|this would be a really, really bad time to lose your balance|
|inside the bouquet river lean-to|
|we melted snow for water|
|snowshoe hare wants to eat my mac n' cheese. i want to eat snowshoe hare.|
|beautiful but unpleasant|
We raced back down the mountain and back to the lean-to, where we packed up and out, finishing the hike by headtorch.
|the "after" picture"|
So, how do you stay warm while winter camping?
1) Eat, eat, eat (Saturday dinner for Dave and I was 3 boxes of mac n' cheese + 4 hotdogs + 1 stick of butter);
2) Stay active (run in circles, do crunches, split firewood);
3) Fire (hike to find dead n' down wood, drag it back to camp, saw it, split it, stack it... then finally burn it).
Overall, I did pretty well at staying warm, especially considering we did not get a fire going so this was technically "cold camping" (heh, yeah right). I think it got down to about 5 F at night. Next time, I need to work on winter fire techniques (fire pan?), having easier-to-eat trail foods and easier-to-access hydration, and a better way to keep my hands dry-ish and warm-ish (or at least not frozen).
It was an awesome trip to kick off the winter season, and I'm really looking forward to the next!