Guide to Snow Camping and Avalanche Safety

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Summary: Snow camping is a never to miss opportunity in a person’s life. To enjoy the words of Mother Nature, Snow Mountains are the best choice. With proper planning and techniques one can enjoy snow camping without getting caught in harsh weather conditions.

People who enjoy silence will also love the eternity of snow. There are many pastimes in winter like skating and snowboard yet the thrill in snow camping is unmatchable. Many people do not love to camp as they perceive that they will would freeze and die, but you cannot enjoy the rewards unless you risk. If you wish to enjoy the eternal silence in snow you have to step out and camp. Perhaps with proper techniques and equipment you can safely enjoy the winter wildness. It is worth a try as you enjoy all the pleasures like dry housing, rare wild life species, and untracked powder skiing without much crowd. This article guides you to snow camp and shares some of the avalanche safety tips in the next few paragraphs.
How to Camp in Snow?
First step is to decide on the destination. Analyze your expectations and limitations then choose a place where you will be happy. If you are a lover of extreme weather conditions then choose such a place, of not choose a place with moderate weather conditions. Gather people of similar interests and plan a trip, never go alone. After choosing the destination, study the map and plan your route and mode of transport. Walking is the feasible option in snow.
Check the weather forecast; it is necessary to be aware of the minimum and maximum temperatures. Check if there are any alerts for storms. Dress up for a winter trip. It is necessary to be layered enough to keep yourself warm. Thermal inner wears, water proof jackets are necessary. Goggles, boots, gloves, hats and socks must definitely occupy your bag. Plan your shelter with right camping equipment. Take extra tent pole and take the right sleeping bag and insulation pad. Use a windshield broom to keep the tent warmer. Using an extra bag liner will also keep you warmth. The tent fly must be tight so that the snow slides off.
Avalanche Safety
Communication devices, batteries and lights should also be carried with you. Pack the necessary food like canned soups and stews. Take enough beverages and always take extra. Firewood should never be out of supply. Winter storms are always unexecuted. To safeguard yourself from avalanche, avoid camping in slopes. Carry safety avalanche equipment like snow shovel, avalanche transceiver, probe, personal locator beacon and airbag packs. Practice using equipment. Always stay alert, bigger avalanches always follow the smaller slides. If get caught then grab the strongest tree. Avalanche is also expected after a snow fall. Stay out of drains as they are the natural pathways for avalanche. Wear an avalanche rescue beacon that signals the rescue team about the survival. If you get caught in the swept, then always try to reach the surface. Above all be patient and keep yourself alive for the rescue team.

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