This thread taught me about cold weather winter hanging.
Last winter, for the first season ever; I was hanging during several weekends in below freezing/snowy weather as well as during a couple of weekends with lows in the teens (OK- so not so cold as many).
What I learned here, and on a few other threads about cold weather, helped me stay warm and dry ;-)
This winter I am looking forward to snow, cold weather and winter hangs
Thought our new members could learn by reading through it and our veterans may have some new tips to add to it.
Hope it helps!
A couple other helpful Cold weather threads:
Last edited by Loki; 10-06-2014 at 10:32.
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Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn." ó John Muir
First off great thread rival as we approach winter here and the ever present dangers of.
The above Quoted post catches my attention as yesterday I was oogling the seekoutside.com equipment.
Having a Plan B or C or D to me is critical when things go sideways and having a second shelter, with heat, besides the hammock is the route I would go once the snow hits even though temps may even be around the freeze point.
A little extra gear on a pulk is not the end of the world especially if it saves your hide.
Dealing with condensation for me is a big concern with the hammock and have been trying some stuff even though temps have only touched the freeze point here. A blanket thrown over the ridge line of the hammock seems to help huge....breathable but also holds a little warmth in keeping the dew out, not sure how it will fair once temps drop below freeze...
And like is seemingly ALWAYS stated on this site TEST TEST TEST. I would backyard yard test for a extended period before ever venturing out as bailing out is not really a option (even though though it may be) hence having a Plan B on site.
I do look forward to oogling others experiences (already oogled Shug's -40f video a couple of times) in the depths of winter and backyard testing this winter on a small scale to gain some progressive experience
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I pretty much nailed down my winter backpacking after a few years.
The one thing that still troubles me are the boots. The first morning they are cold, but warm up on my feet OK. The second or third morning seem to be the problem after they get wet from melting snow. The next morning, they are frozen solid. Way too big to sleep with to keep warm - I'm already doing that with enough gear. I've used hand warmers with some success, but can't rely on them.
I've been told my best option is a pair with removable liners. Easy to warm up and dry out.
markr6 I used to have the same problem until I switched to a pair of pac boots with liners. It is much easier to keep the liners warm at night and with some you can even get extra liners. The downside is that it is harder (at least for me) to find a pair that is comfortable for backpacking long distances. Like all other gear there are huge variations in quality and warmth.