicles require more power than wheeled vehicles in general and the power density of batteries is still much lower than a tank of fuel. Might be suitable for work around a farm or for a set distance but not for anything where long range is required.


Group Trip Planning / Re: Deep Freeze 2019
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:31:07 AM »
Looking forward to seeing you and the gang there, Joe.


Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: ski base ice damage
« on: January 06, 2019, 01:21:10 PM »
Maybe just shave off the fuzz and forget about it. My experience leads me to believe that minor scratches don't matter much, and may actually make the ski hold wax better.


Tents and Shelters / Re: reflectivity of tent materials
« on: December 30, 2018, 10:05:02 AM »
Gurrrr.   Wonder where manufacturers of grow boxes or ice houses get their reflective material.  Research to continue.

As a grower myself (legal in Canada), I use Reflectix material. However it is too bulky to use in a portable shelter. If you look online you will find a variety of reflective materials, some of which are even fire resistant.


Tents and Shelters / Re: reflectivity of tent materials
« on: December 29, 2018, 08:36:32 PM »
That is indeed the issue. White materials do reflect visible radiation which includes the wavelengths plants use, but not necessarily infrared which is most of what comes out of a fire. So, no, it won't work nearly as well as an IR reflective material.


Winter Camping Clothing / Re: In praise of synthetic clothing
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:43:05 AM »
I like a mixture of both. Love my wool underwear and wool pants. But I prefer a fleece sweater.

I've never understood why anyone would want a cotton anorak unless they were working around an open fire. Uncoated nylon works just as well and is a fraction of the weight and bulk. Dries much faster too.

Just try to keep an open mind, try new things and use what works best for you.


Nice. Have you had issues with yours pulling to one side like my buddy in Yellowknife?

You should change your name to By-Tor!


Certainly I use "non-operational" provincial parks, of which there are many in Ontario, winter and summer. I just treat them as crown land. I also have entered and exited operational parks which are closed for the winter, such as Halfway Lake, during the winter by ski and snowshoe. I am not sure what the actual rules are, if any, and probably won't bother to find out, as I am doing no harm.  :)


The problem with the Thermarest Neo's is that they seem to lose all their insulating value when you move. I surmise that this is because the air inside gets thoroughly stirred up when you roll over, which destroys the temperature gradient in the pad. I really notice this when using the pad at temps below freezing. I find I have to put at least a closed cell pad on top of the Neo for winter use. Not under, on top.

I love them for 3 season use, but I just don't quite trust them for winter use when the consequences of an irreparable failure are more severe. Therefore I have gone over to using 2 self-inflating thermarests (one long one short) strapped together in the winter. Pretty comfy, warmer and there's some redundancy in case one fails.


Tents and Shelters / Re: Do You Want To Stay Warmer In Your Hot Tent?
« on: September 07, 2018, 09:26:23 AM »
One option I tried last year was using Reflectix material as a floor. It is bulky but I made it into a sort of tank for my pulk so it serves that purpose as well as being a floor. It is also slips around on top of snow but I solved that by cutting some holes and pegging it down. Seemed to work fine but of course there is the annoyance of getting loose snow on top of the material, which then can melt. I therefore only use it in areas where I don't walk, which is actually most of the tent.

Don't really like the aesthetics of a silver floor, but it saved me some time and effort cutting boughs, and that is important especially for a solo traveller.


Classifieds / Re: Eureka 4-Person Alpine Meadows
« on: April 28, 2018, 10:32:41 AM »
KU--Your photos are no longer showing on the site.

That is because of the PhotoBucket shakedown. Fortunately there is a solution, you can install an app on your browser to see photobucket photos on sites like this. See

Works for me.


Classifieds / Re: Eureka 4-Person Alpine Meadows
« on: April 28, 2018, 08:44:05 AM »
I converted an Alpine Meadows 4-person by cutting out the floor, putting a cord across the middle to hold the centre hoop in place, and putting smoke holes in the tent and fly. I use it for solo camping with a Chimpac stove.

Some photos here

It is a good size for one person and tight for two.

Great tent, but I don't really need another one!


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