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    Cold Canadian Hammocking!

    Hi All,
    just returned from a 2 week trip in Canada. It got down to -6C but I was toasty in my 30 degree peapod with yeti underquilt and JRB Stealth top quilt. So warm infact that I had to vent the peapod down to my waist!
    The setup took up half my pack, but it was a comfort to know that no matter how cold it got, I would be fine.

    The only problem was that towards the end of the trip, I stank so much that I couldn't bear to seal up the peapod, the smell was awful!

    The trip was centered around primitive skills rather than hiking, so the camping took place in base camps. I also tested out a 10 by 10 winter tarp made up for me by our own forum member Hitchhiking, this also added a lot to the warmth. With the doors of the tarp closed, lying in the sealed peapod with both quilts, I had quite the little microclimate going on

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    cold canadian hammocking -6c LOL. Next week its going down to -15 here in the kootenays ( southern BC ). Whereabouts where you in your primitive skills course?? Glad you had a good time.
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    Got any pics? Curious to see your set-up in action.

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    I'm sure Supertramp & Turk will find the assumption that -6=cold to be funny too.

    Heck us most of us Canadians can't even hack our way out of the Igloo until it warms up to -20!
    Mbiraman: You must live in the high Rockies for it to get that cold in BC. (I am in the banana belt of Southern Ontario, it usually stays between +2 & -10 for Jan & Feb.
    hehe jk, I am happy to hear that you had a good time. The survival course thing sounds cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rug View Post
    I'm sure Supertramp & Turk will find the assumption that -6=cold to be funny too.

    Heck us most of us Canadians can't even hack our way out of the Igloo until it warms up to -20!
    Mbiraman: You must live in the high Rockies for it to get that cold in BC. (I am in the banana belt of Southern Ontario, it usually stays between +2 & -10 for Jan & Feb.
    hehe jk, I am happy to hear that you had a good time. The survival course thing sounds cool.
    What is that ( -6C), low 20sF? Well, I guess that was fairly cold at least for the time of year, even in Canada and certainly cold compared to summer hanging. I wonder though if that qualifies as super cold in Australia? No idea! Sounds like you did well, but I'm not surprised with both a PeaPod and Yeti under you, plus a light top quilt. It's obvious you'll be able to go a lot colder with that setup. A lot colder.

    Using some of the long johns and liner socks containing small amounts of silver, or Merino wool, has really made the terrible stink a thing of the past for me, on trips up to 1 week anyway. Plus, I have used some of that space age no rinse body wash and shampoo on a couple of trips, when I can afford to take along an extra oz or three. It works like magic, really great when the water is just to cold to hop in.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rug View Post
    I'm sure Supertramp & Turk will find the assumption that -6=cold to be funny too.

    Heck us most of us Canadians can't even hack our way out of the Igloo until it warms up to -20!
    Mbiraman: You must live in the high Rockies for it to get that cold in BC. (I am in the banana belt of Southern Ontario, it usually stays between +2 & -10 for Jan & Feb.
    hehe jk, I am happy to hear that you had a good time. The survival course thing sounds cool.
    Actually i live in the Selkirks in the Nelson area, half way between Vancouver and Calgary. Generally our winters are about -7c to +5c and we usually get a cold spell for a week to ten days of -10 to -17. I guess thats coming next week. The coast and southern BC get moderate temps but northern BC and the East Kootenays ( right next to the rockies ) is a different story. Oz is pretty warm compared to Canada.
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    I'll load some pics today.
    Hey! -6 is cold! It was 40 degrees in Australia when I left! Freezing is about as low as it gets here.

    The only downside of teh trip was that a mouse or something similar chewed my JRB quilt and peapod to take some down for its next presumably. I'll have to sew them back up. At least I'll recognise my quilts in a lineup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wentworth View Post
    The only problem was that towards the end of the trip, I stank so much that I couldn't bear to seal up the peapod, the smell was awful!
    Note to self; do not buy a used peapod from Wentworth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rug View Post
    I'm sure Supertramp & Turk will find the assumption that -6=cold to be funny too.

    Heck us most of us Canadians can't even hack our way out of the Igloo until it warms up to -20!
    Mbiraman: You must live in the high Rockies for it to get that cold in BC. (I am in the banana belt of Southern Ontario, it usually stays between +2 & -10 for Jan & Feb.
    hehe jk, I am happy to hear that you had a good time. The survival course thing sounds cool.
    This is coming from the guy who lives in the Southern most point of Canada. Windsor practically has a tropical climate. I am a little further east and North (Oshawa area) of you and the last couple of winters it has been colder than usual. Temperatures in the -20C range for long stretches. One has to admit that this November has been rather mild for the area.

    As for the Aussie who left in the beginning of his summer at +40C, a swing to -6C in temperature is pretty extreme. But I have to admit that a peapod with a yeti and then a stealth top quilt would be a bit much for most. Probably could have gotten away with out the peapod or the Yeti. One or the other would have been sufficient. As the old saying goes, better to have it and not need it than the reverse.

    But you are right, -6C is hardly calling it cold. Those below the 43rd parallel (North latitude) really don't know the meaning of cold. And even some of those above the 49th parallel (southern coastal areas of BC) don't know what cold is either. ;-) Bah at -6C most Canadian are just beginning to think of putting on a light jacket over their T-shirt. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wentworth View Post
    I'll load some pics today.
    Hey! -6 is cold! It was 40 degrees in Australia when I left! Freezing is about as low as it gets here.

    The only downside of teh trip was that a mouse or something similar chewed my JRB quilt and peapod to take some down for its next presumably. I'll have to sew them back up. At least I'll recognise my quilts in a lineup...
    I only just realized that you live in Oz but were camping in Canada! You get around!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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