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Freezefest XV

Discussion in 'Meet Up' started by Tom Collins, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. Tom Collins

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    With it snowing (lightly) here in Utah I figure its the perfect time to start getting excited about this years Freezefest. Hopefully this time I'll actually get to do the Black Hole, I've missed out the last 2 times I've gone. Who all is planning on attending this year?
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  2. 2065toyota

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    I'm also going to try. I've planned on going the last 2 years and had stuff come up that I couldn't get out of
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  3. nathanslc

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    Count me in! I had a blast last year!
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  4. Ram

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    This is one of my faves. hoody.JPG
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  6. Dan Ransom

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    I'll be there. Been a couple years since I've made it, stoked to get back. Here's a video from yeeeears ago for nostalgia sake.

  7. Kevin

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    Nice, glad to hear you're going. Should be fun! I think we'll be there as well.
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  8. Mike

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    meh
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  9. Ram

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    Here is Denali Mike...before he moved up north, starting working and became OLD!


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    Actually Mike came often and has more than paid his FF dues. I think I met him there. We have had many fine days since. He wrote a story about his first FF. It good TR. Can't find it though
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  11. DaveC

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    Finally back living in the CP, which makes this hard to miss. Probably just down for the 30th and 31st.
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  12. Tom Collins

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    Still better than nothing at all.
  13. Dan Ransom

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    Oh damn. DaveC gonna make an appearance? It's been like 10 years and we've still never shared a campfire...
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  14. DaveC

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    Work trip. Got some fabric testing to do. ;)
    Will leave super early on the 30th and hope to arrive at camp before 8.
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  15. LonePeak

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    It looks as though this may be a fairly snow-free Freezefest, so I'm quite interested in attending on Fri and Sat if you'll have me and if some scheduling variables work out. Full disclosure, I'd consider myself a very early intermediate with about 20 canyons under my belt but extensive outdoors experience. In the last month I've done Leprechaun EF, Shillelagh EF, Rock Canyon, and Pine Creek with just a little ice. Anyone know what canyons or difficulty levels you might select? I wouldn't be up for anything like Sandthrax yet and probably not Shennanigans. I've got a 4/3 wetsuit, microspikes, 200' rope, and a 43" chest. How are the arrangements made for this event? Thanks!
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    @LonePeak We pretty much work things out the night before around the campfire and see who's interested in what. Canyons at freezefest typically are on the easier side of things, sometimes venturing into intermediate level. I've only been twice though so I don't have extensive knowledge of what goes on.
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  17. Ram

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    What Tom said. Usually 2-5 trips go out a day, depending on how many folks are on hand. All levels covered. EVERYONE is welcome. No invitations needed. Come and you are an equal member of the entourage. In fact, FF has a long tradition of making new friendships and partnership, many going strong after a decade plus. If you are nuts or brave enough to come, you are in. Bring firewood...the non treated stuff. Probably should post the old list. Should update it some time too, I guess. We have learned more, over time.

    The old "how to" list has evolved, but stands up mostly. This copied from around 2004

    To FreezeFest or not to FreezeFest.......???

    Here a few of the things I have learned.....

