I suppose I should have been more acquainted with the style of winter camping in this region. It's much different than the winter camping I have done. It's like dogsledding--but with a snowmobile. There are no portages, no mountain climbs, and no long backpacking. Just cold, wind, and long stretches of snow-covered country. You can bring an extra ax, a heavy-duty bucksaw, or, even better, a chainsaw. I soon realized that the canvas tent and stove is well worth the extra weight.