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Old 01-12-2018, 10:55 AM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

One of the hardest parts of communicating the intent of this event is to have fun. Fun is the primary goal. A quote from one of the past event coordinators sums it up best: "you are welcome here, until there are rules, rules kill fun, let's do this to have some fun"

With that said I will try to sum up the event with some descriptions of the key points


Here is a link to the host event. http://bigpowderhorn.net/newsletters...er-clowder.htm

This event is the anchor of the weekend. this allows snow cat enthusiast and future enthusiast to interact and explore over the snow equipment up close. many people drive to the event for the day and ski, board, snowmobile or snow shoe and enjoy the BPH facility as a participant of the clowder. When you register for lodging or to rent skis, special event pricing kicks in. there is no registration or lodging requirement to be a participant (sleep in your car if you like)



Big powder horn provides the back bone to the event
Forum member KT-4 provides the brains and event logistics working tirelessly to coordinate the what and where.
Prinoth has been a great supporter of the event placing the big stuff at the event, operating juice drive cats with that kind of power, on those inclines is a treat for us "flat land antique iron operators"



Thursday is a forest and fire trail adventure, Guided and unguided outings available.
Friday is the structured ride to the big lake lake superior, we are hoping to get an earlier start so there will be a destination and time set for getting out in the forest if you don't like structure, show up later and follow the tracks,
there is no doubt you will find us.
Saturday the cats are encouraged to show off and shine up for the morning,
not uncommon for some folks to hit the snow and put on some more hours in the forest before the Rodeo of snow cat games commence in the BPH village. Operators show off such skills and Cone hitting, Brute speed, Controlled Slowness, Backing, and have even seen a three legged tucker shuffle. Saturdays clowder continues with a drive up the complex to a sunset tour of the facility, we parade up to the top to catch an amazing sunset over lake superior, this year weather permitting we will be lighting a fire and touring a bit before heading down for dinner and story swapping.
Sunday historically is a travel day for most, again not uncommon for families and groups to Ski, Swim, or snow cat a bit before heading out


This is a great family event with extremely cost effective fun for all. 300 H-H takes care of the beverage service in the most professional effective and discreet manner, ( its kind of a motel 6 thing, *If the lights on*) 100 MPH is the fleet support, between his preparedness and that high speed SV dozer nobody is left behind. 100MPH puts the dozer in skidozer when it comes to clearing trees.

Here is the important part about the 2018 event, There is a LOT of snow this year, that is no joke, we had an request, ( by a tucker owner)
for 3' of snow. we will get the snow tracs out front right behind the Kristys to make a trail and try to get the snow down to the requested 3' a tucker needs to perform......


One last attempt to pry you off the fence and consider coming out, when I called up to the event to inquire about what Airport is the best to fly into.....
the answer was, Duluth is the cutest, But we'll just leave a snow cat at IWD and they can snow cat into the event



So there you have it, a day by day preview. The crew here at the Midwest snow cat clowder will go above and beyond to have fun. We move snow cats, Drop cars at airports, Haul Mountain bikers around, Weld, Thaw, charge, fuel, repair and fix everything that could and does happen, we even fix crappy attitudes.
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

yup, tuckers need a groomed trail to operate on, yup, junk in deep untracked snow, yup, always having to dig them out, yup, yup, yup
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so gizmo squirrel

you are telling me there is 5 to 6 feet of snow at big powder horn, WOW, better bring a real snow cat if you are coming to the "CLOWDER" a tucker will not cut it, it just has to many moving parts, besides very high maintenance to boot! unless you do not maintain it.

sounds like a prefect event for Snow Tracks, go anywhere, do anything machine.


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

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yup, tuckers need a groomed trail to operate on, yup, junk in deep untracked snow, yup, always having to dig them out, yup, yup, yup
No need to sell me, I have seen pontoons float first hand.


Just throwing out some kristi love....
Kristi
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thiokol
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In no particular order.........

For What its worth I spent my day too sick to go to work, but well enough to move rollers around on a 500 series machine and perform duties of an electrical assistant wiring a 50's chain drive that was getting some much needed floors, lights and light massage with tucker oil... will be wrenching on a allis chalmers before monday.
Might be two machines in that group that have skis on the front.......


KT-4....... you might have some competition at the rodeo....... better get your tune up skills on full tilt.......
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:38 PM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

you left out Frandee, one of the earliest snow cat manufactures, godfather to your beloved Thiokol
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:39 PM
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

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No need to sell me, I have seen pontoons float first hand.


Just throwing out some kristi love....
Kristi
Snow trac
tucker
thiokol
Bombardier

In no particular order.........

For What its worth I spent my day too sick to go to work, but well enough to move rollers around on a 500 series machine and perform duties of an electrical assistant wiring a 50's chain drive that was getting some much needed floors, lights and light massage with tucker oil... will be wrenching on a allis chalmers before monday.
Might be two machines in that group that have skis on the front.......


KT-4....... you might have some competition at the rodeo....... better get your tune up skills on full tilt.......
I see some competition in the near future for the current gold medal winner.... I wonder if they will bring the same machine and another for other challenges?
I think that you left out Prinoth also!

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something a little faster...
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something a little faster...
That could be the fastest machine there but there is a rumor going around of a Mean Mother Tucker showing up... I do believe that machine would need to get towed for the trail ride. An automatic winner for the tow strap award! That is why you have friends....
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and what is a mean mother tucker ?

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On the left Dec 10th, on the right Jan 9th. There was just 2-1/2' of clearance under the gate on Jan 9th and we've had another foot since then.

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I'll be there, Can't wait!
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you left out Frandee, one of the earliest snow cat manufactures, godfather to your beloved Thiokol
We never had a frandee at the event, but there is nice yard Yard specimen not far from the trail ride area. They are quite the machine, the Local yoopers that look at the sno shue think it is a custom Yooper build.

the id tag is there and there is no front ski, maybe we should go drag it down and leave it for Coot Bruce..... He would most likely restore it.....
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Default Re: Mid West Sno(w) cat Clowder 2018 Feb 1-4

Hmmm...... Air miles expiring soon.... no plans in early February..... always enjoy meeting other snowcat folks ...

Do you guys have room for a couple more left coast enthusiast spectators to join in?

Looks like we'd rent a car in Duluth and drive over. Would need to figure out the lodging piece.
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EAST and WEST coast Tucker Mafia will be staying at the Hugel House...

this is going to be EPIC !!!

do not be the one that stays home and wishes on Monday that you had gone,

this is going to be EPIC !!!
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Bags are packed!
I've heard many tales about the spectacular Omaha Orange sunrises and sunsets that can only be experienced in person at the "Great Pacific Clowder". Can't wait!
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another member of the Tucker mafia is going to the "Great Pacific Clowder" ( formally The mid-west sno cat clowder )

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correction, Hugal Haus, that is the Hugal Haus

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The truck is fueled and the room has been booked. We're excited!
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Sounds like a place we need to be ?
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Sounds like a place we need to be ?
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