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Woods Walker
2007-03-16, 00:05
Here are some photos of my Pulk sled in action. The sled was made for a paris expadition sled and a pole kit from Ski Pulk


First a few photos of the sled.



Here I am using the sled on a winter trip. The day before I arrived it snowed 38 inches. Hard going as the snow was powder and I sank down some even with the snowshoes. The load was around 130 lbs. Traveled about 12 miles in all. It was very cold and windy.






2007-03-16, 08:08
WW, From these pictures I can understand why you carry so many fire starters. Where are you in these pictures?

2007-03-16, 09:46
Looks like a lot of fun WW, brings back warm (or not so warm) memories of my days in the arctic light infantry. Is that a Kifaru teepee?

2007-03-16, 21:06
WW. Each year we sled in to the same spot to set up a winter snow camp. My plan this summer is to go in early and cut a bunch of firewood, and then I will shrink wrap it in a narrow stack up a tree as high as I can get it, then hang some marker ribbon in the tree. This way come winter, I can locate the tree and dig out a nice dry stack of pre-cut firewood. Sometimes the snow gets sort of deep.

2007-03-17, 18:11
Check out this book for a lot of good info about winter camping:


I read it and learned a LOT about winter camping.

(NO...I'm not selling the book, just recommending it as a good read.)

2007-03-17, 18:55
Calvin Rutstrum was one of the great adventurers of the north country, along with Townsend Whelan (only accurate rifles are interesting) and Bradford Angier.

Woods Walker
2007-03-21, 23:14

Looks like some nice snow. Hope you have some snow shoes. The shelter is a Kifaru tipi. The stove does not burn that much wood. Maybe a 5 gal bucket a night. I went out for what maybe the last pulk trip of the year. Will post the photos of last weekends trip soon.

Woods Walker
2007-03-29, 21:43
The usual March snowstorm hit a few weeks back. I took the opportunity to get in one last Pulk trip. The sled is a Paris expedition sled. The poles and sled hardware are from SkiPulk. After using the sled for one season I liked it. Next year I need to come up with some kinda brake system and maybe some fins for the hills. The sled tracked well. The Aluminum hardware on the sled is showing some signs of ware but don’t expect it to be a problem in the foreseeable future. Maybe the crossed traces allowed the metal parts of the poles to push against the Aluminum or perhaps the hard terrain is to blame. Still does not seem to be a showstopper.

Going up and down steep hills was a bit tricky but this was more than made up for on flatter terrain. A near free ride. The sled allowed me to pack in some massive loads that would have been impossible in the backpack even with the fine EMR. I was happy to take the load off my back. The Molle harness worked better than expected as offered great control of the sled and the Pals webbing allowed for canteen and gear storage pocket that are easy access.

Here is the Pulk sled just before setting up camp. It was getting dusk so I had the usual horse and pony show of setting up camp at night and finding firewood.


Nightfall with some light snow and still unpacking the Pulk.


Removed the poles and used the sled for wood gathering. Saved lots of time using the sled to transport the wood back to camp. Used a hatchet and a folding saw. Took down 2 very small standing maple dead wood trees. Dry as a bone despite a week of rain than then the storm. Guessing it was the near vertical position of the 8-foot saplings. Every degree of angle adds to the total moisture content.


Wet paints from running around in the dark looking for the above wood.


Dry paints thanks to the clothesline and woodstove. Took about 2 hours.


Cooked up some of my favorite Polish treats for dinner.


My super comfortable bed inside the 4-man tipi. The downmat 9DLX and a very large synthetic bag. Weight was not a consideration.


Nearly packed up. Once I policed the camp side the only sign is the tell tale dry spot from the wood stove.


Looks like the snow is all done for this year. I liked the Pulk sled a lot. Hope to use it next season for winter Steel head fishing.

2007-03-29, 22:13
Way cool WW, is that a Ti Goat stove or is it homemade? Seeing that snow camp brings back memories, mostly bad, cause I was in the army when I did it and our gear sucked so bad, and also 'cause I was told to sit outside at forty below by some a$$hole that stayed in the warm tent.

Woods Walker
2007-03-29, 22:36
I have a few stoves.

My Kifaru small stove. It is around 3 lbs. Takes down to the size of a lap top.


Packed down.




My TIG stove. Around 1 lb 12 oz


Packed down.


Test fired. TIG sent me this for testing. Think it was the first or second made.


Works well but I use it for my day pack during very cold winter hikes. Not as bomb proof like my other stoves. Thin foil body. However it is just so packable.

My homemade stove with a MSR TI kettle for scale.


Inside my paratipi.


My Kni-co stove.

The stove I used in this trip is homemade. With Stack Robber it is about 6 lbs total. But when using the sled I don't care and the stove burns twice as long as the take downs. It is very small. 7X10.5 inch fire box.

2007-03-29, 22:49
That stove looks first-class, it looks like you welded a couple of pieces of flat stock on top (on a tangent line) so you can set a pot on top to cook. Millwrights and pipefitters toss pipe rings in the salvage pile that would make a super stove.

2007-03-29, 22:50
WW, under what conditions do you use the liner with that tipi, or do you use it all the time?

Woods Walker
2007-03-29, 23:21
Yup keeps the pot from rolling off. Everything on the stove with the exception of the robber was fabricated from stainless sheet. Used 24,20 and 18ga 306 stainless.

