I too am "Naturally Insulated" :smile2:I have a touch of asthma that the Kansas humidity agravates, so the cold dry air in the winter is actually refreshing for me. I'm also "naturally":smile2: insulated.
I drove my truck up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse / Prudhoe Bay last September. I caught the tail end of summer, that's sure some remote country to be out in in the winter!We used to hunt caribou up by Prudoe bay where the pipeline starts, that's were I've camped probably at about -40.
Yep, It was a neat thing to do - once :big_smile: I figure that it was a 1000 mile round trip from the main highway, and about 75% unpaved. The paved sections were worse than the gravel because of the frost heaves. But it was really great overall, some real pretty country in places. I was just amazed at how much activity took place up there, and there were a bunch of hunting and outfitter groups set up. I missed out on the northern lights, and I didn't get to see a polar bear. And I got to Deadhorse a couple of weeks too late to take the oilfield tour.That's a helk of a road ain't it? I've drove it several times in summer and winter. Man it's cold and windy in the winter....but best northern lights you'll ever see. Were they out when you were up there?
I always wanted to drive the Alcan highway.My father was one of the many Army engineers who built it in WW2.He surveyed it too,so he said he got to walk it first and then go back and clear it.He also drove trucks and operated all heavy equipment.He said that the weather was quite a shock for a young fellow born and raised in Mobile Alabama.He also learned to appreciate Alabama's skeeters and gnats!I drove my truck up the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse / Prudhoe Bay last September. I caught the tail end of summer, that's sure some remote country to be out in in the winter!
Now this kind of weather is something that I don't miss about Maine where I learned to make and sleep in a snow cave or shelter chinked with snow or with ice by slowly pouring water over it.That ice sure stopped the wind!Those Native Americans up there have got it down when they have to stay out!derail,
the coldest I have ever camped was this past january at the trapper's rendevous at Harvey County West Lake park. It was 4 degrees above zero on January 19th. Around 0430 hours the coleman gas propane heater lost its fuel supply and I had to put another bottle on. It took about 10 minutes to relight.
We had plenty of sleeping bags. But the nice thing is no critters to worry about.
I love being out in bad weather because you have it all to yourself and it is a completely different world that most never know of.I camp year round also. Our winter isnt bad here either. I dont mind the cold but if the wind is bad then there is no reason for me to be out there. I go if there is more reasons other than a campfire and pitching a tent. I gotta be fishing pretty much. Below 28f is getting a little cold for me, about 94f I'm getting hot.