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Old 10-27-2017, 10:01 PM
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Default Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

I figured the event needs a home.

The 2018 event is On for the first Thursday, Friday, Saturday in February.

2/1 trail rides in the wilds of the Upper peninsula of MI.
2/2 Trail rides in the outback
2/3 The show, shine and Games at Big Powder Horn
2/4 is usually a travel day but.......


Lets get some content dropped in here and pitch your ideas for improvements.

Snow is flying, temps are dropping, Grease those rollers and get ready for a SUPER time......
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Old 11-14-2017, 11:39 AM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

Bump,

A tow fund is under consideration.

Swag is being designed.

Sponsor phone calls are being returned.

Marketing venues being explored.

On a serious note, there is snow falling and movement plans executed.
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Old 11-14-2017, 08:40 PM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

Mr. Redsqwrl- Any special plans being made since this is the 5th anniversary of the Clowder?
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

SNOW?

out west, it is beginning to pile up....
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Old 11-28-2017, 04:25 PM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

I was in Marquette recently, they have less than a foot, KT-4 was saying that much more to the west.

I am aware of a couple ski hills opening up runs.

Its unusually warm today. but that leaves as fast as I plan an outdoor chore....
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

the snow is continuing to arrive a bit early.

rumors of a scouting party 1/20/18 if you want to shake down a project, or just get some hours.

As far as NEW, between storm damage and gobbs of snow, the wilds of the Upper Peninsula shall never disappoint.

shaping up to be a SUPER event....
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hey, Professor Gizmosqwrl,

looks like, finally, and really good sign, they are skiing at Big Powerhorn, sno-catting season can not be far behind.

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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

It is true.

the Key this year as opposed to past seasons is the sub zeero weather of early november. this event established some frost in the ground quickly after an unusually wet and cold summer..

If the current pace of snow keeps up, I will be able to park the snow trac and touch the "Do Not Park here Ever" Sign outside the ____________ (can't rememeber the name) trailside eating establishment.
FWIW that sign is way up the pole in summer...........

Also:
It was suggested *by a tucker owner* via text, we consider an alternative site just in case the snow keeps coming......

Just throwing that out there to quell the concerns of insufficient snow..... Hopefully those years are behind us.

at clowders 1,2 the snow conditions were normal. and a Mrs sqwrl Said "hold it, I want a photo this is a great spot, to catch the cats in action" Mr Gizsqwrl, Replied, : your on your own..... Out she jumped and her feet never hit anything to enable herself to get back in the cat, No, I did not help her, It was comical, and I am sure *others remember *

Looking forward to needing a ladder to get in the cat......
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If the current pace of snow keeps up, I will be able to park the snow trac and touch the "Do Not Park here Ever" Sign outside the ____________ (can't rememeber the name) trailside eating establishment.
FWIW that sign is way up the pole in summer...........
That would be the Alpin Inn. Sadly, the business went up for sale this summer and the owners say they will not open this winter. If it doesn't sell a different stopover spot will be in order. Or we can stop and just build a bonfire. Anyone have a yurt?
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In other news, I heard on the radio two interesting items,

Can you confirm the 2017-18 snow season is off to beating the snowiest start record....
Did I understand that the region is over a 100" of snow already this season....

Can you confirm or deny the freezing of the waters off the apostle Islands. the caves along the shoreline are really neat and it isn't very often getting to see them in their frozen glory is possible.

I have to imagine the wind and cold is making some fantastic art forms......

what prompts the inquiry.
I went to service a timbco feller buncher just 50 miles north of the cabin, so I inquired about access, not much phases me in the off road world, but the operator said (in his best yooper) "the roads not perfect, my buddy has a duramax and well you know..... well...... it aintplowed, but any respectable 1/2 ton should get in there"
I said I have a lifted super duty, his reply youll be fine......
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I was fine, but getting out of that 2mile not perfect road was a battle.
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every one must be busy panic prepping cats........

crickets on this thread.....\\
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

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every one must be busy panic prepping cats........

crickets on this thread.....\
well, it does seem like the usual cast of snow catters are very quiet, interesting for sure, very sleepy.

so, what is the snow report from clowder land ?

my machine is good to go.
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

Mine is not! I'm in a rebuild frenzy!! and like most of my projects nothing is going as planned!
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well, it does seem like the usual cast of snow catters are very quiet, interesting for sure, very sleepy.

so, what is the snow report from clowder land ?

my machine is good to go.
Plenty of powder for the clowder is the snow report!
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Saturday January 20th is an unofficial Pre-Clowder scouting event. This will be an informal event where you can bring your machine to work the bugs out and get some window time for new owners. I know there will be atleast a handful of machines in case anyone doubts there machines mechanical abilities! (Pictures are from this past Sunday)

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Snow Report.........yup, somewhere between 90-100" this season. It's been snowing for the past several days. The pic at the gate was taken almost a month ago and the one of the deck was yesterday. It's been about 6 days since Cheryl shoveled the deck. I never let her shovel unless there is at least 6" and now it's over a foot so I'll give her a thumbs up.
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

Well I wouldn't miss this event for nearly any reason...

Long drive, but very much worth it!!

I look forward to seeing my winter friends once again!

Safe travels on your way, everyone!!

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Awesome, with all that snow on the ground, you better get your lock out hubs working when we climb copper peak......
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Awesome, with all that snow on the ground, you better get your lock out hubs working when we climb copper peak......
No worries Mr. Sqwrl... I have a tow strap for assisting the Sno-Volvo's

No road too steep... No snow too deep!
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Any one hear from nite owl?

Bait Guy?

I spoke to coot bruce today, the snow keeps coming.

Event flyer is on the website. all systems go.

We are able to have a bon-fire on the sun set tour if we would like... We need to let them know. (I feel weather will dictate)

100 MPH?

Awe hell?

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