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PostPosted: February 19th, 2016, 10:58 pm 
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We wimped out at the forecasted -35C temps and decided to go to the Mew Lake campground for the February long weekend instead of gnarly bushwhacking bushcrafting backcountry adventuring. A great first test run of our new winter camping gear!
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PostPosted: February 20th, 2016, 7:41 am 
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Well done Tearknee, not get sewing those mucklucks!
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PostPosted: February 20th, 2016, 9:11 am 
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Learned lots there. Never heard of Atuk so good to know about another Canadian supplier. Their prices seem pretty reasonable for this range of gear. Will be doing this down the road but so far job and geography conspire against it. I've wondered about the mushy snow ground thing so the slightly raised bedding makes sense....cheers Steve


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PostPosted: February 20th, 2016, 11:59 am 
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Thanks guys! I'll get on the mukluks soon, MistyHollow. Still need a few supplies and to assemble my sewing crew.
Steve.of.london... It wasn't so much mushy snow on the floor by the stove as it was icy and slippery after getting packed and slightly melted. Raising the bed really helps to put you in a warmer air space away from the cold floor. Kind of worked like a couch too!

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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2016, 6:54 pm 
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You must've been at site #100? Thanks for the wood you hung in the tree!!
If you want even more comfort try a cot instead of a snow bed. Much easier to get in and out of but harder to cuddle in I'd suppose...
Also an idea for you if you go to Mew again is stay at an electric site and bring a space heater then you don't need the stove all the time.

Enjoy your trip reports. Keep em coming.

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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2016, 7:11 pm 
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Sir Campsalot wrote:
You must've been at site #100? Thanks for the wood you hung in the tree!!
If you want even more comfort try a cot instead of a snow bed. Much easier to get in and out of but harder to cuddle in I'd suppose...
Also an idea for you if you go to Mew again is stay at an electric site and bring a space heater then you don't need the stove all the time.

Enjoy your trip reports. Keep em coming.


Hahahaha yes! That was us! We left our pickets leaning up against the tree, too, in case they would be useful to someone else. This so cool!

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PostPosted: February 22nd, 2016, 7:52 pm 
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Thanks for a great post. (If you click on the link, it leads to more detailed material about the tent, the stove, and efforts to build a high tech toboggan.)

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PostPosted: February 24th, 2016, 1:51 pm 
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Tearknee, yet another trip report from you that promises to put smiles on the faces of even the grouchiest of CCR forum readers. Thank you for posting! I got to experience a first this past weekend: hot-tenting in what appears to be the same model of Atuk tent on Canisbay Lake, APP, with two other paddler/ campers. It was fantastic!


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PostPosted: February 24th, 2016, 4:34 pm 
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Thanks Frankr and martin2007!
Martin2007.. You camped in Alaskan model too? I really like the square shape. The pentagonal Kanguk style appeared to be more popular on the wintertrekking forums but I couldn't wrap my head around how to arrange the interior in a five-sided tent so we went with the Alaskan. The increased wall height was really nice too, it allowed us to sit closer to the walls and away from the centre of the tent.

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PostPosted: February 24th, 2016, 6:36 pm 
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My mistake. I was blinded by the "Atuk" logo and off-white newness of the fabric. Our tent was was the 5-sider. Really liked it. Good quality tents, those.


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You really made the right call that weekend to stay at Mew. From what I hear there were several cars on the electric side who couldnt start their cars. and what is it with site #100 ?

I always book that site. It is the best site on the non electric side.
But dont listen to me.
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gunnelbob wrote:
You really made the right call that weekend to stay at Mew. From what I hear there were several cars on the electric side who couldnt start their cars. and what is it with site #100 ?

I always book that site. It is the best site on the non electric side.
But dont listen to me.
Really.


I heard that, too, but as village outcasts all the way over at #100, we weren't privy to that information at the time.
We didn't even have to book a site because we chose the unserviced side. We just showed up with our permit and the ranger said to pick whichever site we wanted out of the non-reservable electric sites. We chose 100 because it was far away, but not too far, and not within sight of the highway. I mean... It's terrible. Never go there.
You know, we hardly even had anyone walk by our site. There was one site occupied a few down from us but they were quiet loners like us too so it was perfect.

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