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PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 8:29 pm 
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And a lot more comfortable too!
Especially if you hot tent it.
With the user friendly site down and many of us double users if you are thinking about trying winter camping ask away.
I am going into my 3rd year and wish I started much earlier so at 56 now I have much to make up.
I am sure the seasoned veterans here will chip in with wisdom which makes for a fast learning curve.
I am already planning for another week long trek this winter!
So don't be shy, give it a try.
Jeff

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PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 8:46 pm 
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I've done it all over the years...
Quinzee camping, tarp camping, cold camping, and of course, hot tenting.

All styles of winter camping have their pros and cons, but hot tenting really is the best option, in my opinion.

Tips for newbies:
-Don't waste your money on an expensive winter bag right away: two 3-season bags will be just as good.
-Don't go out in December or January: daylight hours are too short and it'll be a long night standing around the campfire - March is the best time to introduce newbies to winter camping.
-Also, a bivy sac will make your stay far more comfortable - either cold camping or hot tenting.
-The best tip of all: make friends with someone with a hot tent. :wink:

Here's a few pics of my set-up: a lightweight hybrid nylon/canvas wall tent with a Kifaru wood stove.


Exterior view:
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PostPosted: September 7th, 2011, 9:51 pm 
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bake bake bake.

Hubby and I did some winter camping( hot tenting) last year and cooking was a breeze. Ergo so was baking.

Cinnamon rolls. And ourselves and soups..anything that will fit on the stove.
insulate well from the bottom and you will both be toasty.

The downside was we gained two pounds each over a weekend.

another downside was that we could not go canoeing.. but the skiing was awesome.

I agree with Mike on the bag system. Hubby had two three season bags and I had a minus thirty bag that was too hot even though we let the fire go out and the lowest temp was about minus twenty.I had the option to bake or throw it off and freeze. Hubby had the option to shed one bag and drape the second as needed. Layering seems to be as important in sleeping as in being active.


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PostPosted: September 8th, 2011, 4:28 am 
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It gives you the chance to re-live your youth!

snow fort - Quinzee
ice fish
friends sharing a common bond - chores
huddle by the fire
and eat!! and don't skimp on the quality, unless that's your thing
Other than that, its a hard way to simply live

which makes it FANTASTIC!!

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