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Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: We need a new BC ski!
« on: November 02, 2009, 09:10:27 pm »
I guess I am a bit of an iconoclast about this, but I stopped using wide touring skis with lots of floatation about 10 years ago. I now use the narrowest, lightest metal edged ski I can find, at the moment the Asnes Marka.

In my experience it is a rare occasion when a wide ski actually floats better than a narrow one. I think you have to go to extreme widths and/or lengths to get enough floatation to make a difference under most conditions. Usually the snow is either soft or it isn't, so your ski is going to sink no matter what. And the narrow lightweight ski is a lot easier to push forward than the heavy wide one.

Now there surely are occasions when a wider ski will float significantly better, but as I say it seems to be quite rare. But weight on the ski is a huge factor. Remember you are moving it thousands of times per day. So I will prefer the lighter ski every time, and will willingly give up floatation to save weight.

I have skied all over northern Norway and now central Ontario with these skis, and they are the best I have ever used. I ski mostly off trail. My next pair will be lighter still, if I can find them. I do like metal edges however.



Other Homemade Gear / Re: chimpac baffle
« on: October 22, 2009, 09:38:07 am »

Yes I too am very interested but particularly in your supporting chimney idea. I use a lavvo which is a conical-type tent with a single pole, so a supporting chimney would be ideal. But I just can't visualize how the sections are joined in such a way as to make it stiff enough.

What are the chimney sections made of? Do you fabricate them yourself or are they off-the-shelf? How does the joint work?

Nice to see the level of innovation here.



Hard core. -43.6 on Baffin Island, cold camping in a tent. The second night I built an igloo and that was much better.


I agree with you in general, in fact I use quite narrow metal-edged touring skis (Asnes Marka) with virtually no sidecut for backcountry touring. I do not think that wider skis gain me any significant floatation advantage under real-world conditions. They are difficult to telemark in, but realistically, what percentage of the time will I be going downhill?

Other things being more or less equal, I will go for the lighter ski every time. A skier has to lift and move the ski thousands of times per day, and weight makes a huge difference.

If I want to tele ski, I have the full setup, but really that is just for climbing up and skiing down. I would not want to ski any distance on them. They take the joy right out of touring, for me.



Back Country Skiing Discussion / Re: Last ski today?
« on: April 12, 2009, 10:03:12 am »
Well, I recently moved here from Tromso, Norway at 70 N, and there we could ski into May. Before that we lived in Iqaluit and there we could ski into June. So the season seems a bit short here....

Another beautiful day, out skiing again...


Back Country Skiing Discussion / Last ski today?
« on: April 11, 2009, 07:32:32 pm »
Went to the North Bay Nordic club trails for a last ski today, and the conditions were surprisingly good. Had to walk the first 100 m, then it was fine with no bare spots after that. Great klister conditions. There is a shocking amount of snow in the bush, considering there is almost none in town.

There was nobody else there on a beautiful sunny day. I think people tend to give up on winter too soon. That being said I guess it is fairly unusual for here to be able to ski in mid-April.

It doesn't have to be the last ski, I may go tomorrow too!

Happy Easter Holiday



A lot of people in Nunavut deal with this company and they are excellent. Great service. I have had gill nets made up by them in the past and they did good work.


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Is winter Trekking over???
« on: March 23, 2009, 07:19:42 pm »
Actually I had my best ski of the season yesterday. A light dusting of powder over consolidated snowpack made travel effortless. Sunny, about -2. It really doesn't get any better than that. The only problem was that I already had klister on my main skis so I had to go back to my old beat-up pair (I don't like removing klister in the spring).


Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: New stove suspension strategy
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:46:16 am »
Or you could try hanging your stove -  see

Worked fine for me at DeepFreeze. Melt out is not an issue.


Well, I didn't read that part... :)


Strange, I didn't take the message that black bears were not dangerous from this web site. It seemed to me they were saying that black bears were less dangerous, on a per encounter basis, than other species. I believe this to be true. But black bears are by far the most abundant species, and also tend to be common where people are common, so encounters are far more frequent. For example we commonly have black bears right in the city here in North Bay, and I have had one in my back yard beating up my composter. A bear was shot in the yard of the school my son attends a year ago- they had to "lock down" the school!

I have not had much experience with grizzlies, but lots with polar bears. There is no doubt in my mind that the polar bear is a far more dangerous animal. Luckily for them and us they are not so common in these parts...



Winter Camping Clothing / Re: Canadian Forces Arctic Mukluks
« on: March 08, 2009, 05:38:41 pm »
I used the white Forces "chimo's" for many years in Nunavut. They are great boots but for a dry cold.

For extreme cold conditions and passive activities like snowmobiling I had an oversized pair into which I put two pairs of hand-sewn duffel socks, in addition to the double duffels that come with the boots. These were totally bombproof and I could probably use them on Mars.

In fact that is quite a good strategy for a cold weather boot: buy a pair of cheaper boots oversized and make up some duffel socks to fit inside. Worked fine for me.


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hearing the Aurora
« on: March 06, 2009, 08:06:57 pm »
That's called synethesia and it is a common effect of some hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD and psylosybin. Don't ask how I know that...


Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Ruff on a Sleeping Bag
« on: March 06, 2009, 09:42:33 am »
A lot of Inuit make their parkas with a ring of fur around the end of the sleeve. It is mostly decorative but can also help mesh with an appropriate mitten.

I would also put little fur balls at the end of your drawstrings- they look great!

Just another idea to use up the lovely fur!


General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Hearing the Aurora
« on: March 06, 2009, 08:40:37 am »
Well, after living in the Arctic for well over 20 years I can report that I have never heard aurora. I have seen the most brilliant, multicoloured, dancing, galactic northern lights you can possibly imagine, but they have never spoken to me, unfortunately.


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