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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby Young Satchel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:48 am

t-$ wrote:i do love michigan for the opportunities to do this kind of stuff. i only went 20 miles down the trail, but you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere...

conny, yeah, my choice of trees was limited in the area i wanted to camp. that one in particular was sagging really good in the morning! but oh well, i still slept great. that has always been my downfall with the hammock, choosing less than stellar trees :lol:

so satchel, my system is the eno pac crest hammock (really a summer hammy, but i use it all year). it's a nice piece of simple, effective gear. in that i put an rei air mattress. can't remember the model name, but it is also the best air mat i have ever used. generally i dislike air mats due to their ability to fail at the most inopportune times, but this one has stood the test of time and abuse. my winter bag is an old army down mummy that was my grandpa's. still works a charm and is super warm...smells kinda funny tho. then on top of the bag i use an old army wool blanket, also from my grandpa. this system seems to work good and i'm always toasty. not very space efficient however, as the sleeping bag and blanket take up nearly half the sled :(

my favorite bag (that rode in the sled this time) is an osprey kode 32. for winter sports it is absolutely my favorite. the insulated hydration system does freeze, even in michigan. but i haven't found a bag yet that will keep the hoze and nozzle ice free. the best thing about the bag tho is the ski and snow board carrying ability. it has the rubber-backed straps typical of a ski bag, and i have used them many, many times for both skis and snowboards. it handles all of them beautifully and keeps the load high and tight. also it has the nice avvy pocket with all the bells and whistles that are found on the osprey avvy pockets...but i don;t have to worry about avalanches here so instead it houses my flask for easy access with mittens!!

the sled is a jett sled jr that i have modified to beef up the attachment point. my harness will be redone this summer and be much upgraded for next winter. on the ice last weekend the straps (instead of rigid poles i had on my last pulk) were useless as if pounded into my heels on occasion. not good. that was the biggest bug i found in this little trip and i really gotta just get that that corrected. it could be dangerous on top of being annoying.


Thanks for the intel! Lord, that sounds like a great time.

I’m currently dialing in New UL-backpacking kit for summer, then after that’s done will begin work on next winter season. Pretty much only thing I need in that regard is a winter weight sleeping bag. I’m set on almost everything else. Never used a Pulk sled OR skied with a pack, curious what that feels like, but I guess I’ll have to wait until next year to find out at this rate :-/


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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby t-$ » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:35 pm

hey satchel,

yeah, skiing with a pack or sled does take a minute to get used to. especially a heavy pack...that is the best (sarcasm).

are you in the new hyperlite stuff? its too bad golite went out but someone just posted a link that they are back in business with "my trail", maybe you saw it. i was disappointed tho when i went to the site cause it says all of their tents basically are out if stock ??? that doesn't seem like a promising restart. i wasn't planning on buying one anyway, it just struck me as odd, but i guess thats part of launching a business.

asolo has a really great, liteweight, -15 mummy bag that i bought when living in alaska. it worked awesome and packed down nice and small, and super lite. it's still in my exes garage with all my other crap, and hope to be reunited with it this summer...

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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby lowangle al » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:56 pm

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Although this was early September in the Brooks Range I had my winter set up. It's a Kifaru 4 man tipi with a stainless woodstove. Total weight is less than 15 lbs. with the tent stuffing down to a little bigger than a loaf of bread and the stove folds down to about the size of a three ring binder. I don't do winter camping anymore without a "hot tent".

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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby Young Satchel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:01 pm

lowangle al wrote:
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Although this was early September in the Brooks Range I had my winter set up. It's a Kifaru 4 man tipi with a stainless woodstove. Total weight is less than 15 lbs. with the tent stuffing down to a little bigger than a loaf of bread and the stove folds down to about the size of a three ring binder. I don't do winter camping anymore without a "hot tent".


That. Is. Fucking. Awesome.


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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby Young Satchel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:07 pm

t-$ wrote:hey satchel,

yeah, skiing with a pack or sled does take a minute to get used to. especially a heavy pack...that is the best (sarcasm).

are you in the new hyperlite stuff? its too bad golite went out but someone just posted a link that they are back in business with "my trail", maybe you saw it. i was disappointed tho when i went to the site cause it says all of their tents basically are out if stock ??? that doesn't seem like a promising restart. i wasn't planning on buying one anyway, it just struck me as odd, but i guess thats part of launching a business.

asolo has a really great, liteweight, -15 mummy bag that i bought when living in alaska. it worked awesome and packed down nice and small, and super lite. it's still in my exes garage with all my other crap, and hope to be reunited with it this summer...


I like the Hyperlite stuff but don’t own any.

I’ve got a custom modular full-Spectra Woven pack I had built by Dan McHale last year. It’s pretty insane. 40-60L expandable capacity.That’ll likely be my winter go-to. It’s about 2.5lbs fully stripped

Then I’ve got a 40L Dyneema frameless Pack for summer UL-backpacking overnights and short trips on the way from a couple of young kids who have a company called Pa’lante.

I was thinking western mountaineering or feathered friends for a winter bag, but those are both major bucks so we’ll see!

I like gear too damn much


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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby t-$ » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:31 pm

Fishy....let's do it!!! Let's be the "first" to make it happen. I think you mentioned that trailhead before and I have friends who hiked that section but I've been a little a-scared of it. There's little room for error as you know. But I would totally do it if I had another person who was fairly skilled. Up to make a plan????

Nice pic al, you make me so jealous and missing my frontier days. Nice racks btw...


So satchel, who is that guy that made your pack?

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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby Young Satchel » Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:39 am

t-$ wrote:So satchel, who is that guy that made your pack?


Dan McHale has been making extremely high-quality custom backpacks out of his shop in Seattle for a good 35 years+. He’s kind of a legend in his own right, except unlike other “pack gurus” (Dana Gleason of Dana Designs/Mystery Ranch for example) he never really went commercial.

I followed him for almost a decade before finally taking the plunge. Here’s the Full-Spectra pack we built:



And here’s his—extremely antiquated but totally lovable—website:

http://www.mchalepacks.com/ultralight/index.htm



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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby t-$ » Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:20 pm

nice bags! yours looks pretty cool, and i like the full spectra. have you used it in serious downpour, or how is the waterproofness?

i like this bag

bag nice.....jpg


and it would be awesome in spectra as well, with maybe some ski loops/straps on the sides...i carry my skis a lot :?

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Re: North Country Scenic Trail

Postby fisheater » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:13 pm

t-$ wrote:Fishy....let's do it!!! Let's be the "first" to make it happen. I think you mentioned that trailhead before and I have friends who hiked that section but I've been a little a-scared of it. There's little room for error as you know. But I would totally do it if I had another person who was fairly skilled. Up to make a plan????

Nice pic al, you make me so jealous and missing my frontier days. Nice racks btw...


So satchel, who is that guy that made your pack?


T-$, there is good reason to be wary of that section of trail. It is awesome on a mountain bike, however there is quite a distance between road crossings. I want to do a lot of things, however I think most of my "up north" skiing for the next couple of years will be with my son skiing lift served. He is in ninth grade, I need to take full advantage of the next couple years. Things change once they get out of high school. I know you have a near you, forget whether it was lift served or trails to the top, but the Big M is trails to the top, good place to kick and downhill.

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