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Offline tbern

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #180 on: Jan 20, 2019, 10:52 AM »
My shack has a wood stove so no worries of CO , spent a few over nighters in it .
As long as you have food and drinks you can come up with the entertainment !
.    To be safe you should have a CO detector as wood stoves give off carbon monoxide which could enter into your shack if the venting isn't good or possibly a small leak in the stove itself.
 






Offline FG Steve

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #181 on: Jan 20, 2019, 03:41 PM »
I haven't gone yet this season.  Soon.

Lowaccord!  Good to hear from you.  It will be fun to read the report of your 2019 trip when it comes.  Thanks for starting this thread!

I can totally see how it wouldn't be for some people.

Yeah, it's not for everyone, but we totally enjoy it, as you can hopefully tell.  ;D
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Offline Sylvanboat

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #182 on: Jan 23, 2019, 06:01 PM »
My wife thinks you are all nuts.  But she won't even go fishing with me - so what does she know.

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #183 on: Jan 23, 2019, 11:35 PM »
Lowaccord!  Good to hear from you.  It will be fun to read the report of your 2019 trip when it comes.  Thanks for starting this thread!

Yeah, it's not for everyone, but we totally enjoy it, as you can hopefully tell.  ;D

Likewise Steve.  When you can do it right and you know you are beating the elements it gives you a feeling that is hard to describe.  When you do it wrong its painfully cold. 

Last year was the warmest lows I ever camped in.  25-27.  Relative humidity 100.  Snow.  Froze my you know what's off.  Dry -6 was much more comfortable. 

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #184 on: Jan 23, 2019, 11:42 PM »
Sounds like fun, but I'm not sure I could call it camping.. I'd just be fishing the whole time. Kind of like renting a "sleeper shack" on the ice... I'd just be fishing the entire time, I can sleep when I go home!

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #185 on: Jan 24, 2019, 07:56 AM »
Awesome thread! Been reading it for a while now. I think I'll finally be giving this a shot this year, at least twice! The test run will be for a night in front of my friends camp in NH for the Derby. The second trip will be for a long weekend on Champlain!
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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #186 on: Jan 24, 2019, 09:11 AM »
I haven't really seen this covered yet reading the whole thread, at least not in depth. But what are some of the things you guys pack and prep for food? Easy and quick, minimal clean up, easy to pack, don't take a lot of room etc. I think we're just going to bring a tiny portable grill. we'll only be out for a weekend
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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #187 on: Jan 24, 2019, 10:22 AM »
I haven't really seen this covered yet reading the whole thread, at least not in depth. But what are some of the things you guys pack and prep for food? Easy and quick, minimal clean up, easy to pack, don't take a lot of room etc. I think we're just going to bring a tiny portable grill. we'll only be out for a weekend

Our usual on-the-ice, overnight menu covers 3 meals:

All meals have Powerade Zero and Water available.  Hydration is a key to staying warm.

Dinner: Something greasy-gassy to stoke the furnace


-Brisket sandwiches: Brisket vacuum sealed and frozen well in advance, heated in water (still in the sealed vacuum bag), served on onion rolls.  We actually wore nitrile gloves to eat these this year.
-Hot Tang: Made from the water in which the brisket bags were warmed.
-Veggies: Baby carrots and sugar snap peas.

Cold Breakfast: Gotta be quick 'cause this is fishing time.

-Eggs boiled at home, salt, pepper
-Ham slices grilled and vacuum packed at home.  I make a pile of this each season and throw them in the freezer.
-Nature valley granola cups
-Frusion yogurt drinks

Lunch: Important calories for packing out


-Dinty Moore stew
-Dave's Killer bread, "good seed"
-Fruit cups

Extras

-Jerky
-CLIF bars
-Other granola bar items

Most if not all food items stored in a cooler with 2L bottle of water, never freezes.

Current stove is a tiny propane/butane burner that mounts on a disposable canister.

The stew takes the most prep and even that is pretty easy.  A few paper towels to wipe out the pan and cleanup is good enough until home. 

Paper plates, bowls.  Disposable utensils.

I'm eager to hear other menus and get ideas.
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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #188 on: Feb 11, 2019, 10:39 AM »
As planned, we slept on the ice Thursday Night before the Derby. The plan was to jig for cusk and set cusk traps. We were fishing a super steep drop off on a rocky point in Meredith Bay. I set up by myself before AlMAcdougal could meet me there. I got there around 4:30, set up the insulated Clam 6 man Hub. Only needed 4 tie downs. I put down a tarp, foam floor, then threw in our 2 cots. we had zero degree sleeping bags, warm thermal clothes. It didn't start raining until AFTER I got set up, so that was great!

