November 29, 2023 4 min read
WE PRESENT “HEST NEST” A BLOG CATEGORY FEATURING UNIQUE CAMPING SET UPS AND PERSONAL TRICKS TO CREATING A COZY NEST IN THE WOODS FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT THERE DOING IT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR CAMPING SET UP FEATURED ON HEST NESTS, PLEASE SEND US INFO AND IMAGES TO INFO@HEST.COM
Your name: Pat Caldwell
Home Base: Prior Lake, Minnesota
Camping set up for Winter:We camp on frozen icy lakes in a 2020 Yetti RV Ice House
Camping set up for Summer:We camp in a 2020 Yetti RV Ice House and an a REI 2plus backpacking tent
Who's in your adventure squad: Logan (daughter 26), Hannah (daughter 23), Jeremiah (son 20) and many friends. I also own a company that provides indoor and outdoor year-round after school classes, all day camps and summer camps. Mostly in Minneapolis. In the winter I host families on the ice for Ice Fishing Adventures.
How long have you been ice fishing for? 30 years but 2012 I started ice fishing on a regular basis with my 3 kids and friends.
Most beautiful place you've ever woken up in the Ice House: Anywhere on the North Shore of Lake Superior. I love the area around Lutsen and Grand Marais.
Any upgrades or improvements you’re planning for your ice house set up? I don’t. I had everything put in it that I wanted when it was built.
What’s the one creature comfort you can’t go ice fishing without? Heat Source :)
What do you look for in a campsite/place to park your ice house? Summer Camping – Woods and trails for hiking or fat biking. The ice house has a drop down door also so from time to time I will bring my kayaks with. Ice Fishing - I go where the fish are :)
Best ice house/ camp meal? Grilled venison with grilled veggies and potatoes
Biggest fish you’ve caught? 40” northern pike
Worst night of sleep while camping? Boundary waters in my mid-teens. My dad did not have the right gear for the conditions. No sleeping mats and the tent was not waterproof. Wet and uncomfortable. With that said this taught me to buy the right gear later in life.