January 18-20 2008 Winter camping at Manistee
21 mile loop over 2 days
1 night car camping.
1 night in the woods.
6 degrees 1st night
0 degrees next night.
ground: 12-18″ of snow
about 4″ of snowfall each night.
10-15 knot winds from the West
In the pack:
- 2 man tent:Eureka 2xt
- 2600 cu in Osprey Backpack
- 0 degree Marmot Never summer bag in compression sack
- thermaloft air mattress
- ground cloth
- jetboil with msr 8 oz isobutane standard mix
- hiking poles
- long johns, silk pajama pants, sweatpants, gortex outer shell
- silk long sleeve base layer, wool long sleeve shirt, long sleeve fleece, winter jacket
- 2 pairs of wool socks
- nice toasty hat
- 1 camelback with insulated tube
- 1 nalgene bottle
- pillow bag (fleece lined little bag to stuff things into to make a pillow)
- 1 zippo refillable hand warmer
- 6 chem hand warmers
- water tablets
- flask with johnny walker (black, but red will do)
- 1 extra stuff sack
- 2 bungee cords
- 1 small grill wire mesh for cooking steaks/dogs
- 4 cigars
- 1 small pot(james carried this)
- 6 ft nylon cord
- watch with light
- food bag with:
- 2 mac & cheese
- beef jerky
- 2 cliff bar
- tropical mix trail mix
- powdered milk
- granola based cereal
- 4 tea bags
- jello pudding mix
- tooth brush (British airways mini with paste)
- Don’t get out of the sleeping bag! make your food, change your clothes, wash your car, whatever, unless you gotsta gotsta gotsta pee, stay in that damn bag!
- It would have been nice to keep the warmed up water inside the jacket while hiking with me to keep it from freezing.
- don’t take off the gloves to manipulate things, especially by the fire, they pick up more and more moisture from the constant freezing and unfreezing.
- don’t mess with your boots on the trail, too easy to get snow on your socks which makes for very cold toes.
- use a piece of nylon string to tie the bottom of the gortex shell pants to the boot loops to make a poor man’s gaiters, would keep the snow out pretty well.
- when its below 20 degrees, niceties be damned, leave those cigars and steaks at home, its about boiling water for food and warmth, and that’s it!
- wrap the hot water bottle up in your spare fleece and put it under your shirt at night, retains warmth even better, and stays on your chest
- bring the boots and fuel into the bag about 3 hours before dawn (at your pee break), the fuel WILL burn at 0 degrees ambient temperature for at least 15 minutes, but the canister needs to be well above freezing
- 1 mac&cheese,4 oz trail mix, 4 oz cereal, 4 oz jerky, 3 cliff bars 2 tea bags / day (plus a lime for scurvy)
Leave it out below 20 degrees:
- jello mix
- powdered milk
- non insulating fleece
- zippo hand warmer (if its cold enough to need it, you’ll never get it working. better for skiing)
- camelback(freezes to easy, not as good as a nalgene bottle to snuggle with at night)
- 2 man tent. not worth leaving anything in the vestabule at these temps.
Work great below 20 degrees:
- tea bags (cover up the taste of ash from heating up water with a fire)
- mac & cheese
Wish i had:
- a nice synthetic vest to keep warm at camp/wrap the head during the windy hike the cheap old navy fleece was worthless
- 1 man tent
- 3rd pair of wool socks.
- extra cliff bar.
- 1 small pot with handle that attaches to outside of pack. just in case you can’t get the jetboil to work and need to heat snow over a fire.
- non finger mittens with flip over cover for fingers.
- some way to hold the nalgene bottle inside your jacket. maybe 3 half liters rather than 2 full.
- thermometer. John didn’t quite understand the importance of getting the absolute lowest temperature of the night so you can tell your friends how stupid you are. (he measured 7 degrees at 5:30 the last night, but we assume it got about down to 0 degrees by 2:00 AM)
- a miniature nuclear reactor that fit next to my big toe.