Re: Any Past/Present Pipe Smokers/Collectors?
One would think that folks from Chicago would be used to brutal cold. I've visited "Chi-town" in the dead of winter-- if you ever have the chance to do that... pass --and the winds/snow/sleet coming off of Lake Michigan made me yearn for the relative "warmth" of an old-fashioned northern Michigan winter. We may get some frigid temps up here, but the surrounding pines, cedars and oak stands cut the wind to tolerable strength before it ever gets to us.
Still, the cold at 11,000 feet differs somewhat when compared to being closer to sea level. My last elk/mule deer/fishing trip-- it's been awhile --took us high into the mountain country, and while it was pleasant enough down at base camp, the cold during the nights spent on the side of the mountain could get a little intense. It also took me a day or two for my lungs to adjust enough to the thin air and allow me to enjoy a bowl while watching the sun drop behind the mountains.
Be that as it may, I'd still like to wet a line in that "cutt water" that you're standing in... And, I'll bring the tobacco...