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Winter Hiking

Pitching a Winter Tent on Snow

Winter Tent

If you’re properly prepared, camping in winter is a lot of fun. But pitching a tent in winter, particularly on snow, requires some different gear and technique. The first thing you need to focus on is site selection: make sure that you are not in an avalanche zone. Next, find …

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Dead Men in Winter

One very important skill you need in winter is how to stake out a tent or shelter when the ground is frozen or covered with snow. You can do this with skis, ice axes, and hiking poles, but people also use a special type of stake called a snow stake …

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Torso Deep Snow Caves

Bivy sack and snow trench

I'm still at it this winter, building practice snow shelters and caves in my front yard. This time, I built a simple snow cave featured in the Revised Edition of Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, which is the illustrated bible of traveling and camping skills for winter …

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How to Select a Winter Tent Site

Winter Tent Site

If you go backpacking in winter, you need to know how to select a good tent or camping spot. Three season rules do not apply! Picking the right site will definitely increase your level of comfort, but can also protect you from serious injury. Here are some basic guidelines to …

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Winter Fire Building Practice Trip

Winter Fire in a Snow Pit

This trip was motivated by an accident report I read about in Appalachia Magazine where the victim couldn’t get a fire started in winter conditions. The Appalachia Accident Editor recommended that winter hikers practice winter firelighting skills which is a topic that’s left out of most winter hiking and backpacking curriculums that …

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How to Prevent Camping Tent Condensation in Winter

Tent condensation manifests itself either as frost on the inside surface of your tent or moisture droplets that are transferred from the inner tent to your clothing and gear. It is undesirable, particularly in winter, because it can make your gear wet and degrade its insulating properties Here are a …

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Kahtoola Nanospikes Traction Device Review

Kahtoola Nanospikes DO NOT exert any extra pressure over the ties which can lead to blisters

Kahtoola, the inventor of Microspikes, has come out with a new lighter weight traction device this year called Nanospikes. Compatible with trail runners, most street shoes, and winter boots, Nanospikes weigh about half as much as Microspikes and have much smaller traction points, resembling tire studs, that are designed to …

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