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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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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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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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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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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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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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Temps were in the low to mid 20's, and very icy, noisy walking. Camped right off of Ellington Ridge Rd, next to the pipeline, Loyalsock SF. Didn't see any deer but tracks and rubs.




 

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Yes there is a stove inside. Can't really see the stovepipe but we had one. Anticpating a pack in, we didn't bring fire wood and what was there was wet. Plus the stove was too small for those overnight temps. We did manage to hit a high of 51 deg. inside but at night we had temps in the 20's inside. You had to feed the fire every 2 hrs. From the condensation the inside looked like a crystal ice cave!
 

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I got to hand it to you for a winter tent hunt. Maybe when I was younger I would consider it but now I really enjoy coming back to a warm cabin after a day in the woods. Nice pictures.
 
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