It’s about to happen out there. The shoulder season is about to end, the lakes are about to freeze, the creeks turn to slush and the snow is about to fall (if it isn’t already). Bring it on. I love winter! The crisp nights, the tickle of snow on your nose, the silence of it all. It's one of the best seasons in my opinion.

I’ve also done my fair share of winter camping in various ways. I’ve curled up in a four-season nylon tent, entombed myself in a bivy, pitched a hammock between two trees, built a quinzee, dug a snow cave, set up a ridge tarp and dragged a hot tent and wood stove across the snow on a freight toboggan.

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Winter camping, no matter how you travel there or how you spend the night, is an incredible time to take in the wilderness around you.

Check out this new online Winter Camping Presentation I created on my KCHappyCamper YouTube channel. This time of year, I usually find myself giving some tips, tricks and inspiration for such a subject in front of a live audience. Covid-19 has changed all that, however. So, I put something up online for everyone to watch, learn from and get inspired.

Enjoy. And make sure you start hauling out of storage your -30-degrees sleeping bag, long underwear, wool hat, snowshoes, insulated booties and especially, a positive attitude. Winter is just around the corner… and I can’t wait.

 

 

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