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OfflineoDin
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winter backpacking
    #2143709 - 11/29/03 03:40 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

ive only done limited amounts of camping in the winter. interested in doing alot more due to friends that do and location. backpacking in backcountry type stuff. so i was curious if anyone here has much experience. what tips, tricks, equipment and the like that made it all go smoother. thank you


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2146296 - 11/30/03 11:48 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Most important difference between winter packing and summer packing is your sleeping bag.  As long as you have a bag rated to keep you warm at the overnight low temperatures you will endure, then everything else should be OK.  During the day when you are active the cold is not such a factor.  Obviously you want some warmer clothing but thats just common sense.

There is nothing worse that trying to enjoy a trip but laying there all night shivering and praying for the sunrise.  Trust me!!  I have had this experience!!  The night can seem to last forever in this circumstance.  This is one experience you don't want!

My bacpacking bag is rated to 0 degrees farenheit.  You can get them rated as low as about 50 below!  And also remember, if you are gonna be sleeping on the snow or any frozen ground (this includes setting up your tent on such) then get a good sleeping pad to put between you and the ground.  You will lose a lot of body heat at night laying on ice!

Now, if I could just go with you.... :frown: 


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2147375 - 11/30/03 06:56 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Yeah the sleeping bag is crucial! And one of those pads to put it on is a must. Lots of socks. Keep a pair of dry socks and other clothes for sleeping.

Ive gone hiking in the winter, over small mountains. Alot of fun!

Make sure your tent is water+wind-proof and keeps heat in. Those little cans of sterno are a nice treat at night for heating up the tent.


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: pattern]
    #2148288 - 12/01/03 02:01 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

yall can go TTS and pattern if you want. were thinking of the ole creek area of glacier park. basically cutting the bottom tip of the park off.....annie is down so im just trying to make flow as good as possible so she will go again.

we will have pads(mine is a 3/4 but im gonna put other shit under my feet part like coat,pants etc) . i was considering also putting one of those foil survival blankets between the pads and the floor of the tent. i got one of the candle lanterns...i never used sterno..would they have similiar heat output?

anyway since its really the 1st time for us at this intensity were just doing a 2 day/1 night.

thanks for the input.


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2149273 - 12/01/03 01:48 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

annie is down so im just trying to make flow as good as possible so she will go again.





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Re: winter backpacking [Re: annielicious]
    #2149886 - 12/01/03 06:08 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I should've learned that lesson about 10 years ago! :crazy:  I can't get the wife to do anything less than a Motel 6 anymore!! Of course I can't blame her, she hears all the stories from these extreme outings I take with my buddy and she thinks everything I do is gonna be like that.

And then I say "Hey, lets take a little hike." and she replies "Last time someone said that to me was at Christmas in Crown Point and look where that ended up!!"  :grin: 


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2149955 - 12/01/03 06:36 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I know it sounds fucked up...but sprinkle a dash of Cayenne pepper into your socks to keep your feet warm...but not too much. Also just before you go to bed, wrap one of the rocks that was around the fire in a towel or thick blanket and put in at the foot of your sleeping bag. It'll keep you warm all night.


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: Rono]
    #2149971 - 12/01/03 06:41 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Typical 'canadian hi-tech' replies there^^^^

But we all know the truth Rono...you just curl up with your moose to stay warm.


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #2150133 - 12/01/03 07:36 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

You damn Yankie wimps and yer fancy schmancie -50 sleeping bags, and water-proof tents...sheesh...what's next? Wool socks? :wink:


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2209016 - 12/30/03 03:07 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

well we went by ourselves on the 25th and 26th and it was awesome

st mary lake, MT....the trailhead.



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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2210567 - 12/30/03 09:47 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

Looks beautiful.  I would've loved to have been there!  I spent those 2 days curled up on the couch playing my new game (Tony Hawk's Underground)  :sad:


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2213037 - 01/01/04 11:39 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

i'm gonna try to go camping this weekend, but theres no snow...this is the first time i've seen no snow in buffalo in january. i really want to go skiing again too...dammit.


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: HarvestTheBrain]
    #2215800 - 01/02/04 11:02 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)



camp area




this in one of my fav pics of MT so far


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2215846 - 01/02/04 11:40 PM (13 years, 3 months ago)

damn, that looks like a fun time. I cant wait to go


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Re: winter backpacking [Re: oDin]
    #2217905 - 01/04/04 06:03 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

oDin, nice pics! That looks like it must have been great. Glad you had a fun time, and hopefully many more to come buddy. My girlfriend and I have recently started backpacking too, and it really is wonderful!

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