Talking Winter Camping…Part 4

Talking Winter Camping…Part 4


On the last video is talking about stoves and I mentioned I use my old MSR whisper light and that’s the stove right here had this stove for 20-something years. It used to be the stove I used for every trip now with the advent of canister stoves and alcohol stoves and all that I’ve gone alcohol for most of my trips except for winter Other than having my Medallia daughter from the from the hammock. I have to melt a lot of snow. So here’s how this one works So first thing you do is you I got my bottle in here with my fuel Giving it a few pumps and I’m getting a little bit of fuel down into the little priming bin down here Alright, then I turn my stove completely off. I’m gonna light That fuel there we go Now that’s going to burn and heat up this whole element and these fuel valves here and it’ll start atomizing I Know that was a big word that fuel I Have a windscreen I’m gonna put that around just for a minute while that’s burning Okay, so that’ll go and the tricky part is is to when that starts you can hear it starting to talk And when that fuels almost done I turn the valve and light the stove without having to get a lighter out A little bit of water in there, but I start adding my snow and melt it up And then of course put the windscreen on there And you want that windscreen on and you got it all going And that water is already starting to bubble and it’s just a little bit in there But that’s my powerhouse for winter camping And one thing about winter camping is a lot of you it’s gonna be cold, you know to be down in the 20s But there may be no snow but if you’re up in snow, or you’re not used to it throwing yourself a cheap pair of shades, I Make the mistake. You’re not doing this a lot and there’s been times. I’ve been hiking across some lakes with a sleety icy snow in my face and I had to pull my hat down like that to walk because it was just pelting my eyes and even a nice pair of uh This kind of lit up the day nice pair of goggles And I carry these I don’t use them a lot I Wish I’d have had him on that frozen lake the couple times I’ve had needed them It was good to have so looking into that bright snow all day. Definitely can make you squint So that’s just something to consider as well but me Most time I end up is pulling my hat down This is the down bootie from REI this two was thirty thirty-five bucks I’ve worn these out just alone in dry snow up here in Minnesota so in your winter Some of you’re gonna have snow some of you’re gonna not have snow some of you only get snow once or twice a year It’s liable to be wet snow this would do you no good, but if you’re out and it’s real cold, and it’s totally dry Those synthetic are down booties for a rim camp, you know you might get a little muddy in a little moisture put those motorcycle things over them or do the best cam but Especially when I first started camping in Minnesota, I would just wear these in the dry snow and I never got a cold foot I prefer the mukluks, but they did me right if you look in the description box below this video I will have a link to my playlist one is called winter warmth and It’s all about clothes layering system a little bit more in detail of what I’ve been talking about There’s also one about how to try to keep your feet warm for the winter Goes through a plethora of things from boots the techniques. Um, I talked about on here some some things that we haven’t talked about yet The more I think about it the more there is to winter camping. Just know that your loads going to be a little bigger Things get a little more critical I always figure on a solo if I get hurt, you know in the summer or you know late spring or early fall early If I have to lay out there for the night on the trail without you know Any help I’ll probably be okay there gets to be a certain point in winter where that game changes a lot so, you know once things start breaking down a Lot of times if one thing goes bad then the second thing goes bad Then the third thing goes bad and your three levels of bad in so you got to take a little more heed Gets cold at night and you know, if you’re a guy that lives down south or somewhere in the warm climates, you know thirty degrees Probably pretty cold to you here in Minnesota, you know zero can be pretty nice for us But as you know, you start getting down in the sub zero’s it gets critical it’s beautiful, but there’s less chance, you know if I fall in the water and You know go through the ice and if I’m able to get out and don’t die I’ve got to hopefully have some dry clothes or get a fire started Some of this stuff just takes practice, you know, and it’s it’s fun. Maybe you don’t have time but like I say If you the first time you winter camp don’t go too far in so if you need to bail and get out to your car You know don’t feel bad about that, you know build up until you’re you’re there, you know Take it go out for just one night and see if you can sleep warm one more thing to consider Is to get yourself a pair of these Cotulla ice spikes stretch around your boot Go right on there. They’re easy to put on and off. I tried in the past There were things called yak tracks looks like a little spring kind of goes on the same way, except it Looks like a little spring that Criss crosses under your feet. They never held up for me in the long run These have been using for years I use them all the time I use them You know Shoveling snow and working around my house here if it’s gonna be icy and a lot of you guys are gonna get icy trails Man, and when you’re sliding all day, it just wastes a lot of energy your feet are sliding They’re sliding backwards when you walk your pussy foot. You’re gonna fall and get hurt Pair, these man will solve your problem So if it’s gonna be icy, but you know You’re not necessary gonna need to get snowshoes. You don’t live in that kind of climate pair of ice spikes man They’re a game-changer in the winter. Just slip them on over the top put it on just like that and That way my foot is not sliding backwards, it’s got grip all day long so they come on and off real easy Grab the back pull that thing off boom Cotulla ice spikes Maybe asking kids to give you pay for your birthday cuz you’re old you got everything you need but a pair of these And I want you to go out and enjoy some winter. You’ll feel great about it If you can go out you know if thirty degrees is your goal and You go out and you conquer it you come home and you go it’s pretty good I need some better footwear or better gloves then You know what you got to work on but you go I slept good. Feet were a little cold Maybe I should put that jacket over the foot box. So things like that It’s the only way to know so now I’m just gonna take my down jacket I’ve got the whole thing zipped up and I’m just gonna reach inside And I’m gonna pull the sleeves to the inside all right, so they’re just inside the zipped up jacket And then I’ll put that whole thing over the foot box of my top quilt so there we are on my Exped pad and That is my jacks are better Sierra stealth sniffler good to about minus five and I just have my jacket Over where my feet would be so pockets are zipped up Sleeves are tucked in Just sew that down From that sleeve. It’s inside there not just dangling free out here. So it’s inside doing some work, too I can reach in there and make sure to pull those You know over the top of my foot or that really helps a lot Now I can do the same thing in the hammock Either just having it laying around my foot box while in the hammock or with certain hammocks I can put it around the outside of the hammock and it sort of goes around the end of the under quilt Particularly, if you’ve got a parcel under quilt, but this is my full length album era from local libery So this is what I was talking to putting the jacket around the whole end of the hammock. Alright seals any gaps Then when I’m laying in here and my feet are tucked inside this thing up in here. There’s just a little bit more Protection around your feet and it’s very effective and I do it a lot In fact almost every time I winter camps especially starting when it’s getting, you know, 20 degrees and below I’ll just do that every time and I’ll wear one or two pair of loose wool socks I might wear my opossum down socks and then a real loose pair over them and if I get cold feet I know something to do with my body or I went to you know went to sleep a cold feet or Something just not ripe generally Feet are pretty good. It’s a long night, you know, the days are short so find myself crawling in to go to Snooze time, you know, 7:30 8 o’clock 9 maybe if I’m really staying up late partying and Sleeping through the night and it doesn’t get light till 7 o’clock. So it’s a long night of your body just burning off everything It’s using to stay warm. So I’ll see on the next part whoo buddy, and but at and all secured in Sector 7 for now anyway

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