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Offline Muskrat Rambler

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Lots of Snow
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:11:13 pm »
Snowy greetings, everyone, from the Ottawa Valley,
Sure is an old-fashioned winter here; we've got about 70 cm. ( 2 1/2') of snow in the bush on top of a good base.  We've been using  the big Attikamek-style trail breaking snowshoes a lot.  I suspect, though, the slush will be a problem especilly on the smaller lakes and beaver ponds for a while. ( I once heard that a handy Algonkin cuss word was "skeebish' - meaning "slush"  - It's an epithet  you can use anywhere in an all-purpose way, as in "skeebish animoos" ie. "blasted dog" Correct me if I'm wrong about that if you speak Algonkin!)
Derek and I had a good trip up into the Pakotinna country last winter , but the skeebish camera froze up - no photos! We'll try to remedy that on our next expedition.
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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 12:41:00 pm »
That sounds like real winter.  (need photos!   :)).

I was out camping last week and did not need snowshoes.  The lake skiing was fantastic though with about 2-3 inches on top and no slush at all, about a foot of good ice.  Had to struggle to get enough snow in the bush to cover the sod cloth of the hot tent.  In town here there is brown grass showing through everywhere, and the local X-C ski club there are ice and grass patches, and tree roots in the ski tracks.  Its discouraging...but on the bright side, no slush!
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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2013, 04:38:04 pm »
We got close to 1 foot here around Dryden. Last week there was no slush.

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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2013, 06:22:59 pm »
The ground is white, but there isn't much snow on top here in central MN.  Was driving my truck on the lake today though ;)

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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2013, 04:17:50 pm »
That sounds like real winter.  (need photos!   :)).

I was out camping last week and did not need snowshoes.  The lake skiing was fantastic though with about 2-3 inches on top and no slush at all, about a foot of good ice.  Had to struggle to get enough snow in the bush to cover the sod cloth of the hot tent.  In town here there is brown grass showing through everywhere, and the local X-C ski club there are ice and grass patches, and tree roots in the ski tracks.  Its discouraging...but on the bright side, no slush!

It sounds like once you have a few more inches of snow, you will have optimum conditions for trekking long distances fast. Ahhh.... I wish I was in northwestern Ontario right now!

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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2013, 09:55:07 pm »
 
That sounds like real winter.  (need photos!   :)).

I was out camping last week and did not need snowshoes.  The lake skiing was fantastic though with about 2-3 inches on top and no slush at all, about a foot of good ice.  Had to struggle to get enough snow in the bush to cover the sod cloth of the hot tent.  In town here there is brown grass showing through everywhere, and the local X-C ski club there are ice and grass patches, and tree roots in the ski tracks.  Its discouraging...but on the bright side, no slush!

It sounds like once you have a few more inches of snow, you will have optimum conditions for trekking long distances fast. Ahhh.... I wish I was in northwestern Ontario right now!

Yes its probably peak right now.  Alas I won't be doing a big long trek, due to the day job work scheduling.  However I just got back tonight from a day trip back country ski into a lake about 100km up the Armstrong Highway (roughly 100+ km’s north of Lake Superior, and significantly higher elevation). At that latitude they have about a foot of snow.  The lake was again almost perfect skiing, zero slush....until my skis found some....and some more.  Its just enough snow now to insulate and get the spider holes blooming and overlfow a-flowing.
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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 10:32:46 pm »
Almost worked in Armstrong and Pickel lake. Well our snow is on the way out. Rain by the end of the week and the fields are becoming bare. The lakes that had ice are going to loose what they had once the warm ground water starts to flow. Double digit by the weekend. Heard my first Seadoo add on the radio to night. Guess they are thinking spring. The Geese are still hanging around and may not go south this season. So may trips planned and so little snow.

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Re: Lots of Snow
« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2013, 07:18:08 am »
Would you please send some of the snow my way, Milwaukee PLEASEEEEEEEE.
Mike