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Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 15:33
I figure since it's Winter Solstice we could add pics of our shelters in the snow, whether tents or hammocks or tarps or bivy sacks etc. No 44 foot long RVs please!

They could be on the Appalachian Trail or the CDT or PCT or BMT or MST or wherever else, just gotta have some snow in the pic. Maybe describe where you are and what the conditions were like. Here's a pic---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2002-2004/13-Backpacking-Trips-Of-2003/i-d53szHF/0/M/Scan12-0001-M.jpg
My old Mt Hardwear Muir Trail tent on Bob Mt in some cold temps. 2003. This was a 9 day trip and I spent 4 of them right here on the mountain in the storm.

Alpine Jack
12-21-2014, 15:50
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This is on the BMT through the Citico Wilderness. I honestly believe it got warmer (inside the tent) as the inches began to pile up overnight. Morning was a beautiful winter wonderland - which is why I do the bulk of my hiking during the winter.

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 16:06
This is on the BMT through the Citico Wilderness. I honestly believe it got warmer (inside the tent) as the inches began to pile up overnight. Morning was a beautiful winter wonderland - which is why I do the bulk of my hiking during the winter.

Sorry, had to post your pic bigger because it looks neato. I remember this Halloween when it rained all night and then got cold and stopped. Wow, no more rain hitting the tent. Thing is, the rain turned to snow and I couldn't hear the pitter-patter of the stuff and by morning everything was covered. News to me.

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29224&d=1419191284

Sarcasm the elf
12-21-2014, 16:10
Last MLK day weekend in Harriman park. There are three tarptents and a half dozen Whiteblazers hidden in this photo:
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The thumbnail photo is a borrowed TNF tent off of the valley way trail on Mt. Madison.

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 16:11
And Alpine Jack---Your pic reminds me of meeting my backpacking buddy Hootyhoo up on Bob Mt in January 2010 and he was camped I think in maybe the same place you are camping?? It's look similar and even the tent looks similar. This is his tent but my dog.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2010/With-Hootyhoo-in-a-Bob-Bald/i-JD286PX/0/L/TRIP%20106%20117-L.jpg

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 16:14
Last MLK day weekend in Harriman park. There are three tarptents and a half dozen Whiteblazers hidden in this photo:
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The thumbnail photo is a borrowed TNF tent off of the valley way trail on Mt. Madison.

Cool pics. The first one is neat with the snow actually falling. The NF looks like their Mountain tent, robust 4 season thing.

rocketsocks
12-21-2014, 16:24
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This is on the BMT through the Citico Wilderness. I honestly believe it got warmer (inside the tent) as the inches began to pile up overnight. Morning was a beautiful winter wonderland - which is why I do the bulk of my hiking during the winter.
Snow is a great insulator, you ever fall butt first into a snow bank and just sit there for a bit, kinda warm, cradling...and warm.

rocketsocks
12-21-2014, 16:28
Last MLK day weekend in Harriman park. There are three tarptents and a half dozen Whiteblazers hidden in this photo:
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The thumbnail photo is a borrowed TNF tent off of the valley way trail on Mt. Madison.
too funny, I got up early and was ready for a quick getaway that morning. As my pack sits there and gets snowed on I think to myself.....I should be sleepin' right now.

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 16:29
Snow is a great insulator, you ever fall butt first into a snow bank and just sit there for a bit, kinda warm, cradling...and warm.

There's that, and then there's the falling and the consequent unwillingness to get back up because it's a Hell Slog and so you seriously consider curling up in a ball in the snow by a tree and going to sleep, permanently. It's a hard nut to crack. Gotta get up and drat it keep moving.

rocketsocks
12-21-2014, 16:55
There's that, and then there's the falling and the consequent unwillingness to get back up because it's a Hell Slog and so you seriously consider curling up in a ball in the snow by a tree and going to sleep, permanently. It's a hard nut to crack. Gotta get up and drat it keep moving.That is very true, many a stumble bums come outta the bar, can't find there car, wonder off to sit a bit, and just never wake up...happens all the time. Crazy way to go.

rocketsocks
12-21-2014, 16:56
That is very true, many a stumble bums come outta the bar, can't find there car, wonder off to sit a bit, and just never wake up...happens all the time. Crazy way to go.
In the winter o'coarse.

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 17:00
That is very true, many a stumble bums come outta the bar, can't find there car, wonder off to sit a bit, and just never wake up...happens all the time. Crazy way to go.

