Tag Archives: Storms

Deep powder/ windy weather/ winter camping

Fresh Tracks trekking through the woods
Trekking through the real deep snow I've wanted to find and test out the MSR Denalis proved to float better with the 6" inch tails. 3'-4' of powder was around this weekend. It was a first for that much snow winter camping. Photo Props: Lane
This was our base camp for the night our front yard was a perfect place to snowboard on. Next time....
This weekend made it up to the Snowy Range Mountains to get some ledgit winter camping under the belt. The Hennessy Hammock proved to be a great shelter the bigger rain fly is key to being able to have some living room area under windy conditions. Ended up hiking around 3 miles roundtrip near the top we walked off the trail to find fresh new snow to camp near. The mornings sunrise was a great view from the mountain we were on facing east.
Lane's setup Alps Mountaineering tent
Lane and I made a very nice snow wall all around the fire. Even with the high walls the smoke would get bad when fire needed more wood. It takes a lot of energy moving around on a mountain and when things go wrong it gets frustrating but the reward always out balances everything and it seems to be a test from mother nature.
Hennessy Hammock Safari Zip 2013
Morning sunshine in the Hennessy Hammock woke me up so I climbed out to get some photographs. Burying the side of the rain fly into the snow proved to be a great wind shelter wall to keep the wind away
We camped on a epic place to snowboard on. Next time I will have my snowboard Good times
Lane descending down into the valley about 30 seconds later the snow almost gave out from under his feet. This happened a few other times so we decided to stay of flat ground when we were exploring without the heavy back packs.
We both had some new snow shoes to try out and this weekend was a ledgit place to test them out.

 

Winter time wind shelter.

Moving boulders using wedges and levers
The side wall is finished and the back wall is ledgit piece by piece the shelter is being built.
The creator of this wind shelter 3 hours of work. since the 30mph gusts of wind kept the valley cold I built it behind a rock.
360 degrees of wind cover some of the boulders took some effort moving them into the right place wedges and levers were used in the building process
Used with an Emergency tarp some of the heat from the fire bounced off the rocks and stayed in the shelter.
With gusts up to 30 mph and wind chills to -17 degrees this shelter definitely provided warmth, shelter and was a great place to cook food away from the tent.

Camping above 11,000ft. in a lightning storm

Camping above tree line in a lightning storm with high winds and hail.
When filming inside the tent the rain over powered the sound of the thunder and the sounds of a few of them shook the ground.
Timelapse
Music: Dead Meadow
Location: Twin Crater Lakes
Roundtrip: 13 miles
State: Colorado
Tent: GoLite Shangri-La 3 4.5 lbs
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Filmed and Edited:
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Filmed with:
Canon PowerShot 300 HS

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