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Sherif's Office are you guys alive it's 4 degrees out here?

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Post by Mark Jones on January 12th 2016, 5:23 pm

Wow! 11 degree projected low with a feels like temp of 4 degrees brings winter camping to a whole new level of fun!

Wind gusts up to 21 mph with a all night wind made that feels like 4 degrees COLD! Yet with Royal Ranger Ministry we teach and experience these type situations each year as a challenge and a reminder just how nice it is at home.




Each year between Jan 1st and February 28th we try and work in a "Freeze if you please" campout. When the weather is perfect 11 degrees and 2 to 5" of snow projected. we reserve a site at Busiek State Park through the State of Missouri Conservation Office in Springfield on north Mayfair next to Prime Trucking.




Marshall my 22 year old son said earlier in the week it was supposed to get down to 11 degrees on Saturday night and he was going to sleep outside in his Hammock to dial it in as he calls it....proof testing gear. I said hey let's do a Freeze if you please.




So Saturday Marshall 22, Sam 19, Ernie 18, Nathan 22 and Mark 56 at 3:30 pm head down to Busiek for a cold nights camp. Yup everyone was checked and double checked for the right gear to survive the night. Cold winter camping is serious business. YOU MUST BE READY!




The area had been under water just 2 weeks before and there was considerable dead wood around "wet". After dragging up some dead trees and sawing them up we laid a row of 6" logs down on the ground then built our fire up on top of that Platform fire. One of the 3 things that keep a fire going is heat. When it's really cold and wet out to start a good fire you have to isolate the fire from that cold wet.


It wasn't long before Ernie and Nathan and I had enough wood to last us through the night. Ernie was the fire master and got the fire going. We cut a small dead "dry" branch that was up hanging in the trees into 10" long sections then batooned that into dry firewood starter sticks. Everything else was pretty wet. (this can get you a fire so don't forget it...batonoing fire wood).

Dark at about 5:15 pm. Raging fire going. Cold and windy. Smoking blowing all around. Tears rolling down the face from the smoke a great Freeze if you please!

I hit the tent at about 8:30 pm. The down sleeping bags are winners all year around an in this type of condition the beat all else out there. I also had a down underquilt from a hammock i put on over the top of my sleeping bag I could have gone down into the -20 with that setup..but it was cold enough. Right gear means comfort. Wrong gear means misery.

The rest of the camp had lights out at around 9:45 pm.

I sleep light. I could hear Ernie and Nathan snoring or moving aorund through the night. At 5:30 am I saw a light on the side of my tent and thought someone had gotten up and kindled the fire. Soon I heard foot steps and a young mans voice came out of the darkness. County Sheriff, are you alive, it's 4 degrees out here. I said yes sir we are fine. We do this every year. He said ok. Just checking. I thought "he needed some Ranger traning" or he doesn't get out much.
After about 15 minutes the lights went away and I thought this is the warmest I have been on one of these freeze if you please. I had a dry base layer on top and bottom and wool synthetic socks. That was it.

At 8:00 am I heard Ernie kindling a fire and soon we were up. Breaking camp and by 9:30 at Village Inn eathing a hearty breakfast and laughing of the fun we had through the night. Nathan being a green horn to cold went camping ignored the advice to put on dry clothes as well as to zip of the sleeping bags. He did at first but when he rolled a few times they just ended up laying over the top of him...so he was part of the frozen chosen. It does MK kids as well as all young folks to experience these type of events. It makes them thankful for what they have at home.

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Post by Phillip Gross on January 13th 2016, 12:25 am

I hope we have some good cold temps when we go in a few weeks! Looks like y'all had a good time. Nathan doesn't seem too fond of being on camera though. Laughing
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Post by Mark Jones on January 13th 2016, 7:19 am

Grin. He has a lot to learn. 4 term Missionalry Kid now a Evangel College Student seeking a major Church media.

These events are really good for him. Most of the time he is on the couch looking at his computer. He is almost disabled when it comes to using his hands to do tasks. I pray that God will move on him to enroll in some programs that develope eye hand coordination.

He is a good hearted soul just needs to lay down that computer and join the real world.

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Post by Phillip Gross on January 13th 2016, 9:22 am

I fear that we have a lot of people like that these days. Makes Rangers even more important to develop in churches.
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Post by Mark Jones on January 13th 2016, 10:48 am

Yes sadly my outpost has some real issues getting men to go outside. Right now I have 6 boys that want to go to the bat cave from our church with no driver or leader out of 20 leaders that will drive them 45 minutes . They don't even have to camp. SELF is winning out in our church.

Right now I have 60 plus signed up from 7 churches going.

I wouldn't be able to sleep at night if I knew there was a need like this one and I knew I was to lukewarm to go and serve. I just shake my head sometimes.

God will make a way.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 13th 2016, 1:34 pm

I'll drive for ya if you can spot me gas round trip...

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Post by joecool on January 13th 2016, 3:20 pm

...and the Uber fee.

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Post by RRCmdrBennett on January 13th 2016, 9:34 pm

joecool wrote:...and the Uber fee.

LOL I should of seen that one coming!  I expected Philip to supply that line. In lieu of uber fee save me a spot in the cave.

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Post by Mark Jones on January 14th 2016, 1:24 pm

I have had them drive in from 12 hours away. Yes it's really that cool.

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