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Camping for the 2019 season

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Sage Oya, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Done!
     
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  2. Noah

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    Does anyone use one of those canvas tents with a stove? Are they practical and possible to use in winter? Easy to setup? or are they silly?
     
  3. GS

    GS A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  4. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another epic 3 day weekend at Ngarigo camping. Tent continued its bomber performance with no signs of problems even with the strong winds on Friday and heavy snow falls. Campsite wasn’t too busy Friday night, Saturday was a bit busier. Mostly vans but a few die hard in tents (some abandoned LOL, but bad form for leaving you destroyed tent behind :()

    The road in and out was a struggle for some. Slipped and slid back in on Saturday night. Campsite would have had more than a foot of snow, made setting up and trekking to the loo a tad more effort LOL. Prettiest I’ve seen it though :love:

    Anyway I’ll let the pics do the talking.

     
  5. Parallax

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    Wow so many collapsed tents above.

    I often camp at JB plain when skiing at Hotham. About 3 storms ago I came back to my tent on Saturday Arvo to find it rather buried. Took about 20 minutes to dig it all out again.

    Last Friday night I rocked up and started my usual "ski packing" to make a tent site. The snow was so dry and fluffy it wasn't packing down to well. I eventually made it solid enough to pitch a tent on, but if I tried to walk on it id sink up to past my knees so had to get into the tent while still clipped into my xc skis.
     

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  6. coolair

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    Managed to do a quick trip to Island bend Sunday to Tuesday morning, most snow in the camp ground I
    had to work to get to #jacko4650 camp site, 4x4, shovel and chains, but worth it.
    Good fire side Beveridge and talk, also brilliant skiing.
    Beware of Rythm Cooma, went in to buy new gloves and came out with new skis, and my old gloves.
     
  7. hpsauce

    hpsauce A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What a tent! Best colour ever. The Blue Igloo
     
  8. skull

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    what car you running?

    We will be back at Diggings after our weekend of lording it in real accommodation. With the traffic mayhem last weekend, our plan will be jump in the car around 0700 drive to Tbo car park and we will cook up breakfast there.
     
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  9. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bacon & eggs & toast I hope.:)

    It’ll be murder to jump out of the car to that smell after a Sat or Sun Jindy to Thredbo sloooowww drive.:thumbs:
     
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  10. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    We've got a Mitsubishi Pajero with mud +snow tyres so wasn't too much of a problem, made it in and out in 4 high with the centre diff locked. If it was a bit more slippy i could have gone 4 low and used the rear diff lock and worst case my snow chains if needed.

    There was a bloke that had driven down in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that got stuck after sliding down the entry road but i suspect this was more due to the fact that he had bald low profile summer tyres. He couldn't get traction on the flat.
     
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  11. northsail

    northsail One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Did you camp up top or down on river? I have a similar nav and tow a campomatic camper. Plan to be camping this Sunday or Monday for the week. Looks a lot different to 3 weeks ago when i camped on lower camp area.
     
  12. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    How does the Aliner go with setup and take down in the snow? does the interior get wet? I've been day dreaming of a small van but was think more along the lines of a jayco Jpod with a solid body.

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  13. skull

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    thanks, we would have been proper stuck then with a Volvo XC70
     
  14. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hard to say, Ive seen some videos online of XC70s driving around in the snow no problems but I assume they were using winter tyres. Do you have snow chains as a back up?
     
  15. skull

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    nope. Have a shovel for digging if required. Will purchase some chains though I think.
     
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  16. Sage Oya

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    Cheap insurance imo for icy conditions :thumbs:

    Here's what the drive in on Saturday night looked like and the drive out on Sunday. The snow wasn’t really an issue but the icy spots going down hill were a bit sketchy with plenty of trees to slide into.

     
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  17. coolair

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    Camped up top, I would not try and take the van down the bottom, at the rate the snow melts down there it will be ok.
     
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  18. coolair

    coolair One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    never has set up issues, sometimes I need to clear the snow off the roof when packing up but not a problem,I just have the top vent slightly open and no condensation issues, I prefer to cook outside but it does have the internal kitchen and dining table which is great in bad weather, also the double bed is good.
     
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  19. coolair

    coolair One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Jpod can get to more places but I purchased the Avan knowing the limitations, there is an off road version available
    but I am not into 4x4 off road camping.
     
