For some great tips for camping in the winter this article by Thom Gabrukiewicz at the buffalo Bulletin has some important advice for staying safe while enjoying the pleasure of winter camping. This is not for everyone but winter camping can be another great option for getting some solitude in one of nature’s beautiful seasons.
Tips For Camping In The Winter
There’s a trick that every winter camper has to try – take a pot of boiling water right off a camp stove, toss it into the air and watch the results.
A ginormous puff of steam and then it rains ice pellets all over the place. It’s just one of a myriad of differences winter
Exploring the wilderness in winter is a wonderful experience. Solitude abounds in a world of white.
That said, it takes a bit more planning and preparation to camp in a winter environment. And the right equipment.
It all starts with staying warm. Our bodies are like a furnace, we stay warm by producing body heat. We lose heat through breathing and evaporation. Physical activity increases heat production and decreased activity lowers it.
In a backcountry winter situation, it’s important to dress in layers, according to Outdoor Action, an outdoor research group based at Princeton University. Synthetic and wool clothing is the best, since both retain heat when wet. And layering creates air spaces that actually help keep you warm.
Experts agree – cotton clothing kills. When cotton gets wet, it gets heavy and actually works to cool the body. That can lead to hypothermia, a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work correctly. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and to death.
You’ll find that camping in winter, you are constantly adjusting layers to stay comfortable.
Once you’ve got the layers, probably the most important aspect of winter camping is location. Consider that everything takes about twice as long in winter, from setting up and breaking down camp, hiking and food preparation. It’s best to pick a location based on the group’s strength and experience. U.S. Forest Service personnel with the Bighorn National Forest can help suggest options for campsites. The Buffalo visitor center is located on Highway 16, heading out of town toward the mountains.
Winter camping can be extreme for a lot of people but with the right gear and knowledge and some great tips for camping in the winter it can be an exhilarating time as well as a great way to relieve some tension or spend some quiet time with your partner. In this busy world it would do us all good to have more quality time with our loved ones outdoors in the winter season with a warm camp fire.
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