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    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 iīve made my own little analogy: Train hard - camp easy

    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 didīnt end up in the local newspaper, and after pushing my selected trees - this nearly missed my face(note the glove for size comparison) 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))



    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) i nearly got frostbite when packing down my gear.

    Wear gaiters; Snow filled shoes ainīt 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)

    Enjoy

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    Winter test in a snow storm!

    Great trip report bomber !

    I also watched Avatar last night

    You and i have more snow than Laggträsk

    I saw, that you where out with Blaze too the other day, train , train
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    beautiful pictures and glad you enjoyed it.

    cutter

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    Great pictures! That looks like a great camp out!

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    "Train hard - camp easy" thats a great motto.
    Loved the pictures!
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    Wow ... look at that snow ... Wow .. Great trip report and thanks for posting.
    Questtrek
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    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.
    Last edited by moski; 11-28-2010 at 10:33.
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    Thanks Moski, this is not normal i Denmark(all the snow) but itīs Bl**** great
    How much do you have at the moment?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber View Post
    Thanks Moski, this is not normal i Denmark(all the snow) but itīs Bl**** great
    How much do you have at the moment?
    40 - 50 cm and -6C !
    SKAHOw peter has 10cm and -13C.
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    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?
    It could be that the purpose of my life is merely to serve as a warning to others.

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