So winter has arrived and for many this seems to be the time when camping stops and staying at home is the order of the day.
But it doesn't need to be. We head out throughout the year, always have done and with a little extra preparation there is no reason why a winter trip cant be great fun. On my return trip from Mongolia I was forced to camp in a roof tent in -14. Sure it was cold but it was still a great experience. When I used to climb mountains in winter I thought nothing of camping in -8 close to the start of a climb to ensure an early start.
Winter gives new perspectives on routes you have completed or areas you have camped in the past during summer. A day out with other members can be great fun, even if not camping. In the past we have spent a day driving the snow roads in Aberdeenshire.
Members still get together, see the Rally Point for New Years Eve. So don't let your overlanding trips be based around seasons, a roaring campfire in winter under the stars is something to behold. In the likes of Scandinavia winter doesn't shut down camping, it just causes a re-adjustment and change of mentality and you can be back out once again.
So don't hang up your tyres waiting for spring. Get a trip arranged, announce it on the forums and social media pages and create a Rally Point. Its the best way to get the most from your membership and make sure your overlanding isn't a game of two halves.
The picture is the New Year North Coast 500 trip a few years ago pre covid and shows members getting together. We broke down about an hour before the picture was taken sadly so didnt make it to the end.