Coldest you've ever camped?

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  1. Slips73

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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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    I want to visit Australia some day
     
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    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. :dblthumb:
     
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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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    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. :D

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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.

    Jay
     
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    Neg 22*F in a hammock. I would like to try Neg 40* sometime. I agree with woods walker, subzero is much better than above freezing with rain.
     
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    Not sure if you can call it camping, but we bivouacked in Bamburg Germany once at -57F. Had to stop maneuvers for a day and make sure everyone was safe. I remember getting real close with some squad mates of mine that night just to keep from freezing.

    I live in Florida now......none of that non-sense for me ever again.
     
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    13 degrees in a 35 degree bag.
     
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    About a thousand below in Korea using what should have been surplus then('84-'85). A couple of toes still complain about the whole thing.
     
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    14 with a good bag and tent. I'd do zero or below no problem if I new it was coming and prepared for it. I've been most uncomfortable in dense fog at forty where it was hard to keep dry and warm.
     
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    -10 at Rangley Maine in February of 1999 or 2000 I believe. My Marine Unit was doing cold weather training at the Navy SERE school up there. We had the old octo tents from the Korean War with Yukon Stoves in them as warming tents, but we basically just racked out in our MSS's in snow trenches. Also did an overnight at Black Pond in NH with a tent and sleeping bag in February of 2001. It got to about -5 that night and it was pretty miserable in the morning. Not a fun winter camping experience.

    s/f
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    Fort Drum, NY, early 90's. We were out for 2 weeks and I'm still cold. It never got above -15*F that whole time, and the nights were in the -20s and -30s. Coldest was -34*F. We worked in 2 shifts, so the day guys used the night guys' sleeping pads and bags as well as their own, and vice versa... it was still too cold. Most nights you'd drop off, exhausted, to awake shivering an hour later, and it went on like that all night for the whole 2 weeks. Never again. That's why I live in the South. I was raised nearby (Syracuse), had camped out in the winters as a boy scout, but I never got used to it and left as soon as I could.
     
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    This type of thread has been done a bunch, but it's still interesting! -60F in Silvertip Pass in Alaska. We were staying in a tipi with a woodstove. Had the stove stoked so hard the stove pipe was glowing cherry red almost clear to the top and it charred the tipi poles. Stayed 3 days and had a blast.

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    13 degrees is my coldest. It doesn't get very cold in the mid-atlantic.
     
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    The Professor and I camped recently, and it got down to 5. That was with my cheap sleeping bag, and a wool blanket. It wasn't bad, bit I did get a little cold. I just got an MSS this week, so I am going to try to stretch that a bit.. Probably have to wait till next year though.
     
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    -18*F In NH, also had 2.5 ft of snow fall while I was sleeping in my hammock on another trip. Interesting way to wake up.
     
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    February 2002, when my unit was sent to Norway. We went out in a blizzard (command thought it would be a tactical blizzard and hide our approach), the Norwegians were laughing at us because "we wouldn't train in this weather"... I don't know the temp or wind chill but I know I could FEEL a temperature difference on my face if I pulled the thin flimsy overwhite camo hood out to block the wind on my cheek. Eventually we turned around, found a draw with less wind and waited out the night.
     
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    -15 F with 2 feet of powder on the ground.

    Lean to during winter camp out with the scouts.
     
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    Back when I was guiding we did a President's Weekend trip in the Catskill Mountain region of NYS. There was a gentleman on the trip who had a min/max thermometer and his readings had a low of -28F the first night and -32F the second night. I doubt the temperatures ever got above zero the entire weekend. And, while I was in a cabin and not really camping, I did spend two weekends outside of Old Forge, NY where the temperature dipped to -50 F and -52F. Can you say brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr?!?

    That's all for now. Take care and until next time...Be well.

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    9 degrees F with two crummy sleeping bags . Froze our butts off . I have since gotten an ECW bag that is quite comfortable down to at least 15 degrees , which it was on Jan 26th at our winter get together .

    Incidently I was cold and miserable in Louisiana while in the service at Kisatchee NF . Wrong gear ,40s and constant rain just as bad as nice dry cold if not worse .
     
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    My coldest camp was -38C, coldest bushcraft walk was -54C (both in Siberia). If you have the gear, it is manageable, but not comfortable, for the first, as for the walk, it can feel like +30C inside your gear.
     
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    only 13 degrees. Balmy compared to some of these posts!
     
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    Wow. Nothing like this thread to make me feel like a little girl. Went for an overnight last week and it got to maybe 34 degrees F.... and i slept with two wool blankets, and every stitch of clothing I owned on.... and froze. My hat is off to you guys!
     
