I need your best winter camping tips to enjoy my first experience
One of my goals for this year was to make it a FULL YEAR of outdoor adventure. I’ve never gone winter camping. Living in Las Vegas, I don’t remember the last time I actually had a legitimate winter coat.
So this winter, I am going to learn how to enjoy winter camping safely. But I want to draw on your expertise. Share your tips on winter camping and we will turn those into a Winter Camping Guide that will be published on the Trail Sherpa website.
Plus, one lucky contributor will win a Teton Sports 0ºF Canvas Sleeping Bag just for sharing their tips. The winning contributor will be selected by the Trail Sherpa staff based on the quality and depth of knowledge that is shared.
The last few years have been busy for me as my wife and I started our family. Now that our youngest is scrambling around without any problems I have more time to get out and expand my relationship with nature.
This morning I took a look at the weather for an upcoming trip and the temps are dropping to the low 30s. Winter is here. But there is a difference between cold weather camping and winter camping. Snow levels, gear choices, and location all have a profound impact on the experience. I want to be prepared.
Trail Sherpa follows a ton of people on Twitter that live in Wyoming, Colorado, and other winter states. Their pictures of backcountry winter adventures really made me feel like I was missing out last year.
Growing up in Pennsylvania snow was part of the winter experience but I played basketball so winter sports were off limits.
So now that I am a bit more “seasoned” I have pledged to learn to ski this winter, try snowshoeing, and tackle winter camping for the first time. That’s where you come in.
What do I need to know?
I’ve read quite a few blog posts about winter camping and they’ve been helpful. But I trust you more. What are your best winter camping tips? What do I need to know to truly enjoy a winter camping trip for the first time?
I want to hear your advice on selecting gear, tricks for staying dry and warm, and the lessons you’ve learned the hard way.
My plan is to create a resource for others
I’d like to learn from your collective experiences because I know many of you know more than I do about winter camping. Your winter camping tips will help me pull together a much more complete list of tips which I will use to craft a winter camping guide that can help other first timers.
Share your best winter camping tips
So it’s time to weigh in. What are your top winter camping tips? What is the most important thing to address to ensure that the first experience will be one that makes me want to go back for more?
Here are a few things to get your thoughts going:
- What’s the one lesson you learned the hard way?
- What types of clothing and layers do you think perform best?
- What should winter camping newbies know about nutrition and hydration in cold weather?
- Is 3 season gear viable in winter conditions?
- How do you navigate a familiar trail in winter?
- How do you stay safe with winter challenges like avalanches?
- How do you select the best site to set up camp?
Add your comments below. I will select the best tips and include them in the guide with a link to your website. Feel free to share relevant links to winter camping posts if you have them.
And remember, one lucky contributor will win a Teton Sports 0ºF Canvas Sleeping Bag just for sharing their tips. Teton Sports generously sponsored this Winter Camping Guide so support them if you can with a follow on Twitter or a Like on Facebook.