Since I want to do some camping on my trip this summer (mom, are you reading this? If you are, I’m just kidding!), I’ve got some “pre-flight” camping trips scheduled to test out my newer gear.
I arrived first and set up my tent and gear.
I got hungry while waiting for Steph and Kim, so I cooked myself some Mountain House lasagna with my JetBoil. It came out pretty well — it smelled and tasted like Hamburger Helper — but the cheese really caked onto my JetBoil fork. I added “small sponge” to my packing list.
Steph came bearing a full Coleman camping stove, so she made some turkey dogs.
The only downside to the event was that the forecasted “low of 40″ wasn’t — I don’t think it got below freezing, but it was definitely lower than 40. Anyway, I didn’t think I’d have a problem as my sleeping bag is rated 10F, but I was still freezing all night.
After a great advice thread on Sport-Touring.net, I’m going to try the following for my next cold(ish) camping trip:
- Bring both the Thermarest and cot (put TR on cot; if I’m still freezing in the night, ditch cot)
- Put clothes under cot instead of next to cot
- Put on PJs (hat, wicking long sleeve shirt, wool socks, and WindStopper fiber pants) just before bed
- Food and jumping jacks before getting into bag (but not so many as to sweat)
- Don’t lie in bed having to pee — get up and do it
The bike claims it was 35F at 7:30am, after the sun was up:
A Steph-breakfast of sausage and pancakes helped us warm up….so did moving into the Jeep with the heater cranking for a few minutes.
The ride home was wonderful; it was a beautiful sunny day once I got out from underneath the redwoods. I stopped for this photo at a vista point on Hwy 9, looking back towards where we were camping:
All in all, a fun night and a great learning experience. Stay tuned for Camping Experiment #2 this Friday!