Winter camping in the Sierra Nevada

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Just a few pics of the last camping trip of the year we did new years eve up by Lake Spaulding on Grouse Ridge. Was a beautiful spot, just below the snow line (with some around to play in) and no wind for the night. Wonderful camping. Also the first outing for our new pack member Artie, the black and white pitbull mix and Indica's brother (from the same mother).










And then I did my first camping trip of the new year out in Forresthill near Sugar Pine reservoir with my Militia Co. on our winter survival FTX. I did not last the night, and was woefully under prepared in equipment. I needed better layers and a cold weather sleep system. Most of the guys had these and were cozy, if not a little cold. I had tended my fire and had bad air flow, so it kept going out. I finally lost to the sub 30's cold and ran back to the truck in the middle of the night. My heater core was out and so it took a good hour/hour and a half of warm water bottles and hot fluids in my sleeping back to get warmed up. A learning experience and a good one with the boys.








Excited to get more trips in this year, do more survival/minimalist camping and explore new places I haven't seen yet.
 
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I slept in my shell with a DAC tailgate tent back in Dec when it got down to the mid 30s and froze my arse off. Couldnt image trying it in only a leanto :Wow1:
 
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I slept in my shell with a DAC tailgate tent back in Dec when it got down to the mid 30s and froze my arse off. Couldnt image trying it in only a leanto :Wow1:
Yea, it was something else. Most of my team had better set ups, walking in with 80# rucks. I didn't. One, I don't have that much equipment (i'm poor) and two, I never go on hikes with an 80# ruck, unless I'm training for something. I tried to make it through a night with an overstuffed day pack... needless to say, i didn't have the right gear. Next winter i'll do this again, with better and more purposeful equipment and should have no problems making it a night.

The woman and I have camped in snow storms and cold rains under our shell. We don't have a propane heater or anything, but lots of blankets and hot water bottles (and warm furry animals) get us through. Not our favorite, but if we can get out for a night or two of camping the last thing we usually check on is the weather (yea... stupid, i know :p).
 
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Grouse Ridge is my favorite playground, we do a winter backpacking trip every year, this year to Island Lake. It was windy AF, well into the teens with wind chill. So nice to be alone out there! 21A23479-04B3-4429-823D-97C77494F2A0.jpeg 888499D3-A8A6-4D48-92B8-D3ECA40EAE38.jpeg AE617D88-35C5-44FC-9A2F-5F0290027493.jpeg