Which is the best tent for snow camping

9 tips for camping in winter

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Tips & Tricks • December 17, 2019

Does the camping season have a break in winter? Who actually says it has to be like this? With the following tips from Swedish outdoor expert Johan Skullmann, you can experience a safe night outdoors even in winter!

1. The right tent

A winter-proof tent must have plenty of space in the apse and inner tent. You have more equipment with you and you are not as agile in thick winter clothing. It is also important that the air circulation is continuous and abundant from long side to long side. It must be possible to close the ventilation openings when it is snowy.

2. The right place

Find a sheltered place with sufficient snow depth so that you can anchor the tent. But absolutely avoid a location in ravines, on snow-covered slopes or under snowdrifts. Snow runs and avalanches are significantly more dangerous than wind and a little blowing snow. Kick the snow flat with skis or snowshoes and let it solidify for a quarter of an hour. Then you set up the tent as normal (with the entrance on the leeward side), but use the snow or sand pegs for this.

3. Use your pegs properly

Snow pegs or sand pegs are either used like normal ground pegs or driven in across as T-anchors. If the snow is really solid all around, let the pegs freeze for at least a quarter of an hour and then unfasten the tent ropes.

4. Ensure stable anchoring

Make sure that you really use all of the attachment points. Snow is often anything but secure anchoring and if the storm pulls in several places on the tent at the same time, the forces have to be distributed correctly.

5. Build a windbreak

Pile some snow on the sides of the tent as a windbreak so that not so much snow can collect between the outer and inner tent. This wind wall should be about one meter high and 3 to 5 meters away from the tent (in the direction of the wind). Your back should be sharply pointed - so that the wind breaks on it and the drift snow is kept away from your tent.

6. Dig a footwell

When the tent is up and the wind wall is ready, finally dig a foot pit in the apse so that you can sit comfortably on the edge of the inner tent with your feet in the apse.

7. Don't underestimate the snow

There is always the risk that parts of the excavated apse will be blown over by snow. Therefore, do not leave any loose parts in the apse! Close all rucksacks and bags properly.

8. Take a second set of poles with you

For longer tours in the wilderness, you should always have a second set of poles in the pole channels. They provide additional stability in snow and wind. Then there is the greatest danger that the tent will collapse.

9. Use an additional sleeping mat

It is best to use double sleeping mats in winter, one made of foam and one inflatable with a pump. A self-inflating sleeping mat does not inflate properly in the rarest of cases, especially not in winter.

To person

Johan Skullman is an outdoor expert and product tester at the Swedish outfitter Fjällräven - and an institution in Scandinavia in general. The Swede is a former army officer and has traveled the world in this capacity for over 30 years. He learned a lot about functional design, textile technology and applied physiology.

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