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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-22-2013, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Winter camping

A friend and I are going backpacking for two days during the 2nd week of deer, Loyalsock SF. He has a 2 man tent with a small stove, but I'm concerned about mountain stream water as to if it will still be flowing that time of year. How do we keep the water bottles (and pump) from freezing also? Any helps, tips, or hints appreciated.

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Re: Winter camping

Take with you some hand warmers. At night place water bottle in a large sock with a hand warmer in the bottom. Or bring along a large nalgene water bottle, fill with boiling water place in a large sock and sleep with it. Not only will it not freeze it will keep you warm. Here is a link on this subject on the Hammock forum
https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...ead.php?t=6313
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Re: Winter camping

I'll be hiking the AT weekend after Christmas for 3 nights. I usually keep just a little water in the bottle over night and then fill it in the morning. If no water at camp site fill up at last water source and do as above, heat and stick in sleeping bag. I wouldn't be hiking second week of deer season. Just wear orange.

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Re: Winter camping

We went camping last night and it dipped low. Everything froze solid except some water we had in a thermos. You might give it a try with something insulated. It almost never goes much below freezing even when we've camped in the winter so it was a new problem for us and that strategy worked.
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Re: Winter camping

We hiked after Christmas last year and stayed at a shelter on the AT. It got in the low 20's with high winds and 4" of snow in the ground. A group of 4 other hikers got to the shelter after us. One of the hikers left water in his water bag (about half full) and it was nice and frozen in the morning. Not sure what he did in the morning since we left the shelter before they did. Nothing like carrying out an ice block.

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Re: Winter camping

i wouldnt think you would have a problem, its supposed to be above freezing in lycoming sullivan counties up her next week, all creeks were flowing over the weekend and it didn't get above freezing for 4 days.

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I passed about 12 boy scouts hiking on the AT the day after Thanksgiving. Talked to the leaders and they said they were hiking to Toms Run for the night (a short hike since they had a couble newbies with them). Then to Birch Run. It got to about 19 degrees that night and in the low 20's the next night. I wonder how they made out. I'm sure they froze there you know what off. They were from the Philly area.

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Re: Winter camping

Our troop prides itself on winter camping and earning below zero points. One point for each degree below 0 degree C.

Last Feb we camped with a low temp of 8 F.

Many trips have been below 0 F.
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Re: Winter camping

I know I spent a lot of cold nights camping with my troop but way to long ago to remember the lowest temperature.

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