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Offline coyote101

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LBL camping trip
« on: February 10, 2014, 07:54:41 PM »
I had planned on taking my wall tent to Wrangler's campground for the LBL hunt this year. My plan got messed up a bit when they shut down Wrangler's on Wednesday because of the ice storm and power outage. Since the campground was closed, I decide to go on Friday and camp in the backcountry. I drove around for a while trying to find a spot that I liked that wasn't under or too close to a big ice covered tree that might send branches crashing down on me. I finally found a good place near the lake and went to work putting up my temporary home.     

Scraped the crusty ice and snow off the ground to make room for the tent
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Laid out the tent
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Set up the side walls
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Put up the center pole and covered it with tarps
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My bedroom
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and kitchen
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Got the stove set up and cut and split some wood
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Fired up the stove and got it toasty warm inside
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The view from my front porch down to the lake
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And from the lake back up to my home
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Fried up some Spam for dinner
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Semp stopped by for a while on Saturday
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I kept myself busy tending to the wood stove and only hunted for about an hour on Saturday afternoon. This was the first time I have stayed in my tent and I only stayed for a couple of nights and then packed it all up and headed home on Sunday.

All in all, a good couple of days.

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014, 08:07:10 PM »
OH MAN!! that looks like good camping right there.

Glad you were able to spend a couple nights in your home away from home. Wish I could of come down and visited with all the folks that did make it to the LBL but oh well there is always next year
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014, 08:18:09 PM »
Semp, quit lookin so grumpy :laf:

That looked like plain ole fun Pat. How long did it take to set up? You hauled a LOT of stuff up there.
This was your first over overnight away from home with the new tent wasnt it?
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014, 08:21:05 PM »
Pat I'm pretty sure those are the coolest pics to ever come outta LBL!
All but the one with Semp in it! :-)
Sweet set up and you got a great deal on that rig, let me know if you want your money back!

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014, 08:38:51 PM »
That looked like plain ole fun Pat. How long did it take to set up? You hauled a LOT of stuff up there.
This was your first over overnight away from home with the new tent wasnt it?

It was great fun Jim, but a lot of work for one guy. It took me about three hours to set it all up, and about the same to tear it down and pack up. And yes, it is a LOT of stuff, but that made it very comfortable. It pretty much filled the back of my old full size dodge. I had set the tent up in my back yard twice, but never stayed in it before. It went pretty much as planned, but I may modify the tarp set up a little.

Pat I'm pretty sure those are the coolest pics to ever come outta LBL!
All but the one with Semp in it! :-)
Sweet set up and you got a great deal on that rig, let me know if you want your money back!

Thanks Doug, I appreciate the compliment and the kind and generous offer. Believe it or not, you're not the first to offer me my money back, so if I decide to get rid of it I'll have to put you in the queue.

Oh, by the way guys, that's Semp's happy face; it doesn't get any better than that.

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014, 08:57:26 PM »
From the looks of things there, I'd say you were warmer in you tent than we were in the cabin on Tuesday night after the power went out??

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2014, 09:14:12 PM »
Great photo's Pat.  I don't know if I could take the cold like you guys do.  But that stove and stack of wood looks like it was pretty comfy in there.    I'm going to have to dig out an old photo of me roughing it by myself in the dead of winter. 
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2014, 09:25:13 PM »
Thanks for sharing Pat, Looks like fun but a loot of work !!
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014, 10:08:13 PM »
Good looking setup, Pat.  Semp kinda fits in there, or so it seems.
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014, 10:53:02 PM »
Semp, quit lookin so grumpy :laf:



People keep sneaking up on me with cameras.  Pat took that pic just before I gave him a big 'ol grin.   :laf:

Pat's tent was big enough to roller skate in.  I was quite impressed with his layout.


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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2014, 09:50:14 AM »
Great photo story!  The most comfortable outdoor/tent camping in my life has been in a wall tent with wood stove.  They are astoundingly warm and comfortable, way better than I would ever have expected.  Bravo!



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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2014, 10:41:36 AM »
Looks like you could set up homesteading with that setup.

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2014, 11:18:46 AM »
Pat, good story thanks for sharing, I used to do a lot of camping but have not done that in many years, I always enjoyed it. cc

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2014, 01:25:45 PM »
Nice view looking toward the water.  It does look like you had a good time.  Glad to see you got to use the tent.

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2014, 02:03:50 PM »
That's the look you get from Semp if he has to wait too long for lunch to be served!!  :nono: :nono:


That is a very nice setup you got there Pat. I'm glad you took it out & set it up. Very cool.
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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2014, 03:51:41 PM »
Doesn't get much better than that Pat...aren't they fun to put up and take down by yourself :doh2:
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2014, 04:25:04 PM »
How heavy is the wood stove? Do you back up on the tarp & unload it? Looks like that part would be as hard as getting the whole tent out of the truck & onto the ground.
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2014, 05:00:46 PM »
How heavy is the wood stove? Do you back up on the tarp & unload it? Looks like that part would be as hard as getting the whole tent out of the truck & onto the ground.

The pipe, legs and other accessories are stored inside the stove body and it all weighs a bit over 60 pounds. I carry it into the tent once I have the tent up. The tent is wrapped in that blue tarp. I don't know what it weighs, but is less than the stove. I lay it on the ground, unwrap the tarp and unfold the tent on top it. That way the tent doesn't have to lay on the bare ground. Once I've got the tent up, I fold up the blue tarp and put down a plastic ground cloth and then indoor outdoor carpet. The stove sits in a corner on uncovered bare ground.

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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2014, 05:50:23 AM »
Thanks Pat. That's not too bad then. It looks heavier in the picture. I figured everything was designed as a one man operation. Just thought the stove was over 100lbs.
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Re: LBL camping trip
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2014, 11:22:53 AM »
Great looking setup pat . I missed getting to talk with you this year  at lbl.

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