Stealthy camping in winter

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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Gullivers3 » Wed 30 Mar, 2016 9:12 am

not so stealthy moondog but neat winter digs.
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 30 Mar, 2016 10:47 am

Ah Yes
I've seen that before and I totally approve
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Lophophaps » Wed 30 Mar, 2016 11:01 am

I can't see him carrying the tent very far.
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 30 Mar, 2016 11:37 am

Lophophaps wrote:I can't see him carrying the tent very far.


Tent weighs bugger-all but all those pine logs and mud would certainly be a load and a half
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby jdeks » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 7:16 pm

I've got a bit of experience with cam and concealment.....

People often tend to think camo is about color, but the number one thing that your eyes notice is actually shape. All those 'bunny ears' and digital pixel military cam patterns arent about looking like leaves - its about breaking up the outline of a 'man shape' against a variety of backgrounds (dirt, foliage, rock).

Snow is actually a bit tricky. It's a very stark, uniform background that really contrasts irregularities, but at the same time, depending on the amount of snowfall it can have its own dark breakthroughs and very subtle tonal patterns (Insert '50 shades of Grey' pun here). Often 'whitewashing' whatever youre trying to conceal can be less effective than youd hope, especially if you've got trees and terrain involved.

THose sheets youve made up would be good for concealing something (or someone...) lying on mostly-snowed ground, but for an upright tent against the trees in that photo, it's going to make for a stark white silhoutte that will stand out. You've also made your dark stripes too regularly spaced (and unconscious tendedy we all tend to have when we deliberately try to make a 'random' pattern), which will look unnatural against a snowy backdrop.

Try and add in some some larger, darker 'branch' patterns like this. It will disrupt the regular lines of the tent and match the patchy tone pattern of the trees against the snow


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Pitch it against the side of a drift with some trees behind it so it doesn't interrupt the horizon, and with some trees in front to add some obscurity and depth to the pattern.
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 04 Apr, 2016 9:08 pm

Nice "Paint" job
You are right tho I admit but I only had a single can of matt black
Regularity tho is a feature of Snowgum woodland depending on when it was last burnt and the background hopefully will be white
I'll fatten the pattern when I get there with a can of matt grey
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Mark F » Tue 05 Apr, 2016 7:33 am

Now we know who is responsible for all the graffiti around Geelong :shock:
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby walkerchris77 » Wed 06 Apr, 2016 9:22 am

Mark F wrote:Now we know who is responsible for all the graffiti around Geelong :shock:


Lol.
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Tue 14 Feb, 2017 9:30 am

OK jdeks some insight from you into colours needed.
I've just bought a big water resistant polyester flysheet that is bid enough to cover the tent roof. It is creamy ivory in colour.
Rattle can white and what other colours? Broad sprays of the white and narrow of the others?
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby jdeks » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 9:14 am

What time are you planning to pitch it? Full snowcover or still patchy.


If its backed against treetrunks, big broad 'snakes' of different hues of snowgum grey, brown and cream is what i'd go for. Maybe some streaks/patches of white from ground up to thigh level.

If its up against a snowdrift, just stick with white hues in irregular patches.

Heres a quick vid that kindof highlights why even in snow, upright things still blend best with woodland type camo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlW4SYNr6VE
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Wed 15 Feb, 2017 2:23 pm

Interesting video, if the bloke in cammies had been wearing white pants and moved like a soldier he would have been very hard to see 15 metres into the woodland. Luckily for me the most exposed sides of the tent fly are silver; silver is easier to camouflage up as it does tend to reflect what is around it, so I'll do as you suggest there and buy one more rattle can in white.
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Re: Stealthy camping in winter

Postby Moondog55 » Mon 24 May, 2021 10:31 am

Just out of interest I have one photo showing the polarbear cream/ivery tarp I rattle canned
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