MSR Remote 2 Tent Field Test, Backcountry Ski Touring and Winter Camping Tips
Tip number one. I always have a nice pair of dry socks to put on at the trail head. That way your feet will start off nice and dry and warm...don't forget to do your stretches. Lately I've been having a few people ask how you ski tour so some of the equipment questions one of the big ones that keeps coming up is skins. So this is called a skin, feels like carpet so when you pet it one way when you're going downhill it's nice and smooth, pet it backwards it's like trying to pet a cat the wrong way. So sticky on this side and then I've got clips for the tips of my skis right here and and also for the back of my ski on this particular G3 ski that I run. So you're just going to clip it on to your ski on the top and then the glue will stick to the ski, so you can see how it's clipped on there, and all I'm going to do is work my way down my ski as I apply some pressure and then I'm going to work right to my tail here. And I have them set
up these have little notches so I can set up the length. I'm going to work right to the tail I've got a little groove here which I'll show you in a sec...snap that clip back over on the back end and then I just apply some pressure without getting snow underneath the skin there and get that glue, which I've kept these in my truck coming out here so they're nice and warm, the glue on the skins, and then I just adhere it to my ski and now I'm ready to go uphill. When I want to go down I just take it off rip it off my ski and then I'm ready to go downhill, and it's amazing how far you can travel on a touring ski my favorite sport at the moment for sure. So there's the back end and it's got a little notch where this clip has come in so that's how you put your skins on your ski touring ski. Touring skis come with a unique set of bindings,
so in particular my G3 12s here they have pin bindings which are these right here these two pins go into the front of my boot I've got a pin right here and one on the other side, and then I also have for downhill mode these two pins here on the back of my binding that goes into the slot on the back of my boot. I'm going to be starting in walk mode today so I can rotate my binding on the back to go into walk mode because I don't want my heel locked in I have risers here on the back level one and level two for when I'm going up some steeper terrain it just helps save your calves a bit, and then my brake here as you'll see shortly will depress down and then the wings which would stop the ski if it were to run away will be up parallel with the ski so they won't be dragging on the snow. And the back I'm just going to slam it down so that the brake once again comes up and is parallel with the ski not dragging on the snow and now I'm in walk mode the other thing you want to do is raise your lever on the front so that if your pins somehow become disengaged that your ski won't take off without the brake on. Getting warm already time to shed some layers! On the trail now and it's beautiful. We had a very cold snap for a while, which is nice
to see because it's been a very mild winter, and we were hitting below minus 40c with wind chill, so now we've had about 3 days of solid snow which is awesome and very low snow pack to start here. Show you guys the risers here and I'll utilize level one just for this little hill I've got to climb here, and now we've got some nice fresh snow to make some turns on! Another tip keep my batteries, this is what it's great about these uh Black Diamond bibs, I got two pockets and I keep them on my chest, keep the batteries in there and then my iPhone actually keep on my thigh here. My cousin who has ski toured longer than I have when I started I asked him where I should keep my phone, so it doesn't die so quickly in the cold, and he said put it on your thigh in that zipper pocket, that has held true, I've been out in minus 40c and phone was totally fine in there.
Back onto the flat going to go back down to just my regular level I can cruise along this part until I hit another hill. spinach fetta croissant mmmm There's another one Tree bombs going off everywhere, I've somehow avoided them so far, if I get one it's going to be a wet oh shoot! ahhhhhhhhh! Okay well this is going to be home for tonight, don't see any dead fall around me and I'll be in the open enough that these tree bombs and I just saw one drop there, won't be falling on me throughout the night and on my cooking area. So now begins prep of the tent site, the skis work really well for this pack it down and throughout the night it actually solidifies so I get quite a nice solid platform for my tent. And today I will be trying out the new MSR Remote 2, it's a two person tent.
For those of you have been following along in the channel the last tent blew off a ridge. I still have the fly, but I wrote MSR told them what had happened. We had that Fusion 2 two person tent for 17 years my wife and I, many many adventures and I'll just swipe right now to the moment where it blew off the ridge...and we're back here, so I'm going to be trying out the MSR Remote Two for the first time, and thank you so much MSR for giving me a really nice discount on this new tent, and looking forward to many more years to come and many adventures in it.
