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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Sleeping Warm

It was cold. I had a 0 degree sleeping bag but felt chilled. I pulled my down jacket into the sleeping bag and laid it over me for extra insulation. There were seven of us packed into a lean-to so tight that one person couldn’t move without affecting others. With insulating bodies on either side […]

To Pee Or Not To Pee

To pee or not to pee- that is the question Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The pain and discomfort of a full bladder Or to take action and void the pee And by voiding the bladder to return to sleep.

Your body has to burn calories to keep urine warm, […]

Preparing your body for sleeping warm

During the winter it’s important to be adequately hydrated. Your body demands more water in the winter as your lungs lose moisture humidifying and warming the dry, cold winter air. The average person needs about 1.5 to 2.5 liters per day, whereas a winter exertions may require 2.5 to 5 liters per day. In order […]

DIY Tyvek Bivy

I had a couple of pieces of 9′ Tyvek left over from the home remodeling that I wanted to experiment with for camping applications. I took a piece to use as a ground cloth in my megamid tipi when we winter camped on Peaked Mountain and it worked well.

A bivy can keep your […]

Sleeping Warm

This is a well done video discussing all the factors going into sleeping warm.

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