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PostPosted: November 23rd, 2006, 10:36 am 
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I am thinking of doing some winter camping this year, I don't have a four season tent but was thinking of using my three season and tarping it for extra protection. Anyone done winter camping before and has suggestions?

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winter camping is great. Theres a part on the north side of the island (federal or provincial) in the brackley area that I love to camp at!

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Any technical tips? How often do you go?

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how often? Not enough.

Tips, don't bring a tent. Thats fun!

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bank the sides of the tent with snow. It'll help insult, protect against the wind and keep the heat inside the tent.


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the heck with a tent, make a lean-to

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Sounds like fun jmweb, where do you usually go?

I am thinking of trying my first winter camp out in Bonshaw on my Dad's 14 acre woodlot out there. :oops: Mostly because he has a cabin there if I wimp out!

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camping in a tent? :shock: good lord, you'd be on the ground! and if its hot, no air conditoning, if its cold, no furnace! and and and, i mean the worst, no microwave! or shower! :shock: :shock: :shock: and you actually do this? :shock:


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Winter camping can be a blast. I tend to agree with jmweb that using a lean-to is more fun than a tent ... but only if you have lots of experience in winter camping.

Does your tent have a rainfly? One of the biggest issues with winter tenting is condensation. Will the posts of your tent withstand the extra weight of snow should falling or drifting snow become a factor? A good sleeping bag is an absolute must (a sleeping bag heater is an added bonus :wink: )

Your best bet is to go with someone who has experience. Failing that, I'd recommend a few trial runs in your backyard and gain some practical experience that way.

Here is a great winter camping guide.


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I have a lightweight three season tent with a rainfly and too much mesh for winter camping but I may try tarping it as well. It has aluminum poles that should be up to the task.

I have good cool weather bags and am going to get overbags and liners so that shouldn't be a problem...

I am going to try it the first time near my dad's cabin in bonshaw, if I get in trouble the cabin has a murphy bed and a wood stove! :wink:

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crimespree wrote:
I have a lightweight three season tent with a rainfly and too much mesh for winter camping but I may try tarping it as well. It has aluminum poles that should be up to the task.

I have good cool weather bags and am going to get overbags and liners so that shouldn't be a problem...

I am going to try it the first time near my dad's cabin in bonshaw, if I get in trouble the cabin has a murphy bed and a wood stove! :wink:


no microwave? :lol:


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I don't even own a microwave at home...

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They ain't nuff long johns in the world for me to go winter camping :shock:

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ed"the sock" wrote:
They ain't nuff long johns in the world for me to go winter camping :shock:


:lol: How does a sock wear long-johns? :wink:

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crimespree wrote:
ed"the sock" wrote:
They ain't nuff long johns in the world for me to go winter camping :shock:


:lol: How does a sock wear long-johns? :wink:


Shhh...don't tell anyone...I got me a stanfield wooly as undies and I ain't saying what I wear as boots ;)

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I don't even own a microwave at home...
:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


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There is nothing, and I do mean nothing, like winter camping.

Screw the tent, too many problems ie. condensation. A lean-to or nothing is best. Pile a cart-load of pine(spruce etc.) bows on the ground near the fire, but not too close. Great insulation. A good, winter sleeping bag with a soft (ie. flannel) liner. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT wear any clothes except underwear, to bed, except a tuque.

Sitting, sleeping, in the woods in winter, with snow gently falling, is...HEAVEN. Oh, and a nice bottle never hurts. :wink:

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thanks for the advice irishman! :D

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