November 3rd my 21 year old daughter, her fiance, and I went backpacking. Was the first Saturday she could take off from work in months. She really wanted to try backpacking so I figured why not. Decided to go to a place I knew fairly well near Lake George Colorado called Lost Creek Wilderness. Wanted to stay close to home and didn't want to try an unknown area for her first time. Weather was nice. Snowing and cold but no blizzard or deep snow. I wanted to try out a few ideas I've been thinking about for shelter and heat. Found a pretty secluded, level site. Had the materials I needed for the projects. Future son in-law is taking down the widow makers around the site. Large fire came through the area around 15 years back. She handled the cold fairly well. I had the kids try and start the fire while I worked on the framing. Wouldn't let them use paper or stove fuel. They did pretty good. I had to step in after 60 minutes of them trying. Stuff was pretty damp. I brought along 3 foot of 4" aluminum vent pipe. Very light weight and expands to over 6 feet. It's the flu for the fireplace. Couldn't find any clay to add to the mud but it seemed to work good anyway. I made the inside back of the fireplace higher than the front to try and get a better draw with less smoke coming out the front. We arrived at the site around noon Saturday. Took me about 5 hours to get this far. My plan was to cover the plastic with limbs, branches and piles of leaves and pine needles. Realized the shape wasn't right for that. Seems like I should have made it lower. Was running out of daylight so I stopped there. The plastic is lightweight painters dropcloth. Comes 12 feet wide. All the plastic fit in a ziplok sandwich bag. I quit using tents backpacking years ago. I prefer tarps. Just wanted to try this. Found a nice flat rock for a door. Helped to slow down the fire and keep the draw going good. Smoke would come out if the door wasn't on. Me taking a selfie. Not very good at it. It was cold enough at night to freeze and burst my favorite canteen. Which was inside about 4 feet from me. The fireplace didn't heat the shelter but was nice about 2 feet around it. Thats the pile of wood I used to keep it going all night. Next time I'm going to figure a way to have the entire fireplace inside. Including the flu. The shelter will have to be longer. Or wider. I wanted it large enough for 3 people. More of a semi permanent structure. Definitely bringing the roof lower. With less of a pitch. Few other random photos... Next day we ate breakfast, packed up and left. I removed the plastic and left the fireplace and flu. One thing I didn't figure on was the forest fire removing the thick ground cover I was counting on to cover the branches and plastic. Normally I find it at least 3 or 4 inches thick. There it was maybe one inch. A few notes on my tool selection. I try to keep my pack as light as possible. This trip I carried more than normal. I chose one of my multitools to bring. Actually a cheaper home depot one. I brought a spool of wire to fasten the framing together and the plyers on the tool worked the best for cutting the wire. Never carried an etool backpacking before. It worked very well. It was a must have item. Decided to bring a cheap harbor freight machete. Less weight than a hatchet and I wanted to try the saw on it. The saw is very sharp and cut fast for the first inch. The teeth aren't offset so the blade gets stuck quick. Using it to chop was fine. We all abused it pretty good and it held up OK. Took me quite a while to decide what tools to bring. I think a hatchet and bowsaw would have been better. Future son in law brought a small Walmart hatchet. It was crap. So all in all it was a great success. I learned alot and didn't freeze the kids. Might be a while before my girl goes backpacking again though.