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Winter is coming... or is it here?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ratagonia, Oct 15, 2018.

  1. ratagonia

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    Zion, Oct 13 + 14, 2018

    Did the mighty Keyhole and the awesome Subway. Stock full of water, mighty cold.

    I'm thinking about winter now. Did Subway with two beginner family-friends from Montreal. Considered what happens if one of us got hurt, or if we came across someone else hurt. It *IS* the Subway. Didn't happen but I was not exactly prepared if it did. No lighter in my kit these days - just happens to not be in there. No extra clothing. Etc. It is time to start thinking of winter, of preparedness, of contingencies...

    so I bumped a couple threads about winter. Yes, I sure hope it warms up again and we have a fine "Native-American Summer". But the nights are still cold and long.

    Tom
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  2. Backcountry

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    What would you bring for cold weather protection besides (1) a lighter, (2) an emergency bivy sack, (3) a headlamp & (4) A fleece jacket, dry socks and a beanie in a dry bag? (And of course I always bring duct tape for splints, repairs, blisters, for building a shelter etc)
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    What does your group need for two people to survive the night?

    (and, your question is probably answered on those bumped threads, so try that first).
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    Hiked up to (the lower) Blue Lake, in the Mt. Sneffels wilderness (San Juan Mountain range). Started at 9000' at the trailhead and ended up at lake -- 11,000'. At least a foot of snow all around the lake, and encountered lots of snow on the way up -- gradually increasing with elevation. Winter is here.

    My footwear didn't get the message till it was too late. Trail runners aren't good in snow. Trust me on that one.
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    In case you didn't get the message:
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    Yeah, it is just the Subway :D
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  7. Scott Patterson

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    Winter is coming, but it isn't here yet. There are going to be plenty of nice fall days before winter really sets in.

    A fire starter. Having a fire starter will make starting a fire, especially after it is already dark or if fuel might be damp many times easier. They weigh almost nothing as well.

    If you take an emergency bivy, I'd highly recommend a breathable one. I have had only one unplanned bivy, but I learned the hard way that my emergency biby sack was not breathable. A breathable one is a little more bulky and cost more, but it is worth it.
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    Is that a person? Perhaps a witch? A bottle of gasoline? A Stephen King novel?
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