WINTER CAMPING TIPS

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WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby GypsyLady » Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:36 pm

My thoughts are that with winter fast approaching it might be a good idea for members to share their ideas on what they do in order to achieve successful winter camps. I am sure the newbies will find this info helpful.

My tips as follows:

Place a wool blanket on the floor under the bed as insulation between the ground and the bed. Wool is one of the best known insulators.

Also put a sheepskin/wool underlay on top of the bed and under the bedding.

Heat the bed with hot water bottles before going to bed.

Wear socks, gloves/mittens, beanies, flannelette PJs or trackies to bed.

Flannelette sheets always help.

I can’t say it often enough but a tarp over is always good insurance.

Ugg boots that have been waterproofed are great too.

And add some thermal unders, they may not be sexy but they will definitely help keep you warm.
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby will_deness » Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:45 pm

And for the daytime a variety of thinner layers for as the days warms up then cools down again, a series of thin layers helps you stay at a comfortable temp.
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby imanoone2u » Sun Apr 13, 2008 11:12 am

I must be a lucky fella.... I get that hot at night that I kick the blanket off me.
This offcourse only lasts about 1 minute when frostbite wakes me up, combined with a poke in the kidney region from my partner for making her cold too.

I do however rig up a windbreak around my set-up so the cold wind does not hit the tent head-on
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Frilly » Sun Apr 13, 2008 12:00 pm

I have found having a low rated sleeping bag so very valuable... I have ones rated -15 and it keeps me so toasty...
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby will_deness » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:36 pm

Frilly wrote:I have found having a low rated sleeping bag so very valuable... I have ones rated -15 and it keeps me so toasty...

I have -5 Roman and use it all year, during summer I unzip it and use it as a doona, that way I can kick it off if its too hot, and in winter zip up.
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Blue Bravo » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:41 pm

Mrs Bravo and I are off to the Victorian High Country leaving monday.

We think we are prepared for the cold. We have under tent tarp, -5 rated sleeping bags, doona, hot water bottle, winter pj's etc.

Will let you know which we thought was the most valuable piece of gear after we get back :)
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:59 pm

Have a good one BB, will look forward to your comments when you return.
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Frilly » Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:45 pm

Have a wonderful trip Bravo Family!!


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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Woodsy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:06 pm

This is exactly what i was going to post about. How to keep warm in your tent of a night. On our first camping trip we got hit with gail force winds and it poured with rain. I slept on a bare blow up mattress with my army sleeping bag over me... But i slept in just boxers... as i dunno who.. but i was told its warmer if you sleep in less.... WRONG. I froze!!!!!!!!!! So i have bought a new sleeping bag and plan to sleep in tracky dacks next time!!!!

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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Frilly » Sun Apr 13, 2008 6:56 pm

Warmer if you sleep in less?? Wowsers was that a 'good' friend that gave you that advice??? Still friends?
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby will_deness » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:03 pm

TUFF wrote:but i was told its warmer if you sleep in less....

Was the person a bit amorous?? 8)
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Frilly » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:31 pm

hehehe that's funny Will...
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Woodsy » Sun Apr 13, 2008 7:56 pm

Lets just say.... i was that cold... i had a tail....
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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby Frilly » Sun Apr 13, 2008 8:34 pm

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Re: WINTER CAMPING TIPS

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:00 pm

TUFF wrote:Lets just say.... i was that cold... i had a tail....



Not sure we really want to go there:-((
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