The liner is used for mostly very cold conditions as the double wall and grounded liner keeps the drafts out and increases the heating effect of the stove. Works great on condensation too as any single walled shelter will develop this. Don’t care if the shelter is breathable like DWR or EPIC or non breathable like Sil nylon (tipi is made out of silnylon). When the snow and rain comes all fabrics tend to act the same. However I don’t care about condensation. I was looking for the draft reduction. Can lay inside that shelter with just my birthday suite when it is sub zero outside and take a snow bath. True I can kick snow around the sides but it is not the same as the double wall.

For the the early Spring and late Fall I remove the liner. Tend use the hammock for the rest of the year as no other shelter I own beats my HH for the warmer months. I was into the winter hammock thing for about a week. But then missed my heated shelter and Downmat 9dlx. I don't got UL for winter anymore. Used to lay in a bivy sack on top of the snow but that too got old fast.

2007-03-30, 11:41
Hey WW, You still have not answered my original question. Where are you at in these pictures. Being from the deep south, where we get snow on average of about once every 10 years, it is interesting to see how you folks up north deal with these exteme conditions.
My coldest experience was a wind chill factor of -1 while sitting in a tree stand in Mississippi. Had enough clothes on that I was warm except for my eye balls. Kept having to close one then the other to keep them from being iritated in the 25 MPH wind. Can't imagine the conditions in your photos.
The middle of this month I took my wife and daughter fishing in our boat in 70 degree weather and watched the gators sunning themselves on the bank. I quess we'll make up for it in August when it is about 100 degrees and 95% humidity.

2007-03-30, 12:00
Bear look at this we got 2 feet in on day this winter. It took 3 days for someone to plow me out. Oh i did shovel a path so the wife could bring in the wood:adore: :adore:

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Woods Walker
2007-03-30, 21:02

Sorry I missed your question. Yes that is me. The weather was mild on my last pulk trip. Maybe 20's overnight and 30 for the high. The top photos was rather bad. Over night temps around 0 to 5 with crazy winds don't know the wind chill but must have been below zero. During the day about 15 with high winds. Stayed out for about 4 days. The coldest I ever camped was -13 with -35 wind chill. Did that in a bivy tent. Never again will I do this without a heated shelter. Some guy died the same night on Mt. Washington. But he was acting stupid. -30 with a -80 windchill. Was record breaking cold for the whole area. I can't imagine what that guy was thinking going out alone. Maybe he wanted to test his skills. But there is a fine line that he crossed.

2007-03-30, 23:03
The state of Washington I take it. That is what I was trying to get out of you. I thought maybe when you did not answer you were in the military and maybe could not answer for some reason.
No, I can't imagine camping in those conditions. When I go deer hunting I return after each hunt into my small camp with an electric heater and hot water along with a lot of other frills. Not that I would not camp under those conditions with the right equipment, just never had the need or opportunity.
We don't get those conditions in the bayou state.
Anytime I have been in heavy snow it was in Colorado skiing. I can see me telling my wife, "Honey, lets bring our camping equipment and sleep out on the slopes a couple of nights while we are there.":boxing:

2007-03-30, 23:06
By the way, cool stove stuff. Can't believe the weight.

2007-03-31, 00:00
A couple of times every winter when I was in the 172 INF BDE in Alaska we had to do what was referred to as "Cold-weather-Indoctrination". This simply meant that you had to go out and dig a pit in the snow and roll your ground pad and fart sack out and go to sleep. The catch was it had to be below minus 20F. If you were smart enough to spend your meager salary on a decent sleeping bag, you got a good night's sleep, if you were relying on Uncle Sam's crappy gear to keep you warm it was a suffer-fest, or you just got up and built a fire. I had a Snow Lion Polarguard bag that I used a light summer down bag inside of, and since I weighed less that 150# there was room for me inside it, I was always snug as a bug...and well rested the next morning.

2007-03-31, 22:53
Hey oops56,
I work shift work and worked last night. When I woke up late this morning my wife was outside in shorts cutting the grass. What a woman!!! :aetsch:
I thought about you and all that snow when I went out to help her and edge the drive way. I guess you'd be using a snow blower about now. Don't worry, when we hit July and get plenty:ahhhhh: of rain and humidity we'll be cutting grass about every 5 days.:ahhhhh:

2007-03-31, 23:00
There is something about cold weather that builds (or maybe selects for) character. I've spent a bit of time in the tropics and I've found the character and initiative of most there to be wanting. Obesity is highest in the southeastern US.

2007-04-01, 01:02
You trying to tell me I'm fat?:fight:

2007-04-01, 01:16
No Bear, you may be as thin as a rail for all I know. I suppose it is something associated with hot, sultry nights, gallons of sweet tea, and the availability of air conditioning that contributes to southerner's ever-expanding waistlines. The heat will make you thin, if you can't get a way from it. I got thin as a rail in Haiti from sorry food and constant sweating and no AC. When we got back to Ft. Bragg in July we didn't even think it felt like summer there.

2007-04-01, 01:38
Just kidding Take-a-knee. I have to admit you are right but it is not just the southeast. We do seem to have more than our share in this area. I guess it is the New Orleans cooking that adds to it. I have been all over the country and when it comes to eating, there's no place like home.

And for the record, 6'2" 200 pounds. See, I ain't fat!:aetsch:

Woods Walker
2007-04-01, 23:28

It is in New Hampshire.