How To Start Winter Camping: Be Prepared

How To Start Winter Camping?  Be prepared.

Winter camping requires advanced planning.  Research books, internet web sites, discussion boards and blogs devoted to winter camping for tips and recommendations. There are a number of resources that one can read to get “How-To” advice to help get you started winter camping or just pick up some additional tips.

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Online resources include websites such as, Princeton’s Outdoor Action Guide to Winter Camping  and

Books include:

  • Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book, Allen O’Bannon
  • Backcountry Skier, Jean Vives
  • Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries: Prevention, Recognition and Pre-Hospital Treatment, James A. Wilkerson
  • NOLS Winter Camping, Buck Tilton
  • Okpik: Cold-Weather Camping
  • Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping, Calvin Rutstrum
  • Secrets of Warmth for Comfort or Survival, Hal Weiss
  • Snow Caves for Fun and Survival, Ernest Wilkinson
  • Snow Walker’s Companion: Winter Camping Skills for the North, Garrett & Alexandra Conover
  • Surviving Cold Weather: Simply Survival, Gregory J. Davenport
  • The Complete Guide to Cross-Country Ski Preparation, Nat Brown
  • The Outward Bound Staying Warm in the Outdoors Handbook, Glenn Randall
  • Winter Backpacking: A Guide to Warm and Safe Winter Camping and Day Trips, Ben Shillington
  • Winter Camping, 2nd, Stephen Gorman
  • Winter Hiking & Camping: Managing Cold for Comfort & Safety, Michael L. Lanza

Make sure your preparation includes a contingency plan to bail out if weather conditions turn extreme or someone is injured.

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