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For many outdoorsmen the fun and the enjoyment of camping comes to an end when the cold weather really sets in. While some people will enjoy a night out in the mid 50’s, bundled up in the sleeping bag, its a very rare person that feels that way about the mid 30’s.
That said, most of us pack up the tents and the sleeping bags after a certain point in the year. We look at the cold weather as a reason to focus on other tasks. The fly fisherman might sit down at the vice and tie flies while the backpacker might look over his gear and try to shave precious ounces off.
If you are into wilderness survival, here are three reasons for cold weather camping in winter.
The cold can be dealt with. Between fire, the right clothing and good shelter, you can master the cold. This means that you will build a collection of skills and tools. However, that will only happen if you put yourself out there in the cold.
Training Skills in Adverse Environments
Training in bushcraft or survival skills in the summer is what it is. Training in adverse conditions is how you really get better. Starting a fire in August when you are surrounded by tinder and you don’t really need the fire for warmth, that’s different. If everything is riding on that fire and your materials are all wet and cold, well that teaches you something.
Once you have spent some nights out in the cold you start to realize that you can handle it. You begin to understand that the winter cold is not the deadly force you thought it was, if you are prepared for it. That can go along way in building survival confidence.