Forums DIY and Mods Winter Camping in "The Circus Tent"
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  • #568033
    boardergirl
    85 Posts

    Hey Everyone…

    We just thought that we’d follow up on a post from a couple of weeks ago. The crew and I went on a little spending spree to Cabela’s and picked up a Circus Tent, AKA “The Alaknak”.

    So, our evil plan for the winter is to base camp in this little (12′ X 20′) wall tent and spend extended amounts of time in the backcountry. Oh yes! It is heated. We also purchased a nice wood burning stove!

    We thought we’d attach a few pics and let you all see how we’re going to be spending our winter. Hopefully not freezing our tookus off!

    The Alaknak II

    Winter Living Quarters… OH YEAH!

    Toasty warm by the wood burning stove… really toasty in late August!

    The Circus Tent after hours. It will look even better surrounded by snow!

    Does anyone else think we’re stupid?

    P.S. In case dead animals or guns aren’t your thing, Cabela’s can still be fun if you dress in camo and take a fart machine!

    #590277
    Splitfire
    327 Posts

    Thats sick. Do you guys own land up there to put it on or what? I’m jealous. 👿 😡 👿

    #590278
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    That is too cool!

    Hmm… Splitfest 2007?? 🙂

    Cabela’s can still be fun if you dress in camo and take a fart machine!

    Please post a TR… with pictures.

    #590279
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    Looks like the perfect base camp for Hull Mt.
    That thing is badass!!

    #590280
    knucklesplitter
    340 Posts

    If you’re gonna pitch a tent, it may as well be a big one.

    Very nice. Where in the Wasatch BC do you plan on pitching said tent? Can some of the Sierra Roadtrip Contingent crash there? 😉

    #590281
    lewmt
    570 Posts

    Awesome!!

    I wanted to do this same thing with the bc crew I run with last yr. Nobody could agree on the right mtn to set-up on – so – the tent never got bought & nothing done.

    Another lesson….checked in w/local Forest Service office & they were a huge pain. Not sure how it is where you’re planning to set-up but if its on public land just do it & say nothing. I woulda placed the tent in an area never travelled in winter here so discovery would have been very unlikely. Its a wilderness “study” area which amounts to defacto wilderness – so – no sledders there & no bc skiers wander into the area(besides us 😉 ).

    Very cool set-up…can’t wait for the TR’s

    #590282
    karma surf
    191 Posts

    I was solo backpacking this weekend in a remote Canyon here, and thinking of building a weekend getaway teepee out of downed timber…

    Came in to work today, and one of my friends here was telling me about a “fake granite boulder” they found in this same canyon. It was about 10’x15′, and had 2 levels! They got freaked out and left. This is a true story!

    If anyone is making a winter getaway home out there, check out Pow Mag’s past issues. Last season they had a whole issue devoted to building a BC structure with info on minimizing legal repurcussions if caught. Cutting down any living trees had serious legal penalties. Also, non-wilderness state owned land was recommended over USFS land. I’m not advocating to anyone to do this, but if you live in the Wasatch and want to get involved in a project, PM me! Be wise out there…

    Nice Tent- ya got any extra room in that thing one of these upcoming weekends?

    #590283
    Wyomingsplit_ride
    663 Posts

    One tip if you all plan on leaving the tent up all winter is that you better be prepared to shovel it out every weekend. If you do not keep it free of snow it could potentially collapse.
    I know of a teepee in the woods that takes a lot of shoveling in the winter. Pain in the ass, but it is worth the work.

    Karma-can you explain a bit more about the fake boulder? What was it made out of? Did it have a stove. Would be really interested in hearing about this.

    #590284
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    @wyomingsplit_ride wrote:

    Karma-can you explain a bit more about the fake boulder? What was it made out of? Did it have a stove. Would be really interested in hearing about this.

    I dunno about that particular one but a crazy super wealthy old lady that lives in my town makes huge houses, small art studios, buildings to look like rock inside and out. Very cool stuff.

    #590285
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Wow…that thing is sweet! 8)

    Count me in if you have floor space. 🙂

    ps. Cute kid! Is she yours?

    #590286
    steeleman
    61 Posts

    that could very well be the coolest fucking thing i have ever seen.

    #590287
    knucklesplitter
    340 Posts

    It’s a M.A.S.H. tent!

    Mobile Awesome Splitters Hostile

    #590288
    boardergirl
    85 Posts

    Hey Kids…

    Sounds like there are plenty of other crazies out there too. I can’t believe you freaks think it would be fun to camp in the cold! We’re pretty stoked about the setup and are really looking foreward to a little snow so we can give it a good trial run. We’re pretty much planning on hauling it into the b.c. with snowmobiles and staying for a few days at a time, then packing up and heading home. You know, it is a circus tent and the circus does travel! That way we won’t get bored in one area!

    For those of you looking for a place to crash… well, as of now our weekends are booked with about 7ish people in the pimp palace. And, there are several others on standby for any kind of a bail. We’ll let ya’ll know if there are any openings!
    We’re still not sure about heating the tent on top of snow. Anyone have any experience with a wall tent on top of snow?

    We’ll definately post some more pics after the virgin voyage!

    #590289
    jibmaster
    446 Posts

    You kidding me?! Theres nothing I like better than sucking up the cold, surviving a snow storm and crawling into my sleeping bag and waiting for the next day of skiing!!!
    I would much rather dig my jeep out of a snow drift and skin all day to get some turns than go to work.

    Your jib palace takes me back…
    Camp I at Hull Mountain (back in the day…) with the rope tent(disfunctional cabin tent- I’ll try and post some pics)
    … the dogs… the camp fire… the Hull bear… the keg…the epic skiing…all those years.
    It all starts over soon!

    I can hardly wait!!!

    #590290
    knucklesplitter
    340 Posts

    Hmmm… I wonder if I can rig a roof on that 100yo wrecked cabin in 7undy Canyon.

    #590291
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    @knucklesplitter wrote:

    Hmmm… I wonder if I can rig a roof on that 100yo wrecked cabin in 7undy Canyon.

    You mean this one?

    I think you might need more than just a roof. Pretty nice location, but looks like a squatter might have beat you to it.

    Or you might try this prime piece of property, in the same vicinity:

    It already has a roof. 🙂 If you’re nice I might let you in on the whereabouts. Maybe even let you take the wheelbarrow out for spin.

    #590292
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    @boardergirl wrote:

    For those of you looking for a place to crash… well, as of now our weekends are booked with about 7ish people in the pimp palace. And, there are several others on standby for any kind of a bail.

    Wow………straight dissed. 😕

    #590293
    knucklesplitter
    340 Posts

    JimW, where’s that second cabin? I’ve never seen it. Gonna hike up there with the kids in a couple weeks and would like to check it out.

    #590294
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    @knucklesplitter wrote:

    JimW, where’s that second cabin? I’ve never seen it. Gonna hike up there with the kids in a couple weeks and would like to check it out.

    It’s actually an old mineshaft I think. We ran into it by accident a couple years ago. I’ll drop you a PM with what details I can remember in a bit.

    #590295
    MykeBurtonS70
    59 Posts

    Nice tent but that stove looks a bit oversized. You sure its not gonna blast a hole in the side of the tent when fired up?

    Great idea though especially if you can leave it up for awhile and turn some mountain into your own private resort.

    Where were all you people when I lived in Utah?

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