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August 08, 2018

by Matt Wastradowski adapted for marmotnz.co.nz

Winter camping always sounds like so much fun. After all, who wouldn’t want to wake up to a beautiful frost around you, warm up next to a crackling campfire, and bask in the quiet solitude of the winter outdoors?

Unfortunately, the realities tend to be more complicated. If you’re not careful, you may find yourself contending with everything from annoyances to real risks, including treacherous roads, collapsing tents, and hypothermia or frostbite.

That said, a little preparation can go a long way. Whether you and your friends are planning your next big adventure, looking for the perfect campsite, or wanting to stay warm and cosy inside your tents, here are 13 tips to help you have a perfect winter camping experience.

Before You Go

It takes a bit of preparation, gear, and thoughtfulness to have a successful winter camping trip. Keep these tips in mind before heading out.

1.Use a four-season tent. Usually geared specifically toward winter campers, four-season tents are built with heavier materials to keep the interior warm, durable enough to withstand heavy winds, and feature specific shapes to prevent snow from piling up.

2. Pack more than you need. Really, there’s no downside to having an extra sweater or pair of socks—especially if you’re car camping and have plenty of space. You’ll be glad to have additional apparel in case temperatures drop lower than anticipated—or if your everyday gear gets (and stays) damp.

3. Do your homework before gassing up. Know all the relevant road conditions and closures, weather forecasts, and avalanche conditions if necessary—and plan accordingly. Your fellow campers will never fault you for being over-prepared.

4. Find the right sleeping bag. There may be no more important factor in the success or failure of a camping trip than choosing a quality sleeping bag. Make sure the bag is rated for the coldest temperature you’re expecting to camp in, though it never hurts to find one rated for lower temperatures. While you’re at it, pick up a sleeping bag liner to get roughly 10 degrees of extra warmth, and don’t sleep with your mouth and nose inside the sleeping bag. (The condensation may make the inside damp.)

Outside The Tent

The key to a successful winter camping experience is to stay dry and warm.
    Photo courtesy of Marmot/Ryan Cleary
The key to a successful winter camping experience is to stay dry and warm. Photo courtesy of Marmot/Ryan Cleary

Once you’ve arrived at the campsite, how can you stay safe, dry, and warm? Make the most of your time in a Winter Wonderland with these suggestions.

5. Find the right site. If you aren’t pitching your tent in a campground with designated campsites, take stock of your surroundings and ask yourself: Will you be protected from the wind? Are you in harm’s way if a branch snaps off, or a tree falls over? 

6. Set down a tarp or ground cloth below your tent. Doing so prevents moisture from leaking into (or out of) the tent.

7. Ditch the alkaline batteries. Whether powering a portable stereo or keeping your headlamp bright, batteries are a camper’s best friend. That said, the water-based solution in alkaline batteries means they lose functionality in freezing temperatures, so switch to lithium batteries. Lithium resists cold temperatures and stays strong in just about any conditions, so your electronics will power on when you need them the most.

8. Stay hydrated. Winter hikes and skiing take a lot out of you, so be sure to drink plenty of water. When you’re around the campsite, it’s better to boil snow than relying on water filters that can crack or slow down in freezing weather. Check out boilers from our friends at Jetboil.

9. Learn to love layers. Whether you’re warming up around the campfire or working up a sweat on the slopes, you’ll want to dress for the weather. The first layer of underwear and a T-shirt should be made from moisture-wicking fabrics that stop sweat and snow from accumulating on and near your skin. The second layer (pants, long-sleeved shirts, etc.) is all about insulation and staying warm and the third layer (such as a jacket) should be breathable and waterproof or at least water-resistant.

When it comes to clothes, we’re particularly partial to the Featherless line of jackets, hoodies, and vests from Marmot. The innovative line uses synthetic materials, water-resistant fibres, and a breathable fabric to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable in just about *any *condition.

Inside The Tent

Waking up to snow-capped mountains is a big perk of winter camping.
    Photo courtesy of Marmot/Adam McKibben
Photo courtesy of Marmot/Adam McKibben

10. Open the ventilation windows after waking up. All the condensation that your body and breathing caused overnight needs to escape somehow. Without proper ventilation, it may refreeze inside the tent.

11. Sleep comfortably. Bring an air mattress, sleeping pad, foam pad, or yoga mat to slide under your sleeping bag. You won’t just feel better in the morning - you’ll stay warmer if you can stay off of the cold ground.

12. Stay warm with a clever heating hack. Stay toasty in your sleeping back by popping a hot water bottle in the bottom of your bag near your feet. Given that it’s so close to your body and tucked inside a heat-trapping sleeping bag, the water may keep you warm for hours.

13. Keep your boots dry. There’s no faster way to ruin a camping trip than frozen boots, so sleep with the removable liners near your feet to keep them warm throughout the night. If your boots don’t come with removable liners, place them in the car or a waterproof sack to keep them from icing over as the temperature falls.

It might take a little more work to prepare for a winter camping trip, but if you follow these expert tips, you’ll find there’s really #NoBadWeather.

Originally written by RootsRated for Marmot.





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Size & Fit

Tents:

Download the Marmot Tent Comparison Chart HERE>>

Sleeping Bags:

Download the Marmot Sleeping Bag Comparison Chart HERE>>

Clothing:

Men

Men

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

28

30

32

34

36

38

Chest

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

119-127

Neck

--

40

41.9

43.8

45.7

47.6

Sleeve

79

81

83

86

89

91

Waist*

68-76

76-81

81-86

86-91

91-99

99-107

Hip

86-89

89-94

94-99

99-107

107-114

114-122

Inseam**

76

77

81

83

86

89


Women

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Women

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

Size

2

4    6

8    10

12    14

16

--

Chest

81-83

83-89

89-96

96-104

104-112

112-119

Sleeve

77.5

78.5

80

82.5

85

87.6

Waist*

62-65

65-69

69-77

77-87

87-92

92-97


Kids

Alpha Size

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Age

4–5

6-7

8-9

10-12

13-15

--

--

Chest

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Waist

48–53

53–58

58–63

63–68

68–74

--

--

Hip

60–66

66–71

71–76

76–81

81–86

--

--

Inseam

43–45

48–20

53–55

58–63

66–71

--

--

Sleeve

55–60

63–63

63–66

66–71

71–76

--

--

Height (cm)

36–42

42–48

48–54

54–60

60–65

--

--

Weight (kgs)

15–19

19–23

23–27

27–40

40–52

--

--


Accessories

Gloves*

XS

S

M

L

XL

XXL

XXXL

Men

16.5–18

18–19

19–21.5

21.5–24

24–27

27–29

--

Women

14–15

15–16.5

16.5–18

18–21

21–23

--

--

*To find your glove size, measure your hand around and over the knuckles with your fingers together, excluding your thumb.

 

Hats

XS

S / M

M / L

XL / XXL

XXXL

--

17 – 18

18 – 19

19 – 20

--

 

*Trail-to-Town pants have specific waist sizes.
**Inseam lengths above are average size lengths. Some pants are available in additional inseam lengths and will display on the product page.