I now start a long stretch without camping. I won’t go again in October because of work commitments and a visit from my son and his lovely lady. If we have sunny, calm days in November, I will get out again, at least for day trips.
I am seriously considering a few winter expeditions, nothing like the arctic circle; rather, a few overnights to the state parks for some winter hiking or snowshoeing. I have learned that state parks and national campgrounds are great for snowshoeing because the camp ground loops and open fields are excellent snow trails. And, I never get lost, which is easy to do when out alone in the snow.
Snow camping has been in the back of my mind since I got the camper. I am gung ho now, after sleeping in the main body of the camper, next to the heater vent last week. I have snow-camped twice before, the first time 40 years ago in a cold Ohio winter. The last time, was about 8 years ago, in Yellowstone National Park. The Park keeps one campground and set of restrooms open all year. The night temps were 20 degrees. At that time I had a little pickup truck with a topper. I used the same bedding and layering system that I use now, along with heavy socks, thick hat, mittens and hand warmers. I was toasty, until I had to hit the bathroom.
My sense of adventure is fueled by U-Tube videos. I watched how to make the camper even warmer (reflectix). I watched others document their winter fun in the great outdoors. I hit Popup Forums and read assorted conversation threads about winter camping. Need I say that I am hooked?
I have given thought to the conditions under which I will take a snow trip this winter:
1. Snow, but not enough to hinder camper set up –some of those U-tube guys dig out a space in 4 feet of snow.
2. Roads relatively clear — my van is rear-wheel drive, although the camper should make winter driving easier since it puts some drag on the rear wheels.
3. Night temps no lower than 20 degrees, at least the first time out– I have done that and know I can do it.
I know it sounds crazy and cold, but snow camping always appeals to my sense of adventure.