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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: candle stick holders
« Last post by yardsale on March 31, 2019, 12:29:32 PM »
Addendum to Luci benefits.  Unlike hanging candle holders,  this light casts no shadow underneath  the light source.
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: candle stick holders
« Last post by yardsale on March 31, 2019, 07:34:47 AM »
I am a fan of traditional techniques when they work (wool for instance) but in this case modern technology rules.

https://mpowerd.com/products/luci-outdoor-2-0-f2017   This light is brighter, lighter,safer and stores smaller,  than a candle.
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by yardsale on March 31, 2019, 07:28:53 AM »
My campsites are primitive as the idea is to use it as a basecamp for tours for turns.  I can see where an excavated camp area would be quite cosey and wind hardy once you do the work.  Perhaps in the future I'll set this up for a week or two where shoveling might be worth it.  Of course if I was doing that I would bring in the hot tent.  Gonna try it next week.  If the fire collapses I'll look around for thin steel as you suggest.
Thanks,
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by Moondog55 on March 31, 2019, 12:42:00 AM »
It isn't unusual to move that much snow here to use a fire because if we are using one of the dedicated campsites we have to use the designated fireplaces even with snow all around. It keeps the damage concentrated and most of us do the right thing. It can take a while tho I do admit that, OK if in a group but solo it becomes hard work. After all the hard work is done we do get a nice windbreak all around the fire-pit that can make for a very cosy evening.
Perhaps a short section of steel roofing? Poles on the ground, over short cross bars then the section of steel and the fire on top? Our roofing steel is thin about 0.46mm and a rucksack sized piece wouldn't weigh much
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by yardsale on March 30, 2019, 08:55:12 PM »
Right,  I was not planning to use a sled as I have to climb 500' vertical to my intended campsite.  I'll try it without a base and then go for there.  Welder's cloth perhaps?   My shelter is a variation on a super shelter.
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: Stacking sleeping mats Warmth and comfort
« Last post by Moondog55 on March 30, 2019, 07:23:27 PM »
Yardsale that is what I used to do also. But I encountered a problem when I bought my new wide mat because they no longer make a short or three quarter RidgeRest in a wide.
Under my hip is where I feel the cold and that is where I need the extra insulation, and this would be the biggest bang for buck. I haven't made a sleeve but I did make a connector using a wide section of fabric offcut and that has worked well.
There is another problem with using stacked mats when using LW tents tho.
Most tents are still designed by people or advertised by the sales department; who assume a thin mattress when shaping tents that taper and giving occupancy capacity
A really thick mattress raises you up and the foot of your sleeping bag might touch the ends on the tent, especially if using a tapered tunnel designed for the tundra.
Feet aren't as heavy and don't need as much padding as hips and shoulders.
So when I come over I'll probably cut a RidgeRest down to 3/4 length and use the offcut as my sit pad
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by Moondog55 on March 30, 2019, 07:05:56 PM »
Sounds like you need to pack a long fire tray on the base of the sled and sit that on a base of crossed logs.
I watched a few Mors videos and I was under the impression that the long fire was for survival purposes when used in conjunction with a lean to or Supershelter
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by yardsale on March 30, 2019, 08:45:24 AM »
That would be a HUGE amount of snow to move in a 4' snowpack. It would also violate the leave-no-trace camping ethic which is in place here in Vermont-as opposed to the canadian wilderness.  I have to find another way.
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Sleds and Toboggans / Re: Scares on the Bottom of My Toboggan
« Last post by scoutergriz on March 30, 2019, 07:52:44 AM »
Not on  a toboggan, but on puck- board (HMWP) the best method I've found  is either a very fast swipe with a hot iron or torch, followed by burnishing with a steel putty knife. sanding just raises the "grain" and leaves a rough, fuzzy surface
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Other Winter Camping Gear / Re: swedish long fire on deep snow
« Last post by trapmusher on March 30, 2019, 07:19:52 AM »
We still have a solid 3-4 feet of snow here also. But once you get past the so-so crust it is rock salt in consistency. Easy, but heavy, shoveling.
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