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    Any cold weather campers out there?
    on: November 01, 2022, 10:32:16 am
    November 01, 2022, 10:32:16 am
    I'm considering getting one last camping trip in, :084: most likely a wild camp, seeing as most sites are closed for winter.  :027:

    Weekend of 12th/13th November, Galloway Forrest or just north of Kielder Reservoir over the Scottish Border  :169:

    Biggest question is, is it worth it  :084: :187:

    And, if anyone has or does camp in the cold, have a tips? aside from, "don't underestimate the cold"

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    Last Edit: November 01, 2022, 10:32:52 am by af1-windy
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    Re: Any cold weather campers out there?
    Reply #1 on: November 01, 2022, 11:53:02 am
    November 01, 2022, 11:53:02 am
    Lots of fallen leaves just now, and Galloway Forest and the local roads there and back will be covered.   It makes the roads a chore rather than a pleasure.

    If it is raining when you arrive and pitch your teepee - are you sure you will be dry inside the tent, or wet and miserable?

    When you pack up - will it be the same?

    I'm a big softie - I'd balk at camping in the back garden at this time of year!  :156:


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    Re: Any cold weather campers out there?
    Reply #2 on: November 01, 2022, 12:04:53 pm
    November 01, 2022, 12:04:53 pm
    I think I'd back out if is cold and wet. Hoping for a dry but cold weekend.

    Antares and I pitched in the rain a couple of weeks back, it wasn't the best site either, but an unforeseen obstacle (iron gate) forced us to make the call.

    Other than a small leak my tent was fine and held up overnight to some pretty big storms.. It hailed while I was cooking breakfast, then we dropped the tents in a dry spell.. drying the tents when home is a bit of a pain but I've found a way of hanging it in my garage, which can be heated, so just left to dry then packed away, ready for the next outing.

    As for leaves, hoping they're down and blown away by mid November..

    I'll be keeping an eye on the forecast.  :028:
    Last Edit: November 01, 2022, 12:11:42 pm by af1-windy
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    Re: Any cold weather campers out there?
    Reply #3 on: November 01, 2022, 12:49:30 pm
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    Love wild camping, I only wild camp actually. I've camped in minus temperatures before in relative comfort, it only takes good gear and I was enjoying myself. but that was dry, would I do it deliberately in wet, no, I would not enjoy it (been there). As written above, forest roads are full of wet leaves now which are like butter so riding them is not much fun either. I got stuck in a muddy field on my recent European trip and trying to get a fully laden heavy XR out of it made me use words I never thought I knew lol.
    This time of the year, I just use my VW for camping. However, comes dry February/March, and will be camping on the bike again. 
     

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    Re: Any cold weather campers out there?
    Reply #4 on: November 01, 2022, 02:04:47 pm
    November 01, 2022, 02:04:47 pm
    *Originally Posted by mjojom [+]
    Love wild camping, I only wild camp actually. I've camped in minus temperatures before in relative comfort, it only takes good gear and I was enjoying myself. but that was dry, would I do it deliberately in wet, no, I would not enjoy it (been there). As written above, forest roads are full of wet leaves now which are like butter so riding them is not much fun either. I got stuck in a muddy field on my recent European trip and trying to get a fully laden heavy XR out of it made me use words I never thought I knew lol.
    This time of the year, I just use my VW for camping. However, comes dry February/March, and will be camping on the bike again. 
     

    I agree, not looking to set off if raining but prepared for a cold dry ride and overnight camp.. again, hoping most of the leaves have blown away.

    A lot of the trees are evergreen and set back off the road so I don't see it as a big problem but definitely worth having it in the back of my mind while getting there.. last time, we did ride some narrow leafy lanes.  :028:
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