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Old 01-13-2018, 11:30 PM
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Sounds like a place we need to be ?
For sure.
the event is a blast, big variety of snow cats to explore with, a great family friendly venue with super cheap chair lifts and rentals.
equidistant, centrally located event with an exceptionally significant amount of snow.

think about this little fact, 25-30% of tuckers annual production is/was sold in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.... tuckers everywhere come out and bring a couple home.....

Brainerd is relatively close, so If we need to secure a couple donor cats....., I mean Brad is probably chewing some canned beaver tail in Florida or Arizona, if we bring them back full of gas........

Not all his cats are orange but......

Epic snow year, Great People, get over here and make it more epic(er)
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:40 PM
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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.


Yes yes, Duluth is a great way to get in, lodging is handled in three common venues.
1) Is the Powder horn lodging association, Home owners but there privately owned chalets up for weekend and week long rentals, cheapest way to go by far.
2) franchise Motel hotels in near by cities and towns, may have to put up with a snowmobile crowd and silent sport crowd with Prius's plugged in where Diesels should be.... Quite entertaining, bit pricey as this is in season.......
3) Air B-b.

as of right now my family and friends will have some extra space. and if you are for sure coming We will grab a bigger house. we basically split the house up by snorers on one floor and non snorers on another..... BPH and a pool and sauna (Sau rymes with Cow, not saw) (Sow na)

shaping up to be an epic event with epic snow,

direct questions welcome.
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Brainerd is relatively close, so If we need to secure a couple donor cats....., I mean Brad is probably chewing some canned beaver tail in Florida or Arizona, if we bring them back full of gas........

Not all his cats are orange but......
I'm sure there will be a few experienced drivers available if there are more cats available for the event.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:58 PM
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Got the room nailed thanks to 4TrackCat. Hey Mr. Sqwrl, is it OK if we bring mid west snow home with us? Got dry.
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Lodging page is here or call 855-501-SNOW(7669)
http://bookings.bigpowderhornmountai...px?page_num=1&
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Brainerd is relatively close, so If we need to secure a couple donor cats....., I mean Brad is probably chewing some canned beaver tail in Florida or Arizona, if we bring them back full of gas........
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Got the room nailed thanks to 4TrackCat. Hey Mr. Sqwrl, is it OK if we bring mid west snow home with us? Got dry.
Yooper flat-landers are very accomodating, I sure it will be fine to pack the burban or your carry on with all the snow you can scoop up......
Upon your return to tuckerville, you would be able to lay out a (snow trac/kristi,thiokol) worthy trail for recreational fun.

this photo sums up the crazy of this years snow events, the *US national clowder, open invitational* is located right in the red spot.

Here is to getting snowed in at a snow cat event......
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So, professor gizmo squirrel

is lake superior frozen and can we make it out to the caves?

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Now you’all be careful back there. Them folks is sly.
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So, professor gizmo squirrel

is lake superior frozen and can we make it out to the caves?

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According to a farmer in Iowa, When there is less than 10" of Ice, the caves are closed. It takes quite a bit to freeze up the access to the bay.... the DNR is super safe. ( once the water is over 6' deep what's the difference ) I hear it's a quick death..... I remember in scouting when I was very young our den leader saying something like "Fighting it makes it worse, just breath in naturally......... ( her approach was perfect, I respect ice )

should some rogue snow cat operator deviate away from the safety of a/the clowder...... Hell most of that orange stuff has PONTOONS.

http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil...ce/safety.html

Always practice safe ice travel........

If it stays cold, I have to believe its close to opening....
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It appears from looking around a bit, the recent winds we had pushed the ice we had out.
I am familiar with Pressure cracks and the weight of the snow as they work hard suting up what looks to be a safe ice sheet on lake winnebago, it is a tiny lake by comparison to Lake superior (9x26 miles) so I can't imagine the forces a sustained easterly wind did to that bay. it was a north east wind that did that ship load of ore in........

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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....
thank you so much Mr KT4 for the offer of the tow rope, I carry a spare
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According to a farmer in Iowa, When there is less than 10" of Ice, the caves are closed. It takes quite a bit to freeze up the access to the bay.... the DNR is super safe. ( once the water is over 6' deep what's the difference ) I hear it's a quick death..... I remember in scouting when I was very young our den leader saying something like "Fighting it makes it worse, just breath in naturally......... ( her approach was perfect, I respect ice )

should some rogue snow cat operator deviate away from the safety of a/the clowder...... Hell most of that orange stuff has PONTOONS.

http://rivergages.mvr.usace.army.mil...ce/safety.html

Always practice safe ice travel........

If it stays cold, I have to believe its close to opening....
and in the summer, tucker sno cats become tucker water cats, they float !
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Now you’all be careful back there. Them folks is sly.
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And By careful, VB means check your antifreeze and for the love of god, get some thinner oil in your engines..... we don't have those beautiful heat sinks like you left and righters..... I think they call them oceans.....

there is only room for 6-8 machines in the groomer barn at one time.

It is not uncommon to swing 50 degrees in 20 hours.

we went from 40 above to -11 recently, mother nature is is a cynic.

I have been caught in mother natures snare many times. Once at the hotel in iron wood. turns out all the block heater cords/plugins are on one circuit electrically.... diesel engine block heaters randomly come on and off causing little stress to the circuit........
Well the sea caves were open that year, and Yep, there were a couple of teslas and leafs and bolts in the parking lot.... I love technology, I love tree huggers, but the lack of common sense had three pick ups, one van and four semi tractors pissed..... at each other.

If you are on the fence about coming and weather is a concern.
the 15 day outlook has highs in the 20's lows in the teens...... when its warm, it snows..... its snowing now and 6 of the next 15 days have snow balls on the image......
Epic year, epic attendees, come enjoy the outing.
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thank you so much Mr KT4 for the offer of the tow rope, I carry a spare
That would be EPIC to have the Olympic machine at the 2018 Midwest Cat Clowder Olympics! I think it would fit your style of going TOPLESS!
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and in the summer, tucker sno cats become tucker water cats, they float !
Ever consider this instead....

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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)

Post if you plan on coming....
The Skidozer will be there for the Pre-Clowder scouting event on the 20th. I will pack the usual supplies: sea foam, anti-freeze, mechanics wire, chain saw, tow chain, hacksaw, etc....

I plan to be up north for an early am departure.

Kristi KT-4 where would you like to meet on Saturday? Early breakfast/coffee to determine the plan for the day?

Anyone going out on the 21st?

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Next year we plan on heading back to the Clowder and the Colorado run too. So until then wishing everyone great adventures in 2018 from Steve and Cathy in McCall
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Mr & Mrs Night-Owl are in ! Booked at Big Powderhorn 😁
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any true Kristi believers coming to the summit of snow cats.
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