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12/30/2012 07:18PM
Anyone else want to give this a try?

I've always wanted to try winter camping so I am going to do it.
This is an invite for anyone else on this site to come try it too. This will be held at the same park as the Spring Wing night in Rockford, IL. I am out there many hours during the winter months and would like to stay overnight, so I am inviting any and all of you to come campout with me this winter! I have plenty of fire wood, no drinking water, (well is froze) two out houses, and that is about it. Lets do it!

Let me know if interested!
 
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Canoe42
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12/30/2012 08:23PM
Will you be in a tent, or a camper like last time : {
12/30/2012 08:32PM
LOL Dave, gonna try out my WBBB if it gets here. Ordered it Christmas morning at 3 am.
12/30/2012 08:37PM
Let me know which shoulder to pat you on!
Jackfish
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12/30/2012 09:13PM
Hmmmm... now you have me checking my calendar. I'll get back to you.
12/31/2012 09:46AM
I'm prolly in for this... just gimme a date...
nojobro
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12/31/2012 10:50AM
quote jcavenagh: "I'm prolly in for this... just gimme a date..."

February 23 and 24.
billconner
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12/31/2012 10:50AM
Annual Troop campout at Warren Dunes.
nojobro
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12/31/2012 10:50AM
I'm not set up for doing this, but I hope you guys have a GREAT time!
toddhunter
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12/31/2012 03:27PM
Nice invite. I don't think I can commit early but I could be a last minute newbie to winter camping. Used my hammock on the porch last year down to about 40.
Papinator
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12/31/2012 10:12PM
If for some reason I magically get called off work for the whole weekend, andwe're not still up in the BW, we'll try to make it :)
01/10/2013 05:43PM
quote nojobro: "quote jcavenagh: "I'm prolly in for this... just gimme a date..."
February 23 and 24."

Dang! If only I could R E A D!!;)
Yup, I'm in!

Dutch oven or two will come along for this one! Barbeque ribs in the DO, and peach cobbler with heavy cream?? MMM, MMM, GOOD

01/10/2013 09:40PM
Sounds good Jim!

My WBBB came in yesterday, trying to figure out UQ setup, and maybe sleeping pad for extra insulation. I should have it all figured out by then..... I checked the monthly forecast, and on average its mid 30's during the day and low 20's at night. Hopefully we will have snow again by then. Would make for better pictures!
nojobro
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01/10/2013 10:30PM
quote jcavenagh: "quote nojobro: "quote jcavenagh: "I'm prolly in for this... just gimme a date..."
February 23 and 24."

Dang! If only I could R E A D!!;)
Yup, I'm in!

Dutch oven or two will come along for this one! Barbeque ribs in the DO, and peach cobbler with heavy cream?? MMM, MMM, GOOD"

Can we just come down to eat? Heh.

01/11/2013 02:01PM
There will be plenty!! Come on down for the day! It's only an hour or so drive, right??
01/12/2013 05:42PM
We need at least 6 people just to eat the food I will cook! C'mon, are you in?
01/16/2013 09:03AM
Bump, da bump...This is about 6 weeks out.
01/18/2013 09:45AM
Anyone...anyone...Buhler....Buhler...
Canoe42
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01/18/2013 11:23AM
Tempting, very tempting. Never winter camped before.
01/18/2013 03:44PM
C'mon out C42! It's only an hour or so from your house. We'll have a huge fire. If you use a tent, there is a lot of very nice ground for tent sites. Bob will be testing his new hammock winter gear, as will I. We'll have a great time.

This is basically a drive in campground area in Bob's private park. This is a perfect chance to try something new while having an easy bailout option if things go poorly.

Anyway, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?
01/18/2013 03:54PM
Hey, Bob! Is there going to be a trailer there, too?
Maybe post up a few photos of the camping area for those that haven't seen it??
Canoe42
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01/18/2013 05:42PM
quote jcavenagh: "C'mon out C42! It's only an hour or so from your house. We'll have a huge fire. If you use a tent, there is a lot of very nice ground for tent sites. Bob will be testing his new hammock winter gear, as will I. We'll have a great time.

This is basically a drive in campground area in Bob's private park. This is a perfect chance to try something new while having an easy bailout option if things go poorly.

Anyway, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?"



