To Snowtrekker Tents,
Just writing to thank you for your great communication concerning the small Expedition tent I got for my son, Ed Obrecht. In March Ed used the tent in the Hudson Bay Quest, a dog sled race from Churchill in Manitoba to Arviat in Nunavut. Weather conditions got quite fierce:
Nunalla [a race checkpoint] reported blizzard conditions with high winds and whiteout conditions. Jack Batstone, race Marshall, had reported that all racers and dogs have hunkered down and are resting with no plans to leave until the weather improved. Weather reports were grim for the next 12 hours or more with winds gusting 50-70km that night and letting up early the next day.
An Inuit racer had seen the blizzard coming and advised Ed to stop and put up his tent. Thinking that the storm would be short lived, Ed set the tent up over his sled, securing it by a line running from the apex to his ice hook. A few hours later, he could hear one of his dogs wailing loud enough that it could be heard over the scream of the wind.It was dark. He crawled out to find that the blizzard had blown the snow so hard and so fast that the dogs had not been able to curl up to stay warm. It was as if the snow had been instant cement that locked them in place and eventually would freeze or suffocate them. He dug the dogs out one at a time and put them inside. The whiteout was so intense that at one point he couldn't find his way back to the tent.
Outside the wind chill temperature was well below -30 C. In the tent, the pile of dogs began to warm, the snow began to melt from their fur and they settled into deep sleep. Ed spent the night cramped in the sled or standing up, listening to the gale force wind slamming into the tent and feeling the line jerking viciously at the top loop, wondering if it would tear out and allow the tent to be swept away. It held. Snowtrekker stitching ruled.
In the morning the Inuit racers, who use much lower tents that they make themselves from canvas, seemed quite interested that the Snowtrekker had been able to survive the blizzard. They also found it funny to pretend that the tent’s tall profile had been designed to allow white guys to sleep standing up! Further recognition of the quality of your tents came from a trapper who lives and works outdoors in the north. He wanted to know where he could get one!
In the past, it was a choice between carrying a heavy, bulky tent or dog food and other essentials; so the tent would get
left behind. Now we can have it all.
No more cold camping!
Whether for use on long runs training for the Yukon Quest, or sled tours in the Arctic, it's impossible to beat the Snowtrekker® Tents, especially for weight and compactability. The ease of set-up (5 minutes) ensures that we have lots of time for all the other tasks we need to tend to while out with our sled-dogs.
Absolutely the best over-all tent I have ever used. Nothing matches it for design, function and quality.
Frank Turner is one of Canada's leading long-distance mushers. He was 1995 Champion & still holds the race record for the 1000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Frank is the only musher to have entered all 23 Yukon Quests so far, and he has 10 top-10 finishes.
For years Snowtrekker® Tents has made use of North Woods Ways commercial trips and major expeditions as a testing and refining ground for their line of tents. Each new generation of improvements leaves us thinking that a pinnacle of refinement has been achieved and further tweakings won’t be too dramatic. But, we remain perpetually surprised. Last winter, the 8 X 11 Hybrid arrived in a lighter fabric with anodized, shock-corded, light but strong poles that broke down into shorter lengths, and a twin zippered door.
Lighter, less bulk and plenty strong. It was heavenly!
Garrett Conover, Maine Guide and author of A Snow Walker’s Companion.
I have been very pleased with the tent. The light weight and breathability as well as the fact that it has a wood stove, makes it a perfect tent for the Arctic. I've used the tent many times this winter, in temperatures ranging from -58° F to 20°. I once camped in winds reaching 40 knots. The tent has never let me down, and did surprisingly well in the strong winds.
Other troopers who have stayed in it with me, wondered about the lack of a floor until they spilt their coffee in my special tent! They are now believers also!
Trooper Curt Bedingfield
Snowtrekker® Tents are the greatest thing since the invention of snow itself! Since 1960 and my first solo winter camping trips in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and later the Alberta Rockies, to more than 30 years’ residence here in the wilderness of northern British Columbia, I have been searching for the “Great Winter Travel Tent." During this time I have spent more than 2,500 nights in almost every conceivable cloth shelter known to man. Now, with the addition of a Snowtrekker tucked into my toboggan, and after having spent more than 100 nights in this fabulous tent, I am happy to proclaim that my four-decade search is finally over. The “Great Winter Travel Tent” in its alter ego as the Snowtrekker is without peer. In design, materials and construction it quite simply stands alone.
Michael Deveny, Nation River Canoe and Dog Sled Company, Mailbag 80, Fort St. James, British Columbia, Canada
I have been using Duane’s Snowtrekker® Tents for years, and I am always amazed by the thoughtful improvements that he continues to make to the most functional, rugged, lightweight canvas tents available. Snowtrekker Tents are changing the way people think about cold weather camping by providing campers with a lightweight, easy to set up tent that allows you to lounge around in your long underwear, soaking in the heat of the wood stove, an hour after selecting a campsite. I lived in a Snowtrekker during dozens of outings, from two-month dog sled expeditions to weekend shoulder season canoe trips close to home, and I would recommend them to anyone interested in cold weather camping.
Co-Director, The Wilderness Classroom
Wilderness Classroom is a nonprofit organization that strives to engage, excite, and motivate students and teachers using an interactive technology-based learning model.
Pat Lewtas of Ontario, Canada, chose the Snowtrekker® Tent for his 78 day, 480 mile solo walk from Natuashish, on the Labrador coast, to Kuujjuaq, near the shores of Ungava Bay, during February, March and April of 2006. His journey led him along densely forested river valleys, over the thinly wooded Labrador plateau, and onto the semi-barren tundra just beyond the northern treeline. He camped in wind, blizzards, heavy rain and cold.
Snowtrekker Tents make unbelievably snug, warm, homey shelters," Pat says. "Towards the end of each day I'd look for a nice clump of trees where I could pitch the tent out of the wind. Once the tent was up, its internal frame held it firm against terrific blasts, its zippered door sealed out whatever weather raged outside, its fabric shed wind, snow and water, and its vents let me clear out hot, humid or smoky air. I can't imagine a cozier retreat after a long, windblown day on the trail.
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