Sunday, November 24, 2013

Nights 326 and 327 - 38 nights to go!

Hi and welcome back!

Friday night: 50 degrees
Saturday morning: 34 degrees
Saturday night: 28 degrees
Sunday morning: 21 degrees

On Saturday night we got home from the Penn State game at about 9:00, and I noticed that it had snowed a bit here at home.  It was 28 degrees with 13 mph winds, which turned out to be about 18 degrees with the wind chill.

When I went out to the tent it was pretty windy, but as I was starting to fall asleep, it got REALLY windy.  The tent was flattened by the wind a few times, then it started to blow around.  I realized that my dad and I hadn't staked it down when we pitched it the other day!

I quickly reached out into the vestibule and tried to grab the ground, because I thought the tent was going to blow away.  Thankfully, one corner of the vestibule was staked down, so that was like a pivot point, and it blew around that stake as the wind blew.  I didn't want the floor to rip, so I tried to keep it from sliding on the ground when the wind blew.

I ran to the house and woke up my dad to come outside.  We quickly staked down the corners, but one stake that my dad tried to pound in broke, because the frozen ground was so hard.

Once the tent was secure, we both got into sleeping bags and tried to sleep.  It was hard to fall asleep with the wind, though.  The tent was almost flattened completely when the wind blew too hard, but it wasn't as hard as it was before.

Today I got out the rain fly from my Alps tent, and I was able to duct tape the back of the fly.  I set it up, guyed out all the corner so it could stand up to the wind.  

Today my dad and I hiked to the pond.  It's been below freezing for more than 24 hours, and we wanted to see if it was frozen.  I thought it probably was, but dad didn't.  It was really shallow, but it was frozen enough that I could hit it with my hiking stick without it breaking or cracking.

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I saw on an international weather report that you guys are in for a big freeze in the next day or two. Take care out there.