Winter Camp in the Pinyon Juniper Woodland

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  1. foresterfrench

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    My son-in-law and I just finished a 2 night camp in the pinyon/juniper of western Colorado. He road his fat bike and I unsuccesfully chased bunnies. Here are some photos.


    The view from the campsite into the Forest Service's Roubideau Area and the BLM's Camel Back Wilderness Study Area.

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    We dug out about 6 inches of snow for the wall tent.

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    This was a full featured drive up camp. The drive however included about 10 miles of four wheeling on BLM back roads

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    Tent was 12x14 made by Davis Tent and Awning in Denver. Stove from Davis also. Bannock in the frypan, baccon in the aluminum foil, coffee in the press
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    The fat bike ready to go.
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    I'll post a few more photos a little later.
     
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    Looks awesome, what were the temperatures like?
     
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    Low temp was +8F. High shade temp about 25. Camp was at 6700 feet. Skys were clear. No wind. Temperature in the sun was warm enough so that I was down to my long underwear top while doing camp chores outside. Once the morning fire took hold the temp inside the tent was in the 60s most of the time.


    Bratts, onion and peppers for dinner night 1
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    Elk stew and bannock for dinner night 2
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    Pinion and juniper
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    Sage brush flats
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    The distant Grand Mesa at sunset
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    Looks like an awesome time. Wish I had a father in law like you! Very cool, my friend.
     
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    Glad to see some other gray heads out there . ( maybe your prematurely gray if so sorry )
    Nice set up . What kind of rabbits do you have out there ?
     
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    I am 64 so in my mind the gray is premature. (Humor).. Cottontails. Lots of tracks in the snow but no rabbits in the bag. Just like elk season. (More humor)
     
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    Whenever we'd get a fresh snow that quit just before dawn back when I was in high school Id suddenly develope a stomach ache and call in sick . Luckily mom worked .

    Follow the bunnies right to their hideouts .
     
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    Great area. Cool old truck.
     
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    man, it's really a shame you guys couldn't eat better... :3:

    now I'm hungry and I just had supper!

    looks like a great time!!
     
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    Lets hear about the old Dodge in the background. Im a sucker for old 4x4's.:1:
     
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    1974, Dodge Power Wagnon, 4x4, 1/2 T, 360, automatic, crew cab, short bed, leaf springs all around.

    Here is the truck before I took the camper off and replaced it with wood racks.

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    Awesome. Wish mine was an extended cab. Ive got an 82' regular cab. Pretty much the same drivetrain. I dont believe anybody has made a real truck since the mid-80's.
     
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    Sounds and looks like a great camping trip. I really need to get a winter setup so I can do some winter camping. I'm envious seeing all these pics... and wishing I had not sold my gear when I moved.
     
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    That looks like an awesome way to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature.
    I dont see any need to suffer while camping:1:
     
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    Awesome trip and pictures! That is one area of Colorado I haven't been to yet. Looks like a beautiful area. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great pics of a wonderful trip. Thanks.
     

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