The Fishing: I probably started fishing around 7:00 by the time I set up, drilled my holes, got bait and put in traps. Al met up with me around 8-8:30. Well the jigging and cusk traps didn't go so well..... we fished water from 25-46 feet. we fished off the point, off the drop off, and even in a 46 foot bowl. Al caught a cusk around 9-10 on a cusk trap in 40ish fow. I caught one first thing in the morning on one of my traps in 40 feet of water on the drop off. the fishing wasn't great, but a fun experience. Unfortunately being dark and raining we didn't take as many pictures as we would have liked. but I've got some here. we jigged until about 11PM with very limited success, chummed and all just couldn't find them. The foam floor and tarp were HUGE for keeping us warm and most importantly, dry! we ran the heater right before bed to change into new clothes and then shut if off before going to bed. That fishing rod with that cusk..... came up with that cusk! I thought I had a giant on. It's funny around 10PM when I made my rounds to check bait on the cusk traps I pulled up a rubber shad lure and thought that was interesting, then out of that same hole I caught a fishing rod!









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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #189 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:06 AM »
Would love to give something like that a try.

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #190 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:27 AM »
I have an icebox, which helps to easily make an igloo using snow you pack in a form. Always wanted to try spending a night on the ice, I might get may chance this week, supposed to get 2 feet on the ice. Not good for fishing, but should make a nice shelter.

https://grandshelters.com/icebox-igloo-tools/

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #191 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:46 AM »
I have an icebox, which helps to easily make an igloo using snow you pack in a form. Always wanted to try spending a night on the ice, I might get may chance this week, supposed to get 2 feet on the ice. Not good for fishing, but should make a nice shelter.

https://grandshelters.com/icebox-igloo-tools/

That sounds like a blast! Having slept in snow caves and other show shelters before, I'd imagine that takes a good while to set up the full igloo. Having enough time to get setup before nightfall would be my main concern, but I bet it would be warm.

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #192 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:50 AM »
I have an icebox, which helps to easily make an igloo using snow you pack in a form. Always wanted to try spending a night on the ice, I might get may chance this week, supposed to get 2 feet on the ice. Not good for fishing, but should make a nice shelter.

https://grandshelters.com/icebox-igloo-tools/
As a kid, we used to build these every winter! We always used a cardboard box to do the building. Great memories!

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #193 on: Feb 11, 2019, 11:53 AM »
I have an icebox, which helps to easily make an igloo using snow you pack in a form. Always wanted to try spending a night on the ice, I might get may chance this week, supposed to get 2 feet on the ice. Not good for fishing, but should make a nice shelter.

https://grandshelters.com/icebox-igloo-tools/

Do you use a heat source on the inside or just rely on the igloo insulating your body heat?
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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #194 on: Feb 11, 2019, 03:14 PM »
Do you use a heat source on the inside or just rely on the igloo insulating your body heat?

We would go snow camping with Boy Scouts every Presidents day weekend. Even if it is 20 below, when you are inside a snow shelter, it is around freezing. With your body heat, it usually ends up close to 30- if you light a candle, the inside starts to melt. We would use a decent 3 season bag, and a closed cell foam pad, all in a bivy sack. A snow shelter is a lot more insulated than even an insulated tent.

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #195 on: Feb 12, 2019, 05:27 AM »
That is awesome. I was watching videos last night about that tool for making igloos. Looked pretty fun but man is it expensive.
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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #196 on: Feb 22, 2019, 08:10 PM »
Great read!  Thanks for all the info and and stories.  I hope to do this with my son as well, and was referred to this thread by another member. :)

Can I confirm that you guys are laying a tarp on the ice (after clearing a spot for your 9416i), and then putting the foam floor tiles down on top of that?  I think it was asked before, but you've had no significant issue with the tarp freezing in?  Thanks again for the info.  I may not get to doing the overnighter until next season.  But it gives me a head start on the checklist. ;)
    

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Re: Camping on the ice.
« Reply #197 on: Feb 23, 2019, 08:43 AM »
Can I confirm that you guys are laying a tarp on the ice (after clearing a spot for your 9416i), and then putting the foam floor tiles down on top of that?  I think it was asked before, but you've had no significant issue with the tarp freezing in? 

In our case, we have some floor covered by tarp, some by foam floor tiles, and some bare.  Haven't had any issues with tarp or pads getting stuck.

We've found that the pads we use provide traction even if the area near the heater melts and ices over.  Tarps can get slick--we use them to put gear on, but not for walking/standing.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip!   Warm sleeping and tight lines.
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