Reminds me of terrible news story I heard back in the 80's---a woman stumbled out of a Chicago bar drunk during a winter storm and walked to an alley. Passed out. She woke up later in a hospital with no legs or arms. This could be an urban legend, more study needed.

rocketsocks
12-21-2014, 17:08
Reminds me of terrible news story I heard back in the 80's---a woman stumbled out of a Chicago bar drunk during a winter storm and walked to an alley. Passed out. She woke up later in a hospital with no legs or arms. This could be an urban legend, more study needed.
I'm gonna guess that one just may be true, certainly very believable.

MuddyWaters
12-21-2014, 17:30
Reminds me of terrible news story I heard back in the 80's---a woman stumbled out of a Chicago bar drunk during a winter storm and walked to an alley. Passed out. She woke up later in a hospital with no legs or arms. This could be an urban legend, more study needed.

When I was in college, drunk student came out of bar and crawled under someones car, was going to grab their leg when they came out to scare them. Proceeded to pass out. Was dragged a distance under car by unknowing driver. Lost one arm, and part of face.. Doenst have to be winter for alcohol to cause problems.

harnasb
12-21-2014, 17:32
Crappy photo, but this was a couple of weeks ago up at the hangover. http://i406.photobucket.com/albums/pp144/bsh12960/b3ceb43b-59d6-4047-8977-0ab2ae1324c8_zpse9915f9e.jpg (http://s406.photobucket.com/user/bsh12960/media/b3ceb43b-59d6-4047-8977-0ab2ae1324c8_zpse9915f9e.jpg.html)

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 17:40
Harnasb---I know the place and have a pic too---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2008/Blizzard-on-the-Bob-and-the/i-HFV64sB/0/L/Trip%2085%20081-L.jpg

juma
12-21-2014, 17:41
loving this thread!

harnasb
12-21-2014, 17:46
Tipi Walter.


you are in the exact spot. And I thought you would probably be quite familiar.

I am heading back up that way in a few days and hope to see some more snow.

Tipi Walter
12-21-2014, 17:48
Tipi Walter.


you are in the exact spot. And I thought you would probably be quite familiar.

I am heading back up that way in a few days and hope to see some more snow.

Very cool. I'll be up on the high ground between Bob Bald and the Hangover too and hope to see some snow, and hope to meet you.

colorado_rob
12-21-2014, 17:56
Here's one, taken in the Caucasus mountains of Russia...

colorado_rob
12-21-2014, 18:03
Another, sipping hot tea, scoping out the route, Mt. Foraker in background...

norts
12-21-2014, 18:21
This is my Wilderness Equipment First Arrow, at Wild Dog Creek, Walls of Jerusalem NP, Tasmania.
Taz
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garlic08
12-21-2014, 18:57
Skiing the Rim Road at Crater Lake NP:

The Cleaner
12-21-2014, 19:34
29232Campsite on the upper end of Blockstand creek in the Rocky Fork area near Devil's Fork Gap. On one of the many unmarked log skidder roads @ 3700ft, navigating with my Garmin headed for the AT. The next day I made it to the AT in about 2 hours and an 800ft elevation gain.29233 Two days later camped just south of the Shelton graves on my way out after a clean up mission at Jerry's Cabin shelter.

Feral Bill
12-21-2014, 19:37
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Near Lookout Pass, ID-MT line. Easter 2012

Feral Bill
12-21-2014, 19:42
Last MLK day weekend in Harriman park. There are three tarptents and a half dozen Whiteblazers hidden in this photo:
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The thumbnail photo is a borrowed TNF tent off of the valley way trail on Mt. Madison.

Fingerboard shelter, no?

Another Kevin
12-21-2014, 21:49
Fingerboard shelter, no?

Yes indeed! We all tented the next night at William Brien. We were just strolling about, except that a couple of the stronger hikers went and did a big loop to the south. It was snowy there too, but I don't think anyone thought to take a picture. It was a mite chilly: the snivel meter said 18 F inside my tent the next morning. The way body heat warms a tent, it must have been quite a bit colder outside. The Boy Scouts who were using the shelter decamped in the middle of the night.

