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PostPosted: March 12th, 2015, 10:46 am 
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Thanks for sharing your trip Dave! I really appreciate all those details you show with photographs on skills and techniques for the hot tent set up. Other than your TR's here which you have done in the past, I don't recall seeing any references to that type of stove support. Its a brilliant design. Please keep doing these types of TR's with those details!

Question on the oil lamp: Does the lamp you use require that it stay upright to prevent fuel leak, or can it be tipped over without leaking?

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PostPosted: March 12th, 2015, 1:27 pm 
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Thanks, all, for the nice remarks.

Hoop, yes, that stove support is great for a multi-night camp. What I neglected to show was that you need some sort of "skirt" to stop the heat from the stove melting the snow from below the barrier-log. We improvise, but another strip of typar would be better.

As for the oil lantern, no it is not leak-proof. So, I don't fill it up, and brought a small funnel so that I can drain the reservoir back into the fuel bottle, for when you transport. But I also made a case for it -- a round tube of very light aluminum (the body-repair roll from Canadian Tire) -- that is nearly watertight, and protects the lamp. I'll try to take a photo.

That thing sure doesn't burn much. About 1/4L per night.

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2015, 6:42 pm 
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It looked like a great trip, thanks for the report!

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2015, 7:23 pm 
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Glad you had a great trip Dave! How do you keep your straps on he back of your boots/heels? I had a set like the bindings you showed, and would never get them to stay on. I've used ones similar to these, and my foot was firmly held, but I have yet to make myself a pair.

http://www.woodex-meco.com/snowshoes.php

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PostPosted: March 15th, 2015, 7:30 pm 
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Well, that set-up sure beats a quinzie (which I've found both cold and damp).
And thanks for Budd.

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PostPosted: March 16th, 2015, 8:10 am 
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Thanks for Budd indeed!

Cheryl, the heel strap of my harness goes across the back of your achilles tendon area, where the back of your ankle curves forward. Thus the strap can't go down and slip off, because it would have to get longer to do so.

I've seen the rubber type you indicate -- it's common in the north amongst trappers and such -- but I haven't used it. I think it would be fine as long as you can get it tight enough -- as long as it is cut to your foot.

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PostPosted: March 17th, 2015, 8:10 am 
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Budd, not Bud.

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PostPosted: March 25th, 2015, 12:28 pm 
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great report, Dave.

What do you use for 'tarp' on top of the tent?
Looks like you made another stove..? galvanized steel? what gauge?

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2015, 9:25 am 
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Leon,

The tarp is simply that, ordinary tarp which is normally blue, but you can order or buy it at some hardware stores as "clear" which looks white, and is better to live under.

The stove is plain steel, I think 26 gauge, 9 x 9 x 22, and 3" pipe. Draws well. Single stove-pot hole.

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PostPosted: September 17th, 2015, 8:34 am 
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Well I'm a little late finding this but great trip report, thanks for posting!

Dave, I also use those leather harnesses that you like. I inherited them from my dad and have made numerous repairs over the years to worn/broken straps using new leather, sewing & rivets.

Do you know if there's anywhere to buy those anymore? I'd love to pick up some more if possible. Thanks.


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PostPosted: September 17th, 2015, 8:48 am 
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Nope, I haven't seem them in many years. But they're not hard to make.

It's not a bad idea to buy a "hide" of leather, or large piece of one, and an awl, waxed cord, big sewing needles, and a sailmaker's palm.

There are lots of things to fix, and leather is often better to use than cordura nylon. Doesn't unravel.

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PostPosted: September 21st, 2015, 9:19 am 
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Thanks Dave. I guess I'll continue to make repairs to keep them going. I try to keep the leather oiled since it seems to be repeated getting wet and drying out that leads to cracking and breaking straps.


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PostPosted: September 21st, 2015, 9:31 am 
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Thanks for the informative report! I've never been hot-tenting or winter camping, and I would like to try it soon. There's so much I need to learn!

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PostPosted: September 21st, 2015, 12:22 pm 
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Me too!

It's neatsfoot oil for leather, linseed oil for wood. Traditionally.


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