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Five Best Winter Camping Guides For Surviving and Having Fun In Icy Terrain

Updated on October 19, 2010

When you think of it, the usual forest camping or summer camping is easier when compared with winter camping because you’re not hampered much by extreme temperatures. When camping in snow-covered areas, you have to learn certain things such as how to wear the proper layers of clothes to keep your body warm and dry, how to prepare a sled, and how to sleep without freezing in addition to preparing food and pitching a tent.

Snow camping also requires different camping gear. If you haven’t gone camping in the winter before, you’ll have to learn how to look for the right winter camping gear to bring along because these have to be more heavy-duty and protective than the usual camping gears. There are certain materials that make camping things more effective when it comes to keeping warm and dry.

Aside from the construction and quality of your camping gear, you’ll also have to know few important things for you to survive. Your camping equipment alone will not save if you don’t know how to use them and give you the maximum benefits. For example, camping tents stakes have to be driven into the snow in a certain way so as to hold securely. You’ll also have to set your things in a certain way so as to keep you warm and dry as possible while you sleep. These are just some things that can increase your chance of surviving in the cold. If you should go camping in the winter or on extremely cold areas, here are the best guides to you kicking.

NOLS Winter Camping [Paperback] By Buck Tilton and John Gookin
NOLS Winter Camping [Paperback] By Buck Tilton and John Gookin

NOLS Winter Camping [Paperback] By Buck Tilton and John Gookin

NOLS stands for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Buck Tilton who is the main author of this book is the co-founder of the school’s Wilderness Medicine Institute. Tilton has a Paul K. Petzoldt award for Wilderness Education up his sleeve and together with John.Gookin, a curriculum manager as well as an instructor in the said school, they wrote this book to guide us with our camping in the snowy outdoors. The book will give you a crash course, teaching you everything you need to know about getting through the cold with just the basics. It will teach you such things from how to dress up to protect your body from the cold to keeping your nose and your face from freezing while you sleep. It gives you the important information on different winter clothes and different winter camping equipment. It also provides tips on how to make igloos and other shelters as well as traveling through the snow easier and safer. Everything is written in a very comprehensive manner which makes it easy for people on the go so never be caught camping in the snow without reading this.

Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Revised and Even Better!: Traveling & Camping Skills for a Winter Environment [Kindle Edition] By Allen OBannon and Mike Clelland
Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Revised and Even Better!: Traveling & Camping Skills for a Winter Environment [Kindle Edition] By Allen OBannon and Mike Clelland

Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Revised and Even Better!: Traveling & Camping Skills for a Winter Environment [Kindle Edition] By Allen O’Bannon and Mike Clelland

NOLS is known as a school well-known for providing excellent education for wilderness survival. The authors of this book are instructors in the said school and they’re showing you the ropes on how to make it through extreme camping conditions. Through this book, you will learn many things about camping in the winter with style that’s written in very easy to read format. This book covers just about everything you need to know about snow camping: from skiing to using skins to keep you warmer. It tells you what kind of camping gears to take to make you survive and still have simple amenities while enjoying the snowy weather in the outdoors. It identifies basic things you will need such as the need for winter gloves up to the use of camping stoves for your meals. It also gives you tips on how to keep your important fuels from freezing and also contains different systematic methods in camping from which you can choose whatever method that suits you best.

Winter Camping, 2nd [Paperback] By Jeff Diener
Winter Camping, 2nd [Paperback] By Jeff Diener

Winter Camping, 2nd [Paperback] By Jeff Diener

Winter camping isn’t so bad as long as you’re equipped with all the vital information for surviving extremely cold conditions. Whether you’re going snow-camping for some hiking, skiing, mountaineering, or snowboarding fun, here’s something to keep you and your companions alive and have fun even with the drastic changes in the weather. This book contains 216 pages of comprehensive information on everything you need to know in choosing the right snow camping gear, preparing camping activity gear, tips on traveling through ice and snow, preventing injuries and hypothermia. It clearly discusses on how to choose the right camp locations, preparing your camping site, making it secure and many more. It also tackles the different topics about snow camping in a detailed manner which makes it highly recommendable for beginners. It contains lots of information about the experience of veteran snow campers which you will find valuable as well.

Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) [Paperback] By Calvin Rutstrum
Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) [Paperback] By Calvin Rutstrum

Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Book Series) [Paperback] By Calvin Rutstrum

You can turn your snow campsite into a winter wonderland with the right information from this book. Because you need to have knowledge on the right snow clothes and footwear, the right camping gear, what to do in emergency situations, how to do snow activities and how to travel safely in icy terrain, this book has it all for you. It contains more than 250 pages of valuable advice when it comes to living it up through the snow from choosing the right snow mittens to leading a dogsled team. For emergency situations, this book tells you what to do when people get snow blinded or when people fall through the ice. If you’re going on a winter camping trip, this is something you should never miss on.

AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping: Everything You Need to Plan Your Next Cold-Weather Adventure [Paperback] By Lucas St. Clair and Yemaya Maurer
AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping: Everything You Need to Plan Your Next Cold-Weather Adventure [Paperback] By Lucas St. Clair and Yemaya Maurer

AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping: Everything You Need to Plan Your Next Cold-Weather Adventure [Paperback] By Lucas St. Clair and Yemaya Maurer

Here’s another trustworthy authority when it comes to camping in the snow. The AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping focuses on three things throughout its numerous topics: being prepared, keeping yourself safe and having fun. This book tackles important information on particular camping gear for winter camping, on how to keep yourself warm and dry, on what to do in emergencies and what to do to have fun in the snow. This book also gives you valuable tips on how and what to prepare prior to leaving your home so you don’t get caught unprepared by extreme weather conditions. This one is very easy to read and is a must-have for any beginner when it comes to winter camping. This will not only enrich your knowledge but it will also give you a better appreciation about winter camping as well.

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