2Ply
12-21-2014, 22:10
Snowy camp on Rabun Bald
http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/8/7/2/snow_tarp.jpg

fiddlehead
12-21-2014, 22:14
Here's one from one of my Nepal trips back in the 90's.
This one is from 17,500' Dhampus pass which is just north of Dhaligiri.
I stayed here again in 2004 the night before I summited 20,000' Dhampus peak.29239

Cadenza
12-21-2014, 23:19
http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/4/1/1/6/1/tentsnow2_thumb.jpg (http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=52719)

Sarcasm the elf
12-21-2014, 23:20
Yes indeed! We all tented the next night at William Brien. We were just strolling about, except that a couple of the stronger hikers went and did a big loop to the south. It was snowy there too, but I don't think anyone thought to take a picture. It was a mite chilly: the snivel meter said 18 F inside my tent the next morning. The way body heat warms a tent, it must have been quite a bit colder outside. The Boy Scouts who were using the shelter decamped in the middle of the night.

Did they really? I just thought they got up, earlier than we did and hiked on!

Funny thing about that trip is that I brought my zero degree bag that was actually too warm, but I stupidly only packed my beat up zrest foam pad that didn't have nearly enough insulation. I slept on my side and had to keep switching sides throughout the night because whatever side was against the pad was freezing and the side that was on top kept sweating!

I wonder if Lou's going to post a photo of his "hooch" shelter.

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 11:47
Here's one from one of my Nepal trips back in the 90's.
This one is from 17,500' Dhampus pass which is just north of Dhaligiri.
I stayed here again in 2004 the night before I summited 20,000' Dhampus peak.29239

That looks like a North Face frog-style tent and I've seen a view over the years. Very cool pic of some real mountains.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2010/Tipi-Walter-Without-Shunka/i-3QTTMrn/0/M/TRIP%20116%20079-M.jpg
Here's a similar North Face tent but in different mountains. Much different.




http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/files/4/1/1/6/1/tentsnow2_thumb.jpg (http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=52719)

I know this pic and this wall tent. It's David, right?

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2010/With-Hootyhoo-in-a-Bob-Bald/i-TPCd2cd/0/M/TRIP%20106%20089-M.jpg

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 11:54
Speaking of boy scouts reminds me of this pic though they weren't scouts and spent a frigid night above 5,000 feet on a mountain in NC. I woke up the next day at 8am and they were gone! Bailed fast.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2002-2004/13-Backpacking-Trips-Of-2003/i-TTtMTzk/0/M/Scan10-0001-M.jpg
I remember they saying, "Good God! It's alot colder than we thought it would be!" Yes. The wild thing is they are camping in a Eureka Timberline tent under a leaning dead tree and oops but this tree falls a couple years later right where their tent is.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2005/A-North-Face-BackMagic-On-Bob/i-ttNSGBq/0/M/52-9-M.jpg
The Death Tree has Fallen.

Skinny Rooster
12-22-2014, 12:04
Tipi,

Always enjoy your pics and reports. Thanks for posting!

Brad

1234
12-22-2014, 12:21
29250 Cuban Fiber tarp tent in the snow. It sure sounded cool. The snow did not blow up into the inside and the wind sure did howl all night. Harpers Ferry area.

Praha4
12-22-2014, 12:22
I'm jealous, I've scoured all my Florida Trail hiking photos, and can't come up with any snow pics. I do have some pics of snow-white beach sand, but doubt that would fool you guys. ;)

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 12:25
This is a great pic showing what winter camping is all about---overcast skies, snow everywhere and maybe even spindrift, a coated tent requiring some effort to take down and stuff (in a bag probably a little bit too small for an ice-encrusted tent), and the all-important guylines pegged for in-camp tent security. "Better to peg out and not need them than to need them and not be pegged out". This is a sentence I repeat every night before going to sleep.

http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=29230&d=1419200456

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 12:28
I'm jealous, I've scoured all my Florida Trail hiking photos, and can't come up with any snow pics. I do have some pics of snow-white beach sand, but doubt that would fool you guys. ;)

In such warm conditions or in places without any chance of snow I do the following technique and it really helps:

Open up refrigerator freezer at home and stick head inside. Try to slam freezer door shut 3 times. Keep head inside. Repeat at intervals.

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 12:32
29250 Cuban Fiber tarp tent in the snow. It sure sounded cool. The snow did not blow up into the inside and the wind sure did howl all night. Harpers Ferry area.

This pic reminds me of certain snow conditions when the air humidity is high and the temps cold and my tent condensation is TERRIBLE.

Rolls Kanardly
12-22-2014, 12:53
Snow is a great insulator, you ever fall butt first into a snow bank and just sit there for a bit, kinda warm, cradling...and warm.
Ohh you mean with clothes on,

I just love a hot steam and fresh snow, Rolls

rocketsocks
12-22-2014, 13:13
Ohh you mean with clothes on,

I just love a hot steam and fresh snow, Rolls
Most definitely with clothes on.

colorado_rob
12-22-2014, 13:35
Good thing someone with experience knew where to place camp.....

