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#203681 - 11/17/19 01:08 AM Long cold nights in northern latitudes
Jim M Offline
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We might be doing an overnight-er soon. It will get dark at about 4:30 and light again until about 7 AM. I used to love laying in the tent and reading a novel, but somehow now that I am old my joints complain after not to long. I suppose we could play cards for a while, but resting on your elbow(s) or sitting cross legged isn't the most comfortable thing after a while either. I am not sure there is an answer, but the question is: What do you do with 13 hours of darkness on a backing trip? https://www.backpacking.net/forum/images/icons/default/confused.gif
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#203686 - 11/17/19 11:44 AM Re: Long cold nights in northern latitudes [Re: Jim M]
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Agree that's the suckiest part of winter camping.

My strategy, such as it is, is to stay up as late as I can. Poke at the fire if you have one, stargaze if it's clear, plan around the moon and take a night hike, whatever can get you into the rack late enough you don't find yourself getting up to deal with a cranky bladder before dawn. (I know what climbers do about that but am not an adherent.)

If you must turn in early--weather or whatever--a book, cards, puzzles, some kind of diversion is a must.

At least we have super-efficient headlamps now. Back when they took D-cell batteries, ugh.

Be sure to note the lack of bugs. One of the best aspects of winter outings.
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#203687 - 11/17/19 12:54 PM Re: Long cold nights in northern latitudes [Re: Rick_D]
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Rick D--
thanks for your comments. It is certainly a beautiful season to be out. I never tire of the beauty of the evergreens covered with snow. We almost never see anyone else out on the trails and as you say, no bugs. It is also a bit of a challenge, but all the more satisfaction from staying warm and dry. Jim
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