We debunked the myths that keep campers inside during the winter, but let’s take a closer look at real experiences around the country. Campgrounds are still and the Camping subreddit is quiet during the winter, but these photos prove that winter camping is alive and out there.
Do you have photos from your winter camping adventures? Send them to [email protected] and we could feature your photos in an upcoming article.
9° Fahrenheit “It won’t be that cold.” The freezing and dark morning contratsed heavily with the rest of the day. Just two hours later we were bouldering in the sun. #landscape #adventure #winterphotography #senseofadventure #longexposure #climbingtrip #letitsnow #cold #wintercamp #nikon #tokina #tiffenfilters @tiffencompany @outsidemagazine
Instagram user @hlbphoto heads into 9°F with friends. Perks of winter camping: you can build a satisfying fire and keep it going all day and night long.
Camp & Chill? • • • • • • • • #fire #camp #ourcamplife #camping #winter #wintercamping #snow #lake #glaciernps #glaciernationalpark #lakemcdonald #lake #tent #explore #adventurepic #create #travelingourplanet #earthfocus #earthpix #wintercamping #campfire #mountains A photo posted by TUCKER TROUPE // MISSOULA MT (@tuckerdoss) on
The warm glow of a healthy fire is more mesmerizing in the winter. The view from your tent can leave you more breathless than it would in the summer, thanks to the frozen lakes and blanketed mountains that appear and disappear within the same week.
Merry Christmas from @lonebuffalophoto, @kellywlake, and our new adventure pup, Olympus (Ollie)! This year has been a fantastic one filled with adventure, a few risks that have panned out beautifully, several challenges, and lots of exciting developments that have us so excited for 2016. We can’t wait to share another year of travel and outdoor beauty with you and to get Ollie out on the trails. Thanks everyone for helping make 2015 great and we wish you the very best through the holidays! Photo taken in Snoqualmie Pass with our @tentsile Flite. #ourcamplife #christmasinnature A photo posted by Nick Lake (@lonebuffalophoto) on
You learn to get creative as you build camp, from stringing battery-powered lights around tarps to digging a snow pit for your fire. Winter camping demands creativity.
#photomontage #camping ??? A photo posted by ~Δημήτρης Σταμπουλτζής~ (@nashor11) on
Somehow snow makes everything look grander, from the stars to the mountains-
It was my first time back to the Canyon after 20+ years and it was beyond comprehension. We spent 5 days, 4 nights going Rim to Rim to Rim. Spent 2 nights in a yurt on the North Rim. Thank you @backcountry13 (pictured) for organized the trip. Had a great time with him, @roundtheworldgirl @ericrhanson @lonebuffalophoto @erinoutdoors @rebornbyadventure @lukevroegop A photo posted by Jacob Moon (@moonmountainman) on
– and the feeling of successfully hiking up a mountain through the snow is phenomenal.
@skyelarcade @bear_mountain @arborgirls// @arborsnowboards #photo @jessgrambau A photo posted by Mountain Girls (@mountaingirls) on
Even in the summer, getting into a hammock after hiking in and setting up camp is relaxing, but you really feel like you deserve it in the winter.
Chilling with @roundtheworldgirl in a natural hot spring surrounded by snow and an icy river. That’s what I consider an afternoon well spent ?? PC: @matthewhahnel // @clifbarcompany #adventurepastcontest
A photo posted by Renee Hahnel ? (@reneehahnel) on
And finally warming up after some cold hours is unbeatable.
Winter camping at Paradise A photo posted by Jackie Arnal (@mountainjacks) on
You’re forced to plan ahead for the cold, resulting in well-researched techniques and gear you never would’ve imaged you’d ever try or own. You start to feel like this is more than a “good time” for you.
Last Nights Campsite Vibes ❄? ? #sequoianationalpark #getoutside #snowcamping #campingwithdogs #adventureblog #oursandystory A photo posted by Lisa Keenan (@lisakeenan_) on
Winter surrounds your camp with a stillness like no other season. You can get lost in your own thoughts once you have a fire going.
“While out in the mountains, in the same moment I would feel empowered, excited, and overwhelmed. It is standing on an alpine ridge, looking across a frozen lake dressed in white, snow and wind biting into my face; these are the moments my soul cries out for…” A photo posted by Cody Mann (@bikespiratesandscotch) on
Winter camping is a challenge like no other. Escape to the snowy mountains for one of the best adventures yet, and when you do – tell us all about it.