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Bryan Usille
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Anyone every stay or live in a yurt in a cold climate? I know the climate where it originates can be pretty rough, but I wanna hear some first hands from people in a usda zone 5 or lower, maybe some midwest type climates. I really liking the idea of a natural yurt (felt and canvas).
 
Peter Ellis
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I think William Coperthwaite, author of A Handmade Life, lived in a yurt in Maine. I have not yet got around to locating and reading the book, but have heard a number of people saying very positive things about both the book and the man.
 
Jay C. White Cloud
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He Bryan,

Peter just gave a perfect example, and I must add that one must really understand this is a subjective view. I have lived in, built and own one (or share ownership of one) and it is the individuals comfort zones that must be considered...not the architecture...as most architecture can be made as warm and insulated as you would like.

I sleep outside year round...I live in vermont...last night it was well below zero without a windchill...It is all in what you are accustomed to and how you live that measure what you can tolerate and/or enjoy...
 
Paul Bonneau
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There are some yurt stories here that may help:

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Bryan Usille
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Ill look for that book Peter, sounds good.

Care to elaborate more Jay? You using a hammock/tarp combo or what?

Thanks Paul for the site, looks like a lot of good info for me there.
 
Jay C. White Cloud
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Care to elaborate more Jay? You using a hammock/tarp combo or what?


Hi Bryan,

Well, I have slept "outside" almost my entire life...as did many of my family members. Living in the "bush" was a big part of growing up. Most of the time (not that I like to) I just sleep in a "bivy sack and bed roll." I do own and love my hammocks and hanging tents, but don't always use them. As of late I just sleep on blanket and bedroll on the back porch or out in the woods if not to wet...

Each person's comfort levels for thermal insulation is their own. So, with a Ger or Yurt, one must insulate accordingly.

Good luck with your research,

j
 
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