Once again the leaves have changed color, the wind is blowing them off in a hurry… fall is well on its way now and winter is lurking once again. BUT if you are a camper, don’t despair, after all there is nothing better than camping in a Helsport Dome, Pasvick, Varanger or Finnmark tent, all of which can accommodate a wood stove. These lavuu tents will keep you all cozy and warm! Be it fall or winter these tents are so easy to set up, add a stove setup and there is no need to feel cold or miserable camping in the winter.
The Gstove is fantastic for this application, allowing one to cook all your meals with ease. Now with the oven and additional pipe cooking space, there is no shortage of cooking space! Make a lasagna, apple pie or quiche, these are all doable on the Gstove, no need to be a culinary expert! Add a couple reindeer skins for insulation under your sleeping bag and you are all set for a wonderful fall/winter camping experience!
Far too few people balk at the idea of winter camping for fear of the cold but really if you have the right gear it is an incredible experience. Try it this winter you may soon become addicted to the beauty and ease of winter camping!
Another year has passed how quickly time seems to fly, almost seems to be the older one gets the faster the days slip by. So on that note we need to do more, see more, explore more as who knows when our time on this precious planet will be up.
Sitting here now looking outside I feel a yearning to get outside again, the weather has been brutal these last couple days and I am feeling very house bound! So I think we may just get out this weekend as the weather temps improve slightly and setup our tipi with a lovely wood fire.. after all there is nothing better than being outdoors, cooking meals on a wood stove and breathing in the fresh very crisp air!
Setting up the tipi tents are easy and quick and before you know it you are sitting by a nice warm stove enjoying a cuppa. If the ground is really frozen no worries a simple solution we found was just to use logs of wood to tie the guy lines down it works well no fuss or drama. Obviously if the wind is howling make sure they are heavy logs or make the effort and hammer in the pegs 🙂
To prevent any cold coming up from the ground we use emergency blankets under our cots or sleeping bags, works well and with the stove going we really stay warm. Not being a fan of the cold I have to say I have yet to have a cold night in our tipi! It is amazing how quickly the tent warms up with the stove it definitely makes camping in the winter a pleasure and not a chore!
On our to do list this year is of course more camping with our tents, both roof top and tipi tents. Hiking, jeeping and back country camping. We are also trying to organize a trip to Iceland this year so keep an eye out for those photos! I intend to make each day count!
Here’s hoping that you all get to enjoy the winter and not feel cooped up as I have been these last couple of frigid days! So catch your breath, reflect on goals, and dream up fresh ones and share them with us we would love to hear about your adventures!
At last we managed to have a weekend away with some family and do some “civilized camping” with the Varanger Camp and the Finmark.
We set off to Thomas Raddall provincial park in Nova Scotia, We packed up the M101 military trailer that we restored with all our gear, what a pleasure to be able to pack up whatever we liked and have the room for it all! This trailer tracked so well behind us we almost forgot it was there!!
Packed up and ready to roll
Since we have not yet had the top made for the trailer we used a roof top tent cover from the outpost which fit beautifully just to keep the dust out of our gear!
We arrived at our site and set up camp, with the tipi tents it is very quick to set up so in no time at all we were all up and running. the Finmark is on the left of the photo below and has the inner and floor attached together as one piece. It has two entrances one on either side which is perfect for very hot nights! The Finmark can also be used without the inner/floor combination.
The varanger camp has a “porch” area and this one we set up is the 8-10 nice size and big enough for a family to comfortably camp.The varanger camp has a inner tent and floor that are separate to each other so either can be used or neither 🙂
We always use the inner tents no matter what the weather.
Our home for the weekend!
Inside the Varanger Camp
Fire and Tipi Tents
Finmark and the Varanger Camp Tipi’s
Really a beautiful campground and lovely sites! Once unpack and sorted we took a walk to one of the many beaches, superb and not at all crowded it almost felt like we were in a tropical location except for the ice cold ocean water!
Yes we were spoiled with our highland beef, nothing tastes better than campfire food! And there is nothing more divine than the smell of a camp fire!
