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Backcountry » Sleeping on a cot » 4/25/2020 5:22 am

New owner of a esker hot tent and on top of that new to hot tenting. Looking to maximize comfort for the wifey. So my question is does anybody ever use a sleep cot inside there hot tent to keep themselves of the ground. Was looking at some light weight cots and wondering if this would make things even more comfortable while in backcountry.

Equipment » Rubber Boots for tripping - any recommendations? » 2/14/2020 1:58 pm

I was considering rubber boots for early spring and fall trips. Someone told me to purchase stockingfoot chest waders for trips like down the nippising river. Never liked the idea of a wet foot plus i have a neoprene allergy. Was looking at knee high gortex socks with a wool sock underneath for warmth and a pair of non waterproof hikers might be a good option as well. But I have no experience with gortex socks. May sweat in them but same goes for rubber boots. I'd rather not Portage heavy loads with rubbers.

Backcountry » Easy safe backcountry access » 12/13/2019 10:26 am

Marko_Mrko wrote:

I would strongly recommend Mew Lake airfield. You have the backup of Mew Lake campground, but you're in the backcountry. 

I would not do uplands in the winter. The uplands is quite hilly, and it may not be a big deal in the summer. Come winter, you have a lot more gear, the trail is more difficult and more slippery. Even a small hill becomes a slog. 

If you haven't winter camped before, I'd go with Mew Lake.

The other options are:
- Minnesing Trail 
- Sunday Lake dog sledding trails

Both of these have established trails. You'll see some people on the Minnesing trail, but Sunday Lake is likely going to be free of humans (too early for dog sledding). The Sunday Lake trails are basically logging roads. You'll need to find your own camping spots, so it's a bit more challenging overall. 

The options open up in later winter (i.e. late January to March) as the lakes become passable. Kiosk up Ausauble to NTL is a riot, but expect deep powder. The real backcountry trips are not beginner trips. 



Il look up the Sunday trail. I've cold camp on minnising and mew. Was looking for other options similar. Going to do some scouting this weekend. Thanks for reply and advice

Backcountry » Easy safe backcountry access » 11/30/2019 8:39 pm

Splakin wrote:

  They plow the uplands all winter

I thought I saw that as well it gets plowed.. so I should be able to snow shoe in a couple hundred meters of that trail and do a trial run with new hot tent.

Backcountry » Easy safe backcountry access » 11/30/2019 6:16 am

swedish pimple wrote:

mew lake air field is a great spot,, 

I I am trying to avoid them mew lake area. Decided to just hike a little of the uplands trail or one of the other trails and just venture of one of those trails not to far.

Backcountry » Easy safe backcountry access » 11/29/2019 12:13 pm

Looking to venture slowly into backcountry winter camping. Soon with a hot tent no more cold camping. Wondering if anybody can help me with good locations perfarbly as close as possible to an exit to my car in case the wife or me run into a problem. I have the maps but don't no the highway 60 area so if someone could help with how to find a safe close location to a exit perfarbly near standing dead wood swamp area for hot tent wood would be great. Any info would help with location scouting

Trip Planning » Tim to rosebary » 10/31/2019 8:53 am

I'm looking at the weather report and wondering if it is still possible to make it down Tim's river to rosebary. Nov 9 (sat)Given it's a week away and snow in forecast.. what's the chances of making it down access road and paddling down for a 1 night stay...... would that be a no way...

Equipment » Rubber boots November tripping » 9/06/2019 5:12 pm

My go to boot right now is a scarpa r-evolution. Leather and gortex. Great for keeping water out but in oct/Nov. Its mudslides and waterfalls. Maybe a pair of thick wool socks and hunting rubber boots....

Equipment » Rubber boots November tripping » 9/06/2019 2:10 pm

Everything is water and muck out ther come late October November and struggle to keep feet dry through portages. Was thinking maybe rubber boots and change for camp into light hikers.. any good rubber boots with ankle support that could work well for me on cold wet muddy trails .

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