There are nice things about camping when it’s way below zero. No one goes through the ice. Everything is dry. All the gear feels appropriate and well used.
And when you asked “Hey, what temperature is it?”
“Well above zero!” said Will.
And it was actually 3ºF
There was so much laughing on this trip.
Will and I had done five winter camping trips just the two of us. This year included Annalesa.
It started on Monday September 18th at Lakes and Legends Brewing Adventure Film showing. Will and I were preparing to go on our annual BWCA paddling trip when Annalesa said “I’ve always wanted to go on a trip with both of you.”
I said “You could come on the winter trip.” But I was probably a little drunk and didn’t think it would really happen.
First, there is so much gear involved. It’s quite a commitment to acquiring things that are unlikely to be used for anything else. I sent her a document listing all the needed gear.
Second, it’s really not fun. Will and I spent a front step evening trying to communicate how much work it is to winter camp. How it’s really not like camping at any other time of year. How much risk is involved and how the planning and preparation to make it safe is serious business. How it’s really not a vacation.
And then she bought the most expensive item on the list. So it was real. She was coming.
And it was so much fun.
Or at least it was in hindsight, which makes it classic Type 2 Fun. Continue reading