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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Winter backpack
« Last post by Hutchy on Today at 06:54:29 AM »
Unfortunately  it is about 15 liters short of what you want, but at well under 4 pounds this is my main backpacking pack.

Built for the mountains, I have take it all over, and lived in in in Cambodia for three weeks.

I have five Badlands packs and their unlimited transferrable lifetime warranty is the real deal. If it has a Badlands logo on it, they will repair or replace it for free, no matter what you did, forever. Most of them are meat haulers, so the packs will carry more than you will.

Is 60l too small?
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by Undersky on February 22, 2019, 09:08:04 PM »
GF - do you weld? I'll happily shift from shim stock to 26 gauge if you will take a stab at welding corners and brackets, etc.

Next best thing is that I'll find out how the mica works in this application, and you can be the wiser when it comes to your build and purchase mica or tempered glass.

Avoiding sooting-up is a primary goal (he says, convincing himself of the need to figure out how to have cold intake air washing down over the inside of the glass).

It would be nice to have the entire door opening glazed, have the air intake above that, and have the entire covering hinge easily to make getting new wood in that much smoother / quicker.

BV, I have a couple of money pits that need filling too, so count me in on your heist of ill-gotten wealth!   ;)
General Winter Camping Discussion / Winter backpack
« Last post by 300winmag on February 22, 2019, 07:53:26 PM »
My old Dana Terraplane weighs 7.5 lbs. Much too heavy even for a large pack.

* 4.5 lbs.
* 75 cubic liters -  a large pack
* zippered sleeping sleeping bag bottom compartment (a must for me)
* very adjustable harness (5" vertically and huge horizontal adjustment in hip belt padding)
* removable top lid compartment (for fanny pack on day hikes/ski trips
*excellent quality (I own an Osprey EXOS 58 snd it's top notch, as is my Osprey daypack)

Since I cold camp in the western mountains I need a large backpack. Wish I could take my pulk.

Any other suggestions?

Eric b.

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« Last post by 300winmag on February 22, 2019, 06:52:35 PM »
Du Nord,

My experience in both Pennsylvania and Nevada supports - in spades - that skis require less effort than snowshoes in all conditions except very rocky, brushy or steep conditions. This resumes the skier has basic ski skills, of course, like braking and turning.

I have MSR Lightning Ascent 'shoes with add-on tail extensions. These are the grippiest large 'shoes I could find. Yeah, traditional "Michigan" style 'shoes are perhaps more supportive in deep snow but I'll take my Tele skis or the new Black Diamond Glidelite short skis 90% of the time over any 'shoes.

Eric B.
Just a side note;
AG Russell passed away in 2018.
I do not know what will happen to his business.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Gathering water at -38C
« Last post by Bothwell Voyageur on February 22, 2019, 05:26:12 PM »
If you were really doing it the traditional way you'd be using a chisel  ;)

Look up wintering watering systems for cattle. We fund these solar systems in south east manitoba so that farmers can fence off their ponds to stop the cattle walking out on the ice. They work all winter despite temps below -30. Or even look up nose pumps. The cows learn how to push a pump lever with their noses to draw up water from below the ice.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Gathering water at -38C
« Last post by AunNordDuNord on February 22, 2019, 01:50:30 PM »

A funnel ?  Time to use some of your bush craft skills and make one from a piece of birch bark, it may last a season or two or the rest of your life.

The same way you'd make a moose call.

Or cut a "tub" in the ice before drilling the hole so when the water comes up it fill the larger tub and you just ave to sink the jug in it to fill up... cover with branches and snow to prevent the hole from freezing and you are good for the winter....
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by GearFreak on February 22, 2019, 11:52:13 AM »
I have also noticed that traditional narrow portage trails become much wider once they start to be used by vehicles.
I hear you, from what I can find the accepted route into many backcountry lakes is the summer portage trails. 
One reason I liked Quetico so much was the non motorized access and the feeling of isolation you get.

Although walking those trails out of  Mary Jane was much easier!

General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by Bothwell Voyageur on February 22, 2019, 10:02:06 AM »
Yes, but much of it is further away, has few places to park (and there is the worry that your vehicle is more likely to be vandalized) and a lot of the closest stuff seems to require long hauls along old logging roads that tend to go up and down steep hills. OK for the mechanised folk but my legs just can't take it.

You can check out the area between HWY 304 and 314 to see the closest crown land. Make sure to zoom in and you can see the network of forestry and mining roads that thread across that area.

Undersky is likely to be the expert on alternative locations if the parks do get fussy, maybe he'll have some suggestions. It's actually closer for us to head into NW Ontario to find Crown Land with lake systems.
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by memaquay on February 22, 2019, 08:55:00 AM »
Just there no Crown Land in Manitoba?  All of our tripping, both winter and summer is on Crown Land, no worries about park rules.
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