My Dirt Time The Adventures of Tom Sciacca

Winter Camping

I make it a point to make at least one winter camping trip every year. I'm not talking about taking the camper out. I'm talking about backpacking into the woods usually without a tent and setting up camp.

This year I brought my son for his first winter camping trip and he did great! He complained and whined a little bit, but it was very cold. Here is a what my friend Marty Simon said about the trip.

"We're Back We got back around 10AM this morning. We all headed down to the best eatery around for a late breakfast and then everyone headed home. We had a total of 14 and 3 folks who came in during the day. As usual it was a great time with some great folks. Also as usual we had a ton of food. Jerry Y did cut back a little on the food but he is so addicted to bringing food he couldn't cut back too much. My wife Aggie had it real easy as see didn't have to do any cooking. We met a couple of new guys this trip and I have a feeling they will become regulars. The temps ranged from about 5 below to about 18 above. We had a ton of firewood and the last night we had our typical whiteman fire. You could probably see the flames from space. Another fantastic trip with some fantastic people, lots of knives and guns and gear. Oldman/Marty"

That sums it up pretty well. My son and I had a great time and I'm sure he'll remember this the rest his life. We geared him up right after Christmas with some great deals we got on products. Some came from my company and some came from stores with great after Christmas sales. In fact we got him some great winter pants and he melted them by being to close to the fire to warm up. Other than that, there were absolutely no real problems.

I do highly suggest a couple of these handwarmers per person. When we went to bed, his feet were pretty cold, so I threw two of them in his bag and he was out like a light. In fact, out there you're body gets tired a lot quicker. We went to bed at about 8:00.

Here is a video of our shelter:

Our simple A frame shelter
Our simple A frame shelter
The morning after
The morning after
Our survival bags
Our survival bags
Inside pic of the survival shelter
Inside pic of the survival shelter
The camp
The camp


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