    1-A super warm sleeping bag is heavenly
    2-A back up bag, squeezed under a seat in the car, gives piece of mind and
    doesn't take up much room
    3-Three foam pads is mighty comfortable and warm
    4-A 60 gallon trash liner, to keep personal gear frost free and dry, next to
    your sleeping arrangements, works well
    5-More 60 gallon, heavy duty liners, for wet gear. Ca't bring too many.
    6-Lots of firewood, for those endless evening hours.
    7-Interesting companions, with the gift of gab. A must
    8-Spirits, for the illusion of warmth and the illusion of the gift of gab.
    9-Dehydration at bedtime. That 3AM pee is worth avoiding. Hydrate in the AM
    10-Layers of clothing, for the campsite. If you don't feel like the Michelin
    Man or a blow up doll, put on some more clothes
    11-Hot breakfasts.
    12-Stove, pot, water and matches, right next to your bed.
    13-Ten course dinners. Eat all you want, lose weight. A truly effective diet.
    14-Package your lunches for every day, at home in the warmth of the house,
    before the trip. Grab a bag every day, rather than pack up in the cold
    15-I have 5 pairs of neo socks. Most of the week is over before a wet one
    goes on the feet, in the morning
    16-A little warm water, from the stove, unfreezes those shoes and is nice and
    cozy
    17-Old, shredded wet suits, make great garb, for MOSTLY dry canyons. The
    occasional waist deep pool is a non issue, the system is warm and it is great body
    armor in the tight world of many a canyon.
    18-A different dry, shredded wet suit, for the first 3 days, is heaven. By
    day 4, a suit and some socks have dried.
    19-A pair of waterproof, Air Force Mickey Mouse/bunny boots, insulated to -50
    below zero for the campsite. If the feet are happy, your happy.... and
    fashionable too.
    20-Cheese, yogurt and fresh fruit need no cooler. Keep them deep enough in
    the car prevent freezer burn.
    21-Haven't discovered at what temperature scotch freezes yet.
    22-Extra ground sheets create layering and segregation of wet gear, in the
    vehicle. Critical!
    23-A LARGE community tent, for when the wind blows too hard, for a safe fire
    24-Heaters and a generator to warm that big tent
    25-It is always comfortable in the canyons proper
    26-It is often very uncomfortable on the AM bench land approach to the canyon
    27-It's generally not worth carrying extra gear to stay warm that first hour,
    as it is often not needed the rest of the day
    28-Flashlights in the pack, in the sleeping bag, in the car, everywhere!
    29-Canyon water can only get so cold and it is never as bad in reality, as
    the anticipation
    30-FreezeFests have lots of return customers. It's getting new folks over
    their prejudice and out on a trip, that is the hard part.
    31-Soccer Mom chairs, for in the big tent or around the fire are worth their
    weight in gold
    32-Cooking tables make excellent wind breaks, when laid on their side.
    33-Go ahead, eat some more!
    34-The inside of a convenience store feels really weird after 4-5 days of
    being only outside.
    35-Dusty dirt insulates and works as sunscreen
    36-Water freezes in canyons, in the open areas next to narrow places and
    stays liquid in the darkest and narrowest places.
    37-All reptiles and FreezeFesters know that there is always a place, often
    sunny and always out of the wind, to be comfortable in.
    38-A mid winter trips helps the sanity between the prime fall and spring
    seasons
    39-Let the beard and hair grow. Shaggy is warmer
    40-A January 1st Black Hole is an eloquent way to start the year.
    41-FreezeFest partners have a build in "No Whining" filter. They laugh or
    smile big smiles, all the time and are a joy to be around.
    42-Extra shoes, floor heaters, vans and big tents..yeah!

    I'm sure others can add to this list of "what makes it work."
    Ram

    Headed out in a day or so, for the pre-FF, X-Mas adventure. See ya all at FF XV right after that.
    With the Super Bowl abandoning Roman Numerals, FreezeFest is the only remaining event IMPORTANT enough to use them anymore. ;)
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  18. LonePeak

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    Cool, thanks. When do people plan/tend to arrive? Do we meet up at the Sandthrax camping area, just a football field or two down the road from the Leprechaun, where a trail post and big parking lot are located?
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  19. Ram

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    Every year is different, with what days of the week, dates land on the calendar.
    Historically the first folks arrive mid afternoon on the 26th, sometimes with enough time for a short canyon. A handful of folks arrive for that night. The numbers increase during the week, then peeking, then with many, but diminishing numbers in for the first 2-3 days after New Year's. The event usually lasts about 9 days, with people coming and going. Sometimes 20-25+ folks in camp and 50+ folks total attending. Some years have 2 peeks.

    The weekend after Christmas tends to be the peek visitation time. New Year's too draws folks for the Black Hole or just because folks have off work. They both overlap this year, so my best guess, this year, is moderate numbers thru Wednesday, with increasing numbers into a big weekend, but who knows? We built it and they come. They most certainly come.

    However it plays, warmer, cold, dry or snow, a good time is had.

    Yes, you got it. Just show up at Sandthrax Camp.
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  20. Marlowe

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    Im bummed ill be missing it, looking forward to the pictures!
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