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Question Snow Camping Sage: Words of wisdom?

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by uncle buck, Aug 28, 2020.

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  1. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    On boot inners, I put mine in the foot of the sleeping bag, for toast toes in the morning, but it really sucked, Id rather the ice feet.
     
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  2. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    When you think about it, I mean, Im sure there are plenty of people who can jam a tennis ball up their anus, but generally speaking the sphincter aint that big, so if you get a good seal, you should be right. And get that new ball smell......
     
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  3. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah im not totally convinced about putting them in the bag

    Pic kind of related

     
  4. bluestick

    bluestick One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Probably already mentioned, but burying a water bag in the snow stops it freezing and I have always primed a whisperlite with shellite from the pumped up bottle, it does require close attention ( hearing and sight) I have had the odd occasion where too much shellite gets out ( not paying attention). I use gas sometimes but I really likes the MSR’s. Tempted to get a jetboil thingy but the weight advantage is minimal IMO.
     
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  5. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I once wore a simmerlight and shellite bottle across the face. @thebushpatrol had a bad flare up in the snow cave and went to throw it out the doorway. Wacked me in the top of the nose on the way out (big target that nose). I head out head down wondering WTF just happened dripping claret all over the snow and @thebushpatrol says - how did you do that?
     
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  6. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Really? I must try this purple for scientific experimental purposes next time i camp out in the snow.
     
  7. uncle buck

    uncle buck Hard Yards

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    If you have the hang of 'The IT' already, it's easy. You just feel a little pinch.
    [​IMG]
    But seriously, the idea is to shit on paper or into a plastic bag and then call for the ball boys.
     
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  8. uncle buck

    uncle buck Hard Yards

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    This last trip, I wrapped my boots in my down jacket inside the tent. They were toasty in the morning.
     
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  9. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My down jacket is the last layer of my pillow, and extra cover if I get cold. I could try the boot inners as part of my pillow setup, OMG, it could be revolutionary.

    You may see a new 'available only on TV, this offer is not available in stores' product hit the market soon.
     
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  10. Myazma

    Myazma One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Collapsible pruning saw good for cutting stomped snow into blocks for wind break. 2x Plastic shopping bags filled with snow and buried can replace snow pegs. Just a mongrel to dig out sometimes.
     
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  11. Telemark Phat

    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    I went to stuff sacks after I once had a heap of trouble recovering all of a plastic bag which had frozen in place.
     
  12. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    And much harder to come by these days.
     
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  13. Chaeron

    Chaeron Ski-Hike-Blade-Bike-Kayak Ski Pass: Gold

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    So got to try out this set I got via Ebay today.

    Transferred between empty and full and different size and type of canisters.

    Careful weighing of canisters pre-fill and every half-minute while filling gives one a good sense of how close one is to capacity.

    I compared the weight of full to empty, and then filled up to an approximation of the known full weight.

    I’ve also worked out how I can achieve a gas mix - fill an empty canister first to a known target weight with butane, and then proportionally with propane.

    so we’re cooking with gas (sorry)
     
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    pegasusSki One of Us

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    <groan>
    Singing from the same hymn sheet, if you took music.....
     
  15. Lord Back Country

    Lord Back Country Hard Yards

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    Great thread, thanks.

    . it would be great to see some photos of tent sites if you have them.

    My personal hard earned lessons:

    . I started with my Nalgene bottle for 3am wees but moved to a Gatorade bottle (lighter and with a different feel).
    . sticks can be better to use as deadmen. Less imperative to dig out then (and rip your tent in the process, sigh).
    . gas has always worked for me in Australia's Alpine area. Metho as back-up when solo.
    . waterproof matches (in the small orange container) have never failed me.
    . set up tent earlier in the day, rather than later.
    . multiple layers for the ground insulation win.
    . rum with diner.
    . pancakes for breakfast.
    . camp booties FTW.
    . snow shovel a must.
    . halve tent claim sizing when snow camping.
    . melt ice not snow if an option.
    . gather and keep a bag of snow just outside your door for easy (clean) snow melt.
    . windows and doors open as much as practical at night to avoid condensation.
    . pack your tent so the front end simply rolls out away from you on opening.
    . don't pack summer tent pegs.
    . don't go snow camping to learn how to use a GPS. Learn how to use a GPS first.
    . everything takes longer and is harder to do.
    . tarps have a million uses (even a $4 Bunnings jobby will do).
    . formalise agreement for camp weeing area.
    . spare dry socks for bed is orgasmic.
    . better to be cooler when setting up camp than hot and sweating.
    . dig out vestibule area.
    . don't set up your stove on a slope to melt snow.

    Happy memories!

    cheers
     
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  16. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Points about the camp wee area remind me of one thing from my last trip (some 6 years ago.

    When you stumble up[on a camp latrine area with lone attendee, say an awkward hello and then get the fark away - the lone occupant is trying to have a shit!

    @Rimey got bailed up by some fella for about 20 minutes. Wanted to stand around have a chat whilst rimey nearly shit himself. Then encouraged his party of three to proceed past the poo pit.
     
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  17. SkiMountaineer

    SkiMountaineer One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I drag the frozen shells into my sleeping bag with me first thing to warm them up (and the shock wakes me up fully).
     
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  18. Nicko4334

    Nicko4334 Addicted

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    Always clearly define the difference between the wee bottle and your energy drink bottle. I cannot underscore how important this is.
     
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  19. crackson

    crackson Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's really hard to piss into a camelbak half asleep.

    You have to fully wake up and confirm it's someone else's before continuing.
     
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