Hot Tenting?

Knowing winter is just a stones throw away and realising that means the camping season is over for most people, we decided to check into bringing in a tipi from Norway to see if this might be an idea for a different type of winter camping….

Saturday morning we hastily jumped out of bed, our sample Tipi from Norway had arrived and we were off to Halifax to fetch it! We couldn’t wait to get back home and see the quality and workmanship of this tipi.

We opened the boxes carefully and found our tipi and all the parts very nicely and carefully packed in the boxes. we decided, since daylight was now short after our trip up the valley, to just set up the tipi at home. This being new to us was easier to set up than we had initially thought. We pegged the bottom lightly and then inserted the pole into the cap and viola the tent was up. Loved the idea of a single pole tipi! Now all that we had left to do was securing the guide lines. It was super easy and fairly quick to set up.

We brought in the Veranger 4-6 from Helsport with the liner, the floor tarp and the stove so we could see all the variants of this tipi. Image

The size of Varanger outer compared to our Gregory daypack

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Centre Pole, comes standard with Tipi as well as regular tent pegs.

The Snow and Sand Pegs come in two sizes as additional extras if required.

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The Varanger 4-6 set up with just the outer shell.

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Inside View

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Here is the Varanger all set up with the liner and the ground sheet attached.. super neat!Image

Next we removed the liner since it was hot inside and put in the stove to have it ready to test in the evening. Above photo shows the Helsport stove in the tipi.

The frontier stove, however, would work well too

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Waiting till it was dark we lit up the fire and before long we were roasting in fact it got so hot in the tent we actually had to get out… it is summer after all, not the most ideal time to try out a piping hot stove 🙂

The Helsport stove may be expensive but we have to give credit where credit is due, this stove really rocks, it heats up super fast and gives out tremendous heat just with a few sticks. We are impressed with the whole set up. a super nice tipi and something we are defiantly going to try out for winter camping this year. I generally really feel the cold but I think with the liner and a stove, either the Helsport stove or frontier stove, I wont have a problem staying warm in this tipi!

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So for winters cold months this would work brilliantly to keep you warm and toasty, For summer just the outer shell would be adequate. There are two ventilation vents on each side and mosquito netting on both the vents, the door and the hole above where the chimney and pole are. there are easy draw cords to close and open the top vents, everything about this tipi is designed with a lot of thought and with excellent workmanship.

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Above photo show the drying rack which comes standard with each Varanger a nice extra . You can also purchase kettle holders which attach to centre pole and these can be used to hold additional pots or any other items.

So drag it behind a toboggan or drive out to a frozen lake this winter… pop it in a canoe and explore all the rivers and lakes, just explore the outdoors in whatever means you can, either way this tipi will keep you warm in winter without a doubt and easy for a summer canoe or kayak trip.

In conclusion I have to say although pricy these tipis are super quality and cannot be compared to any other tipis we have found in North America to date. They will last and serve you well in harsh conditions as well as general outings on summer trips.

 

Time spent well ….

Having a weekend away refreshes the soul.

We decided to head out Friday even though there were weather reports of doom and gloom, rain and thunderstorms… arriving at our site weather still gloomy we set up both the roof top tents in a breeze.. we had many curious fellow campers popping in and watching us set up both the tents, all amazed at the idea of a roof top tent and at the ease of setting up. Before long our beds were made …soget yourself a roof top tent if you like things to be set up fast and easily and are social as it sure does draws a crowd 🙂

ImageNext we set up the frontier stove under a tarp. A hole was made in the tarp and tent flashing kit installed,  the chimney was then inserted through it. We lit it up and before long the fire was roaring and the smoke billowing out the chimney away from us, what a pleasure not having the smoke in your face while cooking

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Once the fire died down and there were a bunch of hot coals we popped in the potato’s and before long those were cooked to perfection.

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The EcoZoom stoves provided us with a brilliant breakfast each morning. We decided to light them both up and even tried toast on the Dura. As always the eggs and bacon were done in a jiffy and we were feeling most spoilt with our fabulous setting.

