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FreezeFest XVI- a thread of its own

Discussion in 'Meet Up' started by Ram, Dec 1, 2017.

  1. Ram

    Ram

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    But Tom is right to have the info at everyone's fingers. Soooo some links

    http://canyoncollective.com/threads/freezefest-xv.23969/

    http://canyoncollective.com/threads/freeze-fest-xii-black-hole-jan-1-2014.19003/

    http://canyoncollective.com/threads/the-ghosts-of-freezefests-past.20058/

    Come one, come all. Bring wood and duplicates of whatever gear you can.
    Bring your personality, humor and spirit, with a dash of masochism.
    It is an important event, as anyone would realize, as it is marked by Roman Numerals, which puts it on a par...nay...ABOVE the Super Bowl
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  2. ratagonia

    ratagonia

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    Except for the last one, which was EPIC!

    Tom (born in Boston)
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  3. Ram

    Ram

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    Another good FF link. I will copy the list too

    http://canyoncollective.com/threads/freeze-fest.18944/

    he 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. Can'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
  4. Dan Ransom

    Dan Ransom Staff Member

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    Last year, I spent a handful of days shooting at FreezeFest with old Ramoo. I've been tinkering with an edit from that footage on and off for months, and still haven't finished it to the point I am actually proud of it.

    But this week, with all the Bears Ears news, I decided I at least needed to put out a quick edit of the New Year's Day Black Hole. It's only 60 seconds, but hopefully still captures the spirit of the place.
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  5. Sandstoned

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    Short...but GREAT.
    And timely.
    And important...
    #standwithbearsears

    i stand with bears ears all year long...BUT I only SWIM there in the warmer months!
    Have a great time freeze festers! Each and everyone of you are better than I.
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  6. hlscowboy

    hlscowboy

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    Anyone planning to be there early enough to do a canyon on the 26th?
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    There is typically at least a couple people there on the 26th doing canyons. Ram and Wes will likely show up after whatever crazy Christmas canyon adventures they get into this year.....
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  8. Tom Collins

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    I don't know about better, but certainly crazier.
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  9. Scott Patterson

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    For the future, can we change the name of the Fest to "Hot Chocolate Fest" or "Warm Campfire Fest"? I was hoping to go this year; this time with the wife and kids, but the girls thought that "Freeze Fest" didn't sound fun. I told them that the freeze part only applies to those doing the Black Hole, but they are not convinced.
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  10. Canyonero

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    So far I've tried to talk every partner I have into joining me. Half of them didn't even return my email. The other half mostly just laughed.

    I'm working on increasing my tolerance for suffering in preparation.
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  11. hlscowboy

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    My kids must be warped. They were upset they couldn't go this year as they are with their mother. Though I don't think I'll ever be able to talk my wife into going even if we changed the name! :)
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  12. ratagonia

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    Just to be clear, FF is not entirely about the Black Hole on Jan 1st. There are plenty of canyons in North Wash that are wonderful that time of year, and mixing trips with new people is also a delight. So c'mon out and do canyons. You don't HAVE to swim if you don't want to.

    Tom
  13. Mike Zampino

    Mike Zampino Canyon season never ends.

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    I convinced my partner to join me twice. That was enough for me to realize she is the one to marry. This will be our third...
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  14. MrAdam

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    ^^^^THIS^^^^

    I have been to Freezefest 4 different times now and outside of the Black Hole, I have only had to swim one time. There are plenty of awesome canyons that can be done without getting wet in the area. The Hogs, Hogwarts, Slidenide, Arsecnic, Constryctnyne, some of the Dante's(with some fancy footwork), the Irish Canyons can all be completed without getting wet!
  15. Mike Zampino

    Mike Zampino Canyon season never ends.

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    Your height doesn't hurt either. :rolleyes:
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  16. Mike Zampino

    Mike Zampino Canyon season never ends.

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    Since I don't see it mentioned, I will provide the PSA of where to do your morning business...Hog Spring Picnic Area.

    :stop: No Cat Holes at Sandthrax!!!

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  17. Canyonero

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    So.....besides The Black Hole what typically gets done at this Fest? Believe it or not, this will be my first North Wash trip!

    Anyone ever do the one Tom calls "Woody" (side canyon off of Woodruff?) Seems appropriately cold for Freezefest.
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  18. Tom Collins

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    I've never done it at freezefest, but I'd be up for a trip through woody. Aside from that one I'm pretty open, I just want to do miss piggy (hog 4) this trip since I've never been through that one.
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    Along this line, after 3-4 yrs suffering at night with cold feet, I went to double socks with hand warmers between layers for sleeping. SO much better for me... ymmv.
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  20. Cameron

    Cameron Long Tall Texan by birth

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    Gulp, here goes nothing...ready for my first FF this year!!!
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