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A Ghost from the North Woods Past

Discussion in 'Shelter' started by Cro, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Cro

    Cro American Grouch Supporter Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    Ever gotten your hands on something that you wished could talk? Tell tales of days gone by, of adventure high and low across field and forest? I tend to seek these things out when I can get my hands on them. My imagination filling in the blank years across time. A friend of mine who has been a guide in the Boundary Waters for many many years dropped by to shoot the breeze. He left the waters a little early this year and brought me a gift on his way out.

    He told me it's been kicked around for a number of years, that's it been to an unknown number of campsites. That's it's been home for uncountable bear and moose hunts and served the Scouts for many a year as well, it was also made here in the north country back sometime in the 1940s.

    He wasn't kidding.

    I can't wait to get some field time this winter!

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    I'd love to hear the stories from those scouts who used this tent at the Camporee in the Apostle Islands in 1960!

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    Here's to good friends and great adventures!
     
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  2. newfoundland woodsman

    newfoundland woodsman Scout

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    looks awesome! cant wait for the inevitable well documented trip report(s)!
     
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    ewtoutdoors BCUSA Friend Bushcraft Friend

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    Great tent, your right imagine the stories it could tell after all these years.
     
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    Davros Guide Bushclass II

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    Nice. Now that's a gift.
     
  5. OutdoorEnvy

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    Sweet gift. That's definitely one of those "they don't make em like they used to" things. I'm sure you'll put it to good use. I'm looking forwarding to watching a vid of you shoveling snow making a spot for it :D
     
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    Now that is awesome bud, thanks for sharing.
     
  7. RangerJoe

    RangerJoe Bushwhacker Bushclass II

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    Awesome score, do you plan on putting a stove in it for the winter?
     
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    IA Woodsman Overwatch Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator Vendor Bushclass Instructor

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    Man that is a great looking tent.
     
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    Sweeneyguy Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass II

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    Great looking tent man! So yeah what Joe said.... Looking at stoves now?
     
  10. Cro

    Cro American Grouch Supporter Bushclass I Bushclass Instructor

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    I'm going to put a stove in it, starting to research them now. It looks like there maybe used to be a vent for one but they got rid of it. I'm going to need to put a vent in. I remember Terry modifying one or working on one from last winter, I'll dig that post up and go from there.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    Great! Every stain, every nick, every abrasion tells a small part of the bigger story. Adding your own ink stamp would be appropriate for continuing the tent's manifest.

    Looks like the tent is Ace-approved!
     
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    Seeker Woods Bum Supporter Bushclass I

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    i have no idea who manufactured "my" tent, but that's exactly the kind i spent my boy scout summer camp days in. thanks for the memory.
     
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    I don't think you could go wrong with one of Four Dogs Stoves. A classic style stove for a classic tent
     
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    Dang! I could see Teddy Roosevelt stepping out of a tent like that, Winchester in hand!
     
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    Very nice. Titanium Goat or Snowtrekker come to mind for stove jacks.
     
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    Neat tent ! You now have a true "permanent base camp" set up. :) Going to have to plan some long term trips.
     
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    Wow, what a great gift! You have a good friend for sure!
    I look forward to seeing it in your future posts!
     
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    Thats awesome man and its even cooler your gonna be able to add your own stories to it
     
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    Very cool old tent with a lot of class and history!

    I love my wall tent.
     
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    awesome.. what an amazing gift.. congrats.. :)
     
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    I cannot wait to see the pics from this winter's trip report! Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Oh if the walls could talk, the tales they would tell!
    at least you have the opportunity to keep it going.
     
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    that is so cool. a real piece of outdoor history.
     
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    That is such a traditional design . I have a bunch of old magazines from the 30s and 40s they always have the old cabin tents at the deer camps .
    I remember somebody from Mn posting a picture of his cabin tent on a post I started about pulks . He ran his vent out the back of the tent and his chimney had some kind of lightweight prop system . Harder to establish draft I spose but much more forgiving on the tent penetration .
     
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    That's a classic. Nice dog too.
     
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    Great tent now you can add to its history.
     
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    That's one tough tent! To put up with that many years of use and abuse and still look great is quite a testimonial to the quality.
     

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