Winter camping has several advantages over summer camping:
- You can reach areas that are too wet or overgrown during other seasons.
- The clear and open view is unparalleled.
- Winter camping provides solitude and a feeling of exploration; even heavily traveled trails can seem like virgin territory when covered by a fresh blanket of snow.
- Camping in the winter inspires a feeling of independence and gives people confidence in their survival skills.
- There are no mosquitoes or bears.
We have done a wide range of trips, from simple hikes to lean-tos while pulling a plastic sled to backpacking trips and multi-day dog sledding adventures. Our experience has led us to compile some suggestions for those interested in extending their camping experience..
Preparation is key
Before the trip you need to plan what clothing to bring, your mode of transportation, the type of shelter, your food and gear. You need a wider range of clothing for winter camping than for a day hike during the winter. While snowshoeing with a backpack, you rarely need more than a light shirt and windbreaker; but when sitting around the fire at night with temperatures plunging, you need to bundle up in multiple layers. :Make sure you pack a second base layer (shirt, long underwear and socks) to change into when reaching your destination; replacing the damp clothes of the day. Warm hats, mittens and gloves are a must. Keep your torso warm with a down or synthetic jacket or vest or a jacket worn in combination with fleece. Nylon or waterproof pants over fleece do the same for your legs.