Frozen Butt Hang 2014

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Being from Idaho I am no stranger to winter weather.  But the boys in Minnesota…well thats the real deal.  This year has been no exception.  They have had some crazy cold weather.  Shug has a video of -40*F, brrrr.  Sounds fun right???

Well I decided to make the trip to the Frozen Butt Hang this year.  If you are not familiar with the Frozen Butt Hang, its a bunch of guys from Hammockforums.net who get together to hang in the hammocks and freeze their butts off.  Yup, the Frozen Butt Hang.

So I caught the plane to go see what all the chatter was about….

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From the airport I was picked up by a fellow hanger.  Weirdire.  Super nice guy!  We then made the hour and half drive from Duluth to the trail head near Finland.  It was already a balmy 6*F.  This was going to be a great winter adventure.

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We hit the trail well after sundown.  This meant we were going to hike in by headlamp.  We were both up for the cold and dark hike.  We arrived at camp to a big fire and some warm food.  We ate and I decided to head to bed and get some sleep.  The next morning I woke up warm and not really looking forward to getting out of bed.  It was -2*F for a low this first night, -13*F the second night and a warm 12* the third night.

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I had a great place to set up camp.  The woods in Finland did not disappoint!!!

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Our main fire area was really awesome.  Some guys packed in a parachute that they hung directly over the fire pit.  This was really fun to have, it blocked the wind and created and nice warm place to sit, visit and of course EAT.

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We had a HUGE fire pit.

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We also got out and did some snowshoeing.  The snow was about thigh high for the guy breaking trail.

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This really was a fun trip.  I got to see a part of the woods that I had never seen before.  It actually looked a lot like Island Park, ID.  I sure hope to get back to MN again some day.  Maybe for some of that -40*F temps!!!

-blaktee

 

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