Sunday, February 8, 2009

Snow Storm

Well the weatherman was calling for 2 inches of snow. I thought it would be a good time to get out in the mountains and have a look around and maybe call up a coyote or cat.
I love being in the Sawtooths this time of year. But as I found out, forecasting weather is kind of a guess. A 2 inch forecast can turn into 18 inches of snow real quick....
After all this is Idaho.
Around noon I decided to eat some lunch and boil some water for coffee. As much as I like a camp fire, sometimes its nice to not have to mess with gathering wood and tending the dang thing. That's why when I am hunting I usually use a small Coleman backpack stove. It's a single burner and brings water to a boil in 3.5 minutes. I love this thing. I boil the water in my old canteen cup I was issued many years ago while in the Army. I have bottled water in my vehicle but I just scooped up a big cup full of snow to use for my coffee. It takes longer to boil this way, but it's fun. This is the stove I use.

I was under the biggest Juniper tree I've ever seen, I was out of the wind and snow for the most part, and quit cosey with some hot coffee in me now. It was than I realized the snow was getting pretty deep, almost a foot already. And I was 10 miles off of the hard road.
The mild winter we've been having lulled me into a false sense of security. I suddenly had visions of my vehicle being stuck up there untill spring snow melt and me having to hike out of there.
I wasn't too worried, but I didn't waste any time either. It was a white knuckle drive out of there in some places, the road isn't the greatest even in the summer, but I made it home OK.

The biggest mistake I made was I never told anyone where I was going. I usually try to let my family know where I will be, but I just forgot this time. If something would of happened, I could count on receiving no help from anyone. I was on my own. Lonesome.


  1. Glad you made it out alright--thanks for the reminder that you should always let someone know what your plans are when you're out and away from civilization. That stove looks and sounds handy--might have to look into getting one of those. Great post.

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