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Beginner's Guide to Winter Camping: A Seven Part Series

Rocky Mountain Editor and survival blogger Steve Howe gets you out of the house on your first winter camping trip with this seven-part how-to guide.

by: Steve Howe

High Camp, 17,200 feet, Denali, Alaska.  pic:
High Camp, 17,200 feet, Denali, Alaska. pic:

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Dec 06, 2011

so cool :P

Bill J
Dec 04, 2011

Nice timing. I just picked up some new insulating layers, gloves, and a new shell hoping to get some winter trail time up in WI and MI. 2 night shakedown run at Devils Lake State Park, WI next week. Hiking and rappelling.... fun fun fun.

Paris North
Dec 02, 2011

Beginner winter camping? If I could attach a picture I would. I was at that very spot on Denali at the end of May, 11:30 am and minus 25F in the sun. I wouldn't have called it a "beginner" experience.

Brickman Way
Dec 02, 2011

The term "Winter Camping" is so relative, most of our best camping down here in FL is in winter and its rare that that the temperature flirts with a frost before daybreak. Why not call it like it is "Cold Weather Camping"?

Apr 14, 2010

Michigan is not at 17,200 ft.

Really Hardcore
Mar 01, 2010

just in the pic above there is over $1500 in tents and $1500 in packs and climbing gear!

hahaha nice RICH hardcore winter camping!
Come to Northen Michigan and go camping with us and our fishing poles and bivy sacks... total value $99 + the cost of bait! hahaha

Feb 18, 2010

Thanks for putting these articles out ... it came this week and this weekend is my first winter campout / mountaineering campout. Should be a lot of fun with new snow expected. Donner Summit here we come! Sierra Mountaineering Group!!!

Feb 16, 2010

Thanks for this series. I enjoyed snow camping as a youth and now live in MS. We don't get much snow here but some of the cold weather info is useful here too. Keep the info coming!!!


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