Snow Camp!

Tipi glow

The Adventurer, Vernon Wade

Vernon was born in the Pacific Northwest and still lives in the shadow of Mt. Hood, near the small town where he grew up. Vernon has spent decades wandering the hills, hunting mushrooms, camping and riding motorcycles into the remotest nooks and crannies to be found in the region.

A photo essay about our snow camp until we get around to writing a ride report.

Checking the list

tipi loaded and packed

Andy is ready

Ultra-light camping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were in fresh snow by the time we made Husky Road

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving at camp

 

 

We had to haul our gear in from the road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy excavated about two or three feet of snow before we could set up the tipi

poles up

 

canvas up

 

 

 

 

 

The only reason we made it this far, was they had plowed the road a week ago for a logging show. It had snowed since.

Modern logging, done by machine.

gathering firewood

 

 

 

Walter bringing the firewood back to camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though the slope was slight, it was hard moving the bikes up it.

 

Not wanting to risk getting snowed in, we parked the bikes at the top of the hill. This proved to be a good decision.

 

 

 

dinner

 

stoking the fire to heat some water

 

 

 

 

 

 

It snowed most of the night and was snowing still when we got up

 

 

 

 

The bikes weren’t quite snowed in, but they were covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thawing water

 

 

icicle on the tipi door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hippie Mojo

Hippie mojo

 

 

 

 

Andy making breakfast

melting snow

 

 

 

bacon frying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

striking camp

Striking camp

 

 

 

Because there was so much snow on the road, I stashed the poles back in the trees, to retrieve later when the weather cleared.

We hid the poles back in the trees, to pick up when the weather improved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragging gear to the bikes

Walter dragging the pulk up the hill to the bikes

Packing up

fitting our ice encrusted gear on the bikes was a jigsaw puzzle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy's KLR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

boot packing the road so we can get out

Boot packing

We bootpacked about a half-mile of road, down to the headwaters of Rock Creek.

 

 

 

Even so, Andy got stuck

We didn't get far

 

 

Walter waiting for us to get unstuck again

I slipped sideways in the ruts and had to struggle to get back on top where I could get some traction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Load up, Walter!

It took us over three hours to get less than two miles. When we reached Fir Mountain Road it was easier going and Walter hopped aboard for the rest of the trip home.

 

bare road!

We finally reached bare pavement, just past Swyer’s Drive

 

Heading home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check List:

Tipi

12’ Tipi

1 door

1 door pole

liner 3 sections

13 poles (11 minimum)

19 pegs (15 minimum)

4 Pins

tarps – ground cloths and large outside tarp

Tools

2 shovels – snow shovel + e tool

1 plank (to cover shit hole)

1 bucket

rope and twine

hatchet

saw

draw knife

mallet

tape measure

Fire

Tinder/Firestarter/candles/steel wool

Matches/lighters/fero rod

blow tube

charcloth

Gear

G-bags

helmet bag

bike cover

chain & hook

bucket

kerosene lamp

snowshoes

first aid kit

fire starting kit

bayonet

sleeping bag

new pad

bivy sack

3 blankets

1 cot

1 chair

Hand soap, moist towlettes, towel, TP

change of socks, shorts, longjohns, wool jacket

bandanas

gaiters

rain gear

wool gloves and beany. broad brimmed hat

leather gloves

slippers

flashlight x2

headlamp

toothbrush

canteen x2

camp cup

tea pot

phone

camera with extra battery and phone

battery bank x2

charging cables

  • wear: poly base layer, long johns, synth or wool shirt, sweater, wool pants, wool socks, gortex socks, new boots, gaiters, leathers

Provisions

 

water jugs x2

rum

irish cream

hot choc

tea

pepperoni

trail mix

pepcid

Dog

 

Walter Dog

doggles

harness and traces

Pulk

2 dog bowls

kibble

dog canteen

pulk

dog blanket

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2 Comments

  1. Andy Davies

    Nice camp…!
    Dog loves his goggles…!
    Lol

    Reply
  2. DavePave

    Awesome. Looks like great fun and food.

    Reply

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