FreeRider wrote:Well looks like I am set for round 2 tomorrow night. Although the temperature read -38C this morning!!! Looks like it should warm up significantly in the next day...I don't mind the cold but when you start getting that cold (far past -40 with the wind chill) it takes it to a whole different level!
elricfate wrote:I am pulling out of this. Unfortunately I have been putting it off due to time constraints and now my wife has a bacterial infection and is pretty well laid up. So I am just throwing in the towel
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Sorry to hear that . I was hoping another mid westerner ,maybe eastern woodland terrain ?
Well, I tried this past saturday only to run into some issues such as when I got the site, I fell and busted not only the camera I had, but my knee. So the two hour hike-in I had was a five hour hike-out back to my car where I left my cell phone due to the area I was in being a 0 cell phone reception area. Thank you noble county.
I took a few pics, and will post some pics of my gear, but otherwise it was a failure.
xxxDarksidexxx wrote:elricfate - so it looks like mother nature won on this trip? not so bad since she is much stronger than any of us. you went out and tried, so its a win in my book. it sucks to hear you busted up your knee and camera! maybe some of those spike some of the guys are running would have prevented that?
Regulator wrote:elricfate, Damn, you just having shit luck. I don’t think I’d of used my rifle for a walking stick, but it sucks that you took a spill and broke your camera too. Bummer that you couldn’t stay out a few more hours and make the 24 hour mark, or did this happen in the morning? Anyway, like you said, there’s always next year.
Because I didn't use it on my two posted trips I didn't mention it. Having busted my butt and gotten wet feet at least a couple of times getting to water I now in my more mature years keep a hank of cord on a bottle for the purpose of using it as bottle leash. In a nut shell you just tie off your bottle an toss it in the water from a distance and haul the water out. Works well for steep slippery slopes, where there is ice near shore but clear water out a bit and in those tricky SW canyons also.
Good luck dude, Its been beautiful out these last few days. Really cold but the nice kind with little wind and open sky. It was -37 by Drayton today which makes today tied for the coldest I've seen this year. I hope you have fun! Mind sharing the general location you plan on going?
I hope these temps stay down there and I can get 2 days off work, I am running out of time.
Woods Walker wrote:Time is running out so anyone on the fence better get a move on. I will be tossing in a used Mora TopQ stainless knife into the prize pool. Like most of my stuff it hasn't been sitting in the closet so has some wear however will be shipped very very sharp to the winner.
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Cold and wind are a bad combo and waving trees over head sucks. I might have put the green bag under your hammock inside the undercover/open cell pad and use the MSS back bag and bivy as a quilt with jacket on top. Funny you should mention hearing something in the dark. During my second trip around 3am my buddy started to whisper loudly that someone was walking around outside. The first thing I asked was why whisper about it? Secondly there was miles of 3 foot powder to cover and a rather toasty -13F going on outside. Basically I told him that most crazy camp staking killer types wouldn’t fair well during the hike in. I believe the foot falls were in fact snow bombs being blown off the Hemlocks. There is no shame in being a bit uneasy at night if conditions are right. It has happened to me in the past. Micro Spikes for the win! I would look into getting a heated shelter and Downmat/closed cell pad combo for colder weather. On a side note I also collect wood nearest to my camp first as it saves energy and time but will often take more than is needed for the night just incase. Great looking gear and trip.
I thought those retaining loops were the coolest thing when I figured out why they were on my winter gloves, but I'm not sure I've fully learned their mysteries. When I pull off my gloves, I want to leave them hanging on the loops around my wrist and more or less ignore them. Unfortunately, they're long enough that when I lean or squat down to work on part of a mock shelter or take a closeup photo of the snow, they hang low enough to hit the ground and still fill with snow. As a result, I tend to get in the habit of ignoring the loops or repeatedly loosening and tightening them as I put on/take off my gloves and transfer them to my pocket or even purposefully set them (fingers down) in the snow. Is there a better way?aa1pr wrote:Another thing that bothers me and I see a lot of this is the loops on gloves. People either cut them off or… one should have them secured around your wrist so you can remove your glove without letting the glove hit the ground and fill with snow.
I agree with "the don't mess with things in the cold if you don't have to" mentality, as long as hypothermia isn't involved. I was working outside on a trail this late summer/early fall, in comparatively balmy but rainy 50*F weather, and started getting chilled in my baselayer and rain shell, during a break from swinging our crazy garden tools. I spent a whole three minutes mentally telling myself it wasn't worth it to trudge all the way back to my daypack and put on my fleece, that it would just get wet when I took it out from under the garbage bag covering my things and then everything would suck. I managed to slooowly walk back there anyways, and very slooooowly and unhappily started opening my rain shell and started slooooowly pulling the fleece out of my pack. I got it onto one arm and suddenly realized my arm had become comfortably warm, instead of the clammy chill I had been feeling all over my torso. And once I realized my arm was warm and the rest of my body was not, I felt like I could move 5x faster (aka, at normal speed) and I got that fleece on and my rain shell back over me lickety split and easy as pie. I took a moment to smile at feeling so dry and warm. Then I realized, oh. Woops. That's probably what the start of hypothermia feels like.aa1pr wrote:when its that cold you really do not feel like messing with things in the middle of the night. Better to lay still and conserve what heat you have.
oldsoldier wrote:Ok, so I just returned yesterday from a brief overnight with my 18 y/o nephew. We just did an overnight because thats about all the time I can afford these days. He has never winter camped, and this was his first experience with staying out in sub-freezing weather. I have taken him on PLENTY of overnights, but never on a cold one...I am gonna miss that kid when the Army takes him...
Anyway, so the area we used was at my local gun club. As a member, I get 24/7 access to the club. They have about 70 acres of wildlife area, that is multi use, for hunting, and, if people want, they can camp out too. I had checked in with the guy who runs it, to check to make sure I could make a fire, and he said fine. So, with his blessing, we headed off on Saturday afternoon.
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