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    I recall on the old WT site people mentioned what they bring along when pulk pulling gear to sit on. I’ve tried the plastic milk crate/wannigan, also brought a light weight (2 1/2 lb) telescoping chair with the tennis balls on them because of sinking into the snow. Milk crate wasn’t fun because I always wanted to get gear out. My knees prefer sitting up and not on a crazy creek type. Just curious what others do?
    PS, sank in the telescoping chair not fun. Making a snow bench sounds like what i need. Would be cool. I’m sure some will mention that.

  • #2
    I just saw the Plano small trunk thread. Thanks

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    • #3
      When winter camping, we sleep in hammocks outside of the Snowtrekker tent. That leaves plenty of room inside for a Helinox chair or three depending on company. I did use a rigid plastic stool one weekend that left my hips (and sphincter) a bit sore because of the poor ergonomics. That experience led to the purchase of the Helinox Savanna which sets me up higher for hip relief and supports my derriere without pressure points. Helinox also has the ground sheet accessory that connects to the legs and slows the descent into the snow.

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      • #4
        SD_M, I can’t believe you mentioned the “H” word.
        I really tried my best last year hammock camping.
        Warbonnet Ridgerunner and XLC then the Chameleon. Sadly I’m not a back sleeper. But kept the Ridgerunner and keep trying.
        I saw those Helinox chairs also at the beach with the fabric on bottom. Will look into it. Having a knee replacement years ago I need to constantly bend it. Sitting on low milk crate not comfy. I hear ya.

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        • #5
          I sit on a folded in half sleep pad. I tie it with a belt or cord up close to my back to keep the side warm that is not facing the wood burning stove.
          The thermarest chair attachment on a good sleeping pad is nice also. It has side straps you can lean back some for more comfort.
          I like sitting on the pad, you do not have far to go to lay flat for a nap and you can get by with a smaller tarp.
          Last edited by chimpac; 11-20-2021, 12:17 PM.

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          • #6
            I make a snowshelf for sleeping and sitting, and use a thermarest chair with a shorty pad. It is very comfy and warm to sit with your feet down in front of the stove.

            Kinguq.

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            • #7
              I used to use a milk crate with a foam on top but it was always a bit too short for my comfort. Digging out a foot well helps but not always practical.

              Last year I switched to a 64L storage crate from HomeDepot. I only got 1 night in on it due to the Covid restrictions but I was very happy. I added a layer of fiberglass to the lid to make it a bit more stiff, could have also used a piece of thin plywood. On top of that fiberglass I put my folded Z-rest pad. I added lashing (elastic from a old tent pole) to the lid to allow the pad to be slipped out when needed but kept firmly when stowed. I attached some straps to the bottom part of the of the bin to attach it to my toboggan. It goes on and off the toboggan pretty easily, I can open it while traveling, I can sit on the crate+pad during travel breaks, and the height is just right for me.
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              • #8
                I need a back support if sitting for any length of time. I’ve used a Crazy Creek style chair but it’s a little too wide for the toboggan. We managed to get hold of a couple of Helinox Ground chairs last year. They are designed for soft surfaces, so great on snow. Also because they are low to the ground they are great up against the side of the tent without banging your head on the tent roof. Bit harder to get out of than a higher chair though.

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                  It's not the most luxurious place to sit, but it's easier on my back than sitting on the ground and it packs down to a reasonable size. Made in the USA too.

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                  • #10
                    I use a modified plano sportsman trunk, they're perfect width for the sled and they're cheap. Strong lids allow for sitting on.

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                    • #11
                      I use the Helinox one chair but with a down quilt on the backside and boy that sure keeps ones bottom and backside warm....glad I got that when I did.

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