Wyeth-Scott More Power Puller

For those who want something cheaper and more versatile than a Warn winch on your truck and are willing to sacrifice sweat to get it, you may want to look at this.  I haven’t had to use it yet, but it’s far stronger and heavier than the cheap “two ton” $50 winches I see on Amazon.

It only weighs 25 pounds and can supposedly pull 12k.  We’ll see when I first use it.


Sugar Pine Point Campground, Lake Tahoe

Visited here the weekend of January 19.  I highly recommend it for winter car camping, especially if you have kids.

I tried several campsites and all were either officially closed or snowed in.  Sugar Pine Point is right on Lake Tahoe and was reasonably plowed, right up to where I could park the truck.  Furthermore, it had metal boxes for storing food, picnic tables, fire pits, and was just a short walk to the lake.

We had easily over a foot of snow everywhere, temperature in the morning was 25 degrees and it climbed to 33.  About as good as you can get if you want snow.

Rejuvenating old water-repelling gear

I have a few old jackets that were water-proof/resistant in their prime.  Currently researching the best products to make them as functional as possible so I can avoid simply donating them away.

Products to Try

Sport Wash

Sport Wash Laundry Detergent



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Gear Aid ReviveX Durable Water Repellent For Outerwear



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Performance Polymer Water Proofer


Opportunistic buys

I picked up the REI Co-op Amorphum Utility Parka today for 50% off.  Feels very comfortable.  About as heavy as a coat as you’d want in San Francisco.  We’ll see how well it does.


Update: It did well at Lake Tahoe in 25 degrees dry conditions.  I wouldn’t use this for wet, but it was good in the dry, and the removable liner comes in handy when you warm up.

Update 2: Returned the parka because it was just too big.  It’s no longer on sale so I couldn’t downsize.

Winter boots

We don’t get any snow in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I only need winter snow boots when I go winter camping. For that reason, I didn’t do a ton of research and just picked out the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot.


We’ll see how well it holds up.

Update: These were fantastic in 18 inches of snow at 25 degrees.  I wasn’t working up much of a sweat, mostly standing around, and my feet were quite warm in wool socks and these boots.

We’ll see how they hold up in wet conditions.