Winter Camping. Joel Robinson n’ Nick Clifford. Clothing. Always remember to bring a warm toque/hat, your head loses a lot of heat. Bring a plentiful amount of clean and dry socks, columbia omni heat socks.
Joel Robinson n’ Nick Clifford
Try to dig a little bit of a hole to pitch your tent in as it will act as bit of a wind break.
Avoid choosing a site with trees overhead. This will make it so you don’t randomly get a huge snow pile on your tent while you sleep.
Stomp around your area you plan on pitching your tent, as you want a stiff base/ table in which you can place your tent so you don’t sink in the deep snow.
If the snow is still fluffy and soft, melt snow on your camp stove to pour over the area to make it more stiff.
Use a winter tent specially designed to withstand winds and the weight of accumulated snow
Stake your tent down using snow stakes!
Ground preparation is essential in setting up your campsite. As you prepare to set up your camp, consider the following…
1. Is there natural wind protection?
2. Is there a good source of water nearby?
3. Is the site free of avalanche danger?
4. Is it reasonably safe from falling trees and branches?
As you prepare the ground to set up your camp, be sure that the snow underneath you is hard packed enough so you won’t sink it. You can use snowshoes, skis, feet, or shovels to pack it down. Also plan where the sun will rise so you will warm up much faster in the morning
Ground cloths may also help prevent water from seeping into the tent.
Where should you cook? Wind break?
With enough snow, dig out a small pit to cook in. This will act as a perfect wind break for windy weather.
What are you going to sit on?
A person could either bring a lawn chair of some sort, or make a chair out of snow and bring a cushion and even something to keep yourself warm underneath.
Issues with canister stoves.
Canister stoves with little amounts of fuel, can freeze over in cold temperatures. By placing it in your jacket for approximately 30 minutes before cooking, you can de-thaw the fuel left in the canister making it much easier to light.
Melt the snow in a pot on your stove….pretty simple.
How can you prevent your water bottle from freezing?
Hang the bottle upside down so the cap of the bottle doesn’t freeze.
Melt snow and boil the water you plan to clean your dishes in.
What should you do with bio-waste when there in no outhouse available?
While attempting to go #2 in deep snow and frozen ground when there are no outhouses nearby you should hike about 200 feet from your campsite and leave it near the snow’s surface, where the freeze/ thaw cycle will help break down the waste.
You can also substitute snowballs for toilet paper but they must be packed out. Also use a separate pair of gloves for cooking and going to the bathroom to avoid cross-examination.
Set up your bathroom far away from the campsite and try to choose a south-facing location because the sun speeds of the decomposition process
Large vs. Small
Our group doesn’t need to a bonfire to be enjoyable, and we can’t have a tiny fire that can’t fit everyone around it. So a fire somewhere in the middle would be preferred. (In Joel’s own words)
Single vs. Multiple
More fires could be good, but it also means more materials are being used up (e.g., matches, kindling, etc). So if there is a limited amount, just a single fire will surpass. (In Joel’s own words…once again)