Last week I decided to go on a winter trip in the weekend. Just one night, from saturday to sunday. I know a nice place in Drenthe, the province where I live to camp for one night in nature.The weather forecast was cold, minus a couple of degrees, a good wind but not a lot of rain.
Friday evening I gathered my gear to see if I got everything I need for this weather. It was fun to gather it all and see what I actually collected the last couple of months. I’ve been on trips before but because of the weather I was a bit more critical then usual. Everything has to hold up against the elements. The result was that saturday morning I was at my local (I live almost on top of it) outdoor shop. I’ve purchased two very expensive protective bags for my phone and passport and so on from the brand Loksak. They say it’s worth the money 🙂 For my spare clothes I also bought a dry bag from Osprey. The nice thing about these bags is that the bottom is flat so it’s easier to store in your pack.
Early saturday afternoon I drove to the camping spot and the weather was beautiful! I had rained a bit earlier but there was a some sunshine and the spot was nice and green! Got my pack and setup my tent, sleeping system and so on and it looked like this (unedited photo).
After setting it up I turned my attention to fire. I figured, if I want to stay outside for some time in the evening, I’m gonna need a fire. So I started gathering wood. I had been raining a lot last week so I was a bit sceptical about creating a fire. It turned out there was a good reason to be sceptical about it. I’m no fire expert by any means so I could not get fire going. I used spiritus (got a Trangia Stormcooker) and I even used a number of Esbit blocks, but it was too wet.
The result was that I was at 19:00 hours in my sleeping bag. It was the first time that I could test the bag at this temperature (-3 or -4 at the max) and it held up good. I wasn’t cold for a moment! I found out that you can find some audio books on spotify! So I turned on The Hobbit for four hours and I went to sleep. During the night I noticed that it had snowed some. Sunday morning I shot this photo (unedited)
I went out and walked for half an hour or so. It was beautiful! The sun was shining (header pic). It was cold but it was the right temperature for the moment. I got some breakfast and slowly started packing up my gear. The tent was wet but I got it dry at home. Early afternoon I was home again.
So what did I learn from this trip? Well…
- It is hard to start a fire in wet weather, have to learn a bit more about this
- I didn’t work too hard because I didn’t want to sweat (so I don’t get too cold) but I still used more energy then normal. Also I was drinking quite a lot of water, even in the evening.
- If you leave something on the grass during the night, it will freeze to the grass! My cooker was stuck on it 🙂
- I love this weather!
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