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Tents & Camping in winter
Perfect sleeping in the snow
A tent night in the snow is the outdoor king’s discipline – and succeeds easier than you think! We tell you what matters with winter camping, and what equipment needs her for it …
Untouched snow landscapes, absolute silence and sparkling starry sky – Who moves in winter, does not get out of marvel. Everything you need for camps in winter are a clear, cold night and secure relationships. In addition, one needs for the camps in winter a frost-proof camping equipment with sleeping bag, thick isomat, down jacket and best gas lantern. For unused nature enjoyment, you should set up your winter camp a few kilometers away each village. Lowering and avalanche hazardous slopes to avoid the tents in the snow. Ideal: Crims with free view – and sun in the morning.
Which tent in winter?
Basically, you can use a weatherproof quality tent (which also offers good weather protection on summer tours) also in winter. However, some special criteria must meet at the camp in winter:
- – Very important: The inner tent must not consist of mosquito metal. Otherwise, it can become extremely uncomfortable when snow blows under the outer tent and passes through the mesh into the Zeltinner. In addition, generally, you need more space with winter equipment than in summer: the inner tent should therefore be spacious. This is especially true for the awning, as one – unlike warm weather – usually cooks there.
- There are special herring for use in the snow, but from those advises equipment editor Boris Gnielka. On the one hand, they are heavy, and on the other hand, the tent can be secured without them safely: by tingling the tent lines each on a snowshoe or on snow-filled bags / bags and then bursts 10 to 20 centimeters deep in the snow. Fest the snow on it well, and you get a fixture that can not top snow hering.
Build the tent in the snow properly
First of all, you should flare the place of your choice with snowshoes and attached backpack – so solidifies the snow. With a slight hillside with the shovel straighten the surface. Then set up the tent so that the input is located on the wind facing side. Then you dig the entrance area free so that your night comes unhindered from the tent. To clamp you take the herring, which grates transversely (20 cm deep), trekking sticks or snowshoes (see above) – but not the shovel, which remains in the apse, so you can get back from the tent after heavy snowfall.
Inside the tent for comfort
Before your luggage carries into the tent, you grab a footwell into the apse with sufficient snow depth. He serves to be comfortable, even luggage can be stowed in it. Important: The pit must not protrude outward – otherwise it’s snowing in!
Further equipment for the winter camping
You are not on your first winter tent (hopefully) in the Arctic – but if you do not want to torture you, we recommend the following for your first winterbiwak:
Isomat and sleeping bag
A warm isomatte is almost more important than the warm sleeping bag, because from the ground comes the most cold. For solid foam mats, a thickness of at least two centimeters is recommended, self-inflating mats should be at least 3.5 centimeters thick and contain no perforated foam. The sleeping bag should cover a comfort temperature range up to -10 degrees Celsius.
Apart from seasonal outdoor clothing, it is very important that the jacket has a really warm insulation layer. It is best to be a down jacket. Unsuitable: gorejacken. It is definitely recommended to pack a few replacement gloves. If you have to reduce a tent due to wet gloves with bare fingers, this is not a pleasure. Indispensable for every winter hiker who does not move on vacuumed paths are snowshoes.
For lighting, purposes would probably be enough in winter forehead lamps. However, in order to achieve a homely temperature of about 15 degrees Celsius in the tent, a gas lamp is very urgently recommended. The winter gas is also recommended in this context and better than conventional gas cartridges. Each gas lamp applies: Pay attention to sufficient air supply in the tent!
In any case, a gas cooker is included in the equipment for the winter tent tour. Gas cookers are less suitable for minus degrees. As long as you do not want to cook a three-course menu, 250 milliliters of gasoline per person and day rang as fuel.
Equips your trekking poles with deep snow telephones (wider plates than usual).
Which also has to go to the winter luggage
In the event that there are neatly fresh snow at night and to keep yourself in a mood, you should definitely pack the following things:
A snow shovel. That you have to take them into the tent understands itself.
A thermos. A hot tea in between can work wonders, and in the evening in the tent you do not necessarily want to play the cooker for a second pocket.
A bar of additional chocolate (or more …). Although winter weekend tours in the Mittelgebirge, the body needs no longer food than in summer, according to Boris Gnielka, but the energy consumption is still high, and one would like to keep a good mood. A bolt chocolate can also be very motivating before morning getting up.
A good book, possibly also a game in mini format. Finally, you spend much more time in the tent than in summer.
Tips for planning
Mountains and snow – ski slopes are often not far. You should do a wide bow around you! A few basic rules for the choice of winter hiking goal:
1. It is best to do the first tent tour in the snow in an area where you can already know from summer tours. You will be surprised how much new discovered you anyway.
2. Avoid big ski resorts! Snow cannons and snowflakes often make tremendous noise until late at night, and many ski slopes are illuminated at night.
3. Plane significantly shorter routes than tours in other seasons. First, the days are much shorter now, so that you do not have so much time available, and secondly, you are much slower in the snow than usual. Moving across the crossfield and uphill, you often do not even create a kilometer in the hour!
4. Avoid areas with avalanche danger. As a beginner in the winter tents, you should not be right in alpine regions anyway.
5. Listen to the weather report before the winter tour. Snow and storm can also be extremely uncomfortable in low mountain ranges, and if necessary, it is advisable to postpone the tour – so your first tent tour in the snow does not stay your last!