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Whaddaya Do When Winter Camping?
#1
been a while since i posted but i'm always checking in to see what's new...



anyway, i'm always thinking about doing some winter camping but i never get around to it cuz i'm intimidated by the short days and long nights...it gets dark by 5pm in these mountains - what the hell do you do all night? you can't move around much in the dark and it gets bloody cold if you don't keep busy, so what is there to do besides sit in front of a fire all night?
#2
Quote:so what is there to do besides sit in front of a fire all night?

You ARE kidding? RIGHT? How about take a companion? <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />



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#3
ok i guess i need to be more specific...i mean what's there to do wilderness skills oriented? i can get my winky diddled at home... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' /> <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' /> <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />
#4
[quote name='mark' date='Dec 19 2004, 04:29 PM']i can get my winky diddled at home... <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />  <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />  <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':o' />

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I'm with Kailyst on that one for the most part, but there's a saying around here in the Winter time: You sweat - you die. Kinda unromantic, but ya know how it is.



What are the tempatures like where you plan on going? Is this going to be a solo trip? What kind of camping is this going to be? (5th wheel trailer on a lot with power hook-ups? Tent in the middle of nowhere? Quinzee?)



I would recommend using a headlamp for lighting, with quite a few extra batteries (lithium preferably, they last longer and work better in the cold than alkaline) and a couple other backup flashlights for the darkness problem.



At night in the Winter, there isn't really much else you can do except keep the fire going, cooking, and shootin the breeze with your buddy (unless you plan on going solo). It might not sound all that exciting, but you'll never know unless you try it.
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#5
well, the ice fishermen that visit my park usually get drunk - from sun up to sun down. the long nights are not a concern when you are passed out. the hangovers are for when they get back to las vegas...to each his own <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />
#6
I am usually skining the days catch.
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#7
by the light of the fire, i love to:



- make cordage from plants in the vicinity

- process wild food (cleaning roots, washing greens, drying berries to carry so they don't get mashed up and "leak" all over, etc.)

- practice my aim by throwing small rocks at natural targets, like trees

- sometimes i search for mushrooms at night. the white ones glow really well when using a headlamp to search for them.

- sometimes i bring a tiny blacklight flashlight and look for things that fluoresce[sap, bugs, flowers, shrooms, itsy-bitsy pieces of white paper and fluorescent bits that fall off of modern footwear and painted things (litter)]

- think about diddling my winky (that was really funny, dude) <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' />
#8
Yeah, the winter campouts have loooong nights, especially if you're solo. When I have a tent, I sit up, wrapped in my sleeping bag, and read with a headlight.



I can't remain laying down, or sleeping that long. It became so boring, I gave it up.



Winter camping, that is. Not diddling the winky...



B.

#9
[quote name='Kailyst' date='Dec 19 2004, 06:26 PM']
Quote:so what is there to do besides sit in front of a fire all night?

You ARE kidding? RIGHT? How about take a companion? <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' />



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I'm with her!!! Although diddling the winky sounds good right about now..........wait, what forum is this???? <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' /> No winter camping for this guy oh no but, a nice hike or something would be nice. Less likely to turn Capt. Happy into Mr. Turtle...................
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#10
Welll...after dark I'm usually soaking in the hotsprings that I tend to camp by in the winter time!!!! Other then that...well, I usually don't go winter camping other then to go to remote hotsprings....but I have read books, played cards and just carried conversation with the wife. In a small tent it gets boring pretty quick, but if I haul out the sheepherders tent, a lot of room to do whatever you want.



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#11
You could try sleeping!



Like off and on between Winky diddle dandy and maybe reviewing Woodsmaster and Cave Cooking lessons instead of counting sheep ?



Then there is always wolves or coyotes to howl back at. Owls to give a hoot.



Maybe contemplating the Aurora Borealis or Solar system.



Combing the ice (or lice) out of your mustache/beard or perhaps a midnight sauna or other hygenic doings? Down Winky!



Then again, there is always something that needs sharpening, cleaning, stitching or fixing !



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#12
I have gone winter camping many times in the past in several environments and kind of have to say it depends on where you are, who you are with, and the conditions.



