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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046409
11/11/20 05:31 PM
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On top of a long ridge in NE Wy setting fox traps. Actual temp was -36, but was about a fourty mph wind blowing out of the north constantly. That was about as cold as I've ever been. Thought I was dressed for it, but. needed more layers. Was worth it though, had quite a few fox bouncing on the trip back through there!


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: ND FTA] #7046417
11/11/20 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ND FTA
Originally Posted by Machias
I've been in negative temps many times, Northern Maine, Washington State, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota. But the coldest I have ever been was in Saudi Arabia, Jan 1991, sitting in a DFP in the middle of the desert, 40+ mph wind, 24 degrees, foggy. No thermals, just my desert BDUs. That was a long night.


Originally Posted by warrior
December 88

This southern boy had been flown into Frankfurt Airport on Thanksgiving Day .After a few days of processing I get to my unit in Grafenwohr just in time to be issued gear for a winter training exercise and loaded up to go to the woods.
There was a foot of snow on the ground and it was an iffy thing just getting to the training area. Being as new and green as they come I was assigned to fetch and tote tents, cots and such. During the course of this while toting an armload of cots in the dark I managed to walk out onto snow covered ice hiding a really deep rut. Deep enough to soak me to my belly when I broke through.
Even though I reported this to the NCO in charge work still carried on and only by keeping moving was I able to continue. Somewhere early in the AM I was finally told to hit the sack. It was when I stripped down and started wringing out my drawers that the NCO realized I wasn't just a slacker.

I know not Alaska cold, but for an Alabama boy it was quite the shock.


X2 on both. Born and raised in North Dakota where -30 air temp and -60 wind chill is common, but sleeping in a pup tent for a week with heavy, wet snow in Wildflecken, Germany back in December of 1989 and laying in the mud along the Saudi, Kuwaiti border a year later were about as painfully cold as it gets.


Too funny, the second coldest night of my life was outside of Spangdalem AB, Germany. Exercise Salty Demo in 1985. Set up an ambush, light rain, pretty much soaked us getting into position, then the temps bottomed out. Sooo cold, laying still, soaked to the bone until morning.


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046420
11/11/20 05:42 PM
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-40F blowing a wet 40 knots on the deck of a ship in the south sandwich islands. Had warm gear and foulies on and every orifice duct taped shut (boots to pants, sleeves to gloves). Facemask and goggles. After about 15 minutes, I couldn't wait to get back inside.

But we figured you had about 2 minutes of lucidity before passing out if you went over the side. Hard to imagine somebody lasting hours in it like the original post.

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: the Blak Spot] #7046468
11/11/20 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by the Blak Spot
-30 with a -60 wind chill. That was in Kansas sometime in the 80's


I remember that year, couldn't have told you the year, but we don't usually get much colder than 10-14 below zero. That year, it was -25 to -26 back in eastern Ks. I was pickiing up 220 conis in trail sets for coon, and got careless. By the time I got that 220 off my fingers, there wasn't any feeling left! Must be why I remember it. We used to get some mean subzero stuff when I was a kid, but it hasn't been that way for at least fifty years.


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046485
11/11/20 07:03 PM
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Back on page 2, white 17 tells a bit about the Siberian High Pressure that capped interior Alaska for a couple weeks in early 1989. Yeah, it was a bit chilly. We had a local radio station, and they repeatedly reported -75F. First thing in the morning, noon, evening. Sounded like a broken record. Knowing that the temp varies a bit throughout the day/night, I walked down to the local Flight Service station. I say "Hey Jim, you are the official National Weather Service dude in these parts, and I'm calling B.S. on the temp you're giving the radio station. How can it be so static at -75F day after day, for more than a week?" His response was enlightening. "Well, our thermometers are calibrated so they're accurate. But, we only calibrate them to -75. Anything below that temp, we have to report as -75F. So officially, -75 is as low as it gets". I then asked Jim, "How cold is it really?" His response..."Minus 75F".

I did put on the snowshoes and walked across the river and harvested a few ptarmigan at -75F. That's a whole 'nother story...

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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046487
11/11/20 07:05 PM
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-47c ambient. -69c with the wind. Picked up 2 wolverine that day


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046519
11/11/20 07:25 PM
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The coldest temp I have been out in was 42 below in Fairbanks, AK. The coldest I have ever been was sitting on a deer stand outside of Jonesville, LA when it was 20 above!

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046525
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Standing in waist deep water for 12 hours waiting for rescue when my duck boat flipped and sank a few octobers ago.


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046562
11/11/20 08:19 PM
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It was in the early 90s. Carter had signed over the canal. We where beaver trapping in NE Mn. Temp was minus 40 actual temperature. We had wind gusts up to 50 miles per hr. The governor had shut schools and all unnecessary travel down. We where beaver trapping. The first beaver house we set. I slipped off the house. Broke thru the ice and landed on my feet with my head just above the water. Any how. Standing there we made a plan. My buddy helped me out. I ran for the truck. We did two things right that day. Each brought a change of clothing. And we had left the truck running just in case such an incident took place. From there we went to Tower/Sedan. The bar was open at 8am that morning. We partook in plenty of warm refreshing beverages that morning and well into the afternoon. We ended up in good shape. Thanks to the kindness of the good people of the Iron Range

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: Turtledale] #7046616
11/11/20 09:11 PM
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The coldest straight temp was ice fishing lake of the woods years ago.
We were in a sleeper shack.
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Went on a coyote calling mission to Montana about 10 years ago. At daybreak, it was _37 high for the day was _25 I think.
15 minutes of laying prone was my max. But holy crap did the coyotes come bombing in!


