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A cold night with basic gear

Discussion in 'Outings, Trips & Expeditions' started by Ryan Alexander, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Ryan Alexander

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    I'm terrible at making videos but that's ok..


    I messed up big time.. Focused on my shelter and thought Oh it won't get that cold! dropped from 70F to 30F and i ran out of firewood half way though the night. Pitch black i couldn't see my hand in front of my face but luckily i remembered a dead tree about 100m from my camp, it wasn't very tall but it was 6" in diameter and leaning to one side, covered in moss. So i was able to feel it out, cut it down with just my buck saw and drag it back to camp. Black cherry, lasted me the rest of the night.

    Moral of the story is, even though it's warm outside the temp can drop significantly when the sun goes down. Oh and bring a tarp it makes everything so much easier.
     
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    In what way does the tarp make things easier? Did you bring a flashlight?
    It looks like a nice camp. Nice shelter too.
     
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    Not the OP, but from personal experience, a tarp makes building a weather proof shelter much, much easier. Saves a lot of time which can then be used for gathering fuel for the fire in order to stay warm all night.

    Enjoyed the video! Really liked Shadow saying "Woof!" and claiming your rock.
     
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    Tarp or plastic sheeting for dry, windproof roof especially in a brush roofed lean to shelter such as his.
     
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    It saves a lot of time, i mean you can spend 15 minutes setting up a tarp or spend 2 hours building a natural shelter. That's up to you ya know, and sometimes you might not have the materials available. I was just lucky to find that big old tree.
    As far as the flashlight goes, i usually bring one but I didn't want any electronics on me this time except my camera. If i climbed strait up that hill behind my camp, it leads to a road and my vehicle so that was my emergency plan.

    pab1# haha yeah shadows goofy. Thanks for watching
     
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    Great test run, you found out what can be done with basic limited gear and survive an overnight, like you say a warm sleeping bag and a tarp or plastic and you be a 100% and get a few hours solid sleep to boot. I like Shadow, well trained and no doubt just as good to have with you as a side arm.
     
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    Oh yeah, i've had a couple of bears show up at my camp in the past and shadows scares the crap out of them :p
     
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    I learned as a young lad the difference in temps outside between day & night. Scary learning curve but also taught me things 'aint so bad as you think if you keep your wits about you some what. Made me learn fast in the process though what the essentials were :D
     
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    Nice video, thanks for sharing!
     
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    Good stuff , and rule #2 : don't hang you axe on top of the shelter
    :)
     
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    That was just the mask, the axe was stuck in a log near my fire pile. I usually hang it on a branch or something so i don't lose it.
     
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    Enjoyed the video, keep at it.
     
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    Good outing. Definitely getting colder at night here in NY. Frost advisorys in the ADK's a few times already.
     
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    Great video! Love the dog!
     
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    That's what makes it an adventure.Last October I had my adventure when I slipped into a deep mud puddle(a foot deep)with a heavy pack on while heading to my campsite.I was soaking wet and my pants and backpack all muddy.I lost my cell phone in the muck,and didn't have a change of clothes so I had to head home.Morale of the story:Have a change of clothing,and cover backpack with a contractors bag?I had to soak my pack then my jeans in sudsy hot water in my bathtub.I went out a few days later better prepared.
     
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    As long as you learn, there is never a bad outing! Good on you for your overnight.
     
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