Backpacking in winter can give you a pristine experience and discloses the beauty and calmness of weather to you. However apart from the bonfires and snow ball games, there is something more that needs attention while winter backpacking.
A little preparation can make you warm and cozy even in chilling cold. Some tips are given here for making your wintry backpacks enjoyable and comfortable –
It is advised to make a small group of friends for the adventure who are well versed with different winter adventure skills for example snow travel, snow shelters, route findings etc. Thoroughly go through the maps and converse with people who have already visited that site. Gather all the information about that place like emergency services, weather, road conditions, vehicle availability etc. Make sure you pack all the necessary things well before hand.
You have to be selective to choose your apparels and footwear so that you can stay warm. You are advised to wear a basic wear made of synthetic or wool fabrics on the first layer, then you should wear insulating middle layer that would give you a warm feeling and outer layer should be waterproof as well as less breathable. Outer layer will prevent you from wind, snow and water.
Traditional hiking boots may do well but mountaineering boots will accompany you in an effective way as they are waterproof and insulating ones.
Other Vital Winter Accessories
Carry hats, gloves, mittens, goggles, gaiters and glasses along with other important things as they will protect you from sun, thunder, cold wind.
Food and Kitchen Arrangements
Cook some calories enriched tasty food and take a bite of sugar items like chocolates and candies as sugar would help to boost your energy level. Cooking would be easy with white gas and canister stoves during wintry backpacks. Keep your sealed water bottles within your bedding or in insulated bags to prevent freezing.
Camping in Winter
Setting up snow cave is the best option but it is time taking task. A three-season tent would be a best alternative and it does not take much time to install and wrap up.
Sleeping Bags and Pads
You can use two sleeping pads and one is utilized to insulate yourself from the cold ground. If your campsite is in a windy position, dig a hole around 1-2′ deep and then set up the tent, this will prevent the tent to get damaged from windy blasts. Make sure you keep enough elevation for going in and out.
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