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Mid Atlantic Bears - Do you own a shovel?

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
This may not be ski gear but its certainly snow gear.  A mod can move this thread if it seems out of place

Soooo, I was talking to a fellow bear who lives in the current snow belt, which is not where the snow belt usually is.  When I  said that he should take his snow shovel out and free up his grill so he could enjoy the pleasure of winter grilling, he said he didn't own a shovel.

His reasoning is that he never gets THAT much snow.
 NEVER  just happened, eh?

Its likely that those of us who shovel our sidewalks, steps and decks off through out the winter all own shovels, but what about those of you who rarely get this much snow.......Do you own a shovel?  If not then will you invest in one now?

Heck, I have found myself in ski travel situations where I wish I had a shovel, to the point that I've invested in an avalanche shovel just to have in my rental car when its needed. 
I still have no idea how Tog dug out our rental van at Big Sky.  Tog, where did you get the shovel?

 
post #2 of 31
I own a shovel but I usually get the job done with a push broom. I don't own a lawn tractor with a plow or a snow blower like a lot of my neighbors do but I sure wishI had one now.
post #3 of 31
I'm not a Mid-Atlantic Bear but a mod can delete this post if they think it's appropriate.

I live in a condo.  I own two snow shovels.  One stays in my back pack when I'm home and the other is exclusively for clearing the path to my grill.
post #4 of 31
Do I need to post a pic of my quiver? A few of them are snowed in the shed though with the broken snowblower.
post #5 of 31
December-April:
Shovel is kept to the right side of the back door.. you guessed it about 2 feet from the grill.  I also have an old beach umbrella I can pop up over the grill sufficient for cover when cooking in bad weather.  This year is the first time I used it for snow.  It is also pretty handy for scooping leaves in to the yard waste can.
post #6 of 31

I'd hate to be behind that on the highway, but I guess that is another gripe thread..
post #7 of 31
Careful, you've almost got me started.

I don't think I've used that emoticon before.

Since there is someone connected to the vehicle in the picture on this forum, I'll ask the question I always want to ask those that do such things: Why do you leave any snow on your car?

Ok. I'm started.

post #8 of 31
I've developed an intimate relationship with several snow shovels this week, proud to say I already owned them before this blizzard hit.  I've heard news reports that it is hard to find a snow shovel for sale this week.  All the stores sold out.  We got another 10" of snow today accompanied by high winds.  My shovel is in the foreground of this shot, stuck in a drift about 3.5' deep. I try to keep a smaller snow shovel in my car when traveling snowy roads to local ski areas. All local schools are closed for the week.  My guess is USG in DC area will not open again this week either. Closure of the govt for a full week in DC would be the first time in my 32 years of federal service.
 
post #9 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by MastersRacer View Post

Careful, you've almost got me started.

I don't think I've used that emoticon before.

Since there is someone connected to the vehicle in the picture on this forum, I'll ask the question I always want to ask those that do such things: Why do you leave any snow on your car?

Ok. I'm started.

Keep in mind that the picture posted was taken for effect and the snow was left there merely to show the rest of us how much snow had to be cleared so the van could be moved.........you have to admit, it has caused an effect. 
post #10 of 31
 The only real "snow" shovel I own is my avy shovel, which has gotten most of its mileage digging out my car on ski trips.  At home, I have been using a wide gravel shovel (flat blade), but today makes the 4th time I have shoveled the driveway in two weeks, each time wondering if I should buy an actual snow shovel.  I am sure the stores are sold out.  But at this point I should buy one so the storm cycle can come to an end!
post #11 of 31
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Keep in mind that the picture posted was taken for effect and the snow was left there merely to show the rest of us how much snow had to be cleared so the van could be moved.........you have to admit, it has caused an effect. 

 

Phew! I was beginning to wonder about your's and Tog's sensibilities! I thought maybe you were taking it Crystal for the Olympics.
post #12 of 31
Here is my quiver. Left to right - old school straight shovel, carving shovel, midfat shovel and rockered powder shovel.



post #13 of 31
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

Here is my quiver.
post #14 of 31
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Originally Posted by MattL View Post

Here is my quiver. Left to right - old school straight shovel, carving shovel, midfat shovel and rockered powder shovel.

