Went out waay above Bethel today for some wood for the maqi. Found a good, standing dead tree in an area of poor growth, making this one very old. The rings were barely visible when I eye-balled the 18" base. I was going to get a couple more but it was getting late. I found this place yesterday when it was -22* F outside. I love it when it is cold. I never see anyone. But then, that's why I like living here. Didn't see anyone on this trip too.
For you guys with the fancy very high-dollar me-gotta-have-it-too plastic sleds, check out my very fancy $200 sled. I have had it three deep with logs before. It's 12-feet long, and the runners are 3" wide. I'd prefer 4", but this is all that was available at the time. You can't see it, but the hitch is made so the drawbar pulls against a shock absorber off a Polaris XLT with the Xtra-12 suspension. I chose that one as it had 8.9" of straight-line compression available. The 80#/inch spring is kinda weak, so I'm checking eBay for a 100#/inch spring.
Set-up is 2007 BearCat 570 fan-cooled. Those bulldozer Bearcats would never make it back into the trees like this one can. In order to get the tree, I first have to locate one, then walk back through the trees to map a path for the snogo, then I drive over the path I've made a couple times to compact the snow, then go in with the sled. On this trip I was scraping the sides of the sled (42"), on the trees. Very tight quarters. But I made it, getting stuck only once. That's when the rope come-a-long makes its appearance. All I need is a tree to act as anchor and pull myself out of the hole. This time it was the sled that got stuck, went down into a lower area and didn't apply first rule of wood-getting: GO FAST!
Saws I use are Husky 394 and 3120.
Quiq River Jan 18-11.jpg
Amazing, the sizing program on this site really makes them small. This is a 429k file, it was sized down to 29k! You can't see very much, but better than nothing I guess.