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    aka 'Extra' MikekiM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Upwind and far away.

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    Another ugly fire!

    How many times did the wind change on us?
    Yes, my pack weighs 70lbs, but it's all light weight gear....
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    If you are at all 'close' you are GOING to have holes from embers. I don't even want to be near one at all and always want to be upwind. That is extremely difficult in the mountains when the wind is swirling from every direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikekiM View Post
    Another ugly fire!

    How many times did the wind change on us?
    It was swiveling from N to SW... very annoying, and a good example of why you don't want to camp close by.

    Very handy for re-heating coffee in the morning. Ahh.

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    At least eight car lengths, good advice for hammocks and driving.
    "If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done." - L Wittgenstein

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    Far enough for regular volume speech to be a mumble. Not because I slumber early, but because that's about far enough that I don't worry about embers. I'm usually the last at the fire.
    Enjoy and have fun with your family, before they have fun without you

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    I'm typically a good distance away, just because of the position of the trees to the fire rings. However, I've been watching some bushcraft/survival videos and they often have the fires pretty close to themselves and they are using a heavier tarp than what most of us use. Often they are reflective emergency tarps to reflect the heat from the fire to where they are sleeping. Still amazing (and a little jealous) of seeing them use a fire so close for heat.

    - Clyde

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