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Old 11-02-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Hot tent camping?

"Hot tent" winter camping has really taken off here in the upper Midwest and western Ontario.



I was curious if it had spread to the Adirondacks much if at all?

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:12 PM   #2
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I'm not sure how popular they are in the Adirondacks, but last year I went to the Snowwalker's Rendezvous in Fairlee Vt. (worth going to!). Unfortunately I wasn't able to go this year. There must have been a dozen different models of these set up outside. They seemed quite comfy and toasty inside!

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:38 PM   #3
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Hey Trailpatrol! Are you the same Trail Patrol as on Wintertrekking?

Lots of hot tent discussion there, eh?

http://wintertrekking.com/index.php?...e57c&board=6.0

I'm going to have to join just to post on the How hardcore are you thread!

I seriously doubt anyone in the High Peaks Region would haul a hot tent. More likley other areas. Also, the dead and down rule isn't the greatest for getting a decent supply of firewood.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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On a trip to Fingerlakes Nat. Forest last week I saw two hot tents.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:14 AM   #5
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On a trip to Fingerlakes Nat. Forest last week I saw two hot tents.
I hope they didn't transport their firewood more than 50 miles.
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:37 AM   #6
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Hey Trailpatrol! Are you the same Trail Patrol as on Wintertrekking?
Of course I am. There's only room for one Trailpatrol in this town, pardner.

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Old 11-03-2009, 11:44 AM   #7
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I'd say it's a lot more common to see these kinds of tents during hunting season than in the winter in the Adirondacks. The main reason for this is that during hunting season, you can get a permit to maintain a camp on state land for the entire length of hunting season- a good 3 months. The rest of the year, you can only maintain a camp for 3 days without a permit, 2 weeks with a permit, so it's a lot less common.

Occasionally, you might see one of these tents set up in a wild forest-designated area during the winter, with the aid of snowmobiles to carry everything in. Snowmobiles aren't allowed in wilderness areas though.

Lots of people do like to reuse the same campsite every year during hunting season as well. It's also not uncommon for people to use snowmobiles and/or horses to help keep a good supply of chopped firewood hidden nearby their favorite sites that are in wild forest areas.
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Old 11-03-2009, 12:21 PM   #8
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A little over 10 lbs including stove for a 6-man (say 4...) hot shelter. It's not that heavy. Most backpackers wouldn't have a problem carrying a split load of 6 lbs for the tipi and 4 lbs for the stove (plus a ground sheet). Even when alone using a pulk.

Check out the Kifaru line

I rarely overnight in winter but I've had the opportunity to try out the 8-man version with 4 other people and it was the most comfortable winter shelter I've ever tried. You don't need a lot of wood to keep it comfortable. A few stick will last for hours... Great to keep those hot toddies coming!
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:32 PM   #9
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I believe the ones I saw were hunters.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:06 PM   #10
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Yeah, I am a former New Yorker (Grew up in Ithaca, then lived near Cortland) so I know the Wilderness Rules. Not that different from the federal Wilderness rules in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, which is where we are seeing many of these in use.

We have a lot of skiers and snowshoers who use toboggans (traditional or trekking-style) to haul tent, stove and gear, and as previously stated, they are not that heavy. They are also popular with mushers, including US Forest Service Wilderness Rangers on dogsled patrol. (And I thought my job was good.)

See below; USFS patrol checking wilderness permits.
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Old 11-04-2009, 08:38 AM   #11
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Maybe a"more wood" button could be incorporated into the PLBs. Easier than carrying or cutting your own.
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:28 PM   #12
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Gee, nobody has commented since 2009. Are you all still out there shivering in your little nylon "mountain" tents. How about this winter, eh? Snow in very state except Florida. Wow! Spent the past weekend in my Snowtrekker. Still think it it the way to go for winter in the wilds.

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Old 01-31-2011, 08:52 PM   #13
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Heck NO!

We are going camping in Acadia next weekend. Blackwoods Campground is open year round .Primitive free camping in the winter. The road in is not plowed.

It will be our first hot tenting outing with a sled. We are looking forward to sleeping on the snow with ocean waves breaking to soothe our sleep.
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Shivering in nylon tent? Heck no, I am warm and toasty under my tarp in my hammock with my internal furnace generating plenty of heat.
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That looks like a pretty sweet set-up...

YellowCanoe - hope there will be pics, that sounds like a nice gig too.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:21 PM   #16
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Check this out. Great hot tenting trip report and gear review thread from north of the border.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:03 PM   #17
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:11 PM   #18
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Gee, nobody has commented since 2009. Are you all still out there shivering in your little nylon "mountain" tents. How about this winter, eh? Snow in very state except Florida. Wow! Spent the past weekend in my Snowtrekker. Still think it it the way to go for winter in the wilds.

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Old 02-02-2011, 12:57 PM   #19
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On a trip to Fingerlakes Nat. Forest last week I saw two hot tents.
I've seen them there too, I think they're part of a horse riding camp or something, always see horse trailers in there too.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:12 PM   #20
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Sounds like a good canoe tripping tent. Too bad all the water is solid right now.
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