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The Manual: Deluxe Winter Camping

Don't let frigid temps keep you inside. Here are five tips for deluxe winter camping.
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Construct a Kitchen
Choose a site that’s protected from the wind and faces east (you’ll get morning sun with your coffee). Pack down an area large enough to fit a counter or table, plus benches, for everyone (minimum: the size of your tent’s footprint) and wait an hour. Dig in: Make a table by shoveling around its perimeter, leaving the top at snow-surface level. Use loose snow to sculpt a counter and benches. Gookin even cuts cubbies under the counter for storage and toe space. "If we go really nuts, we build a spice rack," he says. Stick skis or snowshoes into the backs of the benches to serve as backrests.

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