Day: December 14, 2017

Trust the Trail Podcast
Scott and Ariane December 14, 2017 0

Episode 37: Baby It’s Cold Outside

One of our favorite things to do is to go hiking in the Winter Snow. Well, we sure did get our wish this winter in Northern Georgia. On this episode we try and inspire and motivate you to get outdoors in the Winter and see it in a different perspective. We give you 5 tips on why you need to get your boots on and get a little cold.

Some things we talk about in this episode: 

5 tips on how to enjoy a winter hike
How see Winter in a different perspective
How to stay warm in your tent while winter camping

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Ariane Petrucci December 14, 2017 0

The Trail Down Below

Most people think when you hike a trail you are hiking in the woods. Whether it’s a State Park, National Park or a Recreation Area, you visualize a place where the sun is shining and nature is bursting with noise. You probably never think about pitch black silence where the abyss of darkness is your view, or non view.

That’s exactly what caving is like. Squeezing down a long dark hole exploring massive caves is something that I absolutely LOVE.  The challenge of exploring in the dark with nothing other than a headlamp and mud is an adventure like no other.

I get a lot of questions about caving and how is it I’m not terrified about squeezing through tiny holes hundreds of feet below in the dark. My answer to that is simple. It’s just another trail.  You would be surprised that down below in caves that there is sometimes a trail system with waterfalls, creeks, and big “rooms” that you can stand up in. 

Each “room” sometimes has a name associated with it also. When we go to Raccoon Mountain in Chattanooga TN, they have a vast underground trail system that you can go down and actually visit the “Music Room”, where you can play different rocks and create different pitches.

Each cave you go into always has a map. So with an experienced Guide, you always follow a system that has specific routes and have already (most of the time) been explored.  There are times however, when a  new route is found. Those are the “routes” I love to explore.

Scott and I see caving much like we see a trail that is above ground. Every turn, every time you think there is nothing to see, a vast beautiful amazing view is there waiting for you to see.  Caving is nothing more than just another trail, or camping trip. You bring your gear, find a good spot to spend the night, and hike. It’s a little intimating when you spend the night in complete blackness, but the gear is almost the same. Except for a tent, you still pack a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, water, snacks, and extra dry clothes. You don’t necessarily carry a backpack, but you do carry a large duffel bag.  Of course you have a headlamp. If your smart, you have extra batteries with you.

Most caves operate at the same temperature all year round. So you can carry the same gear if you are caving in the summer as well as in the winter.

On our weekly podcast, we discussed how Scott and I went caving and how I tricked Scott into spending 7 hours exploring and spending the night.  If you want to know more about Guiding services or how to get started, please feel free to contact me or post below. I love taking people down under for their first time.

Scott and Ariane December 14, 2017 0

How we Insulated a 40 Year Old Airstream

One of the biggest decisions we made was how to insulate our vintage Airstream.  First, a little history lesson. Old campers, specifically vintage Airstreams came with pink fiber glass insulation and attracted almost every living creature that could squeeze into a little hole. Usually it meant baby mice, ants, birds, you name it, Airstreamer’s have found it. Notwithstanding the fact, then when this insulation got wet, it took forever to dry and usually a contributed to wood rot. Wood rot you say? Yes, Airstreams not only had insulation in between the inner skins, they also had fiberglass insulation down in the Belly Pan. Which was underneath the wood floor.

So when we decided what kind of insulation to replace this wet smelly pink insulation with, it was quite the big deal. After watching hours of videos and browsing the multitude of forum threads on Airstream forums, we decided on what we were going to do.

First, we decided NOT to insulate the Belly Pan (underneath the sub-floor). This decision was based solely on technology. The R value we would get was not worth the expense and we could laydown a Cork Underlayment when we installed our NuCore Waterproof floor.

Second, we looked at how converted vans would use foam board to keep heat out, then Reflectix to keep heat in. This  convinced us to go with 4×8 Polystyrene Garage Door Foam Board Insulation bought at Lowes.

Using 3/4 inch tiny foam squares, we could glue spacers on the inner wall to leave a 3/4 space between the outershell and the foam board. This maximizes the R-Value to 5.0 with one side of the foam board having a foil side or reflective side to reflect heat away.

On the other side of the foam board, we then put a layer of Reflectix which can add a R-value of 3.0 Getting to a 7.0 R-Value is about as good as it gets in an RV or camper.

You might ask, “why do you want to keep heat in”? We are putting in a Wood Burning Stove. (later post) It’s important that during colder months we can reflect the heat back inside the Airstream.

In a RV or any camper, you are dealing with keeping the heat out. You just can’t run the air conditioner all the time since you are often boondocking and have no Shore Power to use. This way, we can keep the Airstream as cool as possible by reflecting the heat away from the Inner Walls. Using a spacer between outer wall, and the inner foam board, we trap the heat in that space.

We feel pretty good about our decision and we definitely have noticed the difference between the old insulation and the new.

The real test of course is when it’s a 100 degree’s in the summer, AND it’s below freezing in the winter.

Materials Used: 

Insulform 4 x 8 x 3/4 foam board 

Reflectix 50-sq ft Reflective Roll Insulation (24-in W x 25-ft L) 

Sharp Sissors

Cutting knife

Super 77 16.75 fl. oz. Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive

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