01/19/2013 06:25PM
Gee, I wonder if he is smarter than your AVERAGE bear?
bigdriver
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01/19/2013 06:39PM
Sounds good only a hour away.
01/20/2013 11:45AM
bd - That's great! At this point, I think we have 4 + 1 maybe??
I doubt that we will be having bonechilling cold by late Feb, so there's that.
01/21/2013 08:00PM
Hey, Bob - Could you post up directions to the park again?
Thanks.
01/22/2013 05:34PM
daily bump.
01/23/2013 06:08PM
Bob?? Where are you?
01/23/2013 06:13PM
Having a busy week. This is the address for the park. 6802 42nd st. Rockford,IL 61109. Use google map and it should take you to Cave DR. Turn left (East), and follow the gravel road through the gate. We will be camped where the gravel road ends (About 1/3 mile). Here are a couple pictures from last year.




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01/23/2013 06:14PM

Bowling night rehab? : )

01/24/2013 04:56PM
Come on out, all you So WISC, No IL, and Estrn IA and Nw IND folks!
01/25/2013 02:26PM
I took a ride out there this morning. The wind was out of the WSW this morning 15-20 mph and the trees block it pretty good. Here are some pics after getting a 1/2 inch of snow last night.












My nephew says he will come out and camp. I will get out there in a couple weeks and split the wood. Its only 4 weeks away!

HowardSprague
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01/25/2013 03:25PM
Looks nice. Is that really the name of it - Lithuanian Park?
01/25/2013 03:50PM
quote HowardSprague: "Looks nice. Is that really the name of it - Lithuanian Park?"



Yes it's owned by the Rockford Lithuanian Club.
jim cav
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01/26/2013 08:51AM
Bob - You use a power splitter? jimc
01/26/2013 08:44PM
quote jim cav: "Bob - You use a power splitter? jimc"

Yes I have use of a log splitter!
01/28/2013 09:53PM
Bump!
01/29/2013 07:51PM
hit it!
02/02/2013 04:23PM
3 weeks out
02/02/2013 04:50PM
Hey Bob, had to decide between Aruba with the wife or winter camping with you? I wanted to go with you, but she thought I should go with her....sorry won't be there.
SunCatcher
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02/02/2013 05:27PM
I am sorry this conflicts with a Scout camp at Warren Dunes but good up and down hiking trails and I need to do as much as possible. Best wishes.
02/02/2013 07:35PM
quote SunCatcher: "Hey Bob, had to decide between Aruba with the wife or winter camping with you? I wanted to go with you, but she thought I should go with her....sorry won't be there.
SunCatcher"


I am sure that was a tough choice Paul, not sure if you made the right decision or not....Only time will tell!

BTW we have snow here again, doubt there is any of that, in that place called Aruba!
02/04/2013 05:09PM
YES! Finally, a little snow! Let's have some fun!
02/04/2013 08:14PM
Its a possability but with a 4 1/2 hour drive I need to see what the weather is going to be that weekend. Sure would like to.
02/07/2013 04:55PM
More snow today!
02/09/2013 12:33PM
Bob - Did you get over 6 inches? We only got abiut an inch down here.
2 weeks out...
02/11/2013 09:31PM
bump, bump
02/12/2013 04:33AM
quote jcavenagh: "Bob - Did you get over 6 inches? We only got abiut an inch down here.
2 weeks out..."



Looks like its all melted now :(
02/13/2013 05:10PM
Shoot! I just got scheduled out of town over that weekend.
I'm out. >:-(
02/13/2013 08:25PM
quote jcavenagh: "Shoot! I just got scheduled out of town over that weekend.
I'm out. >:-("


Damm, that sucks Jim.

Anyways, I will set up a couple cots in the shed we have out there, with a couple heaters I have for ice fishing just in case anyone gets to cold the night of the campout and needs a warmer spot to sleep. The ten day forecast for the Friday night before is in the mid teens. That way if someone gets to uncomfortable we will have a bailout place for them to spend the night.
02/16/2013 10:19PM
One week away!
02/17/2013 08:11PM
I guess we have a major snowstorm coming later this week. I have a guy lined up to clear out the road in and out of the park so we can all get in there. Guess its time to do a head count if anyone from this site is attending? Let me know if your going to be there.
02/17/2013 09:46PM
quote bobbwca: "Sounds good Jim!


My WBBB came in yesterday, trying to figure out UQ setup, and maybe sleeping pad for extra insulation. I should have it all figured out by then..... I checked the monthly forecast, and on average its mid 30's during the day and low 20's at night. Hopefully we will have snow again by then. Would make for better pictures!"


Did you get a UQ with your WBBB or are you trying to McGyver one?

