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Snow Camping

Postby anaders » Mon May 14, 2007 12:43 pm

Hi guys,

My Mrs and I have decided to go on a snow camp this winter. Given that we’re new to the forum and also to the exciting world of camping, please excuse our total ignorance in this area as we’d love to get some useful hints and tips on what should we do. For example, is there a special tent for snow? What sort of gear should we take with us? ……etc.

Thanks for your time.
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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Mon May 14, 2007 1:59 pm

If it's going to be your first camping trip, going in the snow may not be the best idea :shock:

Under the best weather, most 1st time camping trips are small disasters :lol: As you forget so much stuff you need, and take a lot that you don't.


If your prepared to go ahead, you will want a good quality tent, but most importantly a good sleeping bag and mattress, and something to keep you 'off' the ground, as this get's really really cold. So ideally a few layers of sutff before you and your sleeping bag. And you'd want a decent bag, I'd probly get one rated to -10 ish, and use blankets on top if its really cold. Can get these for between $120-$200, but the sky's the limit really, have heard of bags being $500+
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Postby gqpatrol » Mon May 14, 2007 3:03 pm

Brrrrrrrrrrr!! :?
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Postby Blue Bravo » Mon May 14, 2007 9:22 pm

Snow camping is a bit of a specialist area as you are usually on your own in the bush without easy access to things. Go talk to a reputable company like Paddy Pallin for advise. Remember you will have to carry everything in and out including food, stove, tent, sleeping gear etc. Not for me and Mrs Bravo but hey whatever rings your bell. Enjoy but make sure you are prepared :)
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Postby Jok » Tue May 15, 2007 7:20 pm

When I used to do snow touring etc, as a minimum the gear was;
space banket
closed cell sleeping mat
-10/15 sleepling bag
VERY good quality tent
complete waterproofs
snow googles
This is just a sample as I haven't done it for a few years and gear
changes so much with technology.
To set up for it now (and be prepared for white-out/blizzards)
would cost a fair bit to be safe.
Have you done much skiing at all?
I would suggest getting to know the environment fairly well
before camping in it-perhaps some cross-country ski tours(day trips)
Have been at Mt Stirling where it has gone from blue sky to whiteout
(visibility of about 20 feet) and back again within hours.
NB-jeans are one of the most dangerous items of clothing to wear, and
never rely on a hut for o'night unless absolute emergency.
But, having said all that, it is fantastic to wake in a pristine white environment and ski virgin snow-no tracks to be seen!
Good luck, prepared to help you further if you're keen.
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