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The weather was holding out for us and sleeping on a mattress above the ground was fabulous, note to myself to bring along better pillows next time, nothing worse than a flat pillow 🙂

Sat was a fabulous day sunny and warm. we went for a nice walk exploring the park and spending time on a sandy beach by the lake. How nice to be blessed with a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters and a comfortable bed on top of our truck..  life is sweet.. thank you girls and Nick for spending the weekend with us, next time we are going to haul you into the bush for some serious camping 🙂

Have a great week all you happy campers!

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Exploring ….

Exploring a little of the Fundy coastline ….

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We decided to take a drive on some less travelled roads near along the Fundy shore and set up camp on one of the beaches we found.

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We set up the Sea Shell within a few minutes literally, the ladder was even stable enough on the rocky beach. the views were amazing too!

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It still amazes me how many wonderful areas there are to camp in Nova Scotia, I am not talking about the regular camp sites i mean literally finding a spot along a beach or in the backwoods, along a beat up, dusty, pot holed road, next to a forgotten no named lake. There is nothing like spending time in places like these where you will not likely bump into another soul and where all you hear are the sounds of nature,

I know the luxury of having a bathroom in the bush or on a remote beach is not there but a porta loo will do just fine for a night or two 🙂 come on you can do it 🙂 not to mention it makes getting back home to the comforts a real treat 🙂

We started out early from home to explore some back roads but along the way we found a picnic spot and decided to pull out the zoom versa and have some breakfast,

We lit the versa, popped on the bacon and watched the seals playing in the ocean while it cooked. i put the eggs in tin foil next to the bacon and in a few mins they were cooked beautifully… i still sit in fascination at how quickly it was lit and cooking our eggs and bacon, in a flash our food was done! What a fabulous stove so efficient and so easy to use, and what a treat to be able to have a good breakfast watching seals playing in the ocean.. life is good!Image

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We are “wild” about our customers!

Long lazy hot summer days are so perfect for our roof top tents, jump in your vehicle and go wherever the wind takes you. These tents are made to enjoy the outdoors in any spot you choose from campground to the middle of nature. You don’t have to have the expense and fees of RV’S or the discomforts of ground tents with stones sticking in your back or an uncomfortable sleep pad. Enjoy the comfort of a mattress, a view , cool air blowing through your tent on a hot summers evening. Chill in the middle of nowhere in comfort what could be better…

So another tent delivered, and all I can say is how blessed we are to have such fantastic customers, below are a couple of pictures and comments from Shaun and Jenny who bought an outpost from us. Gorgeous location and of course an awesome tent! 🙂  Thanks guys for the photos and feedback, it was a pleasure dealing with you both! Hope to see you around Nova Scotia’s wild spots 🙂

From Shaun & Jenny

“What I can say is that we went yesterday back to the newly opened bowater mersey land and had a blast. The tent set up was pretty quick, the annex took about 20 minutes.  Once again, thanks for the great tent and service ”

From Shaun & Jenny

PS. The annex room will take less time to put up next time round, we keep our floor attached to the annex which makes it a lot quicker to put up. Takes us about five, six mins to slide it in and zip it on.

EcoZoom rocket Stove back in the woods!

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EcoZoom in the woods

It is difficult not to love the EcoZoom Rockets stoves whether it be the Dura or the Versa. We have spent many hours cooking on theses stoves. This last weekend we took it into the woods to fire it up and see how it would work on a windy day. We collected a few twigs and a bitch of birch wood and used a firesteel to start it. It could not have been easier. Before we knew it the fire was roaring and we added a couple of bigger sticks we found lying on the ground and our little rocket stove was ready to do its thing..

I figured a cuppa tea was first order of business as who can resist a cuppa hot tea with a view overlooking the water, birds whistling in the trees eagles flying over our heads, couldn’t be a more perfect setting to have a cuppa hot tea 
The water boiled so quickly and in no time we were enjoying our tea. I quickly popped on the bacon and it was soon sizzling, I had to pull back the sticks a little to reduce the heat so it wouldn’t cook so fast. I still needed to finish my tea!

The wind was blowing but the little EcoZoom kept on going, we were not even using the metal skirt for it. Soon I popped on the eggs and in a blink they were done, breaky was made, the view gorgeous, my EcoZoom is sure to always be a loyal companion.

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