3. Very warm
A sunny winter day is not too bad, a
windy winter night is a different story. Use many layers
rather than one thick jacket. Do not use cotton for the
layer closest to your body anywhere on your body, use
wool or synthetic fibers. This is very important, if you
don't follow my clothing directions on your first trip I
assure you that you will on your second.
As any other experienced snow
camper will tell you there's ony one acceptable
stove for snow camping, the Trailstove. It weighs a
little less than a pound, costs about $20 and runs on
wood, and is 100% reliable under any conditions. Gas
stoves are far too unreliable in freezing temperatures.
If your stove doesn't work on a cold winter night you
may have to kiss your behind goodbye.
5. Ski goggles
important to maintain decent visibility during a
snowstorm. Use goggles with amber lenses, they improve
visibility in poor conditions. Do not use goggles with
grey lenses, they are designed for bright sunlight and
are useless in bad visibility conditions.
6. Metal sheet
make fire on. The cut up wall of a big coffee can will
do fine. Place the sheet on top of two long sticks
laying on the snow and build your fire on top of the
sheet, otherwise the fire will melt down into the
to put all your stuff on at the camp site, it's very
easy to loose things in the snow.