Jim Muller of Holland Patent has been backpacking since the 1960s, but about nine years ago he and a few friends (age 20 to 50) began camping in the
We think that winter camping has advantages over summer camping: You can reach areas that are too wet or overgrown during other seasons, and the clear and open view is unparalleled. Winter camping provides solitude and a feeling of exploration; even heavily traveled trails seem like virgin territory when covered by a fresh blanket of snow. Camping in the winter inspires a feeling of independence and gives people confidence in their survival skills.
Winter camping also relieves some pressure from heavily (over) used High Peaks trails. Check out the Winter Campers web site at www.wintercampers.com. The site includes an Expedition Log, a list of winter Leave No Trace principles, winter camping Tips and Tricks, a comprehensive Gear List, along with Gear Reviews, and even some Poetry, and a Discussion Board.
The Outdoor Action Program of Princeton University also offers an outstanding introductory winter camping manual.
Bill Ingersoll’s Snowshoe Routes: Adirondacks & Catskills
Winter Hiking & Camping: Managing Cold for Comfort & Safety
Calvin Rustrum’s Paradise Below Zero: The Classic Guide to Winter Camping
Chris Townshend’s Wilderness Skiing & Winter Camping