Winter camping surely sounds fun and exciting. Though it may also sound kind of risky and dangerous, that’s just what makes it even more exhilarating! Winter camping is a great, challenging kind of adventure that can somehow get your heart raising. And when your heart is raising, that’s when you know you’re having fun.
People love such dangerous adventures, but not to the extent of actually letting undesirable situations happen. Just a little tickle of escapade to, once in a while, make the heart raising would be more than enough, right? You want to have a winter camping not just so you could literally chill with snow, but also to, you know, chill, relax, and unwind from problems and stuff. To keep the chill and thrill of your whole winter camping adventure, you must be copiously knowledgeable of what you need to know about winter camping. This article will guide you through your winter camping adventure – from selecting a safe camping site to putting down the tent – to keep the adventure chill and thrill up the snow hill.
1. Select the safest camp site
Before setting up everything, the very first thing you need to do is to look for the safest spot. Don’t set your tent up on an avalanche zone. Of course, you’d want to choose a spot with good, picturesque views, so you might also want to consider that. The safest and most ideal spot would fairly be on a flat area lower than the tree line. Don’t set your camp around trees or directly under trees. The snow might weigh down their branches and might fall down to you. Also, avoid camping on fridge tops. You can, at least, camp downwind the ridge.
2. Setting up the tent with the perfect pitch
Before actually setting up your tent, create a flat, solid platform on the spot where you want your tent to be. Just give the snow-filled ground some stamp with your boots on or simply use an avalanche shovel to dig and create a plane, solid platform. Just make sure it’s big enough for your tent to be pitched in. Then, wait for about 30 minutes to let the platform harden. There are a lot of different kinds of tents, so the way you set and pitch them may vary. Here are two of the most common types of tents that are the most ideal in winter camping:
2.1 Freestanding tent
For most camp-goers, pitching freestanding tents on snow is easier and more advisable than tents that need to be staked down on the ground. First, simply snap all the segmented poles together (doing it one pole at a time is better). Insert each end of each pole into the corners of the tent body. Then, clip the tent body to the hooks of the poles. Grab the Rain Fly and then lay it over your tent with its door lined up to the tent body’s door. Then, buckle each corner tightly to each corner of the tent body. Lastly, tighten your fly down perfectly.
2.2 Non-freestanding tent
This kind of tent may not be too easy to pitch on snow, but it’s much safer to use especially when winter winds blow hard. Unlike freestanding tents, non-freestanding tents are tightly locked to the ground, holding firmly even with the strong blows of the wind. The first few steps of pitching a non-freestanding tent are just kind of similar to that of pitching the freestanding tent.
In putting the stakes, positioned each of them in a 45-degree angle to the ground with the ends facing away from the tent pole. Since you’re pitching on snow, you might want to dig the ground where the stakes go. Patiently dig the snow until you reach the solid part of the ground. You can also use special kinds of snow stakes with holes in which you can loop and tie the Guy Lines into. Dig a small hole in the snow and bury the stake in either a vertical or horizontal position. Put the dug snow back to fill the rest of the space in the hole and compact it with a little stamp on the ground. Moreover, you can use other substitute for snow snakes like skis, poles, boots, or anything in which the guy line can be tied around.
Putting down the tent
After a few days of camping, things may literally get a little bit frozen and you might struggle taking those stakes off the frozen ground. To take those stakes out of the ground, simply use an ice axe or any kind of axe to break the ice.