Thursday, February 2, 2017

Snowcave Camp 2017

For our annual snow cave campout this year we decided to stay a little closer to home and drove up to a parking lot up the canyon with high enough plowed hills to dig in.  It was behind a locked gate (one of our leaders is in charge of plowing it) so we knew we were safe to dig and not get plowed while inside.  We had 9 boys and 7 leaders on the trip!  It got down to single digits, but we stayed warm enough.  The boys are getting pretty good at digging snow caves!

Some of the caves, like this one, was pretty tall, and had a large opening (larger than I would have liked), but they still stayed warm all night so it worked.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Camping Nights - One More Year!

In March of 2011 I set the goal to camp a total of 365 nights by the time I turn 40.  (see the post HERE)  Well, I'm a little more than a year away from when I'll be 40, and I thought I'd look to see where I'm at.

If you'll look at the camping stats on the left side of the blog, I've got the following:
That means I only have 11 more days to go!  (For reference, when I set the goal I had only 259 nights, so I've come a long ways)

So I only need 11 more nights in the next year to make my goal!

Updated Hammock Camping

One of the leaders has gotten into making hammocks lately.  He made a few that he took up to High Adventure this last summer and let the boys use and abuse to see how well they held up.  They worked great!  The boys all wanted to make one, so they spent a couple weeks worth of activities learning how and making their own hammocks!  It was great!
They all learned how to cut fabric and sew fabric!  It was a fun project for them because it resulted in something they can use for the next campouts!

I wasn't able to make it to the sewing party, so I didn't get a chance to make a hammock for myself.  But shortly after they finished, the leader that started it all found plans online that he then modified to a hammock with netting over the top, and a ridgeline, and pockets and everything!  It was great!  He showed my son and I how to make our own hammocks like that.  It took us about 10 hours to get it totally done, but it turned out great!
My Hammock with my son's hammock behind - showing the zipper side, and the netting
 The really neat part of these hammocks is that the bottom of the hammock is double layer, with an opening so you can slip in a sleeping pad between the two layers.  Then it insulates the bottom side of you while you sleep.  Without a pad below you, you wouldn't stay warm even in 40 degree weather.  But with the pad, I was able to sleep comfortably in 34°F weather with a 3" foam pad.  I tried the next time with a 1/2" blue pad, and a truck windshield reflector.  It got down to 19 degrees that night, and though I was cold (mostly my feet since the nature of the hammock puts your feet up and the blood drains out of them somewhat), I survived.
Looking from the end shows how wide it is when it has a sleeping pad stuffed in