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Trip Planning » Planning a winter hot tent trip » 11/27/2018 12:07 pm

Steve E
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As happy as I am to see and hear about more and more people taking interest in winter camping, I have to say that selfishly I wish they wouldn't lol... I find winter used to be one time in the park you were guaranteed total solitude, even at Mew Lake.  Over the past several years though the park is getting increasingly busy, even in the winter.  Maybe we should start spreading some "fake news" and tell the masses how terrible winter camping is, and then we can keep the park to ourselves in the winter     I'm kidding of course...but man has there ever been a surge in at least interest in winter camping.  

Trip Planning » Planning a winter hot tent trip » 11/23/2018 5:32 pm

Steve E
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I agree too with what was said above.  If I'm going for anything less than 3 nights I'll cold tent, tarp or hammock it.  Anything more than 3 nights then it's worth the extra work to lug in and set up the tent and stove.  I find too that I spend WAY more time processing firewood when I hot tent.  I always want three piles of tinder, kindling and wood:  1 for an outside fire, 1 for when I first retire into the hot tent and then another for first thing in the morning...

Trip Planning » Planning a winter hot tent trip » 11/22/2018 9:46 pm

Steve E
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The Airfield area as suggested above is such a great place to hot tent.  You get the benefits of an interior-style trip with the perks of being within walking distance to:
-a heated comfort station (bathroom and showers)
-running hot water (at the comfort station)
-firewood you can buy
-your vehicle
It's really hard to beat that!  It's nice to be able to access your vehicle as well in the event things go south or you just can't get warm.  Also opens up options for other hikes along the corridor if you're game for going for a drive.

I'm not really sure of any place that rents hot tents..there have been a few people asking lately though so maybe one of the outfitters will consider it as winter camping is gaining popularity.

One thing to keep in mind is that most of the wood up there is softwood so unless you plan on waking up every 2 hours to stoke the fire, the tent will drop down to ambient temperatures very quickly.  This was a bit of a surprise for me when I first did it as I totally thought I'd get most of a nights burn if I loaded the stove up...not the case though.  I now let the stove burn out and usually within an hour to an hour and a half the temperature inside the tent is about the same as outside...

Shayne74 thanks for linking that article.  I did that a few years back and completely forgot about it!  I'll have to add hammocking now as I've really gotten into that, even in the winter

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/13/2018 6:00 pm

Steve E
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Thanks Doug!  Really is a great area...

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/12/2018 6:17 pm

Steve E
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Well there were a fair few hunters out and about.  We came across different 3 piles of moose remains (skulls, fur, legs) in different spots on our hikes that looked very freshly put there by hunters (all inside the park).   You could hear gunshots every now and then as well. 

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/12/2018 3:29 pm

Steve E
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UP_the_Creek, thank you I really appreciate that! 

Here's another shot (reverse angle) from our time at the top of the Barron Canyon...
http://i65.tinypic.com/2vl85t2.jpg

 

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/07/2018 7:57 am

Steve E
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Thanks PaPaddler   I have to say we were pretty amazed at how well the reflector worked.  And lets face it, experimenting and taking time to cook a meal around the fire is kind of half the fun!

Trip Planning » Sand Dunes - Lake Traverse » 11/06/2018 10:19 pm

Steve E
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That's great info thanks so much for sharing!  We actually just got back and didn't end up making it to that specific area.  We hiked all around little roads and trails off the road into Traverse so we'll have to scope that area out next time.  Thanks again for the info!
 

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/06/2018 10:17 pm

Steve E
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Thanks! Lol I'll keep that in mind if I need more models!

Trip Reports » Another 6 Days on Sec (Pics) » 11/06/2018 9:00 pm

Steve E
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After a great trip this time last year on Sec Lake with my dad, we figured we'd head back again this year.  We don't get to that area of the park very often so it's a nice change of scenery from the corridor and west side.  We headed up at 5 am on Nov 1 and arrived about 5 1/2 hours later.  The park was practically deserted short of a few hunt camps around the park perimeter (I'm assuming on Crown Land).  We stayed at the site you can pretty much drive to which was nice as we could bring some more creature comforts from home.  My dad is in his 70's and is a real trooper but we both have come to appreciate some of the comforts when camping. 

It was a mixed bag of weather with highs around 4 and low around -4.  Lots of drizzle and a few flurries but we had our site covered with a monster tarp so we were fine.  We also tried bringing a chainsaw for the first time to help with the processing of wood.  I have to say it made things a ton easier (I have back issues and sawing just kills it). 

We did have an issue with mice on the site as they seemed to be into everything.  One night at about 4 am my truck alarm went off.  It woke me out of a sound sleep and my heart was pounding as I ran to it only to find nothing disturbed.  This happened the next night as well and it finally hit me that I had a mouse (or mice) in my truck and it was setting off the sensors... I fully expected to get to my truck to find it either broken into or destroyed by a bear lol...

Anyway here are some pics!

I made a cover for our fire pit (I made it a few trips ago) so when it rains the fire doesn't get wet.  It also works really well as a place to dry out wet firewood..It's not light but allowed us to stay under our tarp and have a roaring fire in the pouring rain!
http://i63.tinypic.com/k54b44.jpg


I had in my head an image I wanted to get from the top of the Barron Canyon at night.  My dad and I hiked up just before dark and brought coffee, snacks and extra layers r

Trip Planning » Sand Dunes - Lake Traverse » 10/31/2018 7:58 am

Steve E
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That's great info PaPaddler thanks for sharing!

Trip Planning » Sand Dunes - Lake Traverse » 10/30/2018 9:02 pm

Steve E
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Does anyone know anything about the area on Jeff's Map noted as "Sand Dunes"?  Sounds and looks like an interesting area...just wondering if anyone has explored this area?

http://i66.tinypic.com/11mdedi.png

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