How to Choose the Right Tent For Winter Camping
Have you ever tried the adventure of winter camping? There is something quite exhilarating to sleep under a star-studded sky, surrounded by the silence of the snow. In itself, it’s a pretty incredible experience … provided you are well equipped. To fight the cold, put the odds on your side and get quality equipment. No matter the season, your tent will be the key element of your camping experience. Here are some tips to find the model best suited to your winter adventures.
Styles of winter tents
It’s easy to know which season your tent is designed for because the formats are very different. Winter camping tents are usually compact and rounded. They are made to keep the heat inside and minimize humidity while providing you with a comfortable space in the event that you are confined indoors for a long time.
In winter, the walls of the tent will be your bulwark against the cold and the icy winds. Unlike summer tents, windows and vents are minimized to prevent cold air from entering. Winter tents are also made of durable and particularly resistant materials. These are also waterproof to protect you from bad weather or snowfall. In this sense, it is not recommended to use your winter camping tent during the summer: it would be too hot!
Single-wall or double-roof tent
There are two formats of winter tents whose benefits will vary according to the uses you make of them.
The single wall tents, like the tent Assault 2 of The North Face, are lighter and therefore particularly suitable for frequent use and long snowy treks.
The double roof tents, like the tent VE 25 Mountain Hardwear, are better insulated. They are the best solution when the mercury is in free fall, the wind is rising and the weight is not too decisive.
Stakes and hoops
To cope with the not only icy but often stubborn winds that sweep snowy terrain, your tent needs to be stable. And camping, which says stability, says pegs. Tents for winter camping often have more stakes and poles than the 3 seasons. By the same token, they also tend to be heavier.
Do not forget to take this detail into account when choosing your equipment and think about where you will plant the stakes of your tent. In any case, if the wind blows with intensity, you can always build a small wall of snow that will protect you and give more stability to the tent.
Summer or winter, the vestibule is a handy part of a tent. It provides additional space to store your luggage, which will allow more space in the tent itself to sleep and go about your business. Remember that you may spend more time in the tent than you would in summer camping. Each additional space can make a big difference. In addition, the vestibules are transitional places, practical to prevent snow from entering the tent directly.
Weight of the tents
When shopping for a tent, the inevitable question is which size to choose. Will you sleep alone, or is your winter expedition with a small group of acolytes? It is important not to take a tent too big because it will be difficult to stay warm. Do not forget, however, to take your luggage into consideration. Once the format is set, make sure the total weight is right for you. Most winter campsites are not accessible by car and you will have to carry your gear on your back during a longer or shorter hike. Consider also that winter tents tend to be heavier than regular ones since they are made of stronger materials.
Choose the right location
In winter camping, having a suitable tent adapted to your needs is not a luxury, it is a necessity. However, where you decide to set up your camp will also play a key role in your overall experience. When planting your tent stakes, do not forget to consider the following details:
Sunshine: gain a few bonus degrees from the first light of dawn by placing your tent in a place with maximum sunlight. In winter camping, heat is a key element.
The direction of the wind: it can be changeable, but it is better to put the odds on your side by directing the entrance of your door so as to avoid the wind – and at the same time the intrusive flakes.
Surroundings: Make sure you are safe from unplanned snowfall and even avalanches. Your safety is more important than the panorama.