Nice thing about snow is you can really make it flat, makes for a great night's sleep. All right, so here we have the new tent, all season tent mountaineering tent so it can handle snow loads and also high winds. Very lightweight material by the looks of it but durable. Our last MSR two man all season tent was super durable as well, but this one has two entries and exits, which is nice so you can go from the sides to get in or out, and then there'll be two vestibule's as well. Nice thing about MSR is they give you the stuff sack which is really great because you can stuff your tent in in which is ideal. If you keep folding it and creasing it in the same spots you'll most likely end up with some failures in your tent. They also give instructions on the inside flap here which is also nice.
So here's my fly, I'm just going to start to assemble my tent *poles here. You'll notice there's venting, so high and low which is really good for reducing condensation. Tent fly a little different from our last one actually has a pole for it, so our last tent only had three poles all together, this one has four including one for the tent fly. I believe what it's going to do is give the uh the vestibule some nice rigidity to it and be quite a nice uh nice area to hang out in. Enjoying an orange here, have the tent all set up.
It's definitely bigger than the last one we had but that's because the footprint with the fly is substantially larger with two vestibules. I think it will serve us well. Lots of venting options for the fly and you also have these snow skirt on the vestibule, so I've used some of them left the ones free that I'll need to use for access points in the vestibules. Lots of reflective points,
seems pretty sturdy nice bright color. I haven't used all my guy out points this time, no need it's a very calm night. I think it would handle a storm quite well. This vestibule on this side is huge! Easily could fit two backpacks in here. You have vents up top, inside the tent you have vents, I got vents on the fly there, vent on this side and then you can vent your doors as well just like so. I think it's a little bigger of a footprint of a tent as well so happy with the size.
Wet snow falling...I love that sound! I like to call it Mexican hot chocolate...hot chocolate mix, little bit of cocoa, and a touch of cayenne pepper, little bit of spicy hot chocolate. I'm going to cook up a pizza bun
Cheers! Too bad it's not smell TV cuz this smells really good. Cool little spatula, Sea to Summit it's foldable, very light, holes wherever they could put holes into, but I use this all the time, it's pretty good uh backpacking spatula. I always try to come with just my one little pan here then I can nest inside of this Stanley uh mug my MSR Pocket Rocket stove also the one mug which my hot chocolate is in right now can nest those together...a fairly light compact cooking setup. Lord thank you for this food, thank you for the ability to be out here, the health, and be with all those who are struggling that are watching this video. May it bring them encouragement and may they see your Creation in this film, pray this all in your name amen. Oh that looks good let's try that...
That is mighty fine! Wow! Dry socks for the night, have a t-shirt and two thermal tops on plus a down jacket, Bellaclava and a toque and I'll be nice and warm for tonight... so we will see you guys in the morning. Morning! Time for the morning coffee, this is a really nice little drip coffee filter, it's made by GSI Outdoors and you just clip it on to your mug put your grinds inside which I brought from home, pour over coffee. Add some cream Still look good.
Eggs and cheese All right let's try this... pinch fold fold oh exploded a little bit out the back. Thank you Father I Heavenly lights for another meal bless this food to my body and thank you for the fresh snow, beautiful forest and mountains amen. Not really sure how to attack this one the only thing missing is a nice bit of hot sauce maybe next time I'll bring that, awesome. Never brought pineapple up but my parents were visiting and they brought us two really awesome pineapples so thank you Mom and Dad it's better than candy oh this is going to be a nice way to top off breakfast, and then we'll get outside. Fresh snow from outside just making
a bit of extra water for the ski tour and the trip out as well. All right done with the skiing, done with the overnight, now just time to pack up and head down the mountain and back home. This is a picture of my wife on our wedding day 20 plus years ago I promised my one niece she's like 'Uncle can you do a snow angel for me?' so here we go you know which niece you are! Oh now to get up oh! Been another awesome overnighter and now it's time to head home, so thanks for joining me, until next time! Like, comment, share, SUBSCRIBE, thanks for watching!