My long awaited trip to Colorado is almost here. Once I finish this night shift, I’ll get some sleep, and then start the drive from PA to CO.
It’s an archery hunt, not a hike. We’ll be packing up hill about a mile from the truck and setting up our base camp. We’ll be striking out from there. If the elk are hard to find, we may make spike camps overnight away from base camp. I’ll be using my Clark NA, and the other guy is using a tent. I offered him my Claytor, but he declined. I’m wondering if he’ll be changing his mind after our trip.
I made a home made SPE from a light blanket to hold a pad inside. I’ve used a pad before, and have slept down to 23˚ with no problem. From what I understand, I can easily be facing freezing temps overnight, and highs can still reach the upper 70’s. I plan to use a Klean Kanteen as a hot water bottle.
This will be the longest camp trip I’ve ever done. I’ve never been out in a very high wind situation that an easy bail out wasn’t near by. This will be very different. This trip has been five years in the making, and it’s almost here.
I’m not looking forward to the long drive, but I can’t wait to see the west, which I’ve only flown over up to this point. Trip report to follow, assuming a bear doesn’t eat me…