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ButterflyEffect  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to Kill / NOT Kill Yourself Snowshoeing

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Whoa. Somehow I missed this, troischiens. Those sound like some very harsh conditions, especially for a tent which has been put through the ringer! I know there are spray-on and other waterproofing compounds which are effective on clothing and tent materials. I've never personally used any, but will be soon as my down jacket is starting to lose it's water resistance (a big problem in the PNW).

Note to self: Coleman fuel is volatile...I typically just buy the MSR stuff, I wonder how volatile that is...

I currently have one three-season tent with a tarp, rainfly, and stakes. The latter are a life saver in windy conditions, I'm yet to have much trouble but also haven't been in extremely windy conditions yet. My biggest problem with it is weight, the thing say 5lbs but in reality it's closer to 6lbs, much too heavy for backpacking, so, I'm in the market for a lighter tent. Likely a single-person, or a bivy! I haven't done much winter camping yet, but am hoping to do this I guess this upcoming winter considering the current one is nearly over. Stove set-up hasn't been much of an issue as my tent has a vestibule area which can be great for setting up a stove, especially if you have some sort of windshield. Aluminum works, but really anything with a bit of height you can find nearby will work, too.

WanderingEng  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·  

My single person three season tent is the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1. It is very much not a "stand up in" tent (troischiens), but it's very lightweight. I've never used it in severe weather, either heavy rain or winds, but I've been happy with it so far. I plan to use it in the winter, too, but never have. My winter camping plans would be cancelled if high winds or heavy snow were forecast. I packed it in eight miles each way last fall for a two night trip that went really well.

I recently bought an MSR liquid fuel stove. I think it's the Whisperlite? It's supposed to be good for cold temperatures. The big purchase I need is a winter sleeping bag. I've sort of settled on the Big Agnes Blackburn UL but am waiting for a sale or coupon.

I also might need a bigger backpack. My 65 L pack gets pretty full even in the summer, though skipping a bear canister would gain some space. More and bigger gear probably means I need an 85 L bag. I'm looking at this Osprey one.

troischiens  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks ButterflyEffect. I have yet to try a long distance backpack trip, mostly I just only hike less than two miles from car to remote camping site. To reduce number of trips for setting up and taking down camp and to handle hefty weights I use a sled. I'll try to post a photo of it. It's fashioned from a plastic automotive oil change thing from Menard or either Home depot. Note if you ever try a sled use something rigid to pull the sled not just rope otherwise when you stop it might continue and bump your legs. https://imgur.com/4L8vV81 keifermiller if that's not the direct URL to the photo I don't know what else. WanderingEng