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    Is anyone interested in an ongoing camping thread?

    I consider being outdoors and camping one of the finer things in life. I try to get as many camp outs in as I can per year, but at minimum I go on 4 trips a year. Most of my camping is walk-in style, but occasionally we will drive to a campsite and do some luxury camping w/chairs and coolers. I will get things started by posting two wintertime camping photos.

    Boiling water for coffee after a big snow. This was about a year ago. We had about 10 inches of snow between 11PM and 8AM.
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    This was a couple of weeks ago. This is my buddy standing on lake ice. Most of the lake was iced over.
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    I'll have to dig up some of my hiking trip pic's! Don't get to go much any more, my brother moved out of state, and he was my main hiking partner. We try to get one in a year, planning for October this year, hopefully.
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    West Rim Trail PA, and Matthews arm loop trail, VA
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    Great idea for a thread!

    No pics, but my son and I just did the Boy Scouts "Klondike Derby" winter campout last weekend. Two nights, with lows down to 18 F and -2 F respectively. Our tents went up over a cushion of snow about 12-18 inches deep.

    Almost every spring/summer, we'll backback 4-6 days up in Minnesota (we're in Chicago).

    Thanks for starting the thread!
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    Thanks for posting those wonderful pics, Trimmy.
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    That sounds like a cold campout, deepweeds. It stops being fun for me when the temp gets below 10F.
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    Great thread, I love to see camping pics and different set ups...

    I was born in Canada so grew up appreciating the out of doors lifestyle, problem is I moved to the UK at 23 and still live here. Not bad news but not as great for having space and freedom to enjoy camping in the same style.

    My mission has been to get out at least once a month but sometimes manage 8 weekends in a row now my lad is getting older. We vary the set ups depending on what we want to do. The easiest thing has been renting woodland with friends so we have the opportunity to use chainsaws to manage the land and cook on open fires and shoot for the pot.









    Luckily I do some work doing traditional firelighting demos and survival skills and general bushcraft so I have a lot of dirt time. Great idea for a thread, I do hope people post up more pictures so I can see your playgrounds and be jealous of all that land you have to spend quality time in! Keep em coming guys
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    Wow. What's in the Dutch oven, Sasquatch?

    I like seeing other peoples setups and camping areas too. I kinda dabble in Bushcrafting but am not really hardcore about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leatherstockiings View Post
    This was a couple of weeks ago. This is my buddy standing on lake ice. Most of the lake was iced over.
    Great thread idea.

    I really need to get my lazy butt out for some quality time in the snow before winter bids us adieu. Your pic of the lake reminded me of what it one of my all-time favourite camping experiences: sleeping in a quinzhee that had been built on a frozen lake. Now, any well-built quinzhee will be a load of fun and nice and snug, but being on the lake was something special. The ice is constantly shifting, cracking, and settling, so every once in a while you get these really weird noises that range from a zingy blaster shot in star wars to a dead ringer of a .22 being fired. This is especially true if it gets *really* cold as this causes the ice to contract, leading to more cracking. The night I'm thinking about went down to about -40c so there was plenty of sound effects. But since we did a good job on building the thing by morning we had thrown off the blankets and were sitting around in t-shirts. Very, very cool experience.

    Oh, just be sure the ice is thick enough! Where we were was nearly a metre thick so there were no worries about it failing.
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