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  20. Sage Oya

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    Awesome! Looks like a sweet setup!! Double bed would be so luxurious :D
     
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  21. Snow Blowey

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    I'd go a van over the pod. Pod is just like sleeping in a van but you can't climb into bed from driver's seat. And you have to tow it and park it. Van not so good on corrugated outback roads though.
     
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  22. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I mod a local tent. It's awesome but I wouldn't like to run the fire if it was windy.

    Takes about 30mins to setup and take. Down. Requires lots of space in vehicle.
     
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  23. skull

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    The wife has discovered the vw skyline Campers. Four seat, four berth camper van.

    We live in an apartment and the underground car park has a height limit at 2.1, which I think the skyline comes in at. We are hoping to get our hands on their demo vehicle to suss it out. Camping wise it’s on the money, it’s just getting it in our car park that is the real blocker.
     
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  24. Sage Oya

    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    We’d considered building a van but ultimately decided that a pajero was more suited to our needs outside of skiing. Would be awesome though to be able to crawl forward turn on the ignition and heat up the vehicle without having to go out in the elements :p
     
  25. Snow Blowey

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    You just want a bed in it imo. Kitchens and cupboards are not necessary, that what MSR stove and fires are for. Three in our van is cramped. Last weekend I had it to myself and it was luxury.

    @skull - avoid high roof. You can get a pop top conversion but it costs. There are ways to convert space between window sills across front seats into a bed. Or build double double bunkabove some slim drawers and then use roof racks.
     
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  26. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Van is handy. I've found mine great for working from compared to dual cab. The VW goes really well on the open road. Only rough tracks are a problem.
     
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  27. skull

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    Pop top would be our only choice due to apartment parking.

    The skyline have a push up top to set bed up for kids.
     
  28. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'd see if you can ditch all the camper stuff. There's no way you'd ever sit inside cooking. It would be horrible. Better to pack a stove and do that outside.

    Width of the van is good. It's as wide as a king bed. Consider how pop up roof would go in high wind also.
     
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  29. coolair

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    let the tires down.
     
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  30. skull

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    This could work, drop the pressure to get in and out, and just drop into the servo around the corner.
     
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  31. Noah

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    What's the issue with the fire in the wind? Ashes blowing onto the tent? Got a picture of the tent setup?
     
  32. Snow Blowey

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    In the wind I'd be concerned that a tent knock down would cause the material to ignite. The firebox flue glows red hot when its burning well.

     
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  33. skull

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    Just been checking weather and the bom has a severe weather warning for damaging winds ...

    Grrr...

    Car is already packed ready for camping.
     
  35. Sage Oya

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    Looks windy for tonight. Thankfully we're just camping tomorrow night.

    Going to run the gauntlet @skull ?
     
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  36. skull

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    Wife has left it up to me to make the call. I think we should be ok
     
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    damned if you do, and damned if you dont in that scenario, so may as well DO
     
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  38. Noah

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    That looks a nice setup. Any issues with the stove in the tent beside not using it in the wind?
     
  39. skull

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    Geeze diggings had a crowd when we arrived last night.

    Although managed a great location down the bottom which is also quite conveniently located for getting to toilet.

    No wind but was drizzling, so got damp setting up and we didn’t bother with the fire. Decided to leave early this morning to get up to Thredbo to avoid traffic. Left around 0630 up in the car park by 0650. Nice and early and up the front.

    Had hot water ready to go so we could have breakfast in the car park.

    @Snow Blowey saw another black wolf at diggings. Not you is it?
     
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  40. Snow Blowey

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    Not me. I am home this weekend.
     
  41. Snow Blowey

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    No. It gets very hot very quickly. Need to leave the door open a bit. This could be improved with a heavier firebox, but you have to be able to move it. I lined mine and it would burn for a bit over 3 hrs with crappy alpine wood. Never tried it with good wood.
     
  42. Untele-whippet

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    The Diggings.
    Not too crowded tonight!
     
  43. Sage Oya

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    Lux!
     
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  44. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Snow Camping at Lake Catani 12th , 13 th & 14 th of August 2019 ,Mt. Buffalo Nat. Park. Great XC skiing here in VIC. ! . We snow shoed in with our packs and camping gear and I went back to the car , approximately 1.5 ? kms to fetch my BC XC skis and green day pack for skiing etc.
     
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  45. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    How was the parking at JB Plain?. I figure If I rock up on a Tuesday to camp there then the long weekend skiers will have gone home by then.