And… of course roasting marshmallows!
Exploring the beaches we saw many crabs and jelly fish that had washed up on the beaches. Lots of animal tracks too, pretty amazing how fresh the tracks were each time yet we never spotted a deer on the beach, i swear they were in stealth mode 🙂
The evening sunsets were indescribably gorgeous! how can one even put words to such tranquility
The weekend was lovely we did lots of trails and beach walks, nothing better for the soul than a weekend with family and nature!
Packing up is always a breeze with the tipi tents,and using the M101 to haul our stuff just made light work of packing up!
Cover on and almost ready to head home
Next time….will be a weekend away doing our most favorite camping and that is simply back country camping where there is not another soul around, these are my favorite times!
Three easy steps to improve your marriage and allow more time on the river.
1. Get her a dry suit
Many of my first packrafting and canyoneering adventures with my wife ended wet and cold and according to her, miserable. I had a hard time convincing Amy to go on more, until her birthday, when I surprised her with the “best piece of equipment you ever got me.” It turned suffer-fests into enjoyable outings, for both of us.
This “best piece of equipment” was a Kokatat Gore-Tex Front Entry Dry Suit with a drop seat and socks. The drop seat makes nature breaks easier and the built-in waterproof socks keep her feet warm and happy. While significantly more expensive than neoprene ($960), the suit is significantly warmer and takes the misery out of packrafting.
Selling my wife on a packrafting adventure is always easier when we can bring our dog. Having a dog in a packraft, however, is challenging. Spraydecks are not an option and dogs are often wet. In in the past I would spend most of the day sitting in a cold puddle of water. Then we got a self-bailing packraft, problem solved.
While heavier (10 pounds) and more expensive ($1,530) than my other packrafts the self-bailing BayLee makes having the dog along easy and enjoyable. Feathercraft sandwiches four inflatable chambers between a slick outer floor and rugged nylon inner floor. With permeable slots, the inflatable floor lifts the paddler out off the water while letting excess water flow through. There is a consistent puddle inside the boat yet the water level never rises above the highly comfortable seat, leaving one’s butt warm and dry. Additionally, the main tube has two separate chambers for a total of six chambers, making it a legal watercraft for places like Dinosaur National Monument.
Forrest and Fryxell
Even with Fryxell on board the Baylee is highly maneuverable and worthy of whitewater. It’s very buoyant, forgiving and with an oval shape allows rapid turning. Durable materials combined with legendary Feathercraft craftsmanship create an unique and quality packraft.
Wiggins Fork River, Wyoming
3. Choose a scenic and fun river
Near the sleepy cow town of Dubois, Wyoming, a little known river flows gently from the wild and rugged Absaroka Range. For most of its length the Wiggins Fork is a swift Class II+ float appropriate for novices and those with dogs. Only a couple dirt roads skirt its edges. Free of any impoundments the Wiggins Fork flows free and is normally navigable for just a few weeks in May and June. Red Hills and steep canyon walls of volcanic origin create impressive scenery. Wildlife is abundant and humans rare.
Wiggins Fork River
There’s one short but dangerous Class V/IV section that must be avoided by a two-mile cross-country portage on river right. Alternatively, a two-mile hike from the Forest Road to Double Cabin Campground allows a put-in just below the gorge. If you paddle below the confluence with the East Fork of the Wind River be aware the land to river left is part of the Wind River Indian Reservation and belongs to the Arapahoe and Shoshone, not the Forest Service or BLM. Below the confluence also watch out for several wire fences that cross the river and could ruin your dry suit, packraft, and potentially your marriage.
We have spent a lot of time outdoors as many of you have, I have always battled to find a decent table and chairs that are made well and don’t fall apart at the seams!
We are so happy to have found the joey chair, the sleeprite cots and the grand canyon table. All three items can hold a decent amount of weight and we have as yet to have any issues with any of these items
The cots are ideal for our tipi tents, low to the ground and easy to transport, the Grand Canyon table fits well in the annex room of our roof top tents as well as in the tipis, these are perfect tables with adjustable legs.
