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Camping up for 2018 season

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by skull, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Rain has all but completely wiped out all campers. 18mm in 3 hours with temps at 5-7 degrees = pretty miserable if you have a tent, swag, camper trailer etc.

    Nice to catch up with #Coolair & daughter yesterday; another forum member.
     
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  2. coolair

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    Good to meet as well, made it home 6 hours on the dot. a touch breezy this morning, A van handled it no problem
    but had to wait for a lull to pack it up.
     
  3. zac150

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    Anyone here tried the 12 volt oven’s ?

    Thinking of trying one out for car lunches, kind of sick of paying $80 for lunches. So Thinking this year we want to ski through to 11 have a hot choc and then ski to 1, head to the car and try either soups or something in the oven.

    Then head back out for a few hours.
     
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  4. dr80

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    I just take pre-heated soup in a thermos
    Plus one with hot water
    and go back to the car for lunch
     
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  5. Darb

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    Mate has one but it’s basiclyl a pie Warmer

    Better off with gas oven or a camp oven

    These are bloody awesome to cook with if you have fire. 10 or 12 inch. The lid also has handles so csn be a fry pan / hot plate.

    Use a pair of welders gloves to handle it - job done

     
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  6. telecrag

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    @zac150 granola doesn't need to be heated dude!

    Or go the K10 route with armpit cheesburgers, and down the pants pizza!
     
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  7. crackson

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  8. Darb

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    Gas mounted ?

     
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  9. zac150

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    Not sure KT would like me lighting a fire in the car park.

    Happy with soup but kids not so much!

    Hmmm granola.... no thanks but I’ll make you a bowl if you like!
     
  10. Sage Oya

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    Jetboil minimo coupled with a bowl of instant ramen is a winning combo for a fast, hot, cheap and easy meal.

    The imported Nissin 'Ra Oh' bowls from Japan are legit delicious if you have access to them :D

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  11. Donzah

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    Hot dogs in a thermos for the win.
     
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  12. Darb

    Darb Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    edit : sorry i just realised you aren't camping but carpark lunching ... yeah could go down badly! My experience with 12v is that apart from it needing a fair amount of amperage for a decent amount of time, it still doesn't really get hot ... nothing really will when it's using a ciggy lighter plug that can't handle more than a theoretical 10amps ( have seen sockets melt on less when contacts aren't great). Plus you'll need an auxillary battery.

    Camping with no camp fire? Harsh ... What's KT?

    Btw, soup? nah, full blown meals!




     
  13. Donzah

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    Its interesting cooking at altitude in the cold with a fire.
    Food cooks differently.
     
  14. Sage Oya

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    That looks amazing :eek::love:
     
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    I use the 12v oven often. They do draw a fair bit of battery life and you would want your ciggie lighter socket and wiring to be able to handle 10 amps.Around 30 minutes to pre heat. I buy the small foil containers from woolies and put leftovers from dinner the night before in them. Goes very well. Pies, toasties.All yum.I have a dual battery setup in my ute and i run the oven from the second battery.
     
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  16. Sage Oya

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    Currently stocked up for plenty of quick zero effort meals LOL. Could open a mini Lawson’s :p

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  17. Snow Blowey

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    I think its just the damp shitty wood and cold. Very hard to keep a bed of coals going once you put the oven on top of it.

    When i've done it i've always needed two fires. Keep one burning hot producing coals and another coal bed / small fire around the oven.
     
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  18. Darb

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    Yeah that's how we tend to do it, siphon off coals from main fire (which is usually stupidly hot) to a separate little bed of coals under the oven, and then ontop of the oven also. Also means you don't get roasted trying to tend to your oven every time.

    Some woods turn to ash very quickly too whereas Jarrah and others (I'm no expert, just learning off mates) tend to coal up and retain form / output for quite some time
     
  19. skull

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    we have a jet boil, it was good for heating the water up in the morning to make quick oats and coffees/hot chocolates.

    Although I had left it in my pack at work locked in the cage, so when we packed for the other weekend I realised we didn't have it. So we took the trannier and used that for cooking on Saturday night and also for heating water.

    On the Fridays the wife cooks up a pasta and puts it in thermos so when we arrive and set up the tent we can eat that and it is still warm.
     
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  20. Sage Oya

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    Expensive piece of kit the jetboil but well worth it imo. I dont think i can go back to stuffing around with a trangia stove these days.
     
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  21. skull

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    thanks for the correct spelling, because I had no clue.
     
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  22. Sage Oya

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    Do you find the trangia's flame difficult to manage in the wind? I'd always had trouble keeping the flames off the grass using the metal bracket/holder setup (that looks like a rotary engine rotor) when its gusty.
     
  23. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    not really, I did put a little wind break but the set up itself works well once the pots were on and it was cooking away.
     
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  24. zac150

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    Not that expensive when compared to other hiking stoves. I’m a big fan and love the plunger adapter. We’re going to through in our jumbo and go with the hot dog idea for the kids.

    On my honeymoon we stayed at freycinet lodge; whilst we are both really experienced walkers we thought we would take up the offer of a free guided walk and picnic with an experienced guide.

    So we get to the picnic spot and the “experienced guide” put the burner on the rock the top section of the tea is over the top and then the bottom section on top. I LMAO and offered to fix it.

    Fair to say the guide was fairly indignant and told us she had set it up that way for years and it was how she was shown. I laughed and explained the concept of airflow.
     
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  25. Sage Oya

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    Did you have dinner in the Bay Restaurant at Freycinet? Marcelle and I had a very memorable dinner there in 2016, amazing spot!
     
