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12-16-2009, 06:14 PM
I know i can't be the only crazy who goes camping in the winter. I'd like to hear what everybody else does to keep warm when they go. And what sort of supplies they bring with them.
12-16-2009, 06:24 PM
All campers are crazy! who else gives up a nice house,bed, conveniance of home to rough it. you got to be crazy or stupid!!! Not sure which one I am but I love it no matter what the temp..and fish never taste better than on the fire and from cold weather. I layer clothes and blankets. We have a popup with a furnace but choose not to use it. Ussally have a coleman burning (make sure there is some air flow)except when we sleep.Just lucky to have a wife who loves to fish and camp and boat.(for 33 years) A good women dont hurt to keep you warm either. :)
12-16-2009, 06:41 PM
i would camp in the cold with a tent. get a four season tent with a mummy sleeping bag and a raging camp fire. hey at least the beer wont need ice
12-16-2009, 11:32 PM
I usually just wear a whole lot of clothes and pile on the blankets while having a huge fire going. I have to agree about sitting around the fire in the winter and eating fish, just tastes so good. I'm hoping to get out sometime next week down to the river and camp out for a night or two.
12-18-2009, 08:26 AM
I usually try to camp 2 to 3 times a winter. My insulated bibs and thermal underwear keep me nice and warm. I usually get a electric campsite and bring my plug in heater and my -40 degree sleepin bag and a bottle of brandy..LOL.................Rich
12-23-2009, 01:26 PM
Its not to bad, i live without running and water so I pretty much camp everyday. I just did some tent camping in the snow in New Mexico a few weeks ago. I think it got around 5 degrees at night. Of course I was the only one tent camping but i stayed warm with my military bag, a big fire and lots of layers. Your right Viper fish taste great over an open fire!! FFBG
12-27-2009, 12:11 PM
the key is a very warm under layer, and a wind resistant top layer. if you got strings or straps pull em tight and dont let the cold air in, keep your body heat as insulated as possible. keep your feet, hands, and head covered because thats where most of your heat escapes.
12-29-2009, 03:36 PM
I would love to go camping in the winter , unfortunately Im the only person in my family ( or anybody that I know ) who would ever consider doing something like that. Of course the older i get the harder it is to sleep in a tent without something between me and the ground , i used to be able to just lay on the ground by the fire and sleep comfortably all night , not anymore. Yes, fish does taste so much better cooked over a campfire, so does just about everything else, even steak. The closest thing Ive done to camping in winter was camping at Lake Lanier in Georgia, late September,.... yeah i know thats not a big deal except it did get cold enough to frost and the kids and I slept in the open air next to the fire, and then I ran out of fire wood about 3 in the morning and the fire went out.......Brrrrrrrrr! ( I got soft since being married with children apparently )
12-29-2009, 03:38 PM
take an empty water bottle, if u get too cold. pee in the bottle close it tight and hold on your chest right below the rib cage, that keeps your core temp up for a while
12-30-2009, 09:14 PM
Every year for the past three myself and about 4-6 buds do a winter camp trip. We just go locally. We have two conditions for the trip. It must be below 32deg at night and there must be snow on the ground. It's pretty cool to know you are one of the few camping in those conditions. Big fire, good gear, and mental toughness is all you need. Give it a try.
01-04-2010, 03:58 PM
camping in the winter is alot of fun, i did it down in west virginia, we had a blast! it only got down to about 35 at night though. I want to try to do a trip with snow on the ground.
When its really cold layering is the key. i use an under armor baselayer, then flece as a mid layer for insulation and a waterproof/windproof jacket anb pants as my outerlayer and have never gotten to cold. also a good hat, and wool socks help alot.
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