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046626
11/11/20 09:22 PM
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1977. I was working in a auto body shop and drove tow trucks. Worst year ever in this region. -20 to -30 for a few weeks. Wind was horrible every night. -60 to -70 wind chills at night.

I spent many hrs out in that stuff pulling cars and trucks out of the snow banks. The hi-ways were nothing but sheets of ice at times. Several big rigs ran off on the shoulders or the median and were stuck. We were told by the ISP to leave them but get the drivers out. After a few days a lot of those trucks were laying on their sides. From the high wind and the snow giving way under them.

The absolute coldest was at 3:00 AM with me trying to get home for a little sleep. I was driving with my door open watching the side of the road because of the blowing snow. I hit a snow bank and that was that. I was about 300 yds from mom and dads house so I took off walking. By the time I got there I was so cold I couldn't open the door. Luckily my mom woke up and let me in. I fell in the door and mom pulled me over to the oven and lit it with the door open to warm me up. An hour later I was about to go back out looking for dad who was hrs late coming home from his work. Just as I was about to leave I seen head lights out in a field by their house. It was dad, the roads were not passible but the wind had blown all the snow off the fields. For the next week or so that is how we got back and forth from the farm to town or work.

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046641
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Fell overboard drifting a creek in winter. Was a full day from the truck. Paddling kept me warm.

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: ] #7046652
11/11/20 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Oh Snap
I was at Happy Valley (Giggle Gulch) I believe November 1976. It was so cold that the planes weren’t flying. I got a flight to Fairbanks after New Years. Upon getting to Fairbanks we were the 19th plane waiting in line to land because of the ice fog. We circled for an hour and were next in line to land, the other planes all went on to Anchorage. All of a sudden the pilot said were cleared to land. Our flight was the only one that landed in over a couple of days. Power at home was off for a couple of days and was really cold.



A or B ? I was at Happy Valley A in ‘75 workin on the river crossing. Sagwon or Scagwon I think is what they called the river. Then at the end of the season in ‘76 I was on the Happy Valley roving tie-in crew but I’m fairly sure we were based out of Toolick and sometimes Chandalar. But we did tie-ins at Galbraith lake, and Franklin bluffs as well. Interesting bit of trivia. I talked to a couple of biologists that were camped on Toolick studying the lake trout. They told me that the lakers in that lake were the biggest of any they had catalogued/surveyed in any of the lakes on the slope. And according to the annular rings on their scales there were fish in there that were alive when George Washington was alive. And that except for the zooplankton and insects the fry ate the lake had only lake trout in it and was a closed canabalistic ecosystem.


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: cmcf] #7046685
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Originally Posted by cmcf
Interesting bit of trivia. I talked to a couple of biologists that were camped on Toolick studying the lake trout. They told me that the lakers in that lake were the biggest of any they had catalogued/surveyed in any of the lakes on the slope. And according to the annular rings on their scales there were fish in there that were alive when George Washington was alive. And that except for the zooplankton and insects the fry ate the lake had only lake trout in it and was a closed canabalistic ecosystem.


That is interesting!


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046715
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I worked on the crew setting Atco's at B lived in A. My crew was from Barrow. Great food. The night mechanic was catching fox just walking down the creek. You right Sagwon River. That was where they had a push cat to push the trucks up from the river onto the shelf and was called the Ice Cut.
There are HUGE lakers in a lot of the Brooks Range lakes. I am not positive about the year though. No pictures or diary just worked no time for that. I had some 20 hour days!

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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046744
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SKinning a moose -50 with strong winds. Hands swelled so bad with frostbite after had to cut my wedding ting off and took a week off work as the skin peeled. Was a good learning experince. One time came back from a long check and hopped in the shower and the cold water felt like it was scalding me and i started to shake so hard I couldnt stop, that was freaky cause I had felt fine if not warm on the ride.

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046746
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I spent 3 years in Tok AK. 91-94 and we saw neg 68F and many days colder than neg 50F Actual temp. Minus 20 was about the lowest that I chose to go play in.

Spent the night in a snow cave at minus 43 during a winter survival class while stationed at Port Clarence AK.

Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046837
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Negative 40s in the early 60s in northern Idaho. I was just a kid but I remember helping dad do chores. My brother and my bedroom was unheated but we had a bunch of quilts. Only heat in the house was a wood stove in the living room. The door to our bedroom was shut at night to keep the heat in the main house so the water pipes wouldn't freeze. I don't remember it being uncomfortable.


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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046897
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Re: Coldest you have ever been ? [Re: dkrug] #7046906
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Tok Alaska 2004 about this time of year it was -42°. Drove to Fairbanks got on a plane to Anchorage and flew back to a balmy 42° Nebraska... loved it there though


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