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1/25/2017 12:08 PM
 

Hey All -

I have the opportunity to camp over the next two days, and I'm still wringing out some of my gear. I'll be hiking approximately 3 feet in. Yes, that's right, 3 feet. Y'see... I'm camping on my patio. I have some down time with work, I'm still getting the hang of some newer gear, and I have paternal constraints that are preventing my doing this is the woods. 

Today I set up a tarp (which on a patio is a lot more difficult than I thought it would be...), and cooked/etc with my trangia. 

My basic set up. Trangia nested inside a Solo stove, with Evan's genius of weatherman pliers. The solo stove cup's handles don't get hot during boiling, but it is useful for placing the tamper down. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/Ooo_1.jpeg.html]
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Just regular denatured alcohol used. First five minutes there was a distinct gas smell from burning, and last five minutes the burning started to get a bit crazy, with flames actually coming out of that big access port. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/Uhh....jpeg.html]
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Made a great cup of coffee and a nice hit of ramen. Expecting rain overnight and lows all the way down in the 40s! We'll see if I survive...

More to come as my adventure continues!

 
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1/25/2017 12:25 PM
 
Here's my tarp/sleep set up. Really struggled rigging up the tarp - rain will be blowing towards the building, coming in from the left-front, so I've tried to close up that part of the tarp.
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My best lashing points are on the closet hinges or the two support beams. I miss trees. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/50706821642__D0E1AF75-680C-46BD-BDAF-BFE6EE2B0ED8.JPG.jpeg.html]
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So one of the problems I was having was trying to make a modified lean to with one side, the top, and then I was trying to figure out how to make a second wall on the one side. Couldn't quite figure it out. Maybe it would be better to make it run diagonal across the patio like an arrowhead... Problem with that is its a 10x10 tarp and... I just don't have the space to get it taunt. I guess I'll see if I can figure something better out.
 
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1/26/2017 8:40 PM
 
Ha mockery have been doing this for years. Armies have done so for millenia.planning and rehearsal are usually the key to success. 
 
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1/27/2017 7:09 AM
 
Hey TAK - that's kinda my thinking, and right now it is a lot easier to "try out" a particular set-up in a particular temp combo on my patio than in the woods.

Day 1: Wednesday

My camp security was a bit lax and we got attacked by some banditos...
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I think he was quoting Hamlet here.
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My final set up before the storm. Quite comfy, actually.
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Weather for the night. Lots of rain, never got below 47F. My tarp set up kept me dry, my quilt was WAY to warm ... [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0568.PNG-1_1.png.html]
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Day 2: Thursday

Sleepy camping buddy.
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Coffee. The camping necessity.
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Weather gonna be a bitty chillier. got down to 34, nice brisk gusts.
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Day 3: Friday

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Snug as a bug in a rug. A little tight rug, that has a few spots where cold air comes in. [URL=http://s257.photobucket.com/user/jkartzinel/media/IMG_0607.JPG_1.jpeg.html]
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Tonight it'll be getting down into the high 20s, I might do this one more night, but I think that 32F is a pretty realistic limit for this bag in this set up, for comfort. I think if I had a bigger size (or I was a smaller person) I could get the 20F rating out of it, and I know I could get down to 20 in this and just have a fitful sleep. But it was a good and fun experiment. I'm more comfortable with my bag, pad, tarp, and stove now, and it was a good experience.

Hopefully next time will be in the woods... It is really hard to get out of your toasty bag, go into your toasty house in the middle of the night to pee, and then go BACK outside .... Just sayin'.

- J
 
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1/27/2017 7:26 AM
 

Liking your approach. Much better than learning about your set up 3 hours from the truck, not that any of us would do that. I do have to confess, I get a little chuckle when I pull the thread up.

Good work, carry on.

 
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1/27/2017 7:42 AM
 
Thanks n816kc. I've frozen my tail off more than once not testing my gear... And I'm glad you get a chuckle. It's not quite "out there" but ... its what I got right now.

Forgot to include breakfast today! Fresh ground and brewed coffee with instant oatmeal. Good times.

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1/27/2017 11:11 AM
 
It is WAY better to at the very least check set up of gear at home if possible, and backyard sleep outs with young kids can reap many rewards beyond gear testing. I have used my porch to check warmth of sleeping bags many times. Generally don't have to spend the whole night out to get the idea for that though. Usually packs get some dayhikes in before overnighting, although my Ute met me at the trailhead and carried its first load in for a couple of days without any warmup.
 
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1/29/2017 5:44 PM
 
Hey CCH - I really look forward to having a yard and camping out with my son when he's a little older. I have very fond memories of doing that with my brothers and my dad. My only argument for me to spend the whole night out (other than for the heck of it) is I'm generally a very warm person, but right around 4-5AM I become a very cold sleeper. So I'll go to bed warm/hot and wake up at 4AM freezing/cold/chilly/whatever. So I like spending the whole night, just to see if I wake up cold like that.
 
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