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Ryan Jordan's SUL Winter Challenge
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Carol Crooker
(cmcrooker) - MLife

Locale: Desert Southwest, USA
Re: Re: Re: SUL Winter Challenge on 01/19/2007 18:14:55 MST Print View

To repeat Ryan's quote from above:
"I was able to get one night in. Everything went great. Cold temps were about five below at night, highs in the day were around 12-13*F. The second day become extremely warm and the VB clothing system totally imploded and was wholly uncomfortable at 25 degrees. I called in for a forecast and mountain temps were expected to continue rising and be in the 30s for the low and forecast for rain. I bailed, because I was in an area of pretty extreme avalanche potential. I was going to head down to treeline for safer conditions but with less snow cover down there and not having a tarp I really wasn’t enthused about spending the night in a one pound down bag and water resistant bivy sack in that mess. Such was the most severe limitation of the gear I had with me."


Locale: South West US
Re: Re: Re: Re: SUL Winter Challenge on 11/26/2012 04:25:41 MST Print View

Up for round two?

just Justin Whitson
Super duper ultra ultra light Winter hiking/camping on 12/22/2012 00:55:01 MST Print View

Ryan F. wrote, "I am glad there was this thread, it helped me with the whole winter thing. It is my favorite time to go out, but there is less on going light in the winter than the rest of the year. I learned alot. I just cant wait for RJ to go so we can see if a sane person can really survive with this little gear. ( I am not one to talk, I tried a 50 degree bag at 15)"

I suppose some might debate if he is sane or not, but check out the "Iceman"--real name Wim Hoff.

He apparently has started to train people to do similar things as he does. Seems to be based around a combination of practicing Tumo meditation (Tibetan Buddhism roots), strong belief and will, and a lot of practice and acclimating oneself. He's not the only one who can do this, but probably one of the most recognized. Tibetan Monks have been doing similar for centuries.

I'm debating whether or not i want to try this route myself. I have had spontaneous meditation experiences wherein my body temperature raised quite a bit despite that my core temp had earlier gone down from relaxing/laying down and doing nothing physical for over 20 mins.