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I don?t love many things as much as I do winter camping. As my friend Jay (JV3) said, it weeds out the crowds, snakes and bugs. I only have a problem with crowds of people; snakes and bugs are always welcomed in my camp. Truth is?solitude is golden. I like the silence, so something needs to be great and amazing in the woods to break that silence for me.
This was a very quiet camp full of solitude?until the fox called out at 3am!
With temperatures about 24F (-4.4C), one thing was certain, I?d need a lot of wood. My plan was to sleep near a long-fire until it got to about 1am or until the wood was low. Then I?d use my Mountain laurel superlight bivy and homemade quilt (40F rating). As long as I sleep with my clothes on as part of my sleep system, as well as load up on calories before sleep?I?d be toasty into the low 20s. I always pack superlight or what is known as super hyper-light, which usually means a base weight of less than 4 pounds of gear (not food and water or clothes worn). This something I have been doing for at least 10 years now and with total comfort on the trail and in camp.
Going In

The trail was already on the icy side, which would prove to get worse.




Alpaca Peruvian one-piece head wrap. Scarf beanie in one!



Gathering water I noticed the new winter species of trees?here is an ice branch from it


The Beech trees were still hanging on



I left two kettles/pots full of water needing to be boiled?they had naturally turned to ice.



Eventually?coffee was on!


My personal ESEE RB3 knife was recently given back to Shon Rowen at Shot Show so he can redo my factory edge as I have given it a convex from 3 years of use. He also touched up the spine so that it is as sharp as the newer model Camp-Lore knives are. Glad he didn?t try to clean the knife, I earned the patina!



Many deadfalls have littered me with an ample supply of wood!

Snacked on pot stickers again, this time I used the tray that came with this cheap pot t steam them in by filling the bottom with water.


Camp from afar

Inside look

Many hardwood logs of maple and oak are needed so sustain a long-fire through the night. About 10-12 logs were used, including poplar and beech to get it all started.



The giant ham steak


This color sky often means snow is coming!


Ham


Glow of the long-fire


All was well and quiet until the fox started yapping in chorus with one another. It was quite nice, definitely worth breaking the silence for.
The way out had gained more ice as the temperatures dropped and snow started falling.


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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 10:39:05 AM »
Nice essay on your camp.  Did the fox bark (or yelp)?  More than once if he did?  The few I run into around my place usually only bark or yelp once and then are silent. 
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 11:08:39 AM »
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 11:33:04 AM »
There is 3:56 Seconds of my life I can't get back.   :-X
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 06:55:00 PM »
There is 3:56 Seconds of my life I can't get back.   :-X
Watch it again...in reverse.

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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 08:10:43 PM »
I missed the time travel class.   :P
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 09:21:28 PM »
Dang that ham grilled up nice. Sounds like and looks like a great trip.
  All except for that thin pad you sleep on. Sheesh that's taking hobo too far- is it one of those foam envelopes electronics are packaged in? Lol.

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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 10:22:03 PM »
Dang that ham grilled up nice. Sounds like and looks like a great trip.
  All except for that thin pad you sleep on. Sheesh that's taking hobo too far- is it one of those foam envelopes electronics are packaged in? Lol.

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Never felt the cold underneath!

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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2018, 11:31:53 PM »
Nice trip !
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2018, 05:09:47 AM »
Great trip report and fantastic photos.
Thanks very much for sharing!
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2018, 06:05:58 AM »
Dang that ham grilled up nice. Sounds like and looks like a great trip.
  All except for that thin pad you sleep on. Sheesh that's taking hobo too far- is it one of those foam envelopes electronics are packaged in? Lol.

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Never felt the cold underneath!

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  Like others here I always enjoy sharing your outings with you,  I thought I was doing good getting my pack weight down from about 25 pounds to about 10 ~ 12 pounds not counting water,  and that's for the mild weather months,  and for my day pack.
  I'd have to add another 8 pounds or so minimum for cold weather camping and overnight,  I think I remember you saying that you store some gear in several of your semi permanent camp spots,  I've done that also in the past when I knew I was going to be back within a week or so,  but usually not a lot or for long periods.
  If you ever find yourself with time on your hands and in a writing mood,  it would be interesting and I'm sure helpful to some of us if you shared some info with us about your pack load out and how you manage to get buy with so little weight and still manage to be reasonably comfortable, especially in colder climes.

  Thanks again for sharing. 
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2018, 07:02:57 AM »
I like the scarf hat thing, it looks warm. I am looking at that same type of sky mentioned, hoping its snow. You always post interesting things. Thanks
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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2018, 07:45:15 PM »
Is your coffee a 3 in 1 or a 2 in 1?
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated...

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Re: Ice Branch Refurbished Ham steak Overnighter-24F/3.lbs. 14 oz. gear
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2018, 12:46:25 PM »
Awesome post... always look forward to your walk abouts. Especially what's on the menu!
As always great pics....thanks for taking us along.