Looking down on 14K camp from 17K camp on Denali

colorado_rob
12-22-2014, 13:39
Or, as seen from a lower angle....

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 13:46
Good thing someone with experience knew where to place camp.....

Looking down on 14K camp from 17K camp on Denali

Those are great pics. Denali always reminds me of the book Minus 148 Degrees by Art Davidson. His group got caught in a winter ascent hellstorm and spent many weeks suffering and 3 or 4 terrible days holed up in an ice cave with 3 guys near Archdeacon Tower. 100mph winds, hence the -148F number.

colorado_rob
12-22-2014, 14:17
Those are great pics. Denali always reminds me of the book Minus 148 Degrees by Art Davidson. His group got caught in a winter ascent hellstorm and spent many weeks suffering and 3 or 4 terrible days holed up in an ice cave with 3 guys near Archdeacon Tower. 100mph winds, hence the -148F number.Yeah, I read it, fascinating book. "Freedom climbers" (I think that's the title) has lots of accounts of winter Himalayan climbs by the Polish climbing community, who have said that they think climbing 8000 meter peaks in the summer is for sissy's... OTOH, their survival rate for their winter 8000M ascents is running about 50%....

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 15:35
Yeah, I read it, fascinating book. "Freedom climbers" (I think that's the title) has lots of accounts of winter Himalayan climbs by the Polish climbing community, who have said that they think climbing 8000 meter peaks in the summer is for sissy's... OTOH, their survival rate for their winter 8000M ascents is running about 50%....

I suppose most Polish climbers are animals but one comes to mind as being particularly tough. I heard him mentioned in passing once and I think it was Jerzy Kukuczka. Thanks for the Freedom Climbers link as it's something more to copy and read on my next trip.

I've taken out dozens of mountaineering books on my winter trips---Wickwire, Messner, Viesturs, Bonington, Touch the Void, Karkauer, Bonatti, Herzog, Boukreev, Weathers etc etc.

Despite what hell they go thru, I love reading about alpine cold snowy mishaps and deadly or near-death epics while I'm sitting in a tent at 0F in a blizzard in the mountains of NC and TN. No matter how tough I have it, it will NEVER BE AS TOUGH as what they are going thru or have gone thru.

colorado_rob
12-22-2014, 16:07
No matter how tough I have it, it will NEVER BE AS TOUGH as what they are going thru or have gone thru.Yep! agreed, nice to put it (out "suffering") in perspective.

Ktaadn
12-22-2014, 16:53
Why put your tent in the snow, when you can just put it in the shelter?

Winter 2010
http://images5a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp63266%3Enu%3D32%3B7%3E977%3E36%3B%3E WSNRCG%3D3444628966337nu0mrj

2011 near Mt Rogers
http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp733%3B8%3Enu%3D32%3B7%3E977%3E36%3B% 3EWSNRCG%3D36376%3A8%3A36337nu0mrj

2009 From the summit of Mt Massive in CO - My tent is down there at the tree line. You are just going to have to trust me.
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp536%3A4%3Enu%3D32%3B7%3E977%3E36%3B% 3EWSNRCG%3D3292534%3B38337nu0mrj

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 17:32
Ktaan---That looks like a Mt Hardwear tent, maybe a Light Wedge 2????

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2005/Backpacking-Bald-River-With/i-KHf6Nq6/0/L/53-22-L.jpg
Light Wedge 2 but then again maybe not. This is Little Mitten's tent on Brookshire Creek trail, December 2005.

Ktaadn
12-22-2014, 20:18
Good eye Tipi. It is a light wedge 3. Nice space for 2 people in the winter.

rocketsocks
12-22-2014, 20:40
Ktaan---That looks like a Mt Hardwear tent, maybe a Light Wedge 2????

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2005/Backpacking-Bald-River-With/i-KHf6Nq6/0/L/53-22-L.jpg
Light Wedge 2 but then again maybe not. This is Little Mitten's tent on Brookshire Creek trail, December 2005.
"the wedge" also a classic battle bot design.
https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRsSDVWgG1w9ykbQSLoXeiY60WcI78Jp tj-Op8ijayK_DPvShdB:upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fa/RoboCore_Robot_Combat.jpg

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 20:40
Good eye Tipi. It is a light wedge 3. Nice space for 2 people in the winter.

