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    What's the coldest you've ever camped in?

    And the coldest you would ever be willing too?


    For me, only into the teens and for camping probably not much below zero

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    0 degrees, but thats pretty cold for sydney australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by pap11y View Post
    0 degrees, but thats pretty cold for sydney australia
    I want to visit Australia some day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slips73 View Post
    I want to visit Australia some day
    You really should its a great place

    Here's our average temps.


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    January of 1982 in the mountains west of Riggins, Idaho. It got down to 20 below zero in the evening. Me and two buddies did a 10 mile hike into the National forest to a log cabin built in 1921. I counted 97 elk on the hike up and stalked within 30 yards of 3 magnificent bulls. The cabin was available on an honor system first come first served. It had enough wood to start one fire so had to go out and collect enough wood to keep the wood stove stoked all night as well as enough wood for at least one fire for the next visitors. Also there was stream about 50 yards from the cabin that flowed freely enough to get drinking water though a tad scary knowing there were mountain lions in the area as evidenced by their prints in the snow. I remember laying right next to the old wood stove at night and stoking it with wood every hour and still freezing and not getting any real sleep. I have pictures of that trip somewhere, it was quite an amazing adventure despite the harsh cold especially for an island boy who's definition of cold until then had been 60 degrees or less.


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    Coldest was -20 F. It wasn't all that bad as I have a good sleeping bag. That was a few years back. I don't want to camp below 0 F anymore but I will if it happens. Anything above 0 F is fine with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnkochee View Post
    January of 1982 in the mountains west of Riggins, Idaho. It got down to 20 below zero in the evening. Me and two buddies did a 10 mile hike into the National forest to a log cabin built in 1921. I counted 97 elk on the hike up and stalked within 30 yards of 3 magnificent bulls. The cabin was available on an honor system first come first served. It had enough wood to start one fire so had to go out and collect enough wood to keep the wood stove stoked all night as well as enough wood for at least one fire for the next visitors. Also there was stream about 50 yards from the cabin that flowed freely enough to get drinking water though a tad scary knowing there were mountain lions in the area as evidenced by their prints in the snow. I remember laying right next to the old wood stove at night and stoking it with wood every hour and still freezing and not getting any real sleep. I have pictures of that trip somewhere, it was quite an amazing adventure despite the harsh cold especially for an island boy who's definition of cold until then had been 60 degrees or less.


    That sounds amazing haha

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    In deer season 2002 I camped here in North Dakota up near the Canadian Border. It got to about -20Farenheit during the night. I had two sleeping bags and was well padded. Not fun getting up during the night.

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    -30ish F once but more often the coldest is in the lower -20's F. To be honest it isn't so bad. Heck I would take -20F over 38F with heavy rain. That's just evil.
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    with a sleeping bag, many neg 15- neg 20F nights, toasty in bag with or without shelter.

    without a sleeping bag, around 0F outside the quinzhee, around 30F inside.

    Stay dry, hydrate and fuel up to stay warm.

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