If you are snow bound you can spend a considerable time in working the snow for an improved shelter or just making stuff for the hell of it. I have even made small snowmen and animals on one occasion many years ago when I was out in a snowstorm with what was then my new wife of a year or two. You can use up a considerable amount of time melting snow to replenish your water supply. (You can also use the hot water in a Dromedary or platypus style water container like a hot water bottle at the foot of your sleeping bag to raise the thermal rating of your bag!). <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wub.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wub:' /> <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



If it is raining then you can use your tarp as a weather cover rather than a shelter or tent. (I carry two tarps or a tent and a tarp as a rule) A twelve-foot section of Tyvec works well also. Set it up five or more feet off of the ground and build yourself a little oasis in the middle of the forest. I usually set up my tent or shelter tarp at one end of the weather tarp so I can come and go without getting wet. Anyway this type of camp allows you to do many of the things you would normally do on a dry day/night. I have always enjoyed carving small hand size things like bears or birds or something depending on the wood I found and what it looks like to me.



If it is a clear night then stars can always take up some of the time. You can get a pretty good look at the details of the moon with a good pair of binoculars. Practicing fire making can keep you warm and occupied for a little while. Like Bill I am partial to just sitting back and enjoying a good book and drinking hot chocolate.



When I camp on the coast (Beach) I enjoy watching the waves and sometimes the ships off shore. You would be amazed how much you can see at night on the beach. If you do what I did one time and build your camp below the high tide level you can find yourself extremely occupied in the middle of the night getting everything moved to higher ground before a wave takes it all out for you! You may be building a new fire for the same reason. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' /> <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' />



You can’t beat winter camping for having the whole place to yourself. Even popular places that are over run by people in the summer will be empty in the winter and well worth the extra effort. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />



Hope that gives you some ideas that are useful and don’t rely on having a willing companion so you can turn Capt. Happy into Mr. Turtle. Don’t get me wrong that is at the top of my list of fun as well but it DOES take two but no more than two.



Good luck



Lou
#13
[quote name='Louis Magnabosco' date='Dec 19 2004, 11:49 PM']I have gone winter camping many times in the past in several environments and kind of have to say it depends on where you are, who you are with, and the conditions.



If you are snow bound you can spend a considerable time in working the snow for an improved shelter or just making stuff for the hell of it. I have even made small snowmen and animals on one occasion many years ago when I was out in a snowstorm with what was then my new wife of a year or two. You can use up a considerable amount of time melting snow to replenish your water supply. (You can also use the hot water in a Dromedary or platypus style water container like a hot water bottle at the foot of your sleeping bag to raise the thermal rating of your bag!). <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wub.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wub:' />  <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />



If it is raining then you can use your tarp as a weather cover rather than a shelter or tent. (I carry two tarps or a tent and a tarp as a rule) A twelve-foot section of Tyvec works well also. Set it up five or more feet off of the ground and build yourself a little oasis in the middle of the forest. I usually set up my tent or shelter tarp at one end of the weather tarp so I can come and go without getting wet. Anyway this type of camp allows you to do many of the things you would normally do on a dry day/night. I have always enjoyed carving small hand size things like bears or birds or something depending on the wood I found and what it looks like to me.



If it is a clear night then stars can always take up some of the time. You can get a pretty good look at the details of the moon with a good pair of binoculars. Practicing fire making can keep you warm and occupied for a little while. Like Bill I am partial to just sitting back and enjoying a good book and drinking hot chocolate.



When I camp on the coast (Beach) I enjoy watching the waves and sometimes the ships off shore. You would be amazed how much you can see at night on the beach. If you do what I did one time and build your camp below the high tide level you can find yourself extremely occupied in the middle of the night getting everything moved to higher ground before a wave takes it all out for you! You may be building a new fire for the same reason.  <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Sad' />  <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/censored.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':censored:' />



You can’t beat winter camping for having the whole place to yourself. Even popular places that are over run by people in the summer will be empty in the winter and well worth the extra effort. <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />



Hope that gives you some ideas that are useful and don’t rely on having a willing companion so you can turn Capt. Happy into Mr. Turtle. Don’t get me wrong that is at the top of my list of fun as well but it DOES take two but no more than two.



