Winter test in a snow storm!
This weekend the forecast promised cooler temperatures and light snow, something that usually is scarce in Denmark. So off course i had to do a little gear testing and check if both gear and me was up to standards. In the service there is a saying: Train hard - fight easy, when it comes to hiking and camping i´ve made my own little analogy: Train hard - camp easy:D
I deliberately found a windy unsheltered exposed campsite to find flaws in my technique/setup.
Conditions faced where: temps of around 19dg fahrenheit with a windchill factor reaching around -9dg fahreheit.
Here is some pics on the way out.
After some recent threads on HF about falling trees, i wanted to make sure that i did´nt end up in the local newspaper, and after pushing my selected trees - this nearly missed my face(note the glove for size comparison):scared: after this i of course found some other trees to hang from.
Here is a pic of the "camp" after setting it up:
After setting up camp it was Tea time with Tinny(and Stovemandan(Tanks for the tips Dan, they worked like a treat:thumbup1:))
After a short while i decider to retreat to comfort and luxury in the hammock, watching Avatar on the ipod. As you can see i am beginning to look a bit sleepy:
After this i couldnt take any more pics - both my camera and phone went dead from the cold.
All in all the trip was a success, i learned some important lessons:
Wear thin gloves for dexterity(i only had ski gloves that didnt allow me to setup camp:scared:) i nearly got frostbite when packing down my gear.
Wear gaiters; Snow filled shoes ain´t nice...
Make sure your stove is placed on a firm ground, mine tilted several times - because it thawed underneath.
Wear snow goggles, normal glasses are rendered useless in wind borne snow(they fog up and get covered with ice)
A big tarp is useful for keeping snow out of your stuff!
Get a headlight -much easier than holding an aluminum flashlight in the mouth!
Keep electronics in a hot place, the batteries dont like the cold(or just get lithium batteries)
Winter test in a snow storm!
Great trip report bomber !
I also watched Avatar last night :laugh:
You and i have more snow than Laggträsk :confused:
I saw, that you where out with Blaze too the other day, train , train :D
beautiful pictures and glad you enjoyed it.
Great pictures! That looks like a great camp out!
"Train hard - camp easy" thats a great motto.
Loved the pictures!
Wow ... look at that snow ... Wow .. Great trip report and thanks for posting.
all pics are great !
But what gear did you use ?
Did you get cold or cozy warm ?
I claim that lithium batteries drain in cold as well.
I got llithium powered tools in my car, after a cold night it aint much juice left in them.
Thanks Moski, this is not normal i Denmark(all the snow) but it´s Bl**** great :)
How much do you have at the moment?
SKAHOw peter has 10cm and -13C.
Absolutely gorgeous pics! Did you leave your tarp wings "up" that much all night? And that doesnt look like a lot of insulation for 19f - was there a small heater somewhere I didnt see? :)
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