Haig Melikian Bakish camping

If you go backpacking in winter, you need to know how to select a good tent and camping spot. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind.

How To Select a Good Camping Spot.

  • Avoid Avalanche Zones:
    Make sure that you are not in an avalanche zone. Most avalanche zones have a slope of 40 degrees or higher.
  •  Do Not Camp Under Snow Covered Branches:
    Snow covered branches can snap at night and fall on your tent.
  • Avoid Valley:
    Cold air flows downhill and pools at the bottom of valleys. Don’t camp in a low spot.
  • Try to Find Natural Wind Breaks:
    Moving air and wind will strip heat from you. Try to dig your tent behind a natural wind break such as a large boulder or small hill, or build one using snow blocks.
  • Morning Sun:
    Sites that get morning sun will warm up faster in winter. They’re also useful if you need to dry out your sleeping bag due to internal condensation.
  • Flatten The Snow Under Your Tent:
    Before you pitch your tent, harden the snow under it by walking over it wearing snowshoes or boot.
  • Point Your Door Downhill:
    Point the front of your tent downhill when you pitch it. This will prevent cold air from flowing into your tent when you need to go outside.
  • Metal Objects:
    Avoid leaving any ice axes or any metal object in your tent, avoid direct contact with the floor when camping during a thunderstorm.

How To Select a Good Tent.

  • Tent Space:
    Test out the tent in store, since each person has different needs when it comes to space.
    The smaller is the tent, the warmer it will be at night.
  • Hydrostatic Head:
    It’s measured in millimeters (mm) and usually fall anywhere from 800 mm to 20,000 mm. These figures indicate the amount of water pressure a fabric can withstand. That means a tent with a 2,000 mm rating will endure a 2,000 mm or two meter column of water bearing down on it before it starts to leak. Usually choose above 5,000 mm for snow camping.
  • Double Roof or Single-Wall Tent:
    Single wall are extremely light but tend to allow more condensation, meaning the walls may dampen with your own body vapor. If you choose a single-wall camping tent, make sure that it has good venting.
  • The Vestibule:
    How to protect yourself from the shocking change of temperature when going outside? Have a transition between the interior and the exterior of the tent. Most camping tents have a vestibule, which offers enough space to store your backpack and cook your meals.
  • Wind Strength:
    Make sure that the rain-fly reaches the ground if you will be camping in strong winds. Also ensure that the rain-fly has plenty of tie-down points to attach stabilizing guy lines