If you are trying to McGyver one... check out this thread and this webpage that talk about using a sleeping bag as a UQ/pod.
HowardSprague
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02/18/2013 08:26AM
Wish I could, won't be able to.

viso gero
02/20/2013 03:48PM
Boy, with the snow coming this is likely to be a really great winter camp! I really wish I could be there. post up photos & vids please
02/21/2013 07:48PM
quote luft: "quote bobbwca: "Sounds good Jim!



My WBBB came in yesterday, trying to figure out UQ setup, and maybe sleeping pad for extra insulation. I should have it all figured out by then..... I checked the monthly forecast, and on average its mid 30's during the day and low 20's at night. Hopefully we will have snow again by then. Would make for better pictures!"



Did you get a UQ with your WBBB or are you trying to McGyver one?


If you are trying to McGyver one... check out this thread and this webpage that talk about using a sleeping bag as a UQ/pod."


I have a under quilt now, and some ccf. I ordered the Mambajamba tarp a few weeks ago, but it hasnt arrived yet....maybe it will come tomorrow. If not I have other tarps. I will sleep warm!
02/21/2013 07:51PM
So far from this site besides myself it looks like the only other member attending will be Float Stanley! I will post some pictures after the event.
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02/22/2013 06:28AM
Bob
Hope you have a great time. I have a wedding to go to. I will try to make your next outing. Last year was a not to miss event.
MagicPaddler
02/22/2013 09:09AM
quote bobbwca: "So far from this site besides myself it looks like the only other member attending will be Float Stanley! I will post some pictures after the event."

I think float is tuffer than you bob,he is a Canadian, and they already know how to handle the cold and snow...He doesnt even require a coat!

SunCatcher
02/22/2013 10:04AM
How much snow did you get last night? We got 3 in down here. Out the door to catch a plane (I'm sure I'll be delayed)...have fune!
02/22/2013 11:53AM
We have about 3 inches. I think Paul was hoarding it all in Nebraska!
02/24/2013 12:44PM
7 of us braved the cold, 3 more came out to visit. We all had a great time! here's some pics.













02/24/2013 01:22PM
Great pics, nice fire and set up of the hammocks and tarps, get cold at all?? How did Float Stanley handle it?

SunCatcher
02/24/2013 01:24PM
looks like fun! must have been fairly nice temps. thanks for the photos.
02/24/2013 01:33PM
Thanks for the pics Bob. Looks like a good time. Did anyone sleep with Float for extra insulation?
billconner
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02/24/2013 02:03PM
Looks like a great time. Sorry I couldn't join you - was with Boy Scout troop at Warren Dunes.
02/24/2013 07:16PM
I got a little cold, woke up with my sleeping bag laying on ground next to me. Once I was back in it I slept good the rest of the night. Temperature got down to mid teens with windchill in single digits. Float Stanley slept on the picnic table, he was all frosty in the morning!
02/24/2013 07:24PM
Stanly IS tough! Looks like a good time!

butthead
HowardSprague
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02/24/2013 09:25PM
Wish I could have joined you, if only for the Svyturys! :)
Canoe42
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02/24/2013 10:24PM
Looks like a great time. I almost feel guilty sleeping under my down blanket in my king size bed. NOT.
02/24/2013 10:26PM
float is livin the life lately. bowling first, then winter camping. my "son" has been seeing it all.
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02/24/2013 11:32PM
quote HowardSprague: "Wish I could have joined you, if only for the Svyturys! :)"

Those Lithuanians can brew some beer!

Hey Bob, glad to see you got the fire going!
02/28/2013 10:06AM
Looks like everyone had a great time. I'm sorry I was not able to go. That's 2 get togethers I've missed in the last few months. BUMMER.
03/01/2013 12:15PM
quote kanoes: "float is livin the life lately. bowling first, then winter camping. my "son" has been seeing it all."
I'm not sure anyone really caught this, but I almost killed Float last summer. If he had not been crammed down under all the packs in my trunk, he would have likely sailed off into the woods somewhere along 105 and died a slow lingering death from exposure.
Whew!
03/01/2013 12:34PM
quote kanoes: "float is livin the life lately. bowling first, then winter camping. my "son" has been seeing it all."
Don't forget about him sitting in with the band.
HowardSprague
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03/01/2013 01:55PM
Float's got a sweet Tele!
Bonvicken
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03/01/2013 04:27PM
quote HowardSprague: "Float's got a sweet Tele!"

+1! Not just a Tele, a Tele thinline! I need one of those!
03/01/2013 04:29PM
quote AndySG: "quote kanoes: "float is livin the life lately. bowling first, then winter camping. my "son" has been seeing it all."
Don't forget about him sitting in with the band.
"

hahaha! i forgot about that moment!
 
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