Some people are like grizzlies, spending the colder months denned away in a snoozy haze. But you? No. You’re a regular polar bear, and winter is your playground. As far as you’re concerned, backpacking season is all year round.
If you want to make the most of winter camping, you need the right skills, the right gear, and a burning desire to get after it. Here, we’ll help you with the first two, with advice on planning your trip, picking out the perfect gear to sleep in the snow, and convincing your friends to come along. That last one, though? That’s on you.