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Tents and Shelters / Re: DIY Silnylon Pyramid Hot Tent.
« Last post by aktundra on Today at 02:57:36 PM »
Great work! Appreciate you sharing and updating your experience. Looks like a very nice tent.
Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / The Sun is a Compass
« Last post by aktundra on Today at 02:54:47 PM »
I really enjoyed this 4,000 mile self propelled adventure book with boat, packraft, skis, canoe, and foot. Although it misses the winter months, it was an inspirational adventure book. Caroline and her husband Patrick took 6 months to travel from Washington to Kotzebue covering some really cool country.

I love reading Alaska/Canadian adventure stories.  Sadly I read it in 3 nights on a recent trip and certainly finished it too quick.
Trip Reports / Re: Snowstorm Solo Overnight - Fun Times
« Last post by Coldfeet on March 25, 2019, 08:56:33 PM »
Leaving a comment here.....wish I was there!  Fantastic!    My daughters dog, oops Neptune just wants his belly scratched all day also.  Thanks for sharing this year.  Making me dream while I pack away my woolies here in the NYC area.   I have enjoyed watching your trips, very informative.   Health and happiness!
Trip Reports / Snowstorm Solo Overnight - Fun Times
« Last post by Harlan on March 25, 2019, 04:04:07 PM »
Sadly, this was the last winter camp of the season up here...spring is now upon us. Such amazing memories from this winter.....31 nights out in all! Enjoy.
Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Re: The Lure of the Labrador Wild
« Last post by kinguq on March 25, 2019, 01:29:48 PM »
I have actually just been re-reading Lure. They were specifically told by Donald Blake that one could sail (i.e. in a sailboat) 15 miles up the Naskapi before coming to any rapids. On the Susan, they reached the first rapid after paddling a mile up the rocky stream. Hubbard thought that Blake must have been mistaken in his distances, and continued to believe that the Susan was the Naskapi right until the end.

As far as I can tell Hubbard did not even attempt to engage a local guide. George Elson was from the Moose River area and had no local knowledge.

It is a great story, well written and gripping. But for me at least, it is hard to comprehend how they made the mistakes they did. I guess hindsight is blinding.

Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Re: The Lure of the Labrador Wild
« Last post by Bothwell Voyageur on March 25, 2019, 10:03:58 AM »
Expeditions have often tried and failed to recruit local guides. Going right back to Hearn they struggled to understand why local people might not be induced to lead them on trips whose aim must have seemed vague or pointless. Even when guides did agree to come along problems often ensued, likely due to poor communication on both sides.

They had a map, which turned out to be wrong, just the first of the "lemons' that came up on that trip, but yes you would have thought it would have been obvious that the small stream was not the route they needed.

Tents and Shelters / Re: Can you make your own silnylon?
« Last post by dan cooke on March 24, 2019, 09:32:47 AM »
You do not make sil nylon , you can coat with silicon thinned out with mineral spirits. I coated a 10 year old winter Octagon Tent that had received a lot of use from shoulder and winter seasons. For the Shoulder season it has to be watertight.
With a brush it was hard to keep a wetted edge so it does look like a big dog pissed all over it and stained it. Functional but not aesthetic.
I do not know for certain that you will gain the strength back of the original cloth coating over a urethane coated fabric or if it will still be weaker than a fabric originally coated silicon only. As urethane coating makes the base fabric weaker where silicon coating does not.
Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Re: The Lure of the Labrador Wild
« Last post by kinguq on March 22, 2019, 08:10:27 AM »
I found it interesting on the Hubbard expedition how little attention they payed to local knowledge. It surely would not have been impossible to find someone who would guide them at least to the mouth of the Naskapi. Instead they ascended what was basically a creek, called Susan Brook locally. Certainly a colossal navigational error and perhaps a sign of the arrogance of contemporary white "explorers". On the subsequent expeditions they did engage local people and went up the right river.

Unfortunately the big lake Michikamau is now the Smallwood impoundment, and it has changed totally. Sounds quite unpleasant for canoeing, judging from this trip report. But the George sounds fun!

Books, DVD's, Films and Magazines / Re: The Lure of the Labrador Wild
« Last post by h_t on March 22, 2019, 07:35:49 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion.
I read the first book and then the wife's book.
Both are available for free on Project Gutenberg site (no copyright, fully legal).
The wife (Mina) was clearly not happy with Wallace's depiction of her husband, not 100% sure why...
But what a woman! Married at 30+ (must have been an 'old spinster' back in 1900), lost her husband, at 35 accompanied by 3 Indians (technically 'breeds' and an Eskimo) (wearing 'short skirt' - ankle length) she completed her husband goal in record time; wrote a book, married another guy in England, had 3 children and was hit by a train at 86 or something. What a life! And she was an Ontarian to boot :)
Tents and Shelters / Re: DIY Silnylon Pyramid Hot Tent.
« Last post by APPaul on March 18, 2019, 12:46:19 PM »

I will try and pull some images from my wife's phone, I am not really a picture taker.

Year later review:

We have used it 4 times since last year, from -10 to -30. Have had high winds with no issues. Haven't used it in the rain or heavy snow yet though.

The stove (Knico Packer) is right sized and even when it is -30 out, it is still 20+ inside. But that may have as much to do with good wood and technique. We had one night where it wasn't getting as hot, but then when we got better wood the next night it was fine. I know people talk about condensation in synthetic tents, but I have not really had any issues with it. Yes the inside of the fabric gets frost at night and in the morning it sometimes mists, but it is so minor that I only notice it when I am thinking about it. Plus, it gets so hot in the tent that the drips or dampness is gone by the time you sip your first coffee. For us having a tent that weighs almost nothing trumps the possible misting for a minute or two each morning. Once the tent is warmed up there is only some frost around the bottom of the walls.

Maybe the only thing I would do differently next time is the roof seams at the corners. Hard to explain, but the warp and weft of the fabrics in the seam meet in a scissor pattern. This means those four seams have stretch, so you can't get the corners taught. They were kinda sagging, so I sewed a narrow strip of grossgrain ribbon up the inside of of the four corners. Next time I would just insert the ribbon inside the seam, or a strip of fabric, with the grain running up and down. (I say next time, because I am thinking about making a UL hiking tent!).

Other than that it is bright inside, lightweight, easy to setup, drys fast, roomy, so far pretty durable, warm. Was also cheap to make around: $300.

Anyway Silnylon short walls pyramids get my thumbs up!

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