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Old 07-29-20, 10:48 AM
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Winter/Cold weather camping

With the high temps dipping from mid-90s to mid-80s and the "dog days" of August on the horizon, I'm thinking about investing in a hot tent/stove setup. One reason for my interest is that my age and health would prefer basecamp and dayhikes instead of winter backpacking trips. Since I would probably only use this once per year, I don't want to invest a fortune. Since the stove takes the room of 2 people, I would need something rated to sleep 5+

Anyone have recommendations?

My short list now is the following:

Tent (no inner tent)
https://luxe-hiking-gear.com/collect...4p-tent-system
https://luxe-hiking-gear.com/collect...nt-with-awning

Stove:
https://www.kni-co.com/packer_stove/packer_standard
https://www.gstove.com/gstove/12004/...lus-glass-door

Here in PA, we have quite a few "drive up" primitive sites on public land. So I would only need to lug this gear a short way and weight is not too much of a concern.
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Old 07-29-20, 11:04 AM
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Appalachian Trail - Near Pine Grove Furnace State Park




Appalachian Trail - Tom's Run shelter (near a secret WW2 POW camp)



My winter bag is a bit old. Rated to 0F.




Long Pine Reservoir - Michaux State Forest
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I'm a backpacker so the tent and stove recommendations I can make are of no use to you.

But I'd look into replacing that mat with an insulated inflatable one. With as high an R value was possible. I'd consider this one for your use.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018APB96K..._KSBiFbEB9ZYDZ
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Reminded me of the thread from early this year in Touring:
https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1...-hot-tent.html

Now I'll go back to plugging my ears and screaming when winter is mentioned. I love summer. Love it so, so much!
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There's a YouTube guy that goes camping a lot and his videos are pretty interesting. Camping with Steve is his channel, and he's done the hot tent before, it's just one of his many videos I'd rather watch than participate in.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm a backpacker so the tent and stove recommendations I can make are of no use to you.
I know the feeling. I stumbled into an unfamiliar world expecting the familiar. These must be for setting up camp for many days at a time.

But what about cooking and attracting animals? Is a second stove needed for outdoor use away from tent?
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I'm a backpacker so the tent and stove recommendations I can make are of no use to you.

But I'd look into replacing that mat with an insulated inflatable one. With as high an R value was possible. I'd consider this one for your use.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018APB96K..._KSBiFbEB9ZYDZ
Nice. That is the one my brother just got. And he loves it. For winter backpacking, I often take two pads. In the trip pictured, the therm-a-rest inflatable was being used in a chair kit. Perhaps an XTherm is in my future.
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No such thing as winter here it will get cold but it doesn’t last.
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Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
Nice. That is the one my brother just got. And he loves it. For winter backpacking, I often take two pads. In the trip pictured, the therm-a-rest inflatable was being used in a chair kit. Perhaps an XTherm is in my future.
I have the 15 oz Xtherm. I love it for its weight, especially because the insulation lets me carry less to sleep in, more weight savings. Really appreciate that. I've got 4? years of use out of mine so far.

Know that it sounds crinkly when you move around.
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I really started missing winter after seing these pics. Nothing better than sitting by the fire at winter.
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Update: Got a stove, a Winnerwell when GStove said they might not ship until Dec. Burned it in last night in the back yard.



Running full bore might just melt a tent.

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