Winter can be a tough time for the casual camper. Many people avoid snow camping due to questionable roads, tons of necessary gear, and the cold. How can you satisfy your need for the outdoors while staying a happy (warm) camper?
True enthusiasts will have the equipment necessary to pitch a tent in the snow. For the rest of, us, yurts, as shown right, are a great way to stay warm at night while you camp. A yurt is like a circular, semi-permanent tent. Originally designed for portability by nomads in central Asia, Western yurts are made of high-tech materials. States like Oregon offer campgrounds with rustic cabins and yurts to rent. These structures make camping far easier, as they are heated and often include a futon. Click here for more information on camping in yurts and cabins in Oregon.
Camping near hot springs is another way to stay warm as you stay outside. One of my favorite memories is of the hot springs at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I was there in the winter, and the contrast between the snow on the ground and the hot, relaxing water was striking. Click here for an article on spa camping across the country from Camping Life Magazine.
Wherever you camp, whatever time of year, be sure to have adequate supplies. A strong source of light and a good, sharp camping knife are crucial to a positive camping experience. Check out the Coast LED Lenser TT7105, left, for a great camping lantern.
For more information on camping equipment, read this article on Camping on a Budget.
Top photo by solomon71.