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General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by Harlan on February 21, 2019, 04:55:57 PM »
Parks officials usually have their heads in their asses. We have the same struggle in Woodland Caribou.....I am not aware of any park official ever winter camping in the park, but they always feel the need to lecture us each fall and early winter. 

Just do your thing, get out and enjoy the back country
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by Bothwell Voyageur on February 21, 2019, 04:05:20 PM »

The majority of summer sites are useless for winter; too open, no wood, up on a hill.

I don't think many of them really have a clue what goes on.

It is best to keep them in the dark or they will try to enforce the rules!
General Winter Camping Discussion / Manitoba Parks Winter Camping Rules
« Last post by GearFreak on February 21, 2019, 02:51:07 PM »
So - it has been quite a while since I spoke to anyone at the parks regarding winter camping.  back in 2013/2014 they thought we were all nuts and really had not considered that we would do this.  Well, that has changed. 

Note the following I found online - I will confirm my info with the park I am heading to before I leave but thought this may be interesting to other Manitoba based campers.

text reads:
Winter Camping in Provincial Parks
While developed campgrounds close for the winter season, there are several options for winter camping.  Whether you are hunting, ice fishing or looking for a thrilling winter adventure, you should first contact the respective Sustainable Development District Office for the park you wish to camp.  Staff will let you know what locations may be available and help you plan your visit.  Find contact info here: 
In provincial parks, any overnight camping permitted only in designated sites.  Any backcountry sites available in summer remain available for camping in the winter.  There are no fees for backcountry winter camping.  Winter camping is by tent only.
There are some options on maintained trails as well: • Spruce Woods Provincial Park –the Epinette, Seton and Yellow Quill trail systems offer several hike or ski in campsites, including the Jackfish Lake cabin.  Distances to sites range from 2 km to 20 km treks. • Turtle Mountain Provincial Park – you can ski on the Adam Lake trail system to the James Lake cabin for overnight use. There is no charge for camping or use of the Jackfish or James Lake cabins, but registration is required for any overnight use in these two parks.  For Spruce Woods, call our Carberry District Office at 204-834-8800; for Turtle Mountain, call our Boissevain District Office at 204-534-2028.
Organized groups may be able to use group use areas for winter camping.  Organizers need to submit a Special Event Application to do so, found here: 
Most parks do not have regular staff in the winter; routes are not maintained and there are no services.  You are camping and travelling at your own risk.  You must practice Leave No Trace and pack out everything you packed in, including trash and gear.   
For more information on winter camping in provincial parks, contact your local District Office, call us toll-free 1-800-2146497 or email [email protected].
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by GearFreak on February 21, 2019, 02:46:46 PM »
I have been thinking of sheet steel stock and may weld the edges and a hook like bit to slip over the hinge side allowing it to open as well. 

no matter what we come up with - BG wins the prize for the concept!

I will split the cost on a piece of glass (whatever it is) Undersky. (never mind - reread your post and I see you ordered it already!) 
General Winter Camping Discussion / Re: Ski Climbing Skins
« Last post by AunNordDuNord on February 21, 2019, 11:41:20 AM »
Skis are not easier than snowshoes and snowshoes are not easier than skis... They are different. I use both and both have there advantage and inconvenience! 
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by Bioguide on February 21, 2019, 10:00:42 AM »
I likely missed it, but how do you get the wood in?

Remove the wire and the door comes off... just be sure your wearing a good pair of thick leather gloves when you do that. I put the door on my welders blanket that I use underneath the stove and then load the stove with wood.
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by Old Guide on February 21, 2019, 09:29:48 AM »
Isinglass is both as  you imply/ask...sturgeon bladder... and sheets of mica were formerly called Isinglass
Winter Camping Safety / Re: Spot X - First Look
« Last post by gnatwest on February 21, 2019, 08:46:43 AM »
You know what guys, they are both good products.  I have used both globalstar & iridium phone networks.  All Satellite phones (& devices) have limits.  I have had good and crappy calls with both networks.

When it comes to these messengers do your homework on what will work for you, and like what you own.  Look at the coverages, plans and hardware costs and pull the trigger.

If you select the right device for your needs the odds are you will be happy with your spend.

BV's point was the speed of a real world test.  All four of us were actually surprised at how quick it happened.  We are all of the rotary phone age so this shit is still cool!

I agree 100%.  I thought I read that someone thought a cell phone was required to use the device.  I just wanted to clear up that it was not.  BV is right that the screen is rough for typing messages on the inReach I have, but I am so far very happy with its service.
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by Bothwell Voyageur on February 21, 2019, 07:35:55 AM »
I likely missed it, but how do you get the wood in?

Isinglass? Isn’t that a substance made from the swim bladders of fish (originally sturgeon) and used to clarify beer?

I’ll be interested to see the result. When I have worked out which casino I am going rob to afford a 4dog titanium stove I will consider it as an addition.
Fire and Woodstoves / Re: Wood Stove with Windows
« Last post by Undersky on February 20, 2019, 11:39:38 PM »
I am in, GF!

But, oops, yesterday online I bought a sheet of mica (or isinglass) to try instead of the tempered glass. I am thinking it is lighter and easier to work with. .

I have some light-weight stainless shim stock that may work to build the "frame" to support the mica window and for the draft. I've enough to share for sure, GF.

The first mod I would like to try will be a repeat of Bioguide's brilliance. Might put the draft at the top of the glass so the soot is minimized by a down-flow of cool, clean combustion air, especially considering that mica might be harder to clean than tempered glass.

Tempered wire, something with a little spring to it, will be all that is needed to hold the window&frame in place if the combo is lightweight. Like BG, I'll try attaching this wire around the existing door hinge (with the door wide open), and the door latch.

Arrgh! So many good projects, so little time!

But this one is going to jump to the front of the project cue as the resulting firelight will be beautiful.
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