Going tent camping in the snow is fun. There are many camping activities you can do in the snow like snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snowboarding. There are many advantages to camping during winter all of the snakes, bugs, and flies are in hiding. The snow covered wilderness is beautiful. There are not too many people at the campgrounds and many campgrounds give a discount.
One of my favorite things to do while snow camping is snow shoeing. Snow shoeing is a great way to get around in the snow. Snow shoeing can help you reach places where you can enjoy other winter sports like cross country skiing and snow boarding. It is also a easier way to go up steep slopes while participating in those sports.
Another thing I like to do is cross country skiing. Cross country skiing is just like regular skiing except you are going cross country and not just down a slope. You can cover a lot of ground and see many great snowy sights. Cross country skiing can also help keep you in shape as it works every muscle group and burns many calories.
Snow Boarding is now a very popular sport and is fun. It is very popular with teens and people in their early 20’s. You can rent equipment which will keep down the cost of trying out this sport. Tell your kids you are taking them snowboarding and you will be their favorite parent.
Winter camping might be fun but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know what to do to protect yourself from the cold. You need to make sure you dress properly and use some cold weather camping gear. Make sure you layer your clothing and wear a water and windproof shell. Don’t wear cotton because it retains moisture and it can take a long time to dry out. Wear wool or a synthetic fabric.
Also make sure your sleeping bags and tent are rated for cold weather. The temperature rating for most sleeping bags are on the package. Use a foam type sleeping pad and stay away from the blow up ones. The cold will go straight through the air filled sleeping pads. This is not the situation where you want to be sleeping on air no matter how comfortable it sounds.
If you have taken all the precautions but you start to shiver do something that will make you warm so you don’t slip into hypothermia. Vigorous exercising will help you to warm up. Drink lots of liquid especially sweet and warm ones like hot cocoa. Last but not least follow moms advice and wear your hat. It will keep your head warm and prevent your body from losing too much heat.
Remember winter camping is fun but only if you have the right equipment and knowledge. In my next few posts I will go into more detail on the subjects I touched on here. This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the winter