Cold Weather Camping

Cold Weather Camping

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SPRINGFIELD, MO –-( It’s hard for most people to overcome the notion that camping is just a spring, summer or fall activity.

Cold weather and snow can add a few challenges but when properly prepared, winter campers can stay warm and comfy.

Summer tents can be winterized by adding a nylon fly that fits over the roof and sides to help keep heat in and protect against rain and snow. You can even put a smaller tent inside a bigger one for double-walled protection.

Outdoor World Radio's Larry Whiteley
Outdoor World Radio's Larry Whiteley

Place a non-porous ground sheet on the tent floor, then add individual foam sleeping pads under sleeping bags rated to minus 20 degrees.

Sources of added heat can be in the form of catalytic heaters or small, folding wood burning stoves.

Pick places close to home and the main road for your initial cold camping experience.

Larry Whiteley is host of the award-winning Outdoor World® Radio

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I grew up camping in the Colorado mountains – both summer and winter. As a scout we camped monthly year round…even when the temperature dipped below zero. I can remember spending hours digging out a camp site in order to pitch a tent. It was hard work, but after it was all set up there was amazing quiet and an absolutely gorgeous view as the moon lit up the snow and made it sparkle. We camp in a trailer now, so we don't get out in the snow, but I agree with you…winter camping in a tent is not difficult… Read more »