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Old 08-07-2019, 10:15 PM
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Default Re: 2020 Sno Cat Clowder ( FEBRUARY 1, 2020 )

Just to help you fellows get back on the correct weather track. We resided in the Powderhorn area for 7 years, then we moved to this location which again, is along the south shore of the little lake but 2 hours drive east. We've been here in Houghton for past 18+ years. On the south shore of the lake, the temp rarely gets down to zero. This happens because cooler winter temps come from the northerly weather patterns but the little lake warms the air up as it comes across the lake. Yes it gets cooler than zero, but very few times a winter. Here is a few shoreline photos where we stand on over 20ft of shove ice.
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Old 08-07-2019, 10:39 PM
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That would be assuming we are all working with the full contingent . . .

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The One Grouser Short Club of 'Merica


the majority of the midwest group is a grouser short.......

in regards to the actual cats.... it is not uncommon for a full 31 grouser 400 series cat to be sporting less than 62 rollers...... Blocks of poly, and air fill the void equally well.

tie straps/links can often be found leading the groups back to safety.....

And Yes, cutting across canadia from buffalo to Detroit and going up there is a nice way to avoid Chicago.......


I will offer again and restate it as necessary, Picking folks up at airports or leaving cars at air ports is a sincere reality. There are a limited amount of arrive and drive snow cat options if you are qualified.......

this year is shaping up to be an epic event, make plans to find a way
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Arly makes a great point, don't let last years freak cold snap be a strong theme. It is usually like a snow globe, with multiple snow rainbows visible.

and Back yard Ski Lima is right, sunny and humid -34 is way better than that dry and dark sub zero....

I just enjoy the 300+ inches of snow potential that the iron belt has. the road system is expertly maintained and sand is the prominent traction aid...

salt is for the sally's in WI. WD 40 the machine. wrap a tarp around the front and go. there are great heated pressure wand type car washes and they have tall doors to pull the whole rig into.....

And Yes for google maps purposes. Bessemer is the address. most folks fly into Duluth.

with many folks towing to the event MSP, ATW, GRB, even ORD is easy peasy to pick up mad catters
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hey Cider Tommmmmmmm

I know it is a very long shot, how you coming on out to the kitten clowder 2020
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Old 08-08-2019, 10:30 AM
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Thanks to red squirrel for putting this event on. Here is snow photos taken from our yard this past winter. Who all will we see at Powderhorn this winter?? We reside two hours drive east of IW so if anyone cares to stop over here, do feel welcome to do so. The mutts would love that!
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Talked with one of the Founders of the event.

If there is interest.......

The event is considering a limited position raffle of a machine.

After a brief chat, it became clear that there are a number of machines to choose from.

There are a couple of caveats to consider:

The raffle license would likely be a WI permit. ( the event might have to happen a short 2 miles away from the host)
The machine would be an as-is offering.
The Ticket price would cover the cost of machine with the profit going to a worthy not-for-profit recipient. ( the event tries to hit local food pantry efforts, educational scholarships and Veteran efforts now)
I am thinking a volunteer board of advisers would handle most of this...

As it is an idea at this point, what are your thoughts.......

100 - $100 could satisfy a 4500 tucker 500 expenses and 5000 donation to a charity of some sort.

Feel free to tear at this and take the fun out of it......

After all it is just an idea to get rid of a usable tucker and raise some money for the community.....

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Talked with one of the Founders of the event.

If there is interest.......

The event is considering a limited position raffle of a machine.

After a brief chat, it became clear that there are a number of machines to choose from.

There are a couple of caveats to consider:

The raffle license would likely be a WI permit. ( the event might have to happen a short 2 miles away from the host)
The machine would be an as-is offering.
The Ticket price would cover the cost of machine with the profit going to a worthy not-for-profit recipient. ( the event tries to hit local food pantry efforts, educational scholarships and Veteran efforts now)
I am thinking a volunteer board of advisers would handle most of this...

As it is an idea at this point, what are your thoughts.......

100 - $100 could satisfy a 4500 tucker 500 expenses and 5000 donation to a charity of some sort.

Feel free to tear at this and take the fun out of it......

After all it is just an idea to get rid of a usable tucker and raise some money for the community.....

Thoughts?
I am in, sounds great and good cause....
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100 bucks sounds like a cheap start to a cat? if i fly in can i drive it back to jersey? may take a while
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Default Re: 2020 Sno Cat Clowder ( FEBRUARY 1, 2020 )

I wonder how many lucky feeling people will show up with an empty trailer.

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100 bucks sounds like a cheap start to a cat? if i fly in can i drive it back to jersey? may take a while
that would be a feat. Get guiness book of world records on the line......

a run across the USA, using walmarts for the only thing they are good for.Think of all those Ditch and bridge crossings. A trip of that nature would make crossing either pole look sane!

in some cases, that might be a lifetime amount of miles and hours in one tripp!
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Default Re: 2020 Sno Cat Clowder ( FEBRUARY 1, 2020 )

Count me in as well. In the world of snow cats, what can you buy for $100?

Great idea.. If I win I will sell it for a very reasonable price. Not bringing a two place trailer anyway. Besides it isn't a Snow Trac lol...

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Count me in as well. In the world of snow cats, what can you buy for $100?

Great idea.. If I win I will sell it for a very reasonable price. Not bringing a two place trailer anyway. Besides it isn't a Snow Trac lol...

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But it might be........

everything is in pairs around here.....
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Default Re: 2020 Sno Cat Clowder ( FEBRUARY 1, 2020 )

I'll add in some words about the event for any newbies, I've made it the past couple years with and without a snowcat. BOTH were great times, the snowcatting and skiing were wonderful. Great friendly crowd so even if you can't make it with your own cat it is still highly recommended and you will find plenty of room available in other peoples cats for a ride (or on them, I have a large roof rack too)! The picture is from one of the many stops during the cat ride where you can stretch your legs, chat with folks and count the number of rollers that fell off since the last stop!
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The lake effect machine has started.... https://forecast.weather.gov/showsig...9#.XckGkLdMFxc
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Just a lil bit of snow... More on the ground now than the 2019 Clowder!
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We just got home and serious snow feel here when we were away. These are taken at Twin Lakes today. This is about 80 miles NE of Ironwood MI. Looks like I'll be grooming trails this week.
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We have gotten 40" in Bessemer in the last 5 days. None of it is powder. All heavy snow with high moisture content so it is an excellent base.
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Any updates on the raffle machine? How many tickets are left?

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Talked with one of the Founders of the event.

If there is interest.......

The event is considering a limited position raffle of a machine.

After a brief chat, it became clear that there are a number of machines to choose from.

There are a couple of caveats to consider:

The raffle license would likely be a WI permit. ( the event might have to happen a short 2 miles away from the host)
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