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  • Winter Camping Tips

    Post your best winter camping tips!

    Here's some to start

    • It's a little known (but useful) fact that having a zip lock bag of nuts like cashews (very tasty), almonds, jerky or meats to munch on while in your 'bag right before you crash and also to eat in the middle of the night will help keep you warm because they pack a lot of FAT! (Proteins) Keep your furnace fueled to keep warm! Just be aware of food odors that could attract unwanted visitors (Rodents, critters & bears, Oh my!) during the night! The candy bar with the most calories per ounce is "Butterfinger".


    • If you drink any kind of hot liquid before beddy time, make it a mug of 100-percent Ginger Tea which is a non-diuretic. You don't piss it out like all the other kinds of tea available. Ginger Tea also calms the nerves and is good for you, but being a non-diuretic is the main reason I drink it. A spoon full or more of sugar or honey is quite tasty too.


    • Having your two insulated pads, the non-inflator you can use during meal time for standing on while preparing food, attending the gas stove, etc to insulate your feet. When sleeping, use a closed cell pad next to the ground, then an inflator type on top of it for extra insulation. If the pads are not full length and your feet get cold, use your empty backpack as a ground insulating pad. Remember to wear extra clothing & a knit hat for sleeping comfort. Put on clean, heavyweight socks just before lights out. You’ll sleep MUCH warmer!


    • If camping with a tent, dig down the tent's vestibule space so that when entering and exiting you can stand up straight which is far more comfortable than all that un-necessary bending and stooping. Also having a dugout space of about three feet deep provides you the opportunity to sit down inside the tent at the door with your legs and feet dangling down comfortably while you put your boots on, or take 'em off, etc.


    • Kitchen Pit: Dig a pit down to about chest level so you can cook totally outta' the weather, especially the wind. Leave a rounded part in the middle large enough to place all your stove(s) that'll serve as your cooking area and then dig out the sides of the pit for storing food containers, spices, extra fuel bottles, insulated water bottles, etc. You can even get fancy and dig seats along one side that are long enough for reclining on, have walls to protect you from the wind, but still have a room with a view of your beautiful winter surroundings.


    • Don’t cook in a vestibule unless you're a highly experienced Mountaineer and/or in a brutally long storm because it's easy to die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Remember the latter… you can't smell it, can't taste it, can't see it, but IT can surely kill you.


    • Don't even try to use compressed butane gas mixtures or denatured alcohol to cook with. Neither works well in cold temperatures. White gas is far superior to use in cold weather. Pack more white gas than you think you will need/use. Cold weather increases the amount of fuel needed. The MSR site tells how much for two people for a given amount of time for each of the four seasons of the year.


    • After the last pot of food has been cleaned, the last mugs of hot drinks have been served; melt some snow/ice for water in the morning leaving this water in the pot then turn off the Stove. In the morning, the water in the pan will have frozen and melting this will be much faster than having to melt snow so your 1st morning's mug of hot drinks will come fast.

    • To keep water from freezing; before bed, melt snow and pour into Nalgene bottles, store them cap side down in a snow-bank, covered with 6-12" of loose snow, In the morning their may be some ice in the bottle, but the cap should not be frozen, and there will be plenty of water for breakfast and coffee. A water bottle cozy, made from closed cell foam and duct tape will help keep hot beverages and keep water from freezing. You can also wrap a chemical hand warmer around your Nalgene bottle.

    • 10 minutes before going to bed, boil a liter of water and put it in a Nalgene bottle. Then wrap the Nalgene in a wool sock, and put it into your sleeping bag so that it's warm when you get in. This way the bag doesn't sap your body heat, and you have the bottle as a foot or torso warmer. In the morning, the bottle will usually still be a bit warm. Drink it up, and start your day warmer, as well.

    • You can never have enough sunscreen.

    • Hot liquid Jell-O is an excellent breakfast!

    • If you are very dehydrated and hungry, no amount of down will keep you warm. Staying hydrated is absolutely key to staying warm! Water absorption in your gut is much more efficient if there is Na and sugar being absorbed at the same time. Try nibbling something sweet and salty at the same time as you drink, drink, drink.

    • If you’re building a snow cave, quinzee, or igloo, be prepared to get very wet. Expect the ceiling of your snow cave to lower somewhat during the night, due to your exhaled breath. It can be a little disconcerting to wake up finding the ceiling a few inches from your face! A pillar of snow left in the center of the carved out cave will help to support the roof. (Although scraping a very smooth ceiling will help, too)

    • Winter nights are long, and these things can make a difference between comfort and boredom/pain: a lantern, a good book, good companions, playing cards, down booties, a pee bottle.
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    ...A public service announcement......
    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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    • #3
      Riiiiight because we all know liqour keeps u warm LOL ;)

      But kudos on the highly accurate tactical Illustration :p
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      • #4
        Good info ! I haven't camped for about ten years now , but I still have everything needed for a well stocked camp stored away in the garage. I'm going to try the ginger tea this week-end.......first time I've heard about that. But it takes a little longer sometimes for news of new things to reach Ky. I am very aware of Big Saw's drink choice.
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        • #5
          Can think of two right off learned from experience... Don't sleep with your head (mouth) inside your sleeping bag. The moisture in your breath will collect and make you cold. Keeping dry is the best! Also, make sure you're using alkaline batteries in any lights/lanterns/gear. The standard batteries don't last long at all. Great post Diesel. I already learned something from your list!

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          • #6
            thanks appreciate it!
            Alkaline are the standard battery, I think you meant to say use lithium, as it's the premier battery when it comes to cold weather
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            • #7
              Thanks for the timely tips Diesel.

              O.W.
              Things are seldom what they seem.

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              • #8


                Yes...this happened last night at one of my shared BoLs.....good comedy, for sure....
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #9
                  moisture in the rock?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                    moisture in the rock?
                    ........word..........

                    EDIT: I've seen rocks crack over a flame......this b*tch EXPLODED...my buddy has a knot on his knee from a ten pound chunk, and I had to rinse my steak to eat it xD....
                    Last edited by Big_Saw; 01-09-2010, 09:14 PM.
                    "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                    • #11
                      LMAO ofcourse u still ate, what else would u do with a burth exploded steak? leave it for the bears? ;)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                        LMAO ofcourse u still ate, what else would u do with a burth exploded steak? leave it for the bears? ;)
                        Duh....I did leave out the part where we were all shitting our pants and chucking hot coals out of our damn gear.....xD
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                        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                        • #13
                          yeah, I don't remember reading that part LOL

                          Ok Let's get back on track - More cold weather/winter camping tips
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                            yeah, I don't remember reading that part LOL

                            Ok Let's get back on track - More cold weather/winter camping tips
                            Oooohtaaaaay.....SLEEP WITH YOUR CANTEEN!!....If it's freezing out, you won't need extra ice....put your canteen in your sack and you'll have coffee en la manana....instead of a brick...
                            "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                            "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                            • #15
                              I participated in desert training at 29 Plams, California before Desert Storm and the nights dropped to way below freezing temps. We would wrap our feet in our poncho liners inside of our sleeping bags and then pull the WP bag over the foot end. The other more important trick was to keep an empty Gatorade bottle next to our cots. The cold makes you have to pee more and no one wants to run to the head when its 10°. Just make sure you don't drink out of the wrong bottle in the morning.
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