Want to try tenting in the snow, but haven't done it before and not sure how? Haven't time in the evening to build a snow cave or an igloo just for one night? We walk you through the basics of what gear you need, how to choose a good site, how to create a platform, and how to pitch your tent (or a tarptent if you are brave).

ARTICLE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
  • Special Gear Needed Just for Snow Camping
    • The Shelter
    • The Anchors
    • Air Mats and Foam
    • Shovels
    • Direction of Wind
    • Direction of Sun
    • Shelter - Value of Trees and Big Hills
    • Hazard of Big Trees Dropping Branches
  • Creating a Platform
    • Firnification - Platform and Anchors
    • The Tent Platform
    • Places for the Anchors
    • The Strength of Snow Anchors
    • Pitching Your Tent/Tarp
    • Ventilation
    • Kitchens - in Vestibule
    • Midnight Maintenance
    • Getting Anchors Out
    • Waste Disposal in Vestibule

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