Mountain Hardwear Phantom Down Hooded Jacket

Super warm down jacket.

Update: This thing is crazy hot.  I put it on to go for a walk in 50F weather and within five minutes I was sweating.  There is absolutely no reason to wear this above 40F, maybe even 30F.

In retrospect, I would have been better off with the lighter version of this to wear over my Nano-Air, but oh well.  Now I just have to swap them as I get warmer or colder.

Sugar Pine Point Campground, Lake Tahoe

Visited here the weekend of January 19.  I highly recommend it for winter car camping, especially if you have kids.

I tried several campsites and all were either officially closed or snowed in.  Sugar Pine Point is right on Lake Tahoe and was reasonably plowed, right up to where I could park the truck.  Furthermore, it had metal boxes for storing food, picnic tables, fire pits, and was just a short walk to the lake.

We had easily over a foot of snow everywhere, temperature in the morning was 25 degrees and it climbed to 33.  About as good as you can get if you want snow.

Winter boots

We don’t get any snow in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I only need winter snow boots when I go winter camping. For that reason, I didn’t do a ton of research and just picked out the Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus IV Omni-Heat Mid Calf Boot.

columba_bugaboot

We’ll see how well it holds up.

Update: These were fantastic in 18 inches of snow at 25 degrees.  I wasn’t working up much of a sweat, mostly standing around, and my feet were quite warm in wool socks and these boots.

We’ll see how they hold up in wet conditions.