  26. skull

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    use to be a regular hiking, running spot for us when we lived in Tassie.
     
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  27. crackson

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    Triangles are fine on gas. Meth is messy.

    High speed gas is the go for bad weather carpark cooking.

    I can egg and bacon toasted sandwiches on mine in the carpark in a storm. That and coffee is all that matters.

    When you go back to the car for lunch, you can take your boots off for a while and put fresh dry socks on for the arvo.

    Very relaxing once you get used to it. I still end up eating a bit on the hill though.
     
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  28. zac150

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    We had dinner at the lodge on that trip, not sure what it was called! And it was an experience to say the least!

    I ordered a king island steak, it was lovely and well cooked but hard to cut with a normal knife so I asked for a steak knife. Minutes later the chef came out and asked to see me cut the meat. I tried, he then offered me anything else on the menu, I just asked for a knife.

    He gave us our meal for free and pulled the steak. He explained they paid that much for it, you should be able to cut it with a butter knife.

    Funny thing was I really liked the steak.
     
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  29. Sage Oya

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    Yep that’s the place! Had the best steak and lobster! Can’t wait to go back *drool
     
  30. crackson

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  31. Sage Oya

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    Another fun weekend of snow camping. Had a crack at cooking some tomahawk steaks on the fire. Turned out nicely :p

    Much quieter at Ngarigo this weekend. 4 or so tents and about the same number of vans.
     
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  32. crackson

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    It's a bit special when the campsites are quiet.

    All the animals are friendlier when it's not busy.
     
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    Animals even more friendly when they smell you cooking...dingos comming just to smell this bbq!
     
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  34. KL.

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    do you seriously do that!
     
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  35. KL.

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    that's a good idea!
     
  36. Snow Blowey

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    I've been trying to convince my mrs to "put the hotdog in the thermos" for ages. Still says no.
     
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    the cocktail frankfurts are a bit underwhelming
     
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    You been spying at the campground?

    I say better a cocktail frankfurt than a stale roll on its own.
     
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    What do you all think of driving in and out of the Ngarigo camp dirt road in your garden variety front drive sedan (e.g. camry ) in mid winter?
    Obviously if good snow has fallen then I'll chain up.
    But in terms of clearance and, especially, grip when departing in the morning..????

    I've done it plenty of times in SUVs. So haven't thought too much other than it was a bit ridgy and bumpy.
     
  40. Sage Oya

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    Should be ok with chains I’d would think.

    PS @skull should the thread title be updated to 2018/19?
     
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    I'd take a shovel because sometimes the ploughs leave a bank across the exit. Chains ok. I used to get +1 to stand up at the road. I'd hit it with a runup from way ndback on the dirt and she'd signal if the road was clear or not.
     
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    Cheers.
    It was more the dirt road up out of the camp ground I was concerned about (in the absence of snow). Such as if was frosty in the morning or especially rutted. And a normal sedan might spin wheels etc.
     
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    I shove the shovel in tha car the same day I put in the chains. Needed it more than once $10- at bunnies I go thru one a season it seems
     
  44. crackson

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    Dirt section is easy even with snow. It's the last 20ft that is a f'kin ankle.
     
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    Yep. Steep sealed section is where all the sliding happens.
     
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  46. skull

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    can I do that or do I need a mod?
     
  47. skull

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    We have a foldable shovel in the care for Justin. We didn't need it last year fortunately.
     
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  48. Sage Oya

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    Hmmm good question, i actually have no idea.
     
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    Just returned from an adventurous 9 days down at T-bo. Arrived Friday night 12 July, was wet so set the tent up and got soaked. The camp ground was fairly packed out and probably the busiest we had seen compared to Winter last year. So we couldn't get our usual spot.

    Anyway, all camped up and survived any wind that night and Saturday night. Sunday afternoon when we got back to the site the wind had come through. No damage to the tent but the poles kept getting blown over and the awning flapping around. Plus due to being busy the spot we had was pretty exposed. So was coping the brunt of the wind coming down the valley. A number of other tents in and around that side had been demolished.

    I had seen another tent like ours up near the toilet block and noticed how they had tied their awning down. I discussed with wife about trying to relocate tent and do that, but we are still scared from the mishap last year. So we packed everything up and actually drove back to Canberra for the night. Getting back in around 2000hrs, went to bed, then up at 0430.

    Got back down into Thredbo around 0730, skied the day, then made our way back to Diggings. Our preferred spot was still taken but we had moved over the other, so a bit more sheltered. Set the tent up and happy days camping for the rest of the week. There was a fair bit of wind the rest of the week but all secured, Saturday morning was probably the only cold morning where my daughter grumbled about the cold.

    I have a couple of improvement I want to make for the tent set up. More in how I tie the guy ropes out. I also am thinking of changing the poles from the extendable ones to ones that clip in together (If that makes sense). As the extendable ones when pressure is applied slip down. We also used 2 cars for this trip, leaving spare food, wood, clothes, and other things in the wifes car parked at Bullocks Flats.

    All up it was a pretty good adventure.

     
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    Gee the campsite at Diggings have been busy this year. Still haven't been able to get our regular spot from last year, although have seen a few familiar faces from last year.

    Had a bunch of campers suffer from the cold last night. I saw that most of them abandoned their tents and were all in the minivan sleeping this morning. It was a bit annoying hearing it start regularly during the night, I guess to get the heater running. They had also left their food out and the birds had made a mess of it in the morning.
     
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