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    As a high voltage lineman, I've had the opportunity to work in some pretty nasty weather around the country, but I think the coldest weather I ever camped in was around 0 F. I remember the forcast said the high would reach 4, but it never made it. That trip made me realize that my 30yr+ moderate weather, military surplus sleeping bag just didn't cut it. Haha
     
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    I have no idea how cold it got during some of my training in the Corps. It snowed but we didn't have thermometers.

    Since then the coldest it has been for an overnighter is 8 degrees F. The cool thing about that campout is that I had my 5 year old son with me and he stayed out with us. Made it so none of the teenagers dared to complain about the cold :4:
     
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    When I was in Boy Scouts we did a winter trip to Chain O Lakes in IL.

    We would go Skiing/Snowboarding then camp out.

    It was -20 windchill. I remember another scouts jeans that were worn during snowboarding was frozen solid within minutes of him taking them off.

    I had a crappy no name mummy bag on top of a crappy no name sleeping pad.

    We had setup canvas A frame tents on top of hay.

    I remember being so cold that I couldn't sleep. Another scout gave me two Nyquils that knocked me out.
     
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    coldest ever spent out was -34F In a 3-season tent. Getting up to take a leak was....interesting. Packing an empty gatorade bottle next time. Coldest I've ever experienced was -55F wind chill on the summit of a mountain.
     
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    Don't know the exact temp, but wrapped up using a tent body for a bivy bag on a ledge hacked into the ice on a glacier on Mt Ranier - that's the coldest, for sure. Wore my TNF fleece inside my 0 degree bag and it was still chilly. What an adventure though!
     
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    You are more than welcome to come here to Winnipeg and we go camping at -40 or -45 in Winter. It's a fun experience. This was my first winter here since we moved from Indiana.
     
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    I was in a tent at -17F. I camped in the winter most of the time.

    As a person gets older the thought of -17F. doesn't make me want to go out in that much cold again. But ....., I might with the right group and equipment????
     
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    A couple years ago it was 8 degrees a camp "Freezarse" , the Manteca gun club January Rendezveous. I had a friend sleeping in his ice house close and a bag and left the next day. Still hard to get all my friends to camp out on that one. I pulled a 4 day bivvy in the sawtooth mountains and it was 25 below, and no elk to bag either.
     
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    -25f on my partners thermometer, in a tent, doing a winter Presidential Traverse in the White Mts. of N.H. I was cozy & warm in my North Face Tangerine Dream sleeping bag (rated to -30), but I did come to understand why mountaineers use pee bottles.
    During the day, trying to move in the wind with who knows what wind chill factor was, literally, breathtaking.
    Cheers
     
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    8 degrees Fahrenheit on bivouac with the Army National Guard in Oklahoma. We had no cold weather gear issued and had only prepared for moderately cool weather. I slept in a foxhole with my poncho layed across the top held in place with rocks (yes I left a vent hole), and the green lightweight part of the sleeping bag system with bivvy cover. I was actually almost comfortable with that layer of air between the bag and the poncho to protect from wind. I did have a wool knit beanie cap on my head as well.
     
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    Way back when in college we lived in a teepee for the month of January near Ely, MN along the Vermillion River. Looking back it was fun. At the time.....BRRRR! One morning we were told it hit -52 below F. Down bag inside of synthetic so the frost that formed around the hole you breathed through wouldn't soak the down. It actually was a great experience basically living on cross-country skis for a month.
     
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    around zero once, but mostly in the high 20's and low 30's. in some of the post it's like neg 100 deg...............and i think why and i cant camp in that type of cold thats just survival. lol
     
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    Some friends and I backpacked in Marquette, Michigan (northwest part of the UP) in the beginning of February 2006. The lowest it got was around 20 degrees (F) and the highest was just under freezing. I spent an hour digging out a spot for a tent, then everyone decided to sleep on the ground on a tarp. I considered it but then decided I had done all that work and had a tent to myself. Slept like a baby. It was an awesome trip. I got some great photos of frozen waterfalls (I really should get those rolls of film developed---lol)
     
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    -25 during 4th rifle elk season a few years ago. I was in my little trailer and it was a literal ice box in there. 1-2 feet of snow on the ground and temps like that made for an interesting hunt. Numerous hunts in a tent with temps around -5 to -10 and lots of near zero stuff.
     
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    Colder than a well digger's butt ( which was roughly 17 degrees F)....
     
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    between 10 and 5 degrees. dunno, the thermo broke at 7. Cheap piece of.. *cough* .. yeah.
     
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    I had no way of recording the temperature but two of my coldest winter camping trips were in the winter of 2002, one in a blizzard up near Mt. Baker and once on a very cold trip at Reflection Lake near Mt. Rainier.

    The winter trips of 2000-2003 were some of my coldest. Most of my trips since then have been comfortable or my gear has improved since.
     
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    Probably somewhere between 0F and -10F.
     
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    -14F for me, in the mountains of Colorado. Used my issue GI extreme cold down bag and an air mattress. It worked, but was right on the edge...
     

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