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 Post subject: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 14th, 2012, 1:29 pm 
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Seeing as this forum group has been inactive since June I figured I'd chime in and say how excited I am for the coming winter camping season! What kind of plans does everyone have for the winter? Personally Im going to be trying out hot tenting for the first time. I have myself an arctic bell tent and am in the midst of ordering a stove. Something about the thought of sitting in a cozy tent with a crackling fire in the dead of winter is very intriguing to me.

So what plans or purchases do you guys have set for the upcoming winter?

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 14th, 2012, 2:16 pm 
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I can't wait myself, Steve. I'm looking forward to some igloo camping again. And maybe, just maybe, this will be the year my wife and I splurge on a small Snowtrekker tent, and stove. Of course, that means I'll need to make or buy larger pulk. But, if I'm hauling all that extra gear and weight, I'll likely need the floatation of larger traditional snowshoes. It all adds up really fast. Yikes.

Either way, I'm looking forward to winter. Let's hope for a snowy one. Last year's winter was too mild, too short and there was too little snow. Let is snow!

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
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Whooo a Snowtrekker eh? What model are you looking at? I'd love one of those myself but it's hard to justify they cost at this point...

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
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Yeah, I figure if I'm going to invest in a hot-tent, I'm going to go with a manufacturer that has a good product and service reputation. The cost is high though.

Since we don't have any kids or pets, we're looking at the 2-person Snowtrekker EXP Shortwall (8' x 10'). Another factor is that I'm small, old, and feeble, so the smaller and lighter the tent, the better.

Which makes and models are you considering?
-Martin

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 14th, 2012, 4:12 pm 
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Steve, you should try to attend the Deep Freeze group in February, lots of different set ups and lots of new ideas! I've been going for over 10 years and always learning something new! Here is a shot of our first trip ever at the train station in Sudbury:

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:lol: :lol: ...........actually , we pulled our own sleds ...no dogs!

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
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Lol great pic! I've always wanted to attend a Deep Freeze...looks like a great way to hang out with folks with the same interest and to learn a bit from people as well.
Martin I'd be looking at the 4 person EXP Shortwall. I like the extra room :) What kind of stoves are you guys using? I'm probably going to order the Kni-Co Alaskan later this month.

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 14th, 2012, 5:57 pm 
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We have a 3 man EXP Shortwall warmth driven by a Kni co Packer stove.

I wanted that stove for cook surface but it really can overheat the tent in a hurry.

I agree give yourself room. We are two but we like the room to sit inside without sitting in the sleeping area.

I note that in Minnesota you can rent a Snowtrekker tent.


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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 14th, 2012, 6:23 pm 
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How do you find the 3 person for room? Do you find it gives you enough "free space" in the tent with the stove so you aren't on top of eachother?

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
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Steve E wrote:
How do you find the 3 person for room? Do you find it gives you enough "free space" in the tent with the stove so you aren't on top of eachother?



We are two in the three person. But I think ours being five years old is a slightly larger size than the current three person. Yes you do kind of do a dance inside with the other person..but remember that the stove is in a corner and you might be able to find a similar size bedroom in a house to estimate your sleeping arrangements. If you roll up your bed, there is even more room for socializing.


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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 15th, 2012, 8:40 am 
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I'm not committed to any stove yet. Whatever it is, it'll have to be lightweight and small enough not to overheat a small tent. As I've never hot-tented before (I've always been a cold camper using snow shelters), I'm hoping to check out a few hot-tent setups again this winter when the hot-tenters from WinterTrekking.com hold another meetup in Algonquin as they did last year. I got to check out quite a few setups - from a brand new SnowTrekker to some very inexpensive and functional DIY/used canvas tents. But ideally, I'd like to have my own setup in hand before that happens so I can get out there to enjoy the whole winter. Fingers crossed.

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 15th, 2012, 8:46 am 
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That's kind of why I went with the arctic bell tent to start. Not a huge investment. I know I love cold tenting so I can only imagine that I'm going to love hot tenting and I can see me wanting to get a Snowtrekker sooner than later.
I'm also excited to try out my new Wiggys sleeping bag :) Man that thing looks toasty!

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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 15th, 2012, 9:17 am 
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Only six weeks till SnowWalkers!
Deb really does not want publicity as she has to turn away people. Lots of us bring hot tent setups

http://www.alohafoundation.org/hulbert- ... endezvous/

Here is our canoeing friend



He is still toting sand.... :rofl: Not yet found the sheet metal stove insert.


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 Post subject: Re: Woohoo Winter!!!
PostPosted: September 17th, 2012, 9:52 pm 
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Callan's pipe is a little too low for my liking. Draw can't be that great ;) I have a Crew Cab and it's downright palatial for two with plenty of room in the front half to spread out. Looking forward to seeing Duane's new tents.


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