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I am too busy for long dissertations so for the most part will let the photos do the talking. Maybe a short description here and there. The cold snap looked nice.

Planed on Friday through Tuesday but got Saturday through Tuesday. Good enough.

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Go!

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Camp First night.

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The "Sacred Bacon".

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Next day needed wood and water.

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Not really enough snow to melt and getting water was a challenge. In fact a bit dangerous.

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Watering hole.

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Getting kinda cold. The cold air pooled up in the valley. The overcast sky turned crystal clear at night creating a radiational cooling event as I expected.

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Hungarian meats.

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Field testing new kit for upcoming ultimate sub 50 dollar solar charging bugout/hiking/whatever system.

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Fire being sucked up the pipe by the draft.

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Stack robber.

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Another day and it's cranking cold clear. The best part was the wind. Not crazy but enough to add an edge to the brisk temps.

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The water situation was getting a bit sporty as the rivers (two in the area) freeze up.

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The old watering hole frozen over but only an inch so found a rock (not frozen to the ground which was a pain) and smashed a hole. The rock slipped and can be seen on the bottom. A few feet past this spot the water deepens and is moving fast. If the ice gives way a person cold be sucked under. So never walk out on the ice in a situation like this. You risk death.

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Wood for the win! My camp runs on wood, water and power. The wood and water are interchangeable as the wood stove is keeping my water liquid and potable.

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The liner drapes to the ground adding a double wall which is both anti draft and helps create and inner bubble of heat.

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Home made red lentil soup.

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On Tuesday this ship is ready to sail

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This time packed the sled with a lower center of gravity.

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Here are two videos which are part 1 and 2.





Thanks for looking!

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Let's hear about the gear you wear, while pulling that sled, or gathering wood, WW!
It's got to be a fine line to dance, staying warm in those temperatures while working hard and trying not to get soaked in sweat.
What do you do to keep the wind off your face? Your ears from freezing? ...or your fingers for that matter. :awesome:

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Ahkio in support. Nice. Hard to steer though, when you sit on top of all your gear for nice down hill runs in the Sierra Nevada Range.

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I've been really itching to get the hot tent out, still waiting for some better snow :(

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For compression straps, check out "rok straps" - works great on the motorcycle.
http://rokstraps.com

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That stove rocks!


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Oh snap I forgot about the cellphone pics.

I glossed over the pulk sled travel part but that had some challenges. Nothing major but did roll the sled a few times fighting the stone walls.

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Always give the suck a thumbs up. This way it sucks less.

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Then again the suck also gets a thumbs up cuz it's a wonder to look at.

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Wood!!! The first night I found a tall thin maple sapling. In one shot I got most of my wood for the night. As I setup in the dark sweated up a bit from fighting the pulk the fuel was welcome. Sled full of processed wood is like money in the bank.

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The inner workings of the DIY heat exhanger can be seen via glow as the secondary combustion ignites unburned fuel in the smoke. The 2 A-Frames and "H" baffle plate.

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What's on Caveman TV?

Channel 1. Flames.

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Channel 2. Coals.

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Sub zero and in my birthday suit as letting the layers of clothing air out on the shelter clothes line. Another use for fire. Heat the shelter, cook food, boil water and dry clothing.

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Steam coming off the water as the radiational cooling event I was hoping for occurred. Like a fire in reverse. Nature/entropy abhors a differential.

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Lots of calories.

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tony d tiger wrote:
Let's hear about the gear you wear, while pulling that sled, or gathering wood, WW!
It's got to be a fine line to dance, staying warm in those temperatures while working hard and trying not to get soaked in sweat.
What do you do to keep the wind off your face? Your ears from freezing? ...or your fingers for that matter. :awesome:


I added a photo of anti face wind. I give it a thumbs up and out of respect am given a break. Go figure. :lol: I also have a face hoodie thing specifically for that however mostly wore it sleeping. I have several pairs of gloves and dry one on the tent clothes line and rotate um. Have 3 or maybe 4 layers of inexpensive synthetic clothing.

1. Underwear, socks, hat and gloves (any colder and I would pack mittens.)
2. Base layer. Synthetic thin thermal paints, short sleeve shirt.
3. Long sleeve synthetic pullover shirt.
4. Winter jacket.
5. A very large USGI jacket liner.
6. Boots and importantly gaiters.
7. Old beaten up USGI Gortex paints. I do not clad myself all in gGortex as it will not breath in these cold conditions.
8. Fleece sweat paints.

I have sun glasses as well. If over heated I remove layers.

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Gosh darnit. I have wanted to get into winter camping (Well, warm tent winter camping) for a long time.

But havent been able to justify the cost of a decent tent, stove and sled.

Theres something so relaxing about winter camping though. Im jealous.

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Shotzee wrote:
Gosh darnit. I have wanted to get into winter camping (Well, warm tent winter camping) for a long time.

But havent been able to justify the cost of a decent tent, stove and sled.

Theres something so relaxing about winter camping though. Im jealous.


Yea. No f@cking bugs. :lol:

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Pure gold..even without the awesome kielbasa and lentil soup!

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Great post - thank you!

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USGI jacket liner FTW every time.

Having good luck keeping my ears warm with a pair of ear muffs, and if it gets real bad (single digits) a heavy fleece hat pulled over them.
A lightweight scarf around the neck, under a Woolworth heavy jacket; again, single digits get an added layer of Pendleton wool.
Waterproof gloves, and I stick the fingers into my jacket pockets kinda' mitten-like; but I still haven't found a good face cover that stops the wind and doesn't get soaked with condensation from my breath.

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