Re: Snowshoeing + Winter Camping
2010-01-01 13:28:30 GMT
Ha ha, sounds like fun....
Actually, I believe the recommended practice is 2-5 smaller fires if you
have plenty of wood. Or a long trench fire, to lay down by, after spreading leaves
and pine boughs to prop you up over the snow and to prevent it from melting.
A really big fire is not as warm...you just cannot get close enough to it to
get warm. It creates quite a draft, sucking a lot of cold air in along the ground for
combustion. And it will throw a lot of heat up and away from you. You will get
hot on one side from the radiant heat, but cold on the other. Radiant heat travels
in straight lines only. A single large fire is really not the way to go when you are
cold, though I love a big bonfire with a group of people.
If you do carry over logs, set them up at an angle, over the fire to reflect
any heat back at you. They also will protect the fire from any precipitation, snow
and rain. If the logs are really big, laying over the fire at about 2' up will help
create a "heat box". Large flat stones will do this too, but watch out for popping.
The splinters can get nasty.
Anything that will hold the hot air down a bit, but not choke it off, will help
make a fire "warmer". If you have a choice(winds may dictate otherwise,) camp
on the high side of a fire.
You are absolutely correct about decay or burning. It is the same. Spread
ashes in the morning to help give back to the forest. Bury fertilizer. Thin out the
forest floor. Travel on existing paths, grinding up more fertilizer. Plant walnuts,
or apples. Occasional burns to help the forest grow...I think the forests really
My thoughts only . . .
At 10:33 PM 12/30/2009, you wrote:
>Try large campfires I mean the kind you can't get within 5 feet of, dead Cedar trees are great for this in VA., get a large group togetherÂ so everyone has their spirits lifted. collect a lot ofÂ fallen trees and dry out everything. Remember it doesn't mater if the wood rots or burns it releases the same carbon! Plant some walnuts while you,re out I love munching and hiking.
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