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camping in the snow (in nice weather)


  • camping in the snow in good weather can be a fantastic experience if you are prepared, and you can minimise risks if you are not experienced by camping near your car
  • if poor weather conditions are forecast you probably should not go camping!

Gear to consider

  • a warm sleeping bag or quilt rated for at least 5-10degC BELOW the coldest temperatures you are expecting
  • an insulated sleeping pad / mattress (NOT an air bed!)
  • a shelter such as :
    • 3 season tent if weather is great - has less condensation than most 4 season tents
    • 4 season tent if you want more protection
    • you can even just do tarp camping under the stars
  • clothing to suit the conditions and use layers to avoid getting sweaty
    • boots should have removable inners so you can dry them out and they dont freeze overnight
    • beanies of different thicknesses
    • gloves of different thicknesses
  • a stove to boil water
  • water (you can use snow but it will use up a LOT of gas to get it to melt and boil!)
  • snow shoes if you will have thick snow and you plan to do some walking
  • a wide shovel to shover snow to create a tent site or sleeping site, etc
  • a Nalgene bottle which you can fill with hot water to help keep you warm at night
  • the usual personal beacons etc in case things go wrong
  • some may consider trying out a hot tent but this is not really necessary
australia/snow_camping.txt · Last modified: 2022/08/01 22:44 by gary1

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