 

Well played
Which one is your "go to" BBQ grill shovel?
post #15 of 31
Thread Starter 
 I don't have a picture of my set up, although I have a working camera so I could take a picture, .......I guess.
My set up 
Plastic Grain shovel for pitching snow(best bet for digging out the BBQ Grill)
Small scraper shovel for narrowish areas
Wide heavy metal scraper shovel for long wide sidewalk areas and back patio
24" 8hp Simplicity snow blower to clear out the big drifts and heavy snow.
RAWR!
post #16 of 31
 Well, this hits close to home. I live in a townhouse that the "association" does the shoveling. They Are pretty good about it but I will say that I didn't consider my deck. I cannot access my grill at this point. 

This winter is the exception to the rule though, more snow so far than the previous 4 winters combined. 
post #17 of 31
Who's rockin' the aluminum coal scoop?

Would a spade be gaper gear?
post #18 of 31
 Does a larger serving spoon count? 
post #19 of 31
Depends on conditions. I would say the powder shovel is in order now. That is my grill on the left.



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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post




Well played
Which one is your "go to" BBQ grill shovel?
 
post #20 of 31
Always have at least 2. That way my wife and I can do something together!

No power last night for 9 hours. This snow is getting old.
post #21 of 31
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Always have at least 2. That way my wife and I can do something together!

No power last night for 9 hours. This snow is getting old.


 Should have done what I did, go to Blue. 
post #22 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 I don't have a picture of my set up, although I have a working camera so I could take a picture, .......I guess.
My set up 
Plastic Grain shovel for pitching snow(best bet for digging out the BBQ Grill)
Small scraper shovel for narrowish areas
Wide heavy metal scraper shovel for long wide sidewalk areas and back patio
24" 8hp Simplicity snow blower to clear out the big drifts and heavy snow.
RAWR!
 
voila!
post #23 of 31
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

 Does a larger serving spoon count? 

That's what you use to eat your cream of wheat when you're done shoveling 
post #24 of 31
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



voila!

They qualify your for a Shoveling PhD (Piling High and Deep)
 
post #25 of 31
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Always have at least 2. That way my wife and I can do something together!

No power last night for 9 hours. This snow is getting old.
 
I certainly hope that you found something to do together besides shoveling.  
post #26 of 31
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 Should have done what I did, go to Blue. 


*GASP*

Not only do you admit it on Facebook, you admit it on Epic!

Who are you and what have you done with Phil?
post #27 of 31
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Who's rockin' the aluminum coal scoop?

 


Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post



voila!



"^^^^WHOOMP!!!  There it is"!
"^^^^WHOOMP!!!  There it is"!
"^^^^WHOOMP!!!  There it is"!
Edited by crgildart - 2/11/10 at 7:31am
post #28 of 31
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post





 Should have done what I did, go to Blue. 




Quote:
Originally Posted by noofus View Post





*GASP*

Not only do you admit it on Facebook, you admit it on Epic!

Who are you and what have you done with Phil?


post #29 of 31
I wasn't always a troll. I grew up just south of Philly and I remember going door-to-door with snowshovel in hand offering to shovel for money.  Yes, we had snow shovels.  And tire chains.

My sister who still lives there even has a snowblower, a luxury I've never seen the need for in Michigan.

It didn't snow much, but when it did there could be a big dump all at once.

I think I own 5 at the moment - one small one in each car, plus another three or so in the garage.
post #30 of 31
No pictures, sorry.

One plastic shovel for the back deck to get to the BBQ.

One plastic shovel for the front step.

One 9.5hp 27" Craftsman two-stage snowblower for the rest.

Not counting the vintage Black Diamond aluminum avy shovel or the folding steel thing in the back of the truck.

Some years, I've just about worn out the drive belts on the blower in one season. This year, I've barely used any of 'em. We've been getting rain at the house.

The base at the local ski area is only about 80" and everyone is whining.

Obligatory ski equipment reference: Still, even with no powder and firm (by our standards) snow, lots of people are rippin' it up on 130mm reverse/reverse powder boards. Hey, they're easy to steer!
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