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Winter Camping For Newbies

Aug 27, 2008
One of the best things that comes from childhood is old camp stories shared with family and friends. These outings often progress into adulthood only to be curtailed when the season changes and the air turns colder.

However, just because the weather gets nippy or the ground is covered with snow doesn't mean you have to give up your love of the outdoors and camping. In fact, there are many benefits of winter camping. Familiar camp grounds now take an otherworldly look. The backcountry is quiet and undisturbed. Moreover, winter camping often gives people a confidence boost due to the level of self-sufficiency required.

If you are considering going winter camping, here are some helpful tips.

When going winter camping, the name of the game is layering. For going backpacking, clothes should be breathable and you should wear enough layers according to whether you feel hot or cold. The inner layers should be synthetic so it can wick away moisture. During everyday camp life, clothes should be puffy and of the insulating variety as you settle down into a more relaxed atmosphere.

For sleeping bags, the same rules apply. Layering is the key and if you have a three-season sleeping bag, get a fleece liner. They are inexpensive and are available in most outdoor stores. Other sleeping bag accessories you might consider getting is a bag cover or bivy and an extra sleeping pad to insulate your regular one.

As for shelters, you could make do with your three-season tent but if you're serious about winter camping, get a four-season tent. Tents rated as four-season tents have stronger poles and can withstand both wind and snow. They also have the ability shed snow so the weight of the snow does not collapse the tent. Winter tents also tend to be roomier to accommodate all the necessary items you will be bringing with you for winter camping. Also, make sure that your shelter includes a ground sheet, a rainfly and an inner frost liner to protect from condensation and to help with insulation.

As for a heat source, you can try your luck with fires but firewood can sometimes be hard to find in the winter. It is recommended that you use a stove and plan for 1/4 quart of fuel if you will be melting snow for water or 1/8 quarts if you have drinking water available.

In conclusion, it might take more work and supplies to plan a winter camping trip. However, the rewards are worth it when you see nature in a new winter light.
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