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Post by Phillip Gross on January 25th 2014, 4:57 pm

Back home now from an AWESOME trip!! God really gave us a good weekend for our first CWBT because the temps plummeted to 14*F last night which is pretty cold for us down here in the South.

We had 6 boys, 3 commanders, 1 dad (who I'm hoping will come aboard with us), and my dad's (Cmdr Paul) lab who slept with him in his sleeping bag!  Laughing 
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There were a few things that everyone learned about what to or not to bring, but everyone did fairly well overall. Only one boy had a bag that wasn't rated as well as it should have been, but he did well in spite of that.

Here's a pic of my son Seth, complete with the monkey he's had since day one.
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And this is a few of the guys and one of our Rangers hanging around the fire this morning after breakfast. The rest of the boys were off playing and I never got a whole group shot.
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Lastly I need to thank Mark big time for telling me about the Thermarest ultralite cot!!! That was the best night I've spent in the woods. The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 0 also kept me warm all night long. I had my capaline 3 base layer plus a long sleeved shirt over that and two pair of wool socks thanks to JoeCool's advice. Didn't really need my gloves at all or my cap except when I moved and got my head out of the whole too much.

Had a great time and we're looking forward to our next one coming up in March.
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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 25th 2014, 11:40 pm

Awesome report.

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Re: First Cold Weather Backpack Trip!!

Post by Mark Jones on February 12th 2014, 4:17 pm

Great report Phillip. I really enjoy these. Keep it up and you will have a whole bunch going with you.

I saw Bass pro had the Luxury lite cot last weekend.

We are doing Ranger Derby these next 4 weeks so no campouts for now for us. Next one will be in March Rappelling campout.

A lot of Commanders would have called it off with those temps... you did well and they learned they could do just fine in it.

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Post by Phillip Gross on February 12th 2014, 10:11 pm

All the boys who went felt like they accomplished something with that camp. Also built  stronger bonds with those who overcame the elements together.
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