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Gotta love horseshoes to kill

Gotta love horseshoes to kill time with the guys!!!

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wow you guys must have 500

wow you guys must have 500 pounds of gear...i feel kinda silly telling you about my camp!

1st rifle season

2 guys sleeping in a northface ve25 expedition tent. north face and big agnus bags and 1.5 inch camplight pads. a 16x16 kelty noahs tarp for a canopy to sit under outside and a nylon 10x 12 foot tarp for cooking under. small brunton raptor butane stove for cooking... all of our gear packs on one horse with food and we are going to be in about 10 miles up at 11000 feet.

are we just crazy or what? it seems to me you all have ALOT of gear?

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1000 lbs???

I have a ton of gear for camping.  It doesn’t fit into the back of my pickup.  I have to stack some of it on the 4-wheeler trailer.  I do camp with a wife and 5 kids and I want them to be comfortable and enjoy it so I bring out the sissy gear for them too.

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reading all of this thread

reading all of this thread makes me wonder why everyone is using the canvas wall tents...i would assume it is just for the comfort of standing up?

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You'll find that the older

You'll find that the older that a person gets the more comfort you like.  In my younger days a tarp and a good wool blanket was fine for me but now I like the easy life.  Also a nicer tent makes life a whole lot better if you happen to get weathered in for a couple of days. 

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I'm not too old but i like to

I'm not too old but i like to be comfortable at camp, we set up 2 17x19 tents with a 12x12 pop up canopy in between, then cover it all with a 40x80 tarp and prop up 1 end for acess. it hold heat in pretty good and keeps us dry.

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Wall tents are sweet but we

Wall tents are sweet but we go with the Kifaru Tipi's of different sizes. Usually have some campers thrown in too. This Kifaru stove and pipe only wieghs 5lbs. The stoves for the smaller backpacking tipi's only wiegh 2 lbs 5oz.

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tent

We used a Coleman pop-up camper for years until the frame broke for the third time. We used to drag it to about 10,000 feet, scaping and bottoming out up the FS road. We finally broke down and bought a Davis 14 X 16 wall tent, 3/4 coverage heavy duty floor, rain fly and the medium sized wood stove. We only heat with wood and I wish we would have got the next size up. We pack it tight with wood at bedtime and it'll burn dampered down until around 2 AM. Then you gotta throw more wood in. We tried big chunk coal and it didn't work worth a hoot. Not sure why. One thing you have to remember to do is clean the spark arrestor on the top of the stove pipe. Running the stove dampered down on pine with just about clog it shut PDQ. Always take an old guy with prostate problems on your hunting trip. They can't sleep all night w/o peeing so they'll keep the stove going and you don't have to get out of bed. :D The tent has the metal internal frame. We bought the welded corners from Davis and used rigid conduit for the rest of the frame, cut to length. We got cots with our package from Davis but I bought a 4" foam pad from Cabela's to put on top of the canvas. Pretty comfortable and plenty of room but we usually only have two or three guys in camp. When we have three we bring along another tent for gear storage. I got a nice Rinnai LP two burner stove with broiler from my brother-in-law so we'll use that to cook on if we're not using the wood stove. I can recommend the Davis tent. It's a good tent but it wans't cheap. We ended up taking my buddies newer camper last year and we had a serious mouse problem. We pulled out the trap and caught eight of the little buggers. On the way back to Denver I was still seeing mice jumping off the camper as it was rolling down the road. Always take mouse traps.

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NH Hunter wrote "Always take

NH Hunter wrote "Always take an old guy with prostate problems on your hunting trip. They can't sleep all night w/o peeing so they'll keep the stove going and you don't have to get out of bed." That's a good tip :lol:  Thumbs up

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I still like to think I am

I still like to think I am young at 35 and I definitely like to be comfortable.  I have spent 10 days in a popup and when it stormed i got worried.  i have also slept under a rock out cropping in a military mummy sack and made it till morning and was miserable when i woke up and found out the temp was 6 and the fire was out.  Holy crap that sucked.  Being comfortable keeps everyone in camp happy and fun to be around.  Kinda ruins a great vacation and hunting trip if you get a couple guys to throw down because they didnt get a good nite sleep.

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