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PostPosted: January 24th, 2023, 8:54 pm 
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It is my first-time winter camping in a summer tent at -23° C. I chose to go to Algonquin Park, an area I didn't explore before.
With a forecast of 2 sunny days and a minimum of -15°C during the night, I jumped at the occasion.
They were wrong about the night temperatures. I would do some things differently, but that's how you learn.
I was taken by surprise by a titmouse that landed on my palm out of nowhere. Another surprise waited for me in the parking lot. A pine marten. He seemed to be well-habituated with people.

Besides the summer tent, I had 2 sleeping pads: a closed-cell and a self-inflatable mattress.
Two sleeping bags: one rated -9°C and a summer bag. Not enough for the low temperatures!
Next time I will bring 2 winter bags.

For a late lunch, I cooked delicious bacon with eggs on the campfire.

In the morning I quickly used my HOBO stove to boil water. Very practical!

That concludes the first episode of a year-long CHALLENGE! To wild camp at least one time each month. Join me on my journey!

Here is my movie:
https://youtu.be/HJJW9o8D3W4


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2023, 8:32 am 
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Well done!
Keep your water bottle in a sock in your sleeping bag. Double-check the lid. The sock with absorb any leakage if you miss it, and keep the water from burning you, or chilling you if it cools. I prefer to use boiled and then slightly cooled water (depends on what your bottle is made of, so try it at home first so you don't melt it) - I tuck it near my core when I climb in, and I am nicely warmed. Large water containers should be turned upside down and buried until needed. There is lots of great advice in the Winter Camping sections of this forum :):)

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2023, 6:36 pm 
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Thanks, Cheryl,

I plan to put my water bottle in the sleeping bag next time. Good idea with the sock.
Live and learn...


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2023, 6:56 pm 
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Added some edits above. For sleeping, it can help to have a small warm blank (or I use my fleece) to wrap around your feet. A hat is a must and a buff. I pull the hat down to the rip of my nose, and the buff up around my chin. The head and neck are warm. I layer in my bag, as I am a cold sleeper, so a zip-up fleece on more torso helps. I also stuff a down throw blanket in the bottom of the bag, and I might pull it up along the inner zipper (I will double bag), then I can drag it over me in my bag, or tuck it around any cold areas.

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PostPosted: February 18th, 2023, 5:08 pm 
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This is the second trip this year.
Following Cheryl's advice I placed the water bottle between my 2 sleeping bags. The water was cold but it didn't freeze.

Thank you, Cheryl!

If you're looking for a winter wonderland to explore, then this video is for you!
Though it might be cold outside, this video will keep you entertained and excited for winter adventures!
This time my friend and I are heading out for a quick overnight in the forest. We'll explore a beautiful camping spot while enjoying some delicious bacon with eggs in the process!

Here it is: https://youtu.be/O5HC34402oI

Enjoy!


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