Okay guys, I live in Northern MN and I'm looking to go for some sort of winter Camping excursion. I've never really tried it before and it seems somewhat straight forward, however since I never have I want some wisdom before I try anything stupid.
Anything I should know? I have all the gear to be expected from someone who camps plenty in the warm season, what else should I bring?
Anything that commonly gets overlooked when preparing. I'm not going crazy far into the woods or anything but I wanna spend a few days away.
TLDR- my gf left and I want to dissapear for a bit. General winter Camping advice needed for Northern MN.
Wow, never thought of that. Thanks for the sounds advice, anon!
basically more layers in a waterproof sack, and you might want a beefier tent designed for snow load cuz i hear it snows pretty good out there
IDK what your sleeping bag is like but check the temperature rating
Get yourself some comfy long underwear, cotton or flannel is fine for cheap otherwise get some nice high tech moisture wicking superfabric. I wear some nike cold weather running tights under everything and sleep in them, it's nice. It will be dark more than summer so bring a good light unless you want to go to bed at 6pm. As cold as it will be you might want to be in bed after dark anyway, so maybe bring a book. Don't kill yourself op you're finally free to go winter camping!
Man bring olive oil and put it in everything you cook that would taste ok with it. Eat soon before you lay down to sleep. Seal off draft in tent but allow venting. Also sleep with a warm hat on and wool socks. I sometimes use an oversised handwarmer in my sleeping bag when falling asleep to warm it up quickly and then it usually lasts about 10 hours so helps get warm in morning too. Try using an emergency blanket as a groundsheet if you are tenting. Put coconut oil in your oatmeal
Eat more, dress heavier, preferably not in cotton, make sure your bag is warm, but most importantly, stay dry! Don't even sweat, because it'll make you a lot colder.
Also, careful of that pic, there. You can stretch out your socks that way, then they won't stay up.
pack a second lightweight toque in your sleeping bag for sleeping in, so it's nice and dry.
your sleeping pad/ground insulation is even more important than how warm your sleeping bag is rated for
an old screw-top gatorade bottle makes a good piss bottle so you don't have to get out of your fart sack at -20 to take a leak
make sure you have a really well-fitting pair of lightweight gloves that will let you do fine tasks without freezing your fingers off, and wear those under a looser pair of mitts to keep them warm. pack those instant hand warmer packs they're great
good sunglasses/goggles are a must, snow blindness is real
In that case Old Trappers ( best) was no cook nibbles. An easy and delicous snack!
Hot food, Mountain House Beef Strog... (uck?) Note to self: pack salt, blk pepr, cayanne, these are bland on purpose.
Actually seen a no fridge sour cream I would add.
Pro tip: Old Trapper, hard to source, I'm lucky
My mtn got 31" the day after I hiked out.
Tent marginal, less than hoped for (like most things?).
Although... the camo pad (knee pad, threshold)was cheap and awesome!
Big plus on packable snowshovel.
Protip: I bring a light and backup... + chem light.
Another Hiker separated from party and stranded had zippo after headlamp fail. Cold night for him. Gave him my personal coffee the next morn.
Helo for 45 min that night and untill I called in the next morn.
Could have been much worse.