Tent Sleeping in Cold Weather

Some have this fantasy to sleep in the tent in the middle of winter, but to ignore the rules.During the cold season, every detail is important. Here are some tips to love the experience and renew it.

Stay warm
• Be sure to stay dry. Necessary, to slow down to avoid sweating
and remove or add clothes accordingly.

• Hydrate constantly. You should drink as much in the summer even if you do not feel thirsty. Water is essential to maintain your body heat.

• Wear a hat at all times. You lose more than 50% of your heat through the head; It is therefore essential to keep warm.

• Avoid too thick socks for your boots or the elastic mind blood circulation.

The routine of camp
• Choose a safe place. (The Lake is frozen? Is there a tree branch
who could assign and befall the tent, or dump its load of snow? Is the ground conducive to avalanche?)

• Délacez your boots while you establish your camp to allow moisture to evaporate and thus begin the process of drying.

• If your clothes are wet, keep them as long as possible. When you start to shiver, put on dry clothes and dry the
wet clothing, placing them on your belly during the evening… This is your only source of heat.

• Start the production of water as soon as possible.

• Establish your camp.

The art of melting snow
• Choose a clean snow.

• Pour about 1 cm of water in the Pan before you put the stove on, and then add the snow.

• For more efficiency, choose release pans anodized, as their thermal conductivity is far superior to that of the steel pans.

• To save time and fuel, use a heat exchanger of the MSR brand. Be sure to place at least 1 or 2 cm from the bottom of the Pan so that the technique is effective.

The bedtime routine
The common mistake in winter camping is to go to bed immediately after supper. Select you by walking 45 minutes around the camp and by boiling the water for the night. You will avoid the shudderings of before bedtime.

• Advised by TRAVELATIONARY.COM, open your sleeping bag at the last minute to protect it from moisture.

• Place gourds of boiling water in the removable inner lining of your boots, and then place them at the bottom of your sleeping bag. (If your boots are not removable lining, insert the gourds of boiling water in the insulating layer inside your sleeping bag.)

• Slide an extra lining into your sleeping bag to avoid to get him dirty or wet it.

• Opt for a mattress to grooves in ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), or Evazote (closed cell foam) *.

* Winter, avoid the self-inflating mattress, which prove very difficult to repair once punctured. Most have no relief, which promotes the accumulation of moisture between the sleeping bag and mattress. The best option remains the Ridge Rest SOLite.

Thing for the preparation of meals
You should always cook and eat outside your tent in order to avoid excessive moisture.The ideal is to develop, using a tarp, a small shelter for the preparation and the meals.

NEVER Cook in your tent. In addition to risk of fire, you are exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning!

Don’t leave without them!

A liquid fuel stove and a repair kit
The stove is the most important piece of equipment in the winter, because it’s your only way to melt snow for water. Therefore, it is essential to know how to use it and hang out with you the repair kit. Do not forget that the gaseous fuel (butane, propane and others) freeze in cold weather. Opt for warmers to liquid fuel, especially those operating at the naphtha.

Aluminium shovel
Aluminum shovel used to dig efficiently all types of snow: Platform for the tent, shelter under the snow or wind protection walls. Avoid plastic, much less resistant models.

A first aid kit adapted to the cold conditions
It should contain:
• hand warmer or heating-type toes Hot Paws. Once opened, these bags will give you several hours of heat. Be careful not to apply directly on the skin.
• a survival blanket. I suggest the GROUND Thermal Bivvy from Adventure Medical Kits company, which is in the form of a bivouac bag. It could be very useful if you need to improvise one night under the snow.

Small thin gloves in wool for the stove
Never handle the stove with his bare hands the winter—even at extreme temperatures, naphtha and all other liquid fuels do not freeze. In cold weather, a simple splash is enough to burn you severely.