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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!) with an R value above 6 (or as a minimum, above R4.0)
  • a shelter such as :
    • 3 season double wall tent if weather is great - has less condensation than most 4 season tents
    • 4 season double wall 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 don't freeze overnight
    • beanies of different thicknesses
    • gloves of different thicknesses
  • a stove to boil water and bring extra fuel than what you think you will need
  • water (you can use snow but it will use up a LOT of gas to get it to melt and boil! - doing this may need 2-3x more gas than usual)
  • snow shoes if you will have thick snow and you plan to do some walking
  • a wide shovel to shovel snow to create a tent site or sleeping site, etc
    • if no shovel, stomp down the snow where you are going to pitch the tent
  • a Nalgene bottle which you can fill with hot water to help keep you warm at night or use it to dry out wet socks placed on top of it
  • the usual personal beacons etc in case things go wrong
  • consider a stool - it's not fun sitting on freezing rocks or ground!
  • some may consider trying out a hot tent but this is not really necessary, although if the weight is not an issue, it is a gamechanger in winter!
    • taking a wood stove for a hot tent, you may need a sled to get it to the site!
  • aim to select a site with minimal wind and with access to the morning sun
  • ensure you open up the fly vents to reduce condensation
  • if condensation wets the inner of your sleeping bag, open it out or reverse it and dry it out in the morning sun
  • a camp fire should be set up with a cross-wind orientation
    • don't have the wind coming from behind as it will tumble over your tent and blow smoke back into your tent
australia/snow_camping.txt · Last modified: 2023/06/22 23:01 by gary1

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