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Andy F
(AndyF) - M

Locale: Midwest/Midatlantic
Post your winter shelter and campsite photos here on 09/13/2011 14:15:33 MDT Print View

Post a photo of your winter shelters and campsites.

What worked?
What didn't?
How do you plan to improve things next time?

(I plan to bring a camera next time!)

Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
winter shelter... on 09/13/2011 20:37:35 MDT Print View

A snowcave..or even an igloo :)


And the view from a different trip (snow cave)

Mitchell Lake

Kyle Meyer

Locale: Portland, OR
Re: Post your winter shelter and campsite photos here on 09/13/2011 22:49:18 MDT Print View

Winter backpacking trip

We used an MLD Trailstar for a night out in February this year. It was cold (7º at night), and so I would have blocked the entrance to the tarp with an emergency blanket or snow or something to keep the heat in. Sleeping on R5 worth of pads plus an emergency blanket, wearing my down jacket and nano puff, in a 0º EN-rated bag, in a bivy, I was still cold.

Tarp camping in serious winter weather is cold.

Sabine Schroll
(sabi) - MLife
Indeed it is cold on 09/14/2011 03:59:57 MDT Print View

My first trials in winter
First time wet and snow during the night +5° C

Gatewood Cape

Second time dry and very cold with a -9° sleeping bag at -16°C


Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Post your winter shelter and campsite photos here on 09/28/2011 21:15:16 MDT Print View

For me winter does not necessarily mean snow.



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David Goodyear
(dmgoody) - MLife

Locale: mid-west
winter sled trip on 10/15/2011 05:51:34 MDT Print View

I'm going to a tarp this year, but last year used an SL-3

-14 F sl3 with porch


Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Snow Hole on 10/15/2011 10:29:47 MDT Print View


Snow hole on the Cairngorm Plateau Scotland (thats me in front)

The Snow hole was bit tight.

Edited by stephenm on 10/15/2011 10:37:28 MDT.

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: winter on 10/15/2011 10:31:53 MDT Print View

What didn't work? 4feet of unsupported sil.. Thats what! LOL I mean, I guess it worked, but not ideal by any means. I woke up at whatever in the morning to the roof 6" off my face. It was kinda creepy. Luckily it didn't snow more than .5"


Jeff J
(j.j.81) - F

Locale: Oregon
Revival on 12/21/2011 15:46:15 MST Print View

I'm bumping this thread in hopes that in the past two months some people have gotten pictures and would be so kind as to post them.

I'm still working on getting to the point where I'm ready for a winter overnight (thus have nothing to contribute), but I'd love to see more of other people's setups.


Lisa Frugoli
(alfresco) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Post your winter shelter and campsite photos here on 12/21/2011 17:19:20 MST Print View

Just try it. I'm a wimp in the winter, but went on an overnight & had a blast. Hardest part is getting out of town!

Loch Leven Lakes, CA 11/11/11

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: Post your winter shelter and campsite photos here on 12/21/2011 17:34:23 MST Print View


"How do you plan to improve things next time?"

Pitch my shelter on some blocks of snow for a little more interior room.

James White
(derizen) - F
Snow Shelters on 12/21/2011 18:54:37 MST Print View

We had 10 people to build this. The hole in the roof gave us the perfect amount of ventilation. After a few days in the sun the roof started to sag but we were only here for two nights. If you have the time and energy to build one of these they work great. I definitely wouldn't recommend building one for a one night stay unless you don't have any other shelter options.

Interior of Quinzee


For solo trips, this shelter is much quicker to build and relatively convenient for a one night shelter. This would've been more comfortable with a bivvy sack, but this was a test run.

One person snow shelter 1One person snow shelter 2One person snow shelter 3One person snow shelter 4