Good luck



Lou

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Nicely said Lou.
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#14
It was you who used the Capt. Happy into Mr. Turtle line! It works in so many ways I just had to use it!(made me laugh as well)



Lou
#15
and in between the camping trips ...





1. Sip wine

2. Drink (or eat) a pint in front of the fireplace

3. Enjoy a romantic evening

4. Ski on a frozen River (at your own risk)

5. Cross country ski

6. Sledding

7. Toboggan

8. Ice skate

9. Fondue

10. Bumper ski behind a friend's car

11. Tell Santa what you want

12. Donuts

13. Warm up the tummy with soup

14. Hot chocolate

15. Winter golf

16. Ice fish

17. Snowmobile

18. Build an igloo

19. Take the Polar Bear Plunge

20. Heat up in the sauna

21. Ice sculpture

22. Go look at the Christmas lights

23. Rent "A Christmas Story"

24. Cut down your own Christmas tree

25. Celebrate Kwanzaa

26. Call the chimney sweep and clean out all those ashes

27. Erect a Festivus pole

28. Buy yarn and make your own scarf

29. Take a tropical vacation

30. Make (naked?) snow angels in the front yard

31.Grow a beard

32. Catch rays in a tanning bed

33. Buy long underwear

34. Brew your own beer

35. Stay at home and snuggle up

36. Chop the icicles off your gutters

37. Get out the snow blower and go to town

38. Shovel your elderly neighbor's sidewalk

39. Winterize your car

40. Buy de-icer for your glove compartment

41. Hitch your pup to a sled and take a free ride

42. Cover up your toes with warm, wooly footies

43. Be happy you don't live further up nort, eh

44. Go Christmas caroling

45. See "A Christmas Carol"

46. Build a snowman

47. Don't eat yellow snow

48. Play some snow football

49. Learn to curl

50. Bake Christmas cookies

51. When forecasters predict a "dusting," expect five feet of snow

52. Figure out when it's a parking "Snow Emergency"

53. Write a letter to Santa

54. Wear the sweater Grandma got you last year

55. Turn up the heat and have a Hawaiian party

56. Pack on the pounds, hide it with big sweaters

57. Count down to spring training

58. Check into a B&B

59. Go to winter camp

60. Frolic with your dog

61. Have yourself an Edgar Allan Poe moment and curl up with a spine-tingler

62. Spark up a snowball fight with the neighbor kids

63. Prevent your brain from becoming slush, learn something new

64. Play pond hockey

65. Decorate your tree

66. Invent a new snow sport. Snow croquet? Ice bowling?

67. Call your Grandma or Grandpa

68. Put a snowball in your freezer to throw at someone (gently) in July

69.

70. Drink mulled wine

71. Snowshoe

72. Plan a holiday party

73. Roast chestnuts on an open fire

74. Go to a warm tavern, and drink cold beer

75. Insulate your attic

76. Figure out the difference between winter storm watch and winter storm warning

77. Finally put those old photos in albums

78. Take the laptop to the campus quad and WiFi it up in the snow

79. Swirl candy canes in your hot chocolate for a peppermint-chocolatey treat

80. Make an ornament out of popsicle sticks in memory of the good old days

81. Stay in, log on and play with the Hoodlums

82. Bitch about those sissy Californians (turn on the heaters in the orange

groves guys!) <img src='http://www.hoodswoods.net/IVB/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink3.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':wink3:' />

83. hehe ... no mosquito problems

84. Watch the canines 'fox' for mice in the fields

85. Put on the studded tires

86. You did winterize the lawn mower ... didn't you?

87. Put out the suet feeders for the birds

88. Buy your loved ones 'YakTrax'

89. Pick up an extra snowshovel

90. Make sure you have tire chains

91. Blankets in the car

92. Don't forget the snowblades for the windshield

93. Ask Santa for a blade for the ATV

94. Have lively discussions about the advantages of Magnesium Chloride

95. Go window shopping for wood stoves

96. Visit family

97. Count your blessings

98. Name them one-by-one

99. Thank God

100. continued .................





Mike


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