WildSnow Weekend – Loft Ladders

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 27, 2016      
Lou works on a blog post under HQ's new ladder.

Lou works on a blog post under HQ’s new ladder.

WildSnow HQ Port-a-Hut is nearly perfect and we enjoy little projects that enhance our backcountry tiny house. The latest: upgrades to the ladder stairs that access the upstairs sleeping loft.

Design constraints of the loft “library type” ladder: mainly, it needs to be fire proof due to it storing close to our stove pipe, and movable to accommodate activities in the small space.

We used a section from an aluminum extension ladder. The stock ladder feet are cut shorter and bolted at a fixed angle. Length cut was unnecessary but could easily be done. Large holes drilled in the rails with a step bit to accept bushings Lou made with PVC plumbing part. A 6-foot length of steel plumbing pipe is mounted in two screw-eyes attached to the loft header, and capped with threaded pipe caps. The ladder slides sideways on the plumbing pipe. When not in use, the ladder swings upward and is stored horizontally on a hook suspended from an overhead beam.

For a do-over we’d use 1-inch pipe instead of 3/4 as the thinner pipe flexes a bit too much.

In a tiny house, having everything movable and adjustable allows one to modify the limited space, making things feel larger than they actually are.

Week in review: November 21-25, 2016:

Snow — a WildSnow Ski Touring Slideshow

Radio Scanner Review – Uniden DC355N for Backcountry (road) Travel

Ski Touring News Roundup — November End 2016

Ski Touring Gift List Number 467


Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


7 Responses to “WildSnow Weekend – Loft Ladders”

  1. Jodi November 27th, 2016 11:52 am

    Lou, or anyone else that may be able to help, I am trying to decide between buying DPS wailer 112 tour 1 or the 106 tour 1. I have read your reviews, but am still not sure which to buy. I skied the wailer 112 tour 1’s briefly this morning after hiking up the CB ski area, which is not very far right now. They were good in the powder at the wood edge and did fine on the corduroy as well. I am not a ski area skier anymore, except when skiing down after hiking up in am. I ski backcountry only, I would love to only ski powder, but that is not always possible, there is always the chance of some crud or breakable crust that I will encounter, or the rare trip to Canada that I have booked way in advance and it rains, and I want to be able to feel safe there too. If you have any advice, please advise, thanks so much, Jodi

  2. Joe John November 27th, 2016 9:18 pm

    Just what I need in the garage!

  3. Bob Perlmutter November 27th, 2016 10:24 pm

    Hi Jodi, I have experience with both DPS models you are considering for your new ski. My take on the Tour 1 106cm is it offers 90% of the soft snow performance of the 112 but more versatility when it comes to corduroy and spring corn. More of a one ski quiver. While the 112 is certainly adequate in those realms, it is more purely soft snow oriented. Hope this helps.

  4. Lou Dawson 2 November 28th, 2016 5:21 am

    Thanks Bob, good take. We’ve still got both models here and concur. Especially in view of the trend to a bit narrower skis for 100% touring use. I’d add that here in Colorado, due to our often unbridged snowpack, any diehard backcountry skier really needs to run a quiver, not just one ski, and have something wide in the bag ready to deploy. Experienced that yesterday. Lou

  5. Scott Nelson November 28th, 2016 12:44 pm

    Cool. Another great idea at Wildsnow field HQ!

  6. Bob Perlmutter November 28th, 2016 9:16 pm

    So Lou, does this mean the DPS Powderworks Tour1 124 I bought weren’t just a frivolous purchase but actually serve a useful purpose and function?

  7. Lou Dawson 2 November 29th, 2016 8:05 am

    Bob, what works in Colorado, stays in Colorado?

Anti-Spam Quiz:

While you can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box above, you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit. NOTE: BY SUBSCRIBING TO COMMENTS YOU GIVE US PERMISSION TO STORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS INDEFINITLY. YOU MAY REQUEST REMOVAL AND WE WILL REMOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITHIN 72 HOURS. To request removal of personal information, please contact us using the comment link in our site menu.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  Recent Posts

Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube


  • Blogroll & Links

  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to WildSnow.com and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version