Check them out I think you will enjoy them as much as we do, now that the weather is starting to let up it is time to pack up and go explore with all your camping gear. Have fun in the sun:-)
The Joey comes in a small, lightweight package. The Joey features a lightweight aluminum frame, shock cord system to avoid lost parts, a compact size, the highest seat height of any competitor, and durability developed from 30 years of camp chair manufacturing.
Weighs under 2LBS, weight capacity 300LBS
Gran Canyon Table
More stable, more table height options, easier to level and by far best setup of our tables
Aluminum table top
Friction lock telescoping legs
Room to accommodate most camp chairs
Holds up to 225 -Pounds
Compression lock telescoping legs for uneven ground
Tired of putting up with bumpy ground, rocks in your back and a stiff neck? Want no more. Meet the SleepRite Cot. Don’t let the finished pack size fool you. The SleepRite cot sets up quick and is comfortable.
Under 5 lbs, small enough to fit into your backpack, this camping cot has 20 fewer parts than lesser luxury cots. Set up is intuitive and simple. When it’s time to hit the sack, this ultra light bed is wider, taller and longer that most other camping cots. Cross supports are ergonomically positioned to keep you comfortable and off the ground while supporting your body in all the right spots.
• Who would use the SleepRite Cot: motorcycle touring, pilots, family camping,
• Where they would use the SleepRite Cot: car camping, fly-ins, extra bed in the house for guests
• Why they would use the SleepRite Cot: light, comfortable, easy set up, compact in size, less storage space
Stats: Open – 78”x 30”x 6”
Closed – 18”x 7.5”x 5.5”
Cot height – 6”
Weight – 4.95
Weight capacity – 300
Composition Materials: anodized aluminum frame 600D polyester no PVC high strength plastic ergonomically designed small package size Stand out features: compact light weight drawn aluminum fast setup no parts to loose 300 lb weight limit
We are really so lucky to have such incredible customers, thank you for the photos Mike!
“Last weekend we went out, just one night but we ended up travelling pretty deep into the woods. Waist deep snow – thank goodness for snowshoes. The tipi and the stove were a dream come true. Best night sleep in months. I am a convert!!!”
The Traveller Stove is available in a range of colours, which we only see expanding. It is also a multi fuel stove with a heat output of 3.5-4.5 kw.
Our COFT technology makes it great to cook on, as well as keeping you toasty warm! When used with the correct fittings it can be installed in Bell tents, yurts, conservatories, chalets etc.
Frontier Stove’s Controlled Open Flame Technology (COFT)
The Frontier Stove has many functions, to warm, to cook and to boil.
One of the many advantages of the Frontier camping stove is that it provides an area to cook directly on the flame to ensure maximum heat from the flame to the cooking pot add to this a flue damper you cant go wrong, whether you are out in the garden, the shed, by the lake or in the forest.
The adjustable door vent allows oxygen to be controlled to the fire and the flue damper controls the maximum amount of air allowed through the stove to increase fuel efficiency and heat.
The Frontier Stove is compact, lightweight and versatile and is perfect for any venue, camping, backyard, lakeside, shed you name it. It can produce enough heat to keep you warm in tipi tents or in a “man cave”, heat you up after a cold dip in the Atlantic and perfect to to extend your camping season and to extend your outdoor cooking season too
Frontier Stove Water Heater
The Frontier’s Water Heater boils and keeps water hot, or you can use any flat bottomed kettle to the heat plate. You can even remove the pot-hole to sit the kettle, or pan, directly in the way of the flame. There is a sliding top to add more water and a brass tap to pour yourself a nice cup of hot tea. Also ideal for washing up or for a cup of soup! The water heater wraps around the flue and sits directly on the stove top, works like a dream.
When using the stove for the very first time, we recommend that you vent your shed or tent is well. The initial manufacturers residue will burn off as soon as the stove heats up for the first time. I would even suggest you just start it up outside initially in the fresh air. A Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm is recommended for enclosed spaces.