Ötzi the Iceman and the Ten Essentials

On September 19, 1991, in the mountains between Austria and Italy, hikers stumbled upon the corpse of a 5,300 year-old man eroding out of a glacier. Dubbed “Ötzi” this perfectly preserved iceman is the oldest human ever found. The Iceman stood about 5’5″ tall, and weighed about 134 lbs. He was in his mid-40s, and […]

Sleeping Warm While Winter Camping

Staying warm at night while you are winter camping is crucial to a successful trip. This discussion covers the components of a winter camping sleeping system, preparation steps before sleeping, using external heat sources, dressing for sleep, personal variations, adjustments during the night and the morning after.

Components Of A Sleeping System

1. Sleeping pads

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More Quinzee Instruction

Who needs a tent for winter camping? Ottawa Outdoor Magazine provides an illustrated, instructional article “How To Build A Quinzee” by Allen Macartney covering what is a quinzee, digging a hole and filling it in, snug in any temperature, customizing the domicile, and cautionary notes.

If you are interested check out the article […]

It’s the Journey, Not the Destination

Hope happens when someone sees something, decides that it is desirable, realizes that they may not get it, but believes that there is still a chance of getting it. Hope is expectation moderated by probabilistic estimation of a desired event. Robert Louis Stevenson said ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’ (Virginibus Puerisque, 1881). […]

Compass Basics

Reading a compass seems like an intimidating skill to many people. However, once you learn the basics and practice a little, you will find that you can read a compass with ease. This skill is useful for those who like to hike in the wilderness, and is important for sports like orienteering. These directions are […]

Building An Igloo With Wet Snow

Snow shelters such as igloos, snow caves and quinzees other an alternative to tents for winter campers. Snow shelters are quieter and offer the benefit of warmth, as body heat causes temperatures to rise in the cozy interior.

In the article “How to build an igloo with West Coast style” Jackie Christie reports on a […]