I gave my old Light Wedge to a newbie just starting out, a sort of charity case. The tent originally had Mt Hardwear 8.5-9mm poles with the crappy (I think) Atlas pole system and a pole snapped for no reason on a trip in August 2005 (see pic) and field repaired with sticks since I had no repair sleeve.

I replaced the 2 long wedge poles with 11mm dome tent poles, cut to size with a hacksaw and new shock cord ETC and it worked better than ever before.

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2005/The-Broken-Tent-Pole-Trip-49/i-T7nWkdF/0/L/49-7-L.jpg

virginia jen
12-22-2014, 22:20
Double Spring in the Smokies this November. It was cold that night, but even colder the next.

Tipi Walter
12-22-2014, 22:26
Double Spring in the Smokies this November. It was cold that night, but even colder the next.

You know it's cold in the shadows. Your pic reminds me of my Halloween trip when I was in camp and looked up into the morning sky after a long night of cold wind---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpack-2014-Trips-152/Halloween-Snowstorm/i-FHvp92p/0/L/TRIP%20160%20381-L.jpg

saltysack
12-22-2014, 22:35
Just alittle dusting at Dawn last February near Carvers gap.http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/22/7821608700281838fe3136d2a464d583.jpghttp://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/12/22/148229e30a947cc90d1a6d8ae69a0cd8.jpg


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ALLEGHENY
12-22-2014, 22:38
Hey tipi, I wish I could post your photo of me at the Partnership S. 4/23/12. Thanks for taking it.

The Cleaner
12-22-2014, 22:59
2925829259 Well if we're down to posting shelter pics, here's Jerry's Cabin shelter on 1-21-10. With a fire going inside it was a toasty 38* inside. In the late 70s this had the dishonor of being called the most trashed shelter on the AT. The AT was on Duke Power lands and the USFS could not close the trail/road which it is on. Nothing like taking a break here while rednecks on dirt bike did wheelies as they went by. The trail was finally closed to motorized traffic in the late 80s and you can hardly tell it was a well used road. Now it gets trashed by hikers but I make monthly trips to help keep it a bit cleaner. That's how I got my trail name. Also the mice population is pretty much gone too. :sun

G.G.
12-23-2014, 01:23
Same Harriman trip. Overshot the group and ended up on West Mtn.

G.G.
12-23-2014, 01:24
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LIhikers
12-23-2014, 01:43
Last MLK day weekend in Harriman park. There are three tarptents and a half dozen Whiteblazers hidden in this photo:
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Me, my wife Kathy, and our dog Tora are in the tent to the right.
It's a freestanding, 3 person, Sierra Designs tent.
It was a beautiful morning to wake up to in the woods.

norts
12-23-2014, 03:17
AT this year. Akto stood up to the trail just fine. Only used shelters on 3 occassions. Much more comfortable in the Akto. Taz

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futureatwalker
12-23-2014, 04:37
29266 This is near Merced Lake, in Yosemite. Two days before it had been sunny and in the 70s. This is the beginning of a considerable storm; as the snow accumulated we decided to pack up and head back to Yosemite valley. It was late October. My tent is the yellow Kelty. It's not pitched very well, but it was a useful tent. My buddy rigged up an extra tarp over his tent.

Tipi Walter
12-23-2014, 09:58
Hey tipi, I wish I could post your photo of me at the Partnership S. 4/23/12. Thanks for taking it.

Easily done. Here is Allegheny by the Partnership shelter on his AT thruhike in a late April snow 2012---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2012/Tipi-Walter-Grayson-Highlands/i-h5WfMzb/0/L/TRI%20132%20418-L.jpg


2925829259 Well if we're down to posting shelter pics, here's Jerry's Cabin shelter on 1-21-10. With a fire going inside it was a toasty 38* inside. In the late 70s this had the dishonor of being called the most trashed shelter on the AT. The AT was on Duke Power lands and the USFS could not close the trail/road which it is on. Nothing like taking a break here while rednecks on dirt bike did wheelies as they went by. The trail was finally closed to motorized traffic in the late 80s and you can hardly tell it was a well used road. Now it gets trashed by hikers but I make monthly trips to help keep it a bit cleaner. That's how I got my trail name. Also the mice population is pretty much gone too. :sun

Throwing a tarp up on the open side of a shelter is a common ploy used in the winter.


