Discussion in 'Winter Camping' started by UAHiker, Jan 5, 2017.
besides fire wood prep what do you while winter camping? go hiking? sit by fire and stay warm?
As fire /meals takes a good portion of my time
And with shorter days
Need to be at camp early for early dinner
By dark like to have dinner done and mess kit hanging
winters have lot of dark hours. we need heated, lit space for 3 at least so most always tipi nowadays. we read, cook, play with kid, carve, etc. just not much outside-ness until light.
Eat a lot. Lot of hiking. Lot of lounging.
Haven't been since I was a Scout, but we had snowball fights, dried gear/burned socks, and made snow caves that some of us slept in at night. Much warmer than sleeping in the Baker tents.
Lol @ "... burned socks... ".
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I only eat once a day really when I'm camping in winter. Cooked meal that is. I snack along on cold foods some just to keep sugar levels even. That leaves more daylight hours for using sharp tools. If I'm solo then I find myself crafting more. Making traps and snares or nets. If I'm with a group it's mostly socializing and trying out gear. At night it can get harder to occupy the time for me.
Gather firewood, hike the hills, hunt rabbits, make good food and eat a lot of it, read a book, listen to music (MP3 Player and headphones), poke at the fire with a stick, look at the stars, drink a few beers, tell big stories (don't actually lie too much) with my buddies. Same as camping in the summer, just no bugs, and longer colder nights.
Burned socks...? Really?? Did you make any stanky sock char lumps? Because they work pretty good!
I have made crispy socks before too. Fine line between dry and cooked.
It depends on length of the trip. If it's just one or two nights I'll use a tarp, so a lot of daylight is used setting up camp, getting firewood, making food, heating water, and generally keeping warm... real bushcrafty!
If it's a winter multi day trip(4days and up), I'm definitely hot tenting. I stay busy processing wood for the stove (although I find a wood stove more efficient than a fire), shelter goes up fast and the warm tent allows comfortable relaxation time in the evenings. I can dry my clothes every night. I'm willing to spend energy during the day and not afraid to sweat because I know I can get dry at night!
If I'm running a dog team, we generally do a lot of exploring. Sometimes I'm hunting or ice fishing. Sometimes it's just about relaxing with friends!
What else is there. Most of my time is spend processing wood for the stove (hot tent) and melting snow. Basically working for the night.
I sometimes like to make a friend of mine jealous!
Usually I will go set some rabbit snares, go out wolf hunting, set my beaver traps. And I take my yearly winter camping trip by snowmachine on a moose hunt.
Sleep during the night, nap during the day.
Winter camping during the day: drive jeep, hunt, explore, nap, cook, eat, play with the doggie, etc. Not necessarily in the same day....
Best part: No skeeters, or flies!
Granted it doesn't get nearly as cold in these parts of N. Texas as some of y'all's more frozen tundra'd parts..., but im a cold natured person. So, always pitch a tent, and bring in a lantern so I can read. I'll eat, listen to shortwave radio and mostly sleep with a smelly dog laying on my feet....
Cigars... Cinnamon Whiskey... Bacon...
Didn't realize there was anything else.
I never saw a Scout (myself included) drying anything over a fire that didn't get burned in some form or other... hats, socks, mittens... we roasted 'em all!
Carve ... contemplate the heavens ... carve some more ... eat ... teach my son something new. I also like to find a place where I can put a few hours of fishing in, which usually allows for more carving and more contemplation.
I'm hunting deer.
During the day: hike, explore, look for things (fatwood, water, perfect camp site, ruins or any other curiosity...). Mid afternoon, I stop to setup camp and prepare fire wood. Once it gets dark: cooking, then chatting around the fire if with a group or reading a book while drinking tea if solo. Have been mostly solo lately since most of my friends prefer mosquitoes to ice...
Hold down fort wile the boys are out hunting coyotes, and talking on my radio CQ CQ CQ. Also reading and carving. Good luck.
I used to do a lot of firewood collecting but now I let the young guys do that. I help with the processing and carry it to the tents to feed the stoves at night and set the fires in them for easy lighting. I'll tend the camp fire along with everyone else. In the morning I make the coffee, restart the campfire and bang around enough to wake everyone else up for breakfast. the rest of the daylight hours I mostly sit around the fire, help with cooking, whittle...Age has it's privileges
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One of the reasons I am looking heavily at saws right now is so that I can spend considerably less time processing fire wood and spend more time developing a perfect long term but semi permenant camp set up, I have numerous concepts I want to put into play but never have time to really develop them because I am either, eating, cooking, cutting or sleeping. Or watcing the tv...
I would rather remain healthily active and relatively warm whilst developing the bushcraft skills I want to practice.
I hunt during the daylight hours when I can see to shoot. Once it starts getting dark, which comes all too soon in the winter, I put on a head lamp and check/set traps (fur traps/snares, haven't got into primitive trapping for food quite yet), explore/hike, craft things, harvest wood, drink heavily, basically all the same things I do other times of the year.
I try hard to keep active well past sundown during the winter months. Makes for a loooong night if you go to sleep at 6pm.
Catch up on sleep and my reading
hiking, eating, looking at the stars, storytelling, sleeping...
I love winter camping. I spend time cuttin wood as we all do. I like doing carving tasks, like spoons and what not. Last year I made a hot tent (tipi style) complete with a wood stove. So the nights are much more comfortable, in there I'll read , carve, make food on the stove and it's big enough I can process wood inside as well. It has round about a 10 to 12 ft diameter if not more and I can easily stand up in it as well. I don't always take it though a lot of times I like to sleep under a canvas tarp next to a fire. Star gazing in the winter is awesome too and I like to take night time snowshoeing hikes.
the vast majority of my day is spent getting to where I'm going to camp- skis or snowshoes, the "camping" portion is spent pitching a tent, possibly getting a fire going if below timberline, melting snow and cooking supper- and then ahhhh- retiring repeat
Sipping on some hot tea and talking about all the other gear that I "need."
seek warmth and ways to get warm, keep stuff from freezing --> whether it be making snow caves, attempting igloos, looking for suitable tree wells, playing/camparing diff gear and how they are used/stores, etc.
it's also fun to test what "stuff" (be it gear, techniques, or physiological/psychological limits) works and finding their limitations
I need to camp with you
I need to get better at winter camping. Seems I spend too much time collecting and processing wood and not enough time carving and hiking.
I need to practice winter camping. I used to go, but it's been a few years.
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Fireball! My kind of trip right there.
I like to hike and take pictures
Fireball!!. What are you in jr. high,
Gotta be Makers Mark, Buffalo, etc. I like my whiskey to taste like whiskey, my coffee to taste like coffee, and my women to taste like women, haha
The fish house stays stocked pretty well for my friends and visitors, but the Fire Ball is usually my private reserve. I don't consider it whiskey, therefore my conscience is free. The irony is, I never tasted the stuff until an old friend from HS flew in from Naples to spend a week on the ice several years ago. He brought a bottle as a joke (he drinks the really high-rent single malt stuff). I found it went really well with my everyday stick. Of course, that's probably an indictment on my EDC (every day cigar), too.
I used to do a lot of cross country skiing when I winter camped. Also did some ice fishing. And on some free flowing streams I fly fished.
Teasing you on the Fireball(sorta, lol). My wife found it, while I was in Afghanistan a few years back, and several of the bottles made it into 'care' packages. I don't drink it much anymore, but it is pretty good in hot chocolate.
Jr. high was these bad boys
I'll have to try that...
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Someone should say that winter camping has added risk, so drink responsibly folks!
holy crap, i feel like i'm having vietnam flashbacks, and i'm only 33!