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10 Reasons Why Winter Camping is Great!

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BlackBear

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1) I'm a Canadian and I love winter
2) Utter Silence. It’s rare to hear absolute silence. If you haven’t experienced this, it’s pure bliss.
3) No crowds. You can camp anywhere you want.
4) No fire bans! There is nothIng better than a winter fire.
5) No bugs or mosquitos.
6) Wildlife is easier to spot.
7) The short days and long night make star gazing out of this world.
8) Chocolate, it just tastes better when it's cold out!
9) The sound of snow crunching under your feet... can't hear that in the summer.
10) Bragging Rights. No one wants to admit it, but one of the true advantages of winter camping is that you’re doing something abnormal — which means you can spin a tale... After all, anyone can tell stories of summer camping, but share an anecdote of sleeping outside in -10 and you’re a legend.

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what no poutine? :tearsofjoy: i kid.. we usually lock it up during the winter months around here. but thats going to change this winter. have a few spots already picked out. unfortunately not as much snow as you have up there.
 
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Looks good to me...
I need to downsize and/or get a RTT to simplify my life so I can get out more. What I have doesn't work too well... took me about 3 hrs to set up this tent... too big for just a night or 2 and without my family.
Which leads me to my next difficulty... finding someone else that wants to go camping with me in the winter!! LOL.

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Looks good to me...
I need to downsize and/or get a RTT to simplify my life so I can get out more. What I have doesn't work too well... took me about 3 hrs to set up this tent... too big for just a night or 2 and without my family.
Which leads me to my next difficulty... finding someone else that wants to go camping with me in the winter!! LOL.

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I know they are not the typical "overlanding " tent but I've had great luck with the Colman insta-cabin , we have the 10 person one and by myself I can set it up in 2-3 minutes . We are going to buy a smaller one for when the kids are not with us because that 10 person one is wayyyyyy overkill lol
 

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not to step all over this post but I'll give my opinion and experience with snow travel and use of chains .
I'm personally not a fan of chains/cables but on certain rigs I do carry a set and I'll let some pictures do the explaining
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These are from the same trip just 2 days apart . In the first picture I'm stuck and had to bust the chains out. The second one I'm just aired down to 17psi with no chains and was happily chugging along for a couple more miles pushing snow over the hood . The difference is the type of snow, the first pic has that horrible cruddy refrozen icy crap snow with a little water on it from the sun melting it that is nearly impossible to get traction on , once you sink down a little your usually not moving again without some digging or other traction help .
The second pic is fresh super fluffy and light oh so wonderful powder that doesnt give much resistance that in my opinion chains will dig down to much and not let you float on top of the snow as much . Now everybody is going to have a different opinion on the matter and honestly the best thing you can do is go out and drive on the wonderful white stuff and find out what works best for your rig on the type of snow you have where you live .

Tire selection is also very important and everybody will have different opinions on what works best
 

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Yep... lots of different types of snow and the terrain under it is also a factor. Always try to take a second or perhaps third rig for when you get stuck (not if, lol). Winches are invaluable when the traction is almost at zero too.
(sorry for the hijack)
 
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Love winter camping! You can always break out more clothes and a heavier sleeping bag to stay warm and comfortable. And, you can't beat a fire that actually exists to keep you warm!