AT this year. Akto stood up to the trail just fine. Only used shelters on 3 occassions. Much more comfortable in the Akto. Taz

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Your pic of the Akto makes it look BIG. Little Mitten now uses an Akto (she graduated from the Light Wedge) and it's a sweet little tent. See---(taken by Bob Creek in the Wedge below Cold Spring Gap)

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2010/Six-Days-with-Little-Mitten-on/i-5BrDcvt/0/M/TRIP%20108%20280-M.jpg


29266 This is near Merced Lake, in Yosemite. Two days before it had been sunny and in the 70s. This is the beginning of a considerable storm; as the snow accumulated we decided to pack up and head back to Yosemite valley. It was late October. My tent is the yellow Kelty. It's not pitched very well, but it was a useful tent. My buddy rigged up an extra tarp over his tent.

Conditions change to cold pretty fast in the Sierras. It reminds me of Solo Girl's PCT hike when her tarp failed her in a sudden June sleet storm---See---

http://postholer.com/journal/viewJournal.php?sid=aaa4337f2aeaeb9a52249ed4f0297a d1&entry_id=8688

HICKS
12-23-2014, 15:11
GSMNP, Spruce Field shelter, morning of Mon Nov 3 '14, about 14" of snow. Beautiful day for hiking.

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Tipi Walter
12-23-2014, 21:34
GSMNP, Spruce Field shelter, morning of Mon Nov 3 '14, about 14" of snow. Beautiful day for hiking.

29267

I was out during that storm but south of you and found some depths hit around 14-15 inches on the ridges and lower in other places. See---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpack-2014-Trips-152/Halloween-Snowstorm/i-tNfCC83/0/L/TRIP%20160%20333-L.jpg

My buddy Patman was also out in the Smokies during the storm and has some good pics to share---

http://patricktn.smugmug.com/2014/Oct-31-Nov-1/i-kwmVbBF/0/L/Smokies%20Snow%20trip%20fall%2014%20010-L.jpg
Here is Patman during the Halloween snowstorm in the Smokies at Spence Field.

http://patricktn.smugmug.com/2014/Oct-31-Nov-1/i-cJ59544/0/L/Smokies%20Snow%20trip%20fall%2014%20024-L.jpg
I might as well show his Bearpaw tarp camp in the snow with his NeoAir all season pad etc.

Go here to see his full trip report---

http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-reports/topics/163504.html

Many Moons
12-24-2014, 00:25
Y'all crazy! That looks cold! A little scared of the Roans this spring!

Firefighter503
12-24-2014, 00:50
Pine Grove Furnace 11/29/14. I believe it got down to about 15*F that night. There are 8 tents/tarp tents/tarp and a hammock in this picture.

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ocasey3
12-24-2014, 09:48
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Camping off of Holmes Bay in Cutler, ME the weekend after this past Thanksgiving. It's an old Eureka Alpine Meadows tent. Heavy, but solid and roomy.

The Cleaner
12-24-2014, 10:03
Y'all crazy! That looks cold! A little scared of the Roans this spring! Be prepared, on 5-9-10 temp was 36* at Overmountain shelter. Winds were blowing in gusts that pushed me around a bit on the balds just past the shelter. Wearing every thing I had and my face was so cold it hurt. Two days before I was laying in shorts soaking up some sun with 66* on the fields near the old hotel site on Roan Mtn.

Tipi Walter
12-24-2014, 12:08
Pine Grove Furnace 11/29/14. I believe it got down to about 15*F that night. There are 8 tents/tarp tents/tarp and a hammock in this picture.

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Looks to be a great campsite and reminds me of one in Pisgah NF near Huntfish Falls.


Be prepared, on 5-9-10 temp was 36* at Overmountain shelter. Winds were blowing in gusts that pushed me around a bit on the balds just past the shelter. Wearing every thing I had and my face was so cold it hurt. Two days before I was laying in shorts soaking up some sun with 66* on the fields near the old hotel site on Roan Mtn.

I was not on Roan when you got your May cold snap but on April 29 about a week before I was in a 5,000 foot gap in the Nantahalas and got a surprise snow---

http://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpacking2008/Camping-with-Cuffs-and-Eman/i-Pc9sh3M/0/L/Trip%2076%20117-L.jpg
Awful late in the season for snow in the Southern Apps.

Bushyeye
12-28-2014, 18:16
This is my tent. Marmot Limelight 3P. I just tried it out in heavy winds and snow. Had no problems at all.

saltysack
12-28-2014, 21:52
This is my tent. Marmot Limelight 3P. I just tried it out in heavy winds and snow. Had no problems at all.

Nice tent...I have the 4p for car camping....way to heavy for me as a 1-2 person tent...I believe it's over 5 lbs


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