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Old 10-07-2018, 09:11 PM   #1
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Winter camping anyone?

Who is looking forward to winter camping this season? Let's see a show of hands from our forum members!
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:44 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:36 PM   #3
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I'd like to try it. Would have to gear up though
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:08 PM   #4
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Winter camping equipment raffle

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For those that may be interested in getting into winter camping here is a raffle of top of the line winter camping equipment and you don't need to be present to win.

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https://wcs.eventnut.com/raffle-items

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Old 10-08-2018, 07:21 PM   #5
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I enjoy winter camping at Prospect Point in a cabin with a big stone fireplace. kitchen. shower, free firewood, and free gourmet breakfast. Complimentary snowshoes are available, so are free shanty use for ice fishing, and free wifi. You do have to carry your own firewood back from the shed but isn't that why you go camping in the Winter? To rough it?
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Old 10-08-2018, 07:42 PM   #6
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Lower Sargent Pond Ď15...the coldest night Iíve ever slept outside... -14F

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Old 10-08-2018, 08:17 PM   #7
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:29 PM   #8
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No bugs no mud...
official temp in Saranac Lake several miles from where we were tent camping was -32F. It warmed up to -16, ice was 39” thick, mid 1960s.

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Old 10-08-2018, 09:44 PM   #9
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Cabin & hotel people...they might freeze to death while lost in a maze of trees with an axe in their hands...Citiots!

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Old 10-08-2018, 10:29 PM   #10
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For those that may be interested in getting into winter camping here is a raffle of top of the line winter camping equipment and you don't need to be present to win.

Full details here:
https://wcs.eventnut.com/raffle-items

We love our Snowtrekker tent. Paid a couple of 20 somethings to haul it 4 miles and 1500 vertical feet up East Mail Cabin creek near Teton Pass for 5 spectacular ski days last March.
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Old 10-09-2018, 03:29 PM   #11
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Justin,

"Cabin & hotel people...they might freeze to death while lost in a maze of trees with an axe in their hands...Citiots! "

First of all, the only maze I get lost in is in the casino. I don't have an axe in my hands I have a credit card. -14 below zero sounds like real fun. Not! I had enough camping out in inclement weather overseas in the Army.. Sleeping outside in the MRP in Spring, Summer, Fall is delightful. I leave Winter camping to you heroes.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:14 PM   #12
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Delta 30 at 1' height. Delta 70 at 5'. I wear down booties, insulated pants and light poly. Cold, stand up. Height of luxury!
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I am interested in giving it a shot. I was canoe camping on Sunday night in the Saranacs area this weekend. Temp was a few degrees above freezing, which is the lower limit for the gear I presently have. Up to now most of my visits to the Adirondacks have been for canoe-camping, but now I'm looking to do some hiking. Those winter sleeping bags and tents are expensive though.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:21 PM   #14
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"Cabin & hotel people...they might freeze to death while lost in a maze of trees with an axe in their hands...Citiots! "

First of all, the only maze I get lost in is in the casino. I don't have an axe in my hands I have a credit card. -14 below zero sounds like real fun. Not! I had enough camping out in inclement weather overseas in the Army.. Sleeping outside in the MRP in Spring, Summer, Fall is delightful. I leave Winter camping to you heroes.
Haha...to each their own my friend. Thankfully Iíve never been lost in a casino, but have lost plenty of money during my time in casinos. Iíd much rather spend a winterís night camping than in a casino anyday. I brought an axe with me once, but found it wasnít really worth the extra weight. My Sven Saw works just fine for cutting dead firewood. 😉
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I am interested in giving it a shot. I was canoe camping on Sunday night in the Saranacs area this weekend. Temp was a few degrees above freezing, which is the lower limit for the gear I presently have. Up to now most of my visits to the Adirondacks have been for canoe-camping, but now I'm looking to do some hiking. Those winter sleeping bags and tents are expensive though.
It's a lot of fun but it's also a lot of work. While I am not an expert I chose the same route that Bioguide did meaning a Snowtrekker tent, trapper stove, and long toboggan to haul in all that stuff. Once you are set up it's very comfortable and the solitude of winter makes it all worth it. Being surrounded by a pack of yelping coyotes at night is quite exhilarating.

Justin takes the more hardcore approach with a traditional tent hauled in with a pulk. He can get to places I can't with all my crap and he never seems to come up short when harvesting firewood. I am not that brave. Both of these gentlemen have videos on YouTube where you can see their methods. These helped me out a ton when i first started winter camping.

Yes it's expensive but you don't want to scrimp on a good down sleeping bag and thermal pad. I use a backpacking cot as well to keep me off the ground. I skip the traditional annual vacation to someplace warm in lieu of buying gear for these adventures. The tradeoff is worth it to me.

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Old 10-09-2018, 09:28 PM   #16
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I skip the traditional annual vacation to someplace warm in lieu of buying gear for these adventures. The tradeoff is worth it to me.

Best of luck!
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:46 PM   #17
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Very much so, I am really looking forward to the return of Justin and Bio Guides videos as well!
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:32 PM   #18
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Very much so, I am really looking forward to the return of Justin and Bio Guides videos as well!
Thanks, maybe we can pull off an Adkforum group campout somewhere this winter sometime maybe...
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thanks, maybe we can pull off an adkforum group campout somewhere this winter sometime maybe...
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You folks know about this?

http://www.wildernesstravellers.org/...owwalkers.html

We've been twice. Not